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At Garner Funeral Service, we've been providing funeral and cremation services to families in the Potsdam, New York, community since 1947. Our experienced team focuses on you and your family. From the moment you call us or walk through our doors, we'll provide the care and compassion you need during this emotionally challenging stage of life.

Personalized funeral services in Potsdam

Our team works with everyone to help create unique, memorable tributes that reflect the special qualities of the loved one we are honoring. Personalized services can include distinctive music, displays of photographs and memorabilia, military honors, unique processionals, balloon releases and more. The possibilities are truly endless. We'll work with you to discover the inspiration for the celebration and we’ll take care of the rest.

Your trusted funeral provider

We are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral and cremation service providers. If you choose Garner Funeral Service, you'll not only receive the compassionate care you expect from a Potsdam-operated establishment but also the value you deserve from the largest and most trusted network of funeral, cremation and memorialization providers in North America.

Visit us

Situated in the lovely village of Potsdam, our funeral home provides a beautiful and quiet place to honor the memory of your loved ones. We invite you to visit us at 10 Lawrence Ave. to meet our friendly team and also tour our inviting facility. Please contact us if you have an immediate need or would like more information about our funeral services.


Founded in 1947 by Ruth and George A. Garner, Garner Funeral Service was the first funeral business in Potsdam, New York, that was not located in a storefront, but rather in a family home. Originally, 3 rooms of the building were used for a “beauty parlor” and the rest of the rooms were used for funeral services. In 1959, as demand increased and the frequency of at-home wakes declined, additions to the building were added to provide more space for use as a funeral home. The beauty shop was then phased out as part of the business.

A family business

The Garners were both active in the Potsdam community. Mr. Garner retired in 1980 and Dean Talcott took over control. Dean 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.

Upholding a tradition

Today, we’re proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral and cremation providers. With more than 70 years of service, we continue to uphold the traditions set forth by the Garners while responding to the evolving needs of the Potsdam community.





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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Planning the funeral for a family member is difficult, but with the empathy and compassion Cory and his team provide you always feel your loved ones needs are addressed. We are appreciative of all they did for us during this difficult time."

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December 2019

"All of our questions were answered and Corey went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. He made sure he was available if we had any additional questions we needed answered. And he made sure that if need be he answered questions and concerns that I had to make the experience easier for my mother who was taking care of the arrangements for my aunts burial."

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September 2019


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