After more than 40 years in the funeral business, I have to admit that being a funeral director is not only what I am, but also what I want to be. So it was not such a difficult decision at age 51 to decide to purchase the Cronrath funeral homes in Lewisburg and Watsontown. Both are marvelous Victorian-era homes in wonderful communities, and both previously had well-respected owners.
I want to make it clear that I am the sole owner, and the funeral homes were not sold off to a large corporation. I am not a stranger to Watsontown or Lewisburg. My family and I have lived nearby in Muncy for more than 25 years and have visited both Lewisburg and Watsontown on many occasions.
I do not expect to manage both the Cronrath-Grenoble funeral home and Grenoble's in Muncy without a lot of support from my family... which is a big reason I took this large step towards the future. My wife, Kathy, is almost constantly by my side. Our son, Justin, joined us in the business and resides at the Watsontown funeral home with his wife, Tara, and two sons, Joshua and Noah. My brother-in-law Steve has been employed full-time with us for nearly fifteen years. Although he is not a licensed funeral director, he is very valuable to us. Rounding out our staff are two additional licensed funeral directors, Rebekah Golla and Robert Guth.
The high standards set by my predecessors will not change. We intend to maintain their proud past and continue to provide companionship and professional guidance to those families who choose to use our services, as well as those who have already pre-arranged their funerals.