About

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.

History

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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Honor the memory of your loved one with cemetery flower placement. You choose the flowers. You choose the months. We do the rest.

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Remember the one you love

Honor the memory of your loved one with cemetery flower placement. You choose the flowers. You choose the months. We do the rest.

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Not finding what you are looking for? Search for your loved one's obituary across any of our other locations.

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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.

"Outstanding service with care and understanding at the most difficult time of our lives. We cannot thank Cory enough for everything he did for our family. His attention to detail was astonishing. He certainly knows his business and gave my father the utmost care. I'm truly grateful for everything he did."

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November 2021

"Everything provided and offered by the staff was great and done perfectly."

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October 2021

"We were very happy with the professionalism and efficiency of the handling our mothers funeral."

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September 2021

"Cory and Joanna were outstanding they made me feel so comfortable with everything...helped me with everything for my mom's funeral. They def went above and beyond for me and my family. They did exactly what I asked them to do for my mom. They are so caring and heart felt people. Joanna did an amazing job with my mom's pics for for slide...kept me up on everything they were doing and going to do. Just to amazing people to deal with...would highly recommend Gardners Funeral Home to anyone."

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June 2021

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