Best Funeral Home/Crematory
Penwell-Gabel Cremation, Funerals & Receptions
Ren and Theresa Newcomer’s business used to be known as Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home. Now, it’s Penwell-Gabel Cremation, Funerals & Receptions.
The name change illustrates how those at Penwell-Gabel were willing to listen to the families they serve and slightly modify the way the business brands itself, said Ren Newcomer, a fourth-generation funeral director.
The Newcomers have owned Penwell-Gabel since 1978, but the business has operated in Topeka since 1893. The couple is excited that their son — John Newcomer, a graduate of Hayden High School and the University of Kansas — recently moved back to Topeka and is joining them in the business.
Penwell-Gabel has seen the popularity of cremations rise to the point where slightly more than 50 percent of its customers now choose that option, Ren Newcomer said. Meanwhile, funeral services have generally become less formal.
Penwell-Gabel offers reception facilities and food service at its four funeral homes in Topeka and Mount Hope Cemetery, Funeral Chapel & Reception Center. The business also owns Penwell-Gabel Cemetery & Mausoleum.
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