Funeral and cremation

Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center


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With a history that dates back to the 1950s, Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center provides personalized funeral and cremation services to Margate. As part of a large group of Kraeer funeral homes—with locations in Sunrise, Coconut Creek and Coral Springs in Florida—area families choose us because we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence and integrity.





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Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.

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Our funeral home and services

Reception room at Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation CenterFrom our funeral home on State Road 7, we serve families of all cultures and religions. We have a comfortable visitation room and large reception area for catered events, ranging from coffee and tea to lunch or dinner. We are a non-denominational, multicultural funeral home representing all cultural and traditional values, with years of experience caring for people from all walks of life. Some members of our team speak Spanish.

At Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, we understand that losing a loved one is a difficult, emotional experience. We know the decisions can seem overwhelming, and we are committed to patient, professional care. When we sit down with you to plan a funeral, we have a primary goal: create a fitting, memorable and affordable service. Together, we will explore the variety of options, as well as all kinds of imaginative ideas.

We honor veterans

Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center understands the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level One Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, our staff is knowledgeable in the benefits available to veterans and their families. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran's memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Plan a special funeral, memorial service

Chapel at Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation CenterWhether you seek a direct cremation, full traditional funeral with a graveside service or a modern celebration of life with a band, favorite foods and a send-off that reflects the personality of yourself or your loved one, we go the extra mile to make it happen. And we do it with a level of care and compassion families need.

Want a dove release? An ice cream social? Personalized golf balls as mementos? A service on the beach? Whatever your or your loved one's wishes, we carefully plan a celebration of life that is as unique as the life it honors.

Your friends and neighbors

We believe that community is important, which is why Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center belongs to the Margate Chamber of Commerce and participates in community events such as charity walks.

Sitting area at Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation CenterAs a member of the Dignity Memorial® network, Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center gives you not only the warm, familiar attention you expect from a Margate funeral home, but also the value you deserve by way of the largest network of funeral, burial, cremation and cemetery service providers in North America.

Please contact us if you need immediate assistance or would like more information about our services, including planning a funeral ahead of time.


Now bringing area families unmatched services as part of the Dignity Memorial® network, Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center got its start in the 1950s.

The 1st funeral home

R. Jay Kraeer attended mortuary science school in Cincinnati and moved to Florida with his wife, Lorraine, in the late 1940s. He opened his and the city’s 1st funeral home in Pompano Beach in 1952, where visitations were held in the living room.

Expanding the business

Front exterior at Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation CenterIn 1957, Jay opened a 2nd funeral home in Boca Raton. It was followed by another Pompano Beach location (1961), a Deerfield Beach funeral home (1963), a Fort Lauderdale location (1966), a location in Margate (1972) and a Coral Springs funeral home (1980). By the time Jay sold the Kraeer funeral homes to a group of employees, there were 7 locations in Broward County. That group of new owners opened a location of Kraeer Mason Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Tamarac.

Meeting high expectations

Jay's high expectations of his team helped establish Kraeer Funeral Home as a trusted and compassionate provider. Jay himself was respected by his peers in the funeral industry, and they elected him president of the National Funeral Directors Association in 1976. He died in 2004, leaving his nephew Robert D. Russell to continue the Kraeer legacy. Robert, who lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Kelli, still plays an active role in the funeral homes.


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