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.

John went above and beyond when my brother passed unexpectly. Right from the beginning we felt he cared, he comforted my siblings and I, and listened to our wishes. He also provided us support and guidance with decisions that needed to be made. John handled everything which allowed us to mourn our brother. We really could not have gotten through this difficult time with out John and the Manke staff. We truly felt like we were treated like family. Thank you so much you truly made a difference during one of the most difficult times in our lives.

Jackie Ayres March 13, 2020

Ours was a Sikh funeral. From the moment we made our first call till we got the ashes and death certificate, John was in constant contact with us. I was also very impressed that he knew all the services/prayers that needed to be performed for a Sikh funeral and was able to arrange for everything. Even months after the funeral when I had a question about a certificate, I got an immediate response from John. Highly recommended.

Guninder Singh November 30, 2018

Thank you very much for understanding the grieving process and being extremely professional and really good at what you do. I prayed that God would help us find someone that would guide us through this difficult time and I am thankful to him that he answered our prayers and guided us to you. I personally could not thank you enough for all that you did and the service that you provided to our grieving family. Thank you!

Ramon Cordero June 23, 2018

This review is on behalf of our entire Perez family. After a long battle with cancer, we lost the patriarch of our family late on a Friday night. Having made previous arrangements with another home, we thought of all things this part was the one thing that was taken care of. However, not only were they rude in our time of grief but we were told the only time they could arrange for a pickup was in the morning - to which even the hospice nurse told them was not acceptable. We did the only thing we could think of at the time and searched for a local home. Thank God, we found John! He immediately took care of us as if he'd known us longer than them just the minutes we spent together making new arrangements. We will forever be grateful for all the care and attention to detail given to us. In your time of need, don't hesitate to call and reach out to John. He'll take care of you as if you were family.

Raquel Gonzalez April 08, 2018

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

Dorian Vicente May 14, 2017

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!!

Jackie Quinones November 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.

Leigh Tricamo February 01, 2016

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

Nancy Bagli March 01, 2014

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.

Joanna O'Toole July 01, 2016

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.

Chris Bagli February 01, 2014

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.

Nelson Sanchez February 01, 2016

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.

Patricia May January 01, 2014

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.

Mike Gramegna February 01, 2016

John, Thank you, you made it all happen. I don’t think you will ever know how much we appreciate all that you did for our family. We can not thank you enough,

Mary Teresa Nelson December 20, 2018

In a very sad time, John made the arrangements as easy as possible for us. It was a pleasure working with him.

Michael Grattini October 05, 2018

During this difficult time John and his staff provided our family with professional and compassionate care. All of the details associated with the planning and completion of funeral were carefully explained and carried out flawlessly. This is the second time we have relied on Manke Memorial, and have not been disappointed. I highly recommend Manke Memorial.

Robert Venetucci June 23, 2018

John, how can I thank you. This funeral service was put together by John and he was able to put my whole family back together. He researched and cared and showed how much he loves his job. Words can explain how grateful I am for his service. You are a angel and your company is wonderful.

Sarah Corter November 30, 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!

Dorian Vicente April 02, 2017

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.

Callie White April 01, 2016

"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."

Joe Vicente January 05, 2015

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.

Katelyn Deahl October 01, 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.

Matt Zmidgrodski May 12, 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.

Elizabeth Greimel May 01, 2016

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!!

Kelly Parisi April 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."

Paula C. December 01, 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.

Matt Brown August 21, 2015