In 1884, 24-year-old German immigrant, August Wulff, founded what has become the oldest continuing business on St. Paul’s East Side. A cabinet maker by trade, Wulff embraced a calling of necessity in a rapidly growing community.
There were no funeral homes then as we know them today, so August served the surrounding communities from his home at East Seventh and Bradley (now Payne) avenues. He made his own caskets, transporting them by horse and wagon, and by sleigh in winter, to the homes of the deceased.
As more families sought the assistance of Wulff Family Mortuary, Wulff recognized the need for a new location. The new location at 895-897 East Seventh Ave. quickly became known as the Wulff Block. Wulff changed the business’s name to A.L. Wulff and Son, Undertakers when his son Arthur joined the firm in 1911.
In 1925, August Wulff retired, and Arthur decided the business would discontinue selling furniture, focusing his efforts entirely on funeral services.
In 1934, Arthur’s son Owen joined the staff of the family business. In 1964, Wulff Family Mortuary moved to a more central location for the convenience of the ever-expanding East Side community. The new funeral home, Crestwood Park Mortuary, located at 1485 White Bear Ave., is an attractive, modern and spacious facility.
Gregory Wulff became the fourth generation to join the family firm. Under his direction, the business grew dramatically to encompass several more communities.
In 1988, Gregory purchased and completely refurbished the Godbout Mortuary at 560 West Seventh Ave., and in 1990 a new facility, Woodlane Mortuary, was erected in Woodbury at 2195 Woodlane Drive to meet growing demand in the southeastern suburbs.
Our specially trained staff is here to give you personalized service. You’ve placed your trust in us because we provide caring service in your time of need. The Wulff Funeral Homes began with a commitment to a high standard of service, and throughout our history we’ve continued to lead and innovate while maintaining that standard. Everyone at the Wulff locations is proud to uphold our heritage and commitment to our community.