Our firm was started in 1928 by Alfred LaFrania and Harry Bennett. Mr. Bennett died in 1930. His son, Dale, who had also been working in the funeral home took over his Dad's interest and continued until 1941 when he sold his interest to Mr. LaFrania. Mr. LaFrania continued until 1952 when it was purchased by Gerhart Burkart who operated the business until his death in 1963. On January 1, 1964, it was purchased by Edwin S. Horan.
In May, 1973, Mr. Horan purchased the Mason-Weber Funeral Home and in June, 1974, the two firms merged into one at our present location.
Ed's son, Michael E. Horan, joined the firm in July of 1991. Then on April 1, 1998, Michael E. Horan bought the funeral home from his parents, Edwin S. and Margie S. Horan. Mike continually operates the funeral home and cremation services today.
We offer ample off-street parking for our visitors and patrons. Our facilities are handicap accessible. A member of our staff is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our firm is dedicated to the advancement of the funeral profession and to the best possible service for the public. Our firm promotes high ethical, professional and business standards. We adhere to a professional attitude of serving the public with understanding, honesty and sincerity.
We believe the funeral director's first duty is to those he serves, and that he must adapt his services to their wishes. In addition, we realize there are few persons who can afford to ignore price, no matter what they are purchasing. Consequently, we offer a wide and representative selection, something proper and appropriate for any family's needs.
Our continued pledge will be to make our service dignified, personal, appropriate and reasonable. We also strive to keep up to date with the ever changing funeral industry with personalization and keep our minds open to yours.
Thus, we truthfully believe our present funeral home offers the Chippewa Falls area the finest kind of funeral facility. We care about the families we serve because we have been proud to be a family owned, operated and independent funeral home in Chippewa Falls since 1928.
We also feel that our funeral home has been a strong fixture and presence in our community since 1928 and many more years to come.