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Area funeral homes grapple with COVID restrictions on size of gatherings


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IRONWOOD — With rules against gatherings of more than 10 people in one place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the funeral industry has had to make some adjustments.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood and Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon both recently purchased equipment which will allow for visitations and funeral services to be broadcast online.

“It’s a way for people to go ahead and do a celebration of life or some type of funeral service, while still maintaining social distancing,” said Andrew Smithson, manager of the McKevitt-P...