Berger Memorial Chapel has served St. Louis and its Jewish community since 1896 by always providing compassion, professionalism, personal guidance and support to area families in their times of need. In October 2013, Berger Memorial Chapel moved from the Central West End of St. Louis to its new location in Olivette—a more convenient location for many of the families we serve.
We offer a full range of traditional funeral services to meet the needs of our families. We are here in your time of need and ready to assist with the service of your choosing, whether at our chapel, a local synagogue or 1 of the 8 Jewish cemeteries in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Our experienced team members can also help you plan ahead for your funeral needs, should you wish to discuss that in advance. We pride ourselves on being well-versed on Jewish traditions and customs, and can assist families seeking information regarding Jewish funeral services in areas outside of St. Louis as well.
A member of the Dignity Memorial® network since 1993, Berger Memorial Chapel remains a locally managed and operated funeral home. Our associates are committed to the St. Louis Jewish community and available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us if you require immediate assistance or would like more information about our services.
Hungarian immigrant Henry B. Berger established H.B. Berger Livery and Undertaking Company in 1896 with the $13 that remained after a disastrous tornado destroyed his produce business and robbed him of his savings.
A strong St. Louis Jewish funeral home
Henry’s business of providing carriages and funeral services to the growing Jewish community proved so successful that he expanded and relocated it twice in its 1st decade of existence. He finally settled in the Central West End of St. Louis, changing the business name to Berger Memorial Chapel. Prior to his retirement in 1923, Henry organized the 1st organization of funeral directors in the St. Louis area, which became the St. Louis Funeral Directors Association. He remained an active member until his retirement.
Chapel construction and The Jewish Funeral Directors of America
Herbert I. Berger then succeeded his father in the family business. During his tenure, Herbert worked to update and modernize the location and oversaw the construction of a state-of-the art chapel. His goal was to create a comfortable, yet stately location for families to gather for funeral services. He was a founder and the 1st president of The Jewish Funeral Directors of America, an organization committed to assisting people of the Jewish faith arrange meaningful and affordable funerals in the Jewish tradition.
In 1948, Marvin A. Stein—the son of Herbert’s sister and grandson of Henry—acquired the business and operated Berger Memorial Chapel until his death in 1970. Marvin was a strong advocate of community service and held leadership positions at many Jewish organizations throughout the area. He also served as president of The Jewish Funeral Directors of America.
The family business continues into its 5th generation
Continuing the tradition of family management, Richard Stein—Marvin’s son and Henry's great-grandson—currently serves as president of Berger Memorial Chapel. Richard embodies the core values established by his predecessors, providing compassionate, professional care to the families we serve and a tireless dedication to the St. Louis community. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the St. Louis area and was the 3rd generation in his family to serve as president of The Jewish Funeral Directors of America.
In 2009, Richard's daughter Emily Stein MacDonald began serving families at Berger Memorial Chapel, extending the legacy and tradition of the family-operated business into its 5th generation.