James H. Magner from Norwalk, CT established the Magner Funeral Home in 1912. As owner of Magner Livery, Mr. Magner assisted local funeral directors for several years prior to opening his own funeral business. The original funeral home was a store front shop on Main Avenue in Norwalk. The tradition at the time was “waking” in the family home, with Mr. Magner and his staff facilitating all that encompassed.
In 1934 Mr. Magner turned the business over to his two sons, J. Clete Magner and Paul F. Magner, who moved the business to its current location at 12 Mott Ave, Norwalk, CT marking a change in modern funeral services. This building serves as a location for families to receive friends and a place to conduct a funeral service.
Clete Magner died in 1941, leaving Paul to run the business until his retirement in 1965. In 1965 until 1982, Paul’s oldest son, James P. Magner, ran the funeral business. Upon James’ death in 1982, his son Michael J. Magner took over the business and has since been joined by his brother James Paul Magner, both representing the 4th generation of Magners serving the Norwalk and surrounding areas.
Magner Funeral Home has been a member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, by invitation since 1978.
“Selected Independent Funeral Homes was founded in 1917 as National Selected Morticians. We are a worldwide professional association of independent, locally-owned funeral homes. Our members operate under strict standards and strive to utilize best practices in offering families confidence and preserving their trust during times of need. We monitor our members to help ensure that consumers receive the best care available, and we encourage feedback about services provided by our members.
Guided by our on-going mission and our Code of Good Practice, member firms are operated by trusted, local professionals who are often considered leaders in their communities. Many of our funeral homes are run by multi-generation families who have a long tradition of helping people. They are determined to offer consumers knowledgeable guidance, helpful information and a wide range of choices in creating a meaningful tribute following the death of a loved one.”