The Freitag Funeral Home

Kenneth W. Freitag
Owner/Manager
N.J. Lic. No. 3666

Christopher K. LaBree
Funeral Director
N.J. Lic. No. 4497

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History

The Freitag family has provided the Bridgeton area with the finest in quality funeral services and facilities since 1897. Four generations have maintained an excellent reputation for providing exceptional care and concern for the families that turn to them in their hour of need. Founder, William Franklin Garrison was born and raised ion a farm in nearby Deerfield Township. He decided that a farmer’s life was not his destiny, and therefore chose to become a funeral director. At the turn on the century, it was the custom for funerals to be held in the homes of the family or in churches. In 1936, William F. Garrison renovated his Laurel Street residence and offered it as Bridgeton’s first funeral parlor.

After her brother William’s tragic death from Tetanus in 1932, Florence Garrison Freitag decided to apprentice with her father. A woman ahead of the times, Florence became southern New Jersey’s first female licensed funeral director in 1934. When her father died in 1944, the funeral home’s name was changed to William F. Garrison Memorial Home. In 1948, the name was changed to the Florence Garrison Freitag and Son Funeral Home in order to comply with state regulations that funeral homes operate under the licensee’s name.

The family tradition continued in 1950 when Florence’s son Harry A. Freitag Jr., age 22, became the youngest licensed funeral director and embalmer in New Jersey. Harry and his mother operated the home at 319 North Laurel Street until the present home at 137 West Commerce Street in Bridgeton was purchased in 1961.

Harry and his wife Carol Wilson Freitag have two sons: William Garrison Freitag, a retired Lieutenant with the New Jersey State Police, and Kenneth Wilson Freitag, a funeral director and owner of the Freitag Funeral Home. He received a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1983, then returned to Bridgeton to become the manager of the Freitag Funeral Home.

Ken serves the community through his business and they also serve the community in many other ways. Ken, a member and Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, has devoted many years to community service as a past President and current board member of HospiceCare of South Jersey, President and board member of Hopewell Crest School, board member and past Treasurer of Cumberland County Guidance Center, Executive Committee of Southern New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts, current member and past President of Bridgeton’s Lions Club and a member of the West Jersey, New Jersey and National Funeral Director’s Association.

Ken said, “I know I speak for my entire family in saying my father, grandmother and great-grandfather would be very proud to know that the family business has continued for over one hundred years. Thank you for allowing our family to continue to serve the greater Bridgeton area.”

 

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Phone: (856) 455-2600 / Fax: (856) 455-2603
Email: Office@freitagfuneralhome.com

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