Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility About Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home, Inc. | Reading, PA
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About Us

The caring and experienced professionals at Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.

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With the cost of funeral and burial expenses out of reach for many families, the option for cremation and burial at Whelan Schwartz Funeral home provides a less expensive alternative.

Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home serves Eastern Pennsylvania including Reading, Hamburg, Boyertown, Allentown, Pottstown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Pottsville.

We provide direct cremation and burial services and a variety of additional options that each family may select. Compare our casket prices to any other funeral home. We guarantee you that our price will be lower.

At Whelan Schwartz, you can pay your respects without paying a fortune.

Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated professionals with a broad depth of funeral and cremation experience. We will answer all your questions regarding your options for funeral and cremation services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Our History

Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home has been serving the families of Reading and Berks County for over half-a-century. We have always believed that everyone should be able to afford a dignified, full-service funeral.

Francis J. “Bud” Whelan grew up at 1426 North 11th Street in Reading and was a 1934 graduate of Reading High School. 

In 1946 Francis J. “Bud” Whelan established the Whelan Funeral Home at 444 North 9th Street in Reading, Pennsylvania. Licensed as a Funeral Director on January 12, 1940, and prior to establishing the Whelan Funeral Home, Mr. Whelan had worked at the Auman Funeral Home at 247 Penn Street in Reading. Along with his wife Diana Mr. Whelan served families with compassion and care at low funeral prices. In fact, Mr. Whelan’s price advertising made him an overnight success. Mr. Whelan was a very fair man and he was very particular, and was always impeccably dressed. In the beginning, Mr. Whelan rented a hearse and limousine from the late Malcolm Kroninger, who owned and operated the Kroninger Funeral Home in nearby Mohnton, PA. Today, the funeral home that Mr. Kroninger established is known as the Giles & Yeckley Funeral Home.

Mr. Whelan owned and operated the funeral for many years and became affiliated with Dick Mountz from Robesonia. The funeral home then became known as the Whelan & Mountz funeral home until Mr. Mountz retired. Later, Mr. Whelan became partners with Ken Fleischmann and the funeral home became known as the Whelan & Fleischmann Funeral Home. When Ken Fleischmann’s son-in-law, Todd Schwartz, came in to the business. The business was known and the Whelan, Fleischmann and Schwartz Funeral Home. As always, today, Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home continues as a family owned business and maintains it’s leadership and long standing tradition of low cost funerals and low cost cremation services while serving the families of the greater Reading, PA area with impeccable service, dignity and respect.


It is our mission to assist in the recognition of the value of a life lived and to facilitate meaningful ways for the family and community to celebrate the memory of their loved one.

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January 5, 1960 - Advertisement posted in the Reading Eagle.

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