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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

The Trust of Four Generations.

In the beginning there were three Christy Funeral Homes. Three brothers, Daniel, Raymond and Matthias each studied embalming and became funeral directors. It was during the 1890s that they each located their businesses in three different communities: Elmer, Woodstown, and Millville.

The funeral of Sarah W. McLaughlin was held at the Christy Funeral Home on March 28, 1898. She was 37 years old. This was the first funeral service Matthias H. Christy, whose funeral director's license was No. 49, held at his address on Broad Street in Millville. With his first funeral, and those that followed, he founded a family tradition that has continued for four generations and more than 100 years.

Between the years of 1930 and 1979, Matthias' son, Paul B. Christy Sr., operated the business under his New Jersey State Funeral Director's license. Paul, along with his wife Thelma, upgraded the Victorian home several times by increasing its size and improving the facilities.

Third generation brothers, Matt H. Christy and Paul B. Christy, Jr., formed a partnership of steadfast commitment to carry on in the caring Christy tradition. Paul, Jr. served local families until June of 1995 when he died. Before his death, and in 1986, Matt and Paul, Jr. expanded and built a new ground-level, handicap accessible, state-of-the-art, modern facility next door to it's former location at 11 West Broad Street. A parking lot, ample enough for families to park cars for above the average attended funeral, separates the new funeral home from the former home.

Matt, with the help of his staff; Salvatore Ilacqua and Rebecca Christy, continues to provide Christy community caring that his father and grandfather before him established.

Matt's daughter, Rebecca, represents the fourth generation. She received her funeral director's license in October 1999 after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Tampa, Florida and completing the funeral science program at Mercer Community College of New Jersey.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Matt H.  Christy

Matt H. Christy

N.J. Lic. No. 2533 Inactive
Rebecca  Christy

Rebecca Christy

Manager, N.J. Lic. No. 4363
Salvatore  Ilacqua

Salvatore Ilacqua

N.J. Lic. No. 3345
Jane  Christy

Jane Christy

non-licensed practioner

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