Using a Funeral Home

Professional Services

Professional Services and Pricing Information

Most prefer to enlist the services of a professional funeral director to take care of the body of their deceased loved one, and there are many reasons why this may be the preferred option. As such, each year we update a general price list from each of the local funeral establishments so that you can simply compare prices from the comfort of your home (see below). This can be particularly helpful in a time of need.

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Plan categories for Local Funeral Homes and Crematories

Plan 1: Modest Conventional Funeral

This includes the normal services of a funeral director. The funeral director removes the body from the place of death. Embalming is performed, with the related necessary care. The least expensive casket is provided. The funeral home is used for simple viewing and the service. The funeral director secures the burial permit and death certificate, and publishes a newspaper notice. (Note: A formal obituatry could cost between $200-400 additional). Services include a committal service by the graveside. This plan does not include a burial vault or cemetery charges. If the family desires participation by clergy, it makes the arrangements.

Plan 2: Simple Burial Without Embalming

The funeral director removes the body from the place of death, transfers the body to a simple container and transports it to the cemetery without a procession. Embalming will be performed at extra cost if requested or if required by actual circumstances. The funeral director secures the burial permit and death certificate, and publishes a newspaper notice. (Note: A formal obituatry could cost between $200-400 additional).Services include a committal service at the graveside, if desired. This plan does not include a burial vault, cemetery charges, or formal or extensive use of the funeral home. If the family desires participation by clergy, it makes the arrangements.

Plan 3: Simple Cremation Without Embalming

A licensed mortician arranges for removal of the body from the place of death, and its transfer in a simple cremation container to the crematory. Embalming will be performed at extra cost if requested or if required by actual circumstances. The mortician secures a cremation permit and death certificate, and publishes a newspaper notice. (Note: A formal obituatry could cost between $200-400 additional).The cremated remains are returned to the family in a simple container. This plan does not include formal or extensive use of the funeral home.
Note: The directors will provide original death certificates for a small fee. Photocopies are not legal. See the list of Organizations Normally Requiring a Legal Death Certificate.

Pricing Information for Local Funeral Homes

Gilden Barton Funeral Home // 1401 9th Avenue, Altoona PA 16602
Daughenbaugh Funeral Home // 106 West Sycamore St., Snow Shoe, PA 16874
Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral Service // 226 South Penna Ave. Centre Hall, PA 16828
Koch Funeral Home // 2401 S. Atherton St., State College PA 16801
Kader-Neff Funeral Home // 837 W. Main St., Howard, PA 16841
Steven R. Neff Funeral Home // 120 W. Main St., Millheim PA 16854
Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home // 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg PA 17844
Dean K. Wetzler Home // Milesburg PA 16853