On July 17, 2007, Merkle Funeral Service opened its doors for business in Frenchtown Township making it the first new funeral business in the area in over 65 years. It is located on 3.7 acres at the corner of North Monroe Street and Santure Road. The funeral home's architecture has a look and feel of a tastefully appointed home making its guests feel comfortable and at ease.
Guests experience a difference the moment they walk through the front door. Cathedral ceilings and skylights letting in natural light welcome visitors as well as a corner sitting area with gas fireplace. We offer a large family lounge with bistro tables for catching a quick snack, and a full size refrigerator to hold the largest of meat trays. This area of the building is also complimented by an outdoor patio, children's playroom, and baby changing stations in both restrooms.
Merkle Funeral Service is also committed to a new perspective in funeral service arranging by offering a Matthew's Merchandise Room displaying a corner portion of each casket style instead of a complete unit. This process is much less evasive to the bereaved. The merchandise area also holds selections of burial and cremation vaults, cremation urns, keepsakes and gifts, and casket customizing and personalization options.
Our location is the first in Monroe County to house a full-service floral shop, Floral Expressions. Floral Expressions is operated by our lead floral designer: Jane Woodbury, who once owned Old Town Floral Designs and it serves general customers as well as funeral service clients.