Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave Potsdam, NY 13676


  • Cory J Varney


    Cory Varney has been serving families as a funeral director at Garner Funeral Home since the 1990s. He was born in Potsdam, New York, and is a 1988 graduate of Potsdam Central Schools. Cory continued his education at Merrimack College, graduating in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. A short time later, he earned a degree in mortuary science from State University of New York Canton.

    Cory began working at the Garner Funeral Service in 1994, where the former owner took him under his wing and guided him through his development as a funeral director. In 2000 Cory became the general manager of the funeral home. Cory’s primary motivation for becoming a funeral director was his desire to help families through difficult times. He strives to create meaningful services that memorialize and celebrate a person’s life.

    Cory is married and they have 4 children. He is very involved in the community and for many years he has assisted in athletics and school-related activities. In his free time Cory enjoys wood-working, golfing, boating and spending time with his family and his dog.

  • Joanna Saunders

    Funeral Director

    JoAnna Saunders is a lifelong resident of St. Lawrence County. She graduated from Morristown Central School, Jefferson Community College and ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in funeral services administration from SUNY Canton in 2015.

    JoAnna then completed her residency and has been licensed since 2017. She enjoys spending her time outdoors, whether it is gardening or just sitting by the St. Lawrence River, and enjoying the company of her friends and family. JoAnna is a member of the Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club and the New York State Funeral Directors Association. She lives in Ogdensburg with her fiancé and their cat, Monkey.