The VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, located at both 401 Broadway in Monticello, NY and 111 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro, NY, is a full-service funeral home specializing in burial, cremation, entombment and out of town transfers when death occurs. Whether the funeral is traditional, private or direct disposition – and whether the service is religious, fraternal, military, humanist or memorial – we assist our families in taking care of the many details that must be handled after a loved-one has passed away.
The VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, in Monticello, was established at its present location, in 1944 by Benson VanInwegen. Previous to this, Mr. VanInwegen had rented a home not too far away on the property presently occupied by theRite-Aid drug store after he purchased and consolidated the funeral businesses of Fred Stratton and Lamont Mitchell in 1927.
His father, Willis, and grandfather, David, had both been cabinetmakers in Bloomingburg in the 1800’s, building caskets as part of their craft. This carried them into the funeral profession. Benson’s brother, Birdsall (Bert), moved to Wurtsboro to establish a funeral home, and Ben moved to Monticello in 1926 to sell sewing machines for Fred Stratton, who, besides his funeral practice, owned and operated a Singer sewing machine business and sold pianos. After a while, Ben became partners with Stratton and eventually bought the entire business. In 1968, Ben sold his firm to E. Arthur Gray, a funeral director from Port Jervis, and James F. Kenny, who had recently graduated from the American Academy-McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. In 1972, Bert VanInwegen’s funeral home in Wurtsboro was added to the growing company.
Since the late 1980’s, both funeral homes have been owned and operated by the Kenny family. Joseph Kenny, son of James & Sandra Kenny, received his funeral director’s license in 1990 and a degree in Accounting in 1994, after which he came to work in the family business. He then became more involved when Jim became the Mayor of Monticello in 1996. After Jim passed away unexpectedly in 1998, Joe has been managing both firms independently carrying on the tradition of pride in family ownership that has been alive and well since the inception of this firm.