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Schoenenberger grand opening slated for June 11

On Sunday, June 11, Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service of Perham will host the Grand Opening celebration of its new facility at 100 Jake Street. The Grand Opening will begin outdoors at Noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the main entrance. A short dedication service will follow in the new chapel. From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be guided tours of all areas of the new, state-of-the-art funeral home.

The history of the Schoenenberger Funeral Home dates back to 1881 with an addition to the furniture store established by Martin Schoeneberger in 1878. Martin was succeeded by his son, the late B.A. Schoeneberger in 1904. In 1913, he expanded the business and bought the original downtown Schoeneberger building. During this time, the funeral business progressed from the horse-drawn hearse to the modern funeral car. The first motorized hearse was purchased for the business in 1916.

In 1934, B.A.'s sons, Martin and Al, took over the business. They operated together until ill health forced Al to retire. After selling the furniture store in 1972, Martin built the funeral home on Third Avenue Southwest that has served the community up to the present day.

During the fall of 2016, Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service was constructed on property located across the street from Tesoro on Jake Street. St. Henry's Catholic Church has purchased the former Third Avenue property.