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June 14, 2014

Ellwood City funeral home plans crematory

NEW CASTLE — An Ellwood City funeral home has plans to build a crematory.

The Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc., 309 Spring Ave., notified the Lawrence County commissioners that the business has applied to the state Department of Environmental of Protection to build a human crematory in Ellwood City Borough.

Mortuary owner Samuel A. Teolis said yesterday his plans so far have obtained unanimous approvals of the borough planning commission and  borough council.

He plans to convert an existing garage on the funeral home property for the venture. Teolis said he is waiting for final approval of his building permit.

He also applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for a general permit. Teolis said he anticipates starting the project around the end of July.

Teolis, who also is a deputy coroner, said his interest in expanding his funeral business to include a crematory is based on state statistics and demand.

“The cremation rate in Pennsylvania is predicted to be 50 percent in the next few years,” he said. “ At our business alone the demand has definitely gone up.”

He attributes the demand to two factors —cost and trend.

 “It’s what people want,” he said.

 

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