...The Herbold Company, Poister & Boehm Furniture and Undertaking, Boehm & Sons, L. G. Snyder & Company Furniture and Undertaking, Byrd J. Whittridge Funeral Home and even one firm simply known in it's day as The Funeral Home. By undertaking the responsibilities, wishes and requirements needed to arrange a funeral, these grand firms led the way to today's modern funeral service. Their commitment to serving with compassion lives on today in Galion's Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home.
In 1962, Earl M. Kubach opened his funeral home in Galion at 303 Portland Way North. It was the first modern funeral home to be built in Galion since 1909. The firm quickly grew and within a few years, Earl entered a partnership with Jim Sulser, owner of the Snyder Funeral Home at 128 South Market Street. The new firm was known as Snyder & Kubach Funeral Home. For several years, Snyder & Kubach operated from two locations in Galion until the home on South Market Street was closed. That historic home is still a viable part of Galion, in use today as professional offices.
In the years to follow, Earl Kubach continued his commitment and his investment in Galion by adding improvements to his funeral home. Through the years more parking, a second spacious room for visitation and funeral services, and a separate family seating area were added to the property. Following the death of Orie D. Garverick, Earl acquired the Garverick Funeral Home in Crestline in 1973. For the next four years, Snyder& Kubach Funeral Home would again operate from two locations.
Mark A. Schneider, having just received his funeral director and embalmer licenses, came to Snyder & Kubach in the fall of 1975. Mark was the manager of the Crestline location, but served families in both Galion and Crestline. Earl saw an opportunity to help a young man get into business for himself, and so sold the Crestline firm to Mark in 1977. The firm in Crestline was now called Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home.
In 1984, wishing to retire, Earl once again called on his former manager and friend Mark A. Schneider. Mark bought the business changed the name to Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion, and reunited the custom of a single funeral home serving multiple communities.
Over these many years, "undertaking" has grown and developed. In its early days, a caring individual would undertake the burdens and responsibilities of a grieving family, acting in their behalf and at their behest to arrange services and a funeral. Today, professionally licensed funeral directors and clinically trained and licensed embalmers provide to grieving families the services and facilities they require to honor a life which has ended. What has never changed, though, is the sincere desire of caring individuals to ease the burden of those in grief.