Ker Westerlund Funeral Home

57 High St, Brattleboro, VT 05301 | 802-254-5655 | MAP

History of Ker Westerlund Funeral Home
The funeral home building was originally built by the Honorable Daniel Kellogg as his home in 1854. He purchased the land from the estate of the Honorable John Phelps and subsequently deeded part of the land for the Brooks Memorial Library in 1869.

In 1886 Edward Crosby, founder of the Crosby Milling Company, purchased the home and erected a home for his son, Charles, at the rear of the property in 1869. John and Jennie Manley purchased the building from the estate of Charles Crosby in August 1921. In 1923 the property was sold to William H. Bond, who then moved the Bond Funeral Home from 51 Main Street to this location.

Following Mr. Bond’s death in June 1935, Laura B. Bond, the administrator, sold the business to Dickinson-Streeter Funeral Home of Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1963 the owners sold the business to Gustave Westerlund, who retired in 1976 and sold it to John W. Whalen. Edward F. Hurley, owner of the Ker Funeral Home at 8 Putney Road, had sold his real estate to the state of Vermont and built the Vermont District Court House on the property. He entered into an agreement with Mr. Whalen, forming the Ker Westerlund Funeral Home. This partnership then purchased the Fleming Funeral Home on Terrace Street in 1986.

In 1991 Mr. Whalen and Mr. Hurley sold the business to Daniel Dwyer, formerly of the Dwyer Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1997 he sold to the Keystone Company, with Mr. Hurley continuing to play and active role in the day-to-day operations on a semi-retired basis.

Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Dignity Memorial providers offer exclusive benefits, including National Transferability of Prearranged Services, the Bereavement Travel Program, the 24-Hour Compassion Helpline® and access to an acclaimed grief management library. As North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services, the Dignity Memorial brand is your assurance of quality, value, caring service and exceptional customer satisfaction.

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