Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium acquires Vermont funeral home

Phaneuf expands services to western NH and southern VT, and will house the first Cremation Society of NH in Vermont.

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Newly-branded Ker Phaneuf Funeral home brings Cremation Society of NH services to Vermont. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH – Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium announced last month that it has acquired Ker Westerlund Funeral Home, a publicly owned funeral home that has served the Brattleboro, VT region for more than 150 years. The purchase provides Phaneuf the ability to support families in western NH, Keene and southern VT and will be the first Vermont location of The Cremation Society of NH.

Phaneuf and Ker Phaneuf offer traditional burial and cremation services in a region that exceeds the country’s national average of people choosing cremation services versus traditional burials – more than 70 percent of each state’s population now opts for cremation. The expansion of The Cremation Society of NH into Vermont will provide families in that region with a less expensive yet trustworthy service option.

“Our customers come to us during one of the most distressing times in their lives – following the loss of a loved one. Our number one priority has been, and always will be, providing exceptional service and ensuring that the experience of our families is as seamless as possible, which includes options that fit within their budget,” said Arthur “Buddy” Phaneuf, President and CEO, Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. “The addition of Ker Westerlund to the Phaneuf family provides us the ability to expand the quality of service we provide to our community members across the state of NH and now into southern Vermont.”

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium presently serves more than 2,000 New Hampshire families each year. The expansion into Vermont will provide accommodations to families in the communities of Hinsdale, Chesterfield, Westmoreland, Winchester, and Vermont communities of West Halifax, Marlboro and Putney. The next closest funeral home in the area is approximately 25 miles away, in Bellows Falls, VT. All pre-arranged Ker Phaneuf Funeral Home services will be honored by Phaneuf.

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium
Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium has been serving the public since 1906 and is one of the oldest continually-owned family funeral homes in New Hampshire. Phaneuf is the largest provider of funeral services in NH, and operates five full service funeral homes, three crematories, two non-denominational chapels and a cremation society. An award winning establishment, in 2017 Phaneuf received the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Global Awardfor its innovation in the way they conduct business and client-focused leadership. In 2016, Phaneuf was named one of the Top Family Businesses in NH by Business NH Magazine and was the recipient of the Achievement of Excellence award by the Granite State Quality Council.

About Cremation Society of NH
Incorporated in 1995 and affiliated with a firm with its roots in funeral service since 1906, The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is the only business in the state dedicated solely to promoting cremation. Their main location is 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH, with additional locations in Boscawen, Littleton, Hampton, NH, and now Brattleboro, Vermont. For additional information, call 1-800-493-8001, email, or visit

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