"A Tradition of Caring Since 1919”
In September 1919, Claude and Grace Griesel opened the Claude E. Griesel Mortuary to provide a service to the community based on professionalism and dignity. After Claude’s death in 1939, Grace attended mortuary school and continued the business with kindness and understanding for many years. Following Grace’s death in 1961, James Mack, Claude and Grace’s great-nephew, assumed directorship until 2003.
With 52 years of professional experience as licensed funeral directors and embalmers, collectively, Leo Stodden and Rosario Jimenez Stodden purchased Griesel Mortuary in September 2003 under the name of Griesel Jimenez Stodden Funeral Home. Their principle focus was to preserve the tradition of a family owned establishment and, in keeping with Griesel’s legacy, to provide the highest level of service to the community with compassion, kindness and understanding. Having the opportunity to appreciate their parent’s dedication and contribution to the community, Felicia and Alicia Jimenez Stodden, Leo and Rosario’s daughters, also became licensed funeral directors and embalmers in 2005 and 2012, respectively.
The Stodden family recognize their client families experience one of the most strenuous moments in their lives, and they are devoted to not only providing the necessary support needed but to bring comfort and an understanding during those difficult times. It is an honor to celebrate 96 years of funeral service to the public, and the Stodden family look forward to dedicating many years in offering their services with reverence, compassion and respect.