The Henney name in funeral service can be traced back to 1916, when the late H. G. Henney, started a funeral home in Carnegie. His son, Paul L. Henney, Sr., joined the family firm in 1948 and soon after decided to venture out on his own to Bethel Park, Pa. where he built a state of the art funeral home in 1961. The firm handled only 6 deaths in it’s first year but Paul and his wife Barbara worked thousands of hours in the community with the hopes they would create a “home” for families who suffered the loss of a loved one. Henney made his mark in the community by providing superior service with sincere compassion; as a result the business quickly expanded and by 1980 was serving almost 100 families per year. In the late 70’s Paul Sr. contracted a rare neurological disease that progressed until his untimely death in April of 1984. Recognizing the serious of his father’s illness Paul Jr. decided to forgo a career in medicine, and in 1980, at the age of 24 became a licensed funeral director poised to take on the family business. In 1981 Paul, Jr. purchased the family business with his younger brother David following suit in 1983.
In 1983, with the community growing rapidly and the business expanding, Paul Jr. decided to expand the size of the funeral home and doubled its size to accommodate the ever-growing community.
Quickly becoming the community funeral home, the Henney’s grew the family business, and by 1986 were handling 150+ funerals per year. It was around the same time that Paul Jr. decided to offer to the community a new program that allowed families to relieve the emotional and financial burden of funeral arrangements before the time of need; the new program was called “Preneed”, and the Henney program quickly became one of the most successful programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The two brothers ran the business successfully until 1996, when they agreed to pursue their own goals. Paul remained at the helm of the family business in Bethel Park and David independently purchased the Eugene Ocepek Funeral Home in Library. Since then Paul Henney Cremation & Funeral Tributes has become known as the “place where meaningful funerals are an everyday occurrence”. Taking great time and effort during the arrangements Paul and veteran funeral directors Marie (Wohlgemuth) Graswick & Patrick Upole take time to learn about the deceased, their family and friends, and what was important in their life. From there, a personalized, meaningful and fitting funeral service is designed to help tell the life story of the deceased while providing a time and place for family and friends to celebrate the life of their loved one.
Knowing that grief continues once the services are over, The Henney staff meets with every family personally after the funeral to help get the survivors back on their feet and guide them through the many administrative tasks that lie ahead. This has become the hallmark of the Paul Henney Cremation & Funeral Tributes,Inc.