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At McCracken Funeral Home in Union Township, New Jersey, we have served families in Union, Hillside, Elizabeth and the surrounding Union County community since 1950.

 

Personalized funeral services

All of our funeral and cremation services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. We understand losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience, and at McCracken Funeral Home we are committed to helping you with compassionate, professional and personal service.

We are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network. When you choose McCracken Funeral Home, you not only receive the compassionate care you expect from a locally operated establishment, but also the value you deserve from the largest and most trusted network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.

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At McCracken Funeral Home, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Four Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, we are honored to serve our nation’s heroes and take this responsibility seriously. We have taken steps to ensure our staff is knowledgeable of all the benefits available to military veterans and their families.

In addition, we host community events annually in honor of our veterans and work closely with local veterans organizations. 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.

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It is our privilege to serve the Union community. Please contact us if you need immediate assistance, or if you would like more information about our services.

History

McCracken Funeral Home was founded in August 1950 by William "Bill" McCracken. He was a well-liked individual who cared for the families he served in Union, New Jersey, and the surrounding towns. As an avid golfer, Bill brought the unique look of a golf course to the surrounding landscape of the funeral home.

In 1965, Bill added to the funeral home by purchasing the building and property next door, allowing him to add 2 additional visitation rooms. Bill sold the business in 1986 to his partners, Reed Hagelin and Patrick Growney. Reed and Patrick, along with their families, operated the business as a partnership until Reed became the sole proprietor in 1993.

In 1998, McCracken Funeral Home joined the Dignity Memorial network.

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At Dignity Memorial, we take our promises seriously. That’s why we offer a 100% service guarantee. We strive to get every detail right the first time, every time. If for some reason we don’t and you’re dissatisfied with any aspect of your service, we will remedy it quickly and fully. Learn about our Dignity Difference benefits.

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Interested in learning more? Call us at 908-686-4700 to request a custom quote.

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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.

"Very, very caring and professional."

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October 2020

"The people we spoke to were very courteous and understanding. They made everything easy for us Jennifer, the woman that put all the pics together ( so sorry I forgot her name) to the funeral director all a delight. It really made a big difference. Thank you very much! Mirta Arias"

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September 2020

"Both my parents in the past 10 months were laid out at McCraken. Glad we did!"

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September 2020

"From my first phone call with Matthew I knew my brother's passing would not be another 'day on the job' for the staff at McCracken. I knew from the warmth and compassion I received while planning my brother's final arrangements that he would be treated with love and care. McCracken handled his pick up upon passing with compassion too. The person who picked him up allowed me to take as much time as I needed with my brother before he took him. They also have their own crematory so my brother was with the same staff from start to end and that provided me comfort that he wouldn't be passed off to someone I've never spoken to. I thank Matthew, Ron, and Tracey, and the rest of the staff for all their warmth and compassion during the whole process. To lose a loved one is hard enough, but to know that the people that took care of my brother and my family with compassion and respect gives us comfort. Thank you all again."

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July 2020

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Meet Our Team

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  • Ed Shaffery

    Ed J Shaffery

    Manager
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    Jennifer Tanis

    Funeral Director
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