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.
- Recently renovated
Flexible chapel space
Our chapel can be used for hosting your religious events
- Monument and inscription services
Grave markers that sit flush to the ground in the material of preference
- Upright headstones
Option for mail delivery of ashes
Sent through postal mail service, signature required.
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Option for home delivery of ashes
Arrangements by phone or email
Complete funeral planning, including electronic signature, without needing a funeral home visit
- Catered events
Services available to support planning events
Tribute video production
Services available to create a tribute video for the service or obituary from photos and videos.
- Audio and video equipment
- Intimate reception area
- Police escort available
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Catholic cemetery section
Free Funeral Planning Resources
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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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.
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.
"MY HUSBAND WAS DYING OF CONCERN SO WE HAD CONTACTED THE FUNERAL HOME AND HE GRACIOUSLY CAME TO OUR HOME TO MEET MY HUSBAND AND PRE-ARRANGEMENTS."
Verified Cremation Customer