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Best of Marshall County 2013

The Remembrance Centre is pleased to announce its "Best" designation as first in monument selection. We are proud of our large selection of marble, granite, or bronze monuments and the guidance we offer when it comes to inscriptions for a single burial plot, as a couple, or family. Being located adjacent to Oakhill Cemetery, you have the option when selecting markers to see examples first-hand. Our philosophy to put customers at ease and assist in a caring and knowledgeable way is guaranteed. We believe it just feels "right" to stay local, and you'll find yourself comfortable asking questions and gathering information during pre-planning or the difficult time of unexpected loss of a loved one.

In addition, The Remembrance Centre earned a "Best" designation as second in gift store category. We never tire of opening our doors to the community and making new friends. It is a positive challenge to bring different products to our store meant for any occasion of life and display them in creative ways so that visitors return over and over again. It is rewarding to hear the chatting, giggles, and ah-hah moments when people browse and shop in the unique and inspirational gift gallery.

To the fine people of Marshall County: Thank you for choosing us! According to the 2010 census, with a population of 47,000, that began back in 1840 with 1,651, and now includes 16,519 households, this award is no small feat. We are glad to receive confirmation that our customers rate us so high among many well-established businesses in Plymouth and surrounding areas.

November 2012 - Home For The Holidays Open House

Home for the Holidays Open House is all about that - warm welcoming homes made that way with treasures and trinkets that are specially meant to be displayed this time of year. Come in Saturday, November 3rd, to enjoy our gift gallery that is transformed to a winter wonderland. Your home and your friends' homes have collections dear to the heart. And it is fun to add to them item by item, gift by gift. The years pass all too quickly, and before you know it, you have acquired a wonderful variety of Christmas decorations.

This year's Open House offers new nativities of the Holy Family in several colors and sizes, glittery keepsakes for hostesses you most love, children's items to be passed through the generations, seasonal ceramic mugs and other unique eye catchers that brighten shelves and tables, of course beautiful adoring angels, and delicious sweet treats - one for you, several for your friends and family.

We hope you've heard our radio commercials on Plymouth's own WTCA. Shop owner Eleanor Danielson will stop by the station on Tuesday, October 30th at 8:30 am for a live on-air interview. In addition, notice our newspaper ads in The Pilot and tell us what you think. We hope they serve their purpose and that the information has helped you think of The Remembrance Centre with a mental note to visit us on historic South Michigan Street before the New Year. See you November 3rd!

August 2012 - TRC is Supporting Our Own Plymouth Olympian

2011 world-ranked #1, 2012 Morgan Uceny won the U.S. Olympic Trials with ease. The elite runner goes for GOLD in London on Friday, 8/10. Uceny set seven school records and was a four-time All-American before graduating from Cornell in 2007 and Plymouth High School in 2003.

The 1,500-meter run--known as the "metric mile"--is one of the Olympics‘ premier events. The Remembrance Centre and all of Plymouth community say, "We are so proud of you representing America at the Olympic Games" and "Go Mo Go." Win GOLD!

Morgan Uceny

April 2011 - Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Recognition

Discovering a homegrown gift gallery that focuses on the celebration of life is a pleasant treat shoppers will appreciate. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown on South Michigan Street, The Remembrance Centre marks its second anniversary in May and is thankful to the community that has embraced the new store these first two years.
Owners Randy and Eleanor Danielson have fashioned and invested in what was formerly Orr’s Floral Shop that will entice you to explore with your first step in the door. Colorful displays offer unique gifts for many occasions including current number one selling artful Galleria umbrellas providing a sunny disposition with the push of a button. Light hearted to deeply sentimental keepsakes remind family and friends they are loved. Greeting cards, spiritual items and Bibles, memory portraits, Howard Miller clocks and recognition plaques, Kay Berry garden stones, even video tributes and photo afghans, as well as Veni’s Chocolates represent just a sampling of what’s in store.
The civic-minded Danielsons are firstly recognized as owning and operating Johnson Danielson Funeral Home, an area business for more than 100 years in Plymouth. They consider customer service and sensitivity fine points that each visitor will experience time and again. “We expanded to include a shop nearby that offers inspirational gift choices for every occasion that celebrates life,” explains Eleanor. “It too employs our philosophy to put customers at ease and assist in a caring and knowledgeable way.”
Funeral pre-planning will ultimately take place at The Remembrance Centre where monuments and other funeral merchandise including the newest laser etching techniques can be seen. An open patio displays monuments next to the celebration tree garden. Beautiful military flag cases and sentimental pet memorials are on display too.
The Remembrance Centre is not to be missed! We introduce ourselves on our brand new Web site launched this month: www.theremembrancecentre.com featuring beautiful pictures of many novel items and descriptive copy to entice you to visit the gift gallery in person soon.
The Remembrance Centre 1218 South Michigan Street, Plymouth, Indiana 574-935-8401 Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm trcentre@theremembrancecentre.com

February 2011 - NEW Web Site

A picture tells a thousand words, so we have redesigned and expanded our Web site as an album of what’s “in store” once you are welcomed through our open doors. We are excited about our variety of gifts that “Celebrate life” for those special people from our yesterday, today, or tomorrows. So many that have visited us share, “We had no idea to the extent of your gift and inspirational products!” Our Web site gives you a peek of what we offer; enough to show you that we are a treasure in unique and personalized gift options.

The homepage includes oak leaves which are part of our logo and is designed using our corporate colors. It acts as a Gift Guide and we hope entices you to expand the experience by visiting our shop in person. It is meant to be easy to navigate and go directly to the items you are interested in, and we concentrated on large product photos to easily see those important details that make each item special.
From celebration bracelets to celebration trees, from artistic umbrellas to colorful paperweights, from photo plaques to framed crosses, from bronze turtles to firefly glass chimes, you will find something to share in your gift giving experience. The Web site breaks our product into several categories: Gift Gallery (music boxes, etc.), Memorial Gifts (Thumbies, etc.), Monument/Urn Gallery (Howard Miller clock urn, etc.), and American Heroes (flag case, etc.).
We look forward to you contacting us through the new Web site or on facebook, but most of all, by walking through our open doors.

November 2010 - Holiday Open House

Our second annual Holiday Open House was held on Saturday, November 20. We flung open our doors to spread the Christmas spirit far and wide. Unique Christmas sleigh and floral arrangements welcomed all, and many made their way to homes and will do the same there. Exterior lanterns, candles, and battery operated candles lit the day. From festive white bears playing together, to penguin choral groups, chimes that can always add music to a breezy day, and ornaments that will dress up any tree, the array of decorations and gifts was plentiful. Delicious appetizers and sweet treats were offered to all who took part in the holiday fun. Two lucky visitors’ names were drawn and given prized floral arrangements. It was a wonderful start to the Christmas season for us. Blessed Holidays!

June 2010 - First 'remenbrance tree' planted for Merlin, Margot Janes

Plymouth Pilot, by Ida Chipman, Correspondent

A beautiful new tree was planted on the southwest corner of the two acres that was once G&G grocery store in downtown Plymouth Tuesday. The grounds are being used now by the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays during the summer. The green spaces were officially presented by the City of Plymouth to the Plymouth Park Department Saturday. The park will be named at a later date by the Plymouth Youth Council.

The new tree, a Dr. Merrill Magnolia, was chosen in loving memory of Merlin and Margot Jones by their sons, daughter-in-law and sister: Jeff and Lenore Jones, Jonathan Jones and daughter, Sheri Thompson and her husband Jim. Merlin and Margot Jones had a deep attachment to the downtown and local community. They started Anco Office Products, 213 N. Michigan, with son, Jeff, in May of 1975. Thirty-five years later, the business is being run by Jeff and Lenore. Jeff said, “On behalf of my family, we honor their memories and still miss them greatly.”

The celebration tree is a joint project of The Remembrance Centre, 1218 S. Michigan St., and Price Nurseries. Randy Danielson, owner, with his wife Eleanor, of the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home and The Remembrance Centre, said that “for people looking for alternatives to traditional flowers and services, a living tree will be a personalized lasting tribute.”

There is one other outstanding tree in the center of what was once the parking lot of the G&G Grocery. In 1944, Vada Musser Reiff and her mother, Irene, planted a magnolia tree in memory of Vada’s father, Rufus. Vada was promised that the tree would forever be preserved and, in 2005, it was designated as a Plymouth Landmark Tree.

A celebration tree from Price Nurseries can not only be a memorial to a loved one, but also to commemorate, honor and pay tribute to significant times, places and people. They can be installed in parks, church yards, school yards, cemeteries, private and municipal properties. Mike Hite, superintendent of the Plymouth Parks, which now includes eight parks, said that a donation to a celebration tree program insures that Plymouth will always remain beautiful and shaded, contributing to the quality of life of its residents. Making a donation for a celebration tree provides a vehicle to finance new tree installations that will create beauty that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

March 2010 - Dawn of a New Decade Business Profile

Randy and Eleanor Danielson keep many anniversaries in mind including their two businesses: Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home that celebrated 130 years in 2009 and the approaching one year anniversary in May of The Remembrance Centre Monument & Gift Gallery.

“We expanded to include a shop nearby that offers inspirational gift choices for every occasion that celebrates life,” explains Eleanor. “It too employs our philosophy to put customers at ease and assist in a caring and knowledgeable way.” She enjoys finding unique items to sell like photo afghans, Howard Miller clocks, chocolates, pet memorials, military and video tributes, figurines, Galleria umbrellas, and greeting cards.

Extending the gift line is a continual evolution that makes return visits a treat. Future plans include a Celebration Tree Garden and pet cremation.

Funeral pre-planning will ultimately take place at The Remembrance Centre where monuments and other funeral merchandise including the newest laser etching techniques can be seen.

May 2009 - Reading Council Honors Three

Plymouth Pilot

The Marshall County Reading Council awarded its Celebrate Literacy Award to Randy and Eleanor Danielson for their many contributions to the Reading Council’s Young Authors’ Conference. MCRC Secretary Jill Finely presented the award.

April 2009 - Plymouth funeral home branches into retail venture

South Bend, by Heidi Prescott, Tribune Columnist

When Randy Danielson started his career more than 30 years ago, he remembers a cookie-cutter approach to funeral services and burials. “Families would sit through two nights of visitation and the funeral would be the next day. Services wee basically the same with a different minister at the podium,” says Danielson, owner of Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home in Plymouth.

But not all funerals are somber events in gloomy rooms anymore. Services and keepsake items are as unique as those who died. Like the Cubs? Have your ashes placed in an urn that is embellished with your favorite major league or NFL team image. Did you and your father always fish together? Well, just because Dad died doesn’t mean you can’t take him with you anymore. “You can put a bit of your father’s ashes in a special lure and take Dad fishing so you’re never apart,” says Danielson. “We have evolved to where death is a celebration, and there’s not enough space in the funeral home to display the gamut of products available that I think are neat.”

And that’s where his new retail store comes in. Danielson and his wife, Eleanor, have opened The Remembrance Centre Monument and Gift Gallery. Located at 1218 S. Michigan St., the new Plymouth store contains items that celebrate the milestones in a person’s life – from birth to death. In addition to monuments and personalized urns, there are items for births, First Communion, graduation, Mother’s and Father’s Day, as well as keepsakes and items for funeral services.

While monuments, which customers will pass on their way into the store, will continue to be a sizable part of the business, the store is an extension to the 130-year-old funeral home. “We knew people off the street wouldn’t browse a store in a funeral home,” says Danielson. So the couple purchased the former Orr’s Flowers building and emulated a store they visited in Ohio with a similar product mix and ambience that the Danielsons hope feels comforting.

Customers will be surprised by how many commemorative products the store carries, from employee recognition plaques to chocolate cigars made by the Philadelphia to celebrate the birth of a new baby. There are yard cherubs, gazing balls, ceramic fire pots, statues and wind chimes in about 1,200 square feet of retail space.

In another portion of the store, families who are pre-planning services have the option of meeting Danielson in a private meeting room. “We often go to their residence if they would rather not come to the funeral home,” he says. “Especially if we’re dealing with cremation services, sometimes they’d rather not come to the funeral home.”

Remembrance Centre also carries a line of pet urns, memorials and garden stones, since Johnson-Danielson will start offering pet loss services this fall. “There’s nothing somber when you walk in here. You don’t have to close your eyes and look in another direction, and there’s no funeral music playing,” Danielson says about the store. “It’s an embracing atmosphere and about all the happy things in life you want to remember.”