Founded in 1947, the Garner Funeral Service was the first funeral business in Potsdam that was not located in a storefront but in a family home. Originally, three rooms of the building were used for a “beauty parlor” and the rest for funeral services. In 1959, additions to the building provided more space for use as a funeral home, as demand increased and the number of at home wakes declined. The beauty shop was then phased out as part of the business.
The Garners were both active in the Potsdam community. Mr. Garner retired in 1980, and Dean Talcott took over control and continued in the same tradition as the Garner family. Cory Varney began working with the Talcotts in 1994 as an apprentice and took over as the location manager in 2000. Mr. Talcott maintains an active role in the business as it continues to provide service to the Potsdam community.
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