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Submitted photo Schoeneberger Funeral Home Director Hans Larson, right, accepts the 2012 Pursuit of Excellence Award from National Funeral Directors Association President, Randall L. Earl. The award was presented at the association's international convention, held in Charlotte, N.C. Oct. 7-10.

Schoeneberger FH nationally recognized

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Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham has been honored with the 2012 Pursuit of Excellence Award by the National Funeral Directors Association.

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Only 164 firms from around the world received this recognition, placing Schoeneberger Funeral Home among an elite group of funeral service providers.

Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.

To earn the award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of funeral service.

These areas include compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs.

Participants are also required to adhere to a pledge of ethical practices.

"Schoeneberger Funeral Home's voluntary participation in the Pursuit of Excellence Award program reflects a clear determination to exceed the expectations of those they serve," said the association's Chief Executive Officer, Christine Pepper. "This prestigious recognition assures families of the high-quality, compassionate service they will receive the moment they walk through the funeral home's front door."

More information about the Pursuit of Excellence Award program can be found on the association's website, www.nfda.org/pursuitofexcellence.

The National Funeral Directors Association is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the U.S. and 43 countries around the world. It is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.

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