Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services marked 90th anniversary
La PORTE — Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services marked 90 years of caring for the recently deceased in La Porte and the surrounding communities.
On Oct. 4 the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house was hosted by the funeral home before and after the ribbon cutting. Dozens of guests gathered to celebrate and share a light meal with the one another. A raffle was held and door prizes were given out to some lucky attendees.
State Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie, showed his support for the longstanding local institution.
“For nearly a century, Haverstock Funeral Home has offered comfort and care to those in our area dealing with great loss,” said Pressel. “As a family-owned business, they not only provide a vital service, but are also vested in our community. Being in operation for 90 years is a great accomplishment, and La Porte is fortunate to have them in our community.”
The longstanding institution arrived in La Porte way back in 1928 and has been independently owned and operated ever since.
The funeral home started out of what was just a small house, where people could have services to honor their deceased loved ones. The tiny parlor has now evolved into a sizable fixture in the La Porte Community.
Haverstock’s current renovation began forming in 1972 at 602 Maple Ave., after having outgrown their former facility.
As the business grew, Haverstock had to keep up with the demand. The funeral home has made considerable upgrades over the years in order to expand its capacity and keep up with the times.
There was a time where Haverstock, like many other funeral homes, did not even have a coffee maker for their funeral attendees. Now, the funeral home has a decent sized cafe that can accommodate dinners and luncheons after services.
Although Haverstock has come a long way in its 90 year residency, the funeral home is not expecting to make any drastic changes in the future.
Current owner Kyle Kutlik is not directly related to the Haverstocks. It is his wish to keep things running as they always have in the past, and keep the employees who have spent many years servicing the grieving in the community working at the funeral home.
“The plan is to keep everything business as usual,” Kutlik said. “For the next few years we are just going to incorporate new ideas that the funeral industry has to offer.”