Testimonials

We receive many letters from the families we've served, thanking us for our caring ways during their time of loss. Their words warm our hearts, and speak to you of our professionalism, compassion, and the true value of the services we provide.

  • Dorian Vicente

    May 14, 2017

    Dear John, Once again I want to thank you for handling all the funeral arrangements with the utmost professionalism and compassion. Everything from the night your staff came to my dad's house until the entombment was so well organized and beautiful. Everyone that visited expressed what a blessed send off my dad had. You definitely have been given special graces and gifts from God in helping families during such a difficult transition of life. God Bless you and your family! Keep in touch! Love & Blessings, Dorian C. Vicente Read more

  • Dorian Vicente

    April 02, 2017

    Hi John, I wanted to thank you again for everything you did during this difficult time. It was a lovely ceremony and I feel very relieved that my uncle and mother are at rest together. You are a fine person and ultimate professional. God Bless! Read more

  • Jackie Quinones

    November 01, 2016

    Thank you So much for everything and making my Grandpa so comfortable!!!! Really appreciate all you did your kindness your professionalism Everything about you to make my family feel so comfortable thru this difficult time. Thank you again for all you done John your are the Best I ever seen by far!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Read more

  • Callie White

    April 01, 2016

    I can't thank them enough. A family member dying is hard enough, but being out of state, you just feel helpless. The staff was lovely. They expedited stuff for me because I was flying in and they knew i had time constraints. There was a credit card snafu- they called me and were patient while I worked it out. They explained all the charges to me. Their prices were right in the middle of all the places I called. When I had an issue picking up my aunt's stuff at the hospital, the guy texted me a copy of the death certificate- on his day off!!!! There is no way I can thank them enough. Read more

  • Leigh Tricamo

    February 01, 2016

    Exceptional, Compassionate Care I have done business with Manke Memorial on more than one occasion. Each time they have provided exceptional and compassionate care. The manager, John, makes himself available to meet and talk with family members. He is compassionate and caring and takes the time to listen to the needs and wishes of the family. He understands the importance of doing everything he can to meet the religious and cultural needs of the family in providing final care of their loved ones. I highly recommend Manke Memorial. Read more

  • Joe Vicente

    January 05, 2015

    "Our mom suddenly passed away in Florida at the end of December. As the New Year holiday was approaching, we wanted to get her back home as soon as possible. John and his team were able to make all the required arrangements both here in New Jersey and in Florida to have her brought home in a matter of two days. John's team picked up mom at Newark Airport on New Year's which was above and beyond. The viewing was very attractive and accommodating from 4 to 8pm. John was very helpful in personally assisting my family with the cemetery and church arrangements which went off without any issues. We owe John and his team heartfelt gratitude which cannot be expressed in words as this was a very difficult time for our family. When it comes time again, we will call on Manke Memorial's expertise and compassion." Read more

  • Nancy Bagli

    March 01, 2014

    I am so grateful for the professional, dignified manner in which Manke Memorial employees and management conducted the Homegoing Services for my dad. Please count me as a very satisfied client Read more

  • Katelyn Deahl

    October 01, 2016

    This may seem like a strange thing to review, but in a world where the vast majority of funeral homes are owned by a few huge national corporations, I think it's important to single out this business as excellent, professional, well-priced, and trustworthy. My recent experience there made a very sad occasion a bit less difficult and traumatizing than it might otherwise have been. The staff were compassionate and highly decent in their interactions with my family. In families' time of grief, many funeral parlors take advantage and overcharge for services. Unethical practices in this industry are widely documented. If you're in need of funeral services in Paterson, I recommend Manke Memorial family-owned, family-run business for its high quality, fair prices, and kindly interactions. Read more

  • Joanna O'Toole

    July 01, 2016

    First time a very close relative of mine past away, my uncle. Cremation was a decision my family chose and I had many questions. John, the funeral director answered all my questions. He was professional and very knowledgeable. He took his time to explain everything that I needed to know. He made my emotional experience a pleasant one. Although I would not want to place my foot here again, , I would definitely choose this place again if I need to. Read more

  • Matt Zmidgrodski

    May 12, 2016

    As an out-of-towner, I recently had to plan the burial for an elderly Paterson friend whose final wishes and arrangements were quite convoluted. I was panicking, but one call to Manke Memorial helped to put my mind at ease. John listed the information I would need to locate among my late friend's possessions and gave me moral support throughout the process. Because of his help--and against all odds!--my friend was able to have a beautiful funeral mass and be buried in the plot she desired. I highly, highly, highly recommend this business as a friendly, professional, and reasonably priced port in the storm of confusion that can come after a death. I don't think I've ever been more grateful to anyone for their help. Read more

  • Chris Bagli

    February 01, 2014

    Highly Recommend I was very impressed with the staff at Manke Memorial. John's attention to detail was on point. John made my Dad look very natural and relaxed, he looked perfect The staff showed great compassion and went the extra mile. I would highly recommend Manke Memorial for your funeral needs. Read more

  • Elizabeth Greimel

    May 01, 2016

    John was a god send to our family . Considering our situation, he knew how to handle a" not so good "situation into a "thank god we met him "experience. We couldn't have asked for anything more at a time like this. God bless. Read more

  • Nelson Sanchez

    February 01, 2016

    At such a difficult time in our lives, John and the folks at Manke Memorial really helped make the passing of a loved one, a beautiful, respectful and loving event. He was so helpful explaining our options, guiding us with great advice and taking care of every detail of the services. If ever we find ourselves in need again, I know he will take care of us with care and grace. Thank you, John. Read more

  • Kelly Parisi

    April 01, 2015

    When I lost my loved one, I didn't know where to turn. With that a friend recommended Manke Memorial. John Manke is the most caring, sympathetic, professional individual. He treated me like a friend not a customer. John walked me through the entire cremation process and made sure that I was making the right decisions. Having to say goodbye to a loved one is the worst thing anyone has to do.. So for having to do that-- Manke memorial was as good as it gets!! Read more

  • Patricia May

    January 01, 2014

    John was sensitive and caring while helping my sisters and brother make choices after my mom died. Manke Memorial and John supported all our decisions and suggested others, even with something as simple as choosing the appropriate flowers. My mother died on a holiday weekend which affected the timing of communicating with the veterans cemetery. John utilized his years of experience to assist with contacting the key people at the cemetery. All went well during this difficult time. Read more

  • Paula C.

    December 01, 2015

    "Dear John and Staff, Words seem inadequate to express our sincere appreciation for your help during the loss of our beloved Mom. Not only were we touched by your professionalism but your personal care for each of us. You were so willing and quick to answer our questions and offer assistance to be of help. Thanks also for your gift of the dress. She was absolutely beautiful. You did a magnificent job of preparing her body for eternal rest. Your prompt response and concern for the family will forever be remembered in a warm way. Thanks again on behalf of the family." Read more

  • Mike Gramegna

    February 01, 2016

    Best Decision.. What an incredible place. My family and I attended a service for a close friend about a month ago and the entire staff handled the situation beautifully. They were honest, sympathetic, and motivated us to celebrate the life our friend had. The man that made the arrangements (John), was incredible. He provided anecdotes from his own life to help their family, and ours, cope with the loss ...he was just the perfect person to have on all our sides through this. If you should ever face this kind of tragedy...I highly recommend Manke Memorial. They make the best out of the worst situation. Read more

  • Matt Brown

    August 21, 2015

    What an incredible place. My family and I attended a service for a close friend about a month ago and the entire staff handled the situation beautifully. They were honest, sympathetic, and motivated us to celebrate the life our friend had. The man that made the arrangements (John), was incredible. He provided anecdotes from his own life to help their family, and ours, cope with the loss ...he was just the perfect person to have on all our sides through this. If you should ever face this kind of tragedy...I highly recommend Manke Memorial. They make the best out of the worst situation. Read more