About

At Calcaterra Funeral Home, we have been serving families in the St. Louis, Missouri, community since 1921. Known as “the choice of the Italian community,” our location is truly a landmark in The Hill, the wonderful Italian neighborhood where we’ve been located for nearly a century. Of course, you do not have to be Italian to use our funeral and cremation services. We are honored to serve families of all faiths, backgrounds and cultures.

We celebrate life

Chapel at Calcaterra Funeral HomeWhether you prefer a traditional funeral or a more personalized celebration of life ceremony, at Calcaterra Funeral Home, we are committed to helping you create a memorable and meaningful tribute that reflects your loved one’s passions and personality. Adding a personalized touch could be as simple as sharing treasured photographs in a memorial video or as elaborate as throwing a catered event with all of your loved one’s favorite foods. The possibilities are endless. Even the smallest request or detail can make a big impact.

Modern funeral home facility

When you enter our funeral home, we want you to feel at home. Our chapel is spacious and light filled, with ample seating and large windows. Our hospitality room is reminiscent of a fine European cafe with its bistro tables, tasteful artwork and a gorgeous fireplace.

We honor veterans

Calcaterra Funeral Home 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.

Our promise to you

We're a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. When you choose Calcaterra Funeral Home, you not only receive the compassionate care you expect from a St. Louis-operated establishment, but also the benefits and amenities you deserve from North America’s largest and most trusted network of funeral, cremation and memorialization services.

Visit us

We invite you to visit us on The Hill at Daggett Avenue to meet our friendly team members and tour our lovely funeral home in St. Louis. Please give us a call for any reason. We are here to serve you.

History

Calcaterra Funeral Home was established in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis by Paul Calcaterra in 1921. Our 1st funeral service was held in 1931. In the early years, Paul did the embalming at Frank Borghi’s grandmother’s house on Cooper (now Marconi) Street. Frank and his wife, Rose, were longtime employees at Calcaterra and worked at the funeral home until they retired in 1998. Frank managed the funeral home after Paul's death in 1970.

A neighborhood landmark

Located on The Hill on Daggett Street, Calcaterra Funeral Home is truly a landmark of the Italian neighborhood. Although it’s been completely renovated since it opened in 1931, Calcaterra Funeral Home continues to meet the needs of the evolving St. Louis 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.

"Gwen and team were fantastic. They thought of everything when we couldn't think of anything. Gwen made our tough situation as best as it could be. The visitation, church service and cemetery service were all top notch. Gwen handled all the details, small and big. At the cemetery, I had forgotten we were doing a gun salute. Not only was it com

pletely organized, it was a moving tribute. I hope I don't need to see Calcaterra anytime soon. However, if the need arises, I would contact Gwen again."

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January 2022

"From the moment I walked in to discuss arrangements, the staff at Calcaterra (especially Gwen) was kind and very forthright as to decisions that needed to be made and when. Gwen offered a variety of options and suggestions that would work for our situation and a detailed cost breakdown was provided.   We had a small visitation at the church instea

d of the parlor.  On the day of the visitation/funeral everything was prepared perfectly and staff were on hand to help and guide us along the way up to and including the burial ceremony.  I can't thank them enough for their help and support during a most grievous time"

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January 2021

"Actually, it was colonial Hoffmeister, not Calcattera. Liz was great to work with. Enjoyed visiting with her as well."

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June 2020

"Our Funeral Director, Elizabeth (Liz) Zempel was wonderful. She was very professional, personable and compassionate. She always made herself available for us, responding quickly to my e-mails and calls the entire time as well as weeks after the funeral. She explained everything clearly and made sure we were comfortable with all the details. We coul

dn't have imagined a more lovely and intimate service for our father which was held in the chapel at Hoffmeister, along with the touching Military Funeral Honors at the cemetery for my father, a WWII Marine veteran. Liz and the entire staff were there for us every step of the way during a difficult time for my brother and me, and for that we are truly grateful."

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September 2019