Griffith Funeral Chapel, Inc.
Serving the community for more than 100 years since 1898

About Us


The Griffith Funeral Establishment was started November 1, 1898 in Lenni Pennsylvania by Horace S. Griffith and his son Horace B. As mill owners, making tapestries and cabinetry, the family began providing caskets for their and nearby factory workers.

Horace B. "Hank" Griffith III is the fourth generation proprietor of the business, which has been located in Norwood since 1906 when an existing funeral home was purchased from Clarence R. Black. Horace B. Griffith operated the business between 1906 and 1936. During his tenure, in 1927, the chapel on Chester Pike was built.

Horace S. Griffith

This was one of the first buildings constructed as a funeral home in Pennsylvania. It was very unusual because most funeral homes were still in actual homes like our blue house next door. This was built as a non-denominational chapel with cathedral-style window and pipe organ which still exists today.

Herbert Griffith, Horace B.'s brother, operated the business from 1936 until 1957. Horace Jr. took over in 1957, retiring in 1986. Herbert's stepson, Jack Greer, went to work with the company after returning from World War II.

The firm upholds the highest standards and are members of the by-invitation-only Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

The firm is quite proud to have a bereavement counselor on retainer and available to family members at no expense to them. These services may be particularly needed after a sudden loss or death of a child.

Griffith Funeral Chapel provides a full range of services including cremation and cremation services.


Staff members of Griffith Funeral Chapel, Inc. are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Below is a listing of our full-time and part-time staff.

Horace B. Griffith, III - Supervisor
Maryann Murray - Family Services
Jeffrey Kauffman, M.A., M.S.S. - Bereavement Counselor



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