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About Us

Important Message Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak: 

 We recognize the seriousness of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and are doing everything we can to keep our facility, staff, and the families we serve safe.

Our team is making every effort possible to keep our space and equipment clean and sanitized, and implementing the necessary distancing practices. We have also been receiving updates from the RI Dept of Health and National Funeral Directors Association with necessary updates and best practices. Please realize we have changed our office hours, schedule and location of some of our staff to ensure we will be able to assist throughout these trying times. Please call our office first if you need assistance and we will guide you with care and concern.

The Edenbach family and the staff of Memorial Funeral Homes takes pride in serving the entire Newport County community.

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

--Helen Keller

About Memorial Funeral Home

You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our website.

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.

Our Staff

Our History

In June of 1931, Charles A. Edenbach Sr. was granted a license as an Undertaker from the City of Newport after graduating from the McAllister School of Embalming in New York City. In 1932, Charles A. Edenbach Sr., established his storefront funeral business at 89 Broadway. In 1936 he relocated to 375 Broadway into a new building. He and his wife Loretta Sullivan Edenbach designed and built the funeral home and it is believed to be one of the first to be built for this purpose in Rhode Island.

Mr. Edenbach Sr. was a visionary in many ways, being most notable was his creation of the colonial styled structure specifically created to provide family and friends a means to pay the finest tribute to the memory of their loved one, without hardship. His creation of this "home for funerals" was quite a new idea in the mid 1930's, as funerals in that era were usually conducted from the family home.

The funeral home structure itself was so advanced and complete when built, that it served the needs of the Newport community for more than 50 years before any significant changes were warranted. In the late 1980's, Mr. Edenbach's sons, Charles Jr. and Robert, paid tribute to their mother and father by extensively renovating the funeral home and dedicating a new funeral chapel to their memory.

Charles A. Edenbach, Jr.

Charles A. Edenbach, Jr.

In 1964 Mr. Edenbach's son, Charles A. Edenbach, Jr., joined his father as a licensed funeral director after graduating from Holy Cross College and receiving his funeral director training at the New England Institute. With his son now sharing more and more of the responsibility of the funeral home, Mr. Edenbach Sr. and his wife Loretta (Sullivan) Edenbach began to enjoy traveling. Charlie lived in the funeral home with his young family and they and grew the business with the help of his wife Joan (Egan) Edenbach. They then welcomed his brother Robert S. Edenbach into the family funeral home.

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