Riewerts Memorial Home began as the four room bungalow of Wilbur Henderson. Mr. Henderson, following the trend of that day, opened his residence for use by bereaved families that chose not to have their funerals in their own homes. Edward Meyer purchased the business and operated it as the Meyer Funeral Home until selling it to Brar V. Riewerts in September of 1943. In 1945, Bud Riewerts changed the business name to Riewerts Memorial Home.
W. Frank Kearney, the business manager since 1960, and Charles S. Seele bought the business from Mr. Riewerts in 1967. The Kelly Funeral Home that was located on Main Street closed their business in 1972. At that time Mr. Kearney and Mr. Seele, seeing the need for additional space to serve the community, did a complete renovation of the building to its present appearance. Bruce Van Tassel, their senior employee since 1978, assumed ownership of the firm in 1988. Timothy Newman joined Bruce Van Tassel in 1990 to continue the business operation..
In 1992 Bruce and Tim completed an addition to the funeral home that provided for handicapped access and expanded parking. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide personalized services for the diverse population of our area. With continuing education and our many years of experience in funeral service we have grown with the diverse population of today. We are proud to serve all faiths and ethnic groups throughout Bergenfield, New Milford, Dumont and the surrounding communities. Our close proximity to the George Washington Bridge (5 miles) has provided us a wealth of experience in directing funerals in Manhattan and the Boroughs. We are conveniently located to all three major airports. Our local area has many hotels and restaurants available for visiting families and guests. To pursue other goals, Tim Newman sold his interest in the business to Bruce in 2007.
In 2011, with consciousness to help save the environment and reduce our carbon footprint, Bruce installed solar panels on the roof of the funeral home. This 13.6 KW system will go a long way in the conservation of energy. We offer environmentally safe non-formaldehyde products for preservation and sanitation and are committed to do our share in the protection of the environment.