History of the Jones & Thompson Families
In 1862, James Jones, a cabinet maker by trade, entered into the funeral profession in the community of St. Cloud, which is known today as Eighty Four.
In 1892, his son James Albert Jones became a partner in the business, which then became known as James Jones & Son.
Following the death of his father in 1902, James A. Jones formed a partnership with his brother-in-law Harry B. Thompson. The Jones & Thompson partnership continued until the death of Harry B. Thompson in 1921.
Three years later, on January 10, 1924, Harry’s 21-year-old son, Kenneth V. Thompson received his license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Undertakers and continued the Jones & Thompson partnership. The business was moved to 403 Washington Street, Bentleyville, where it remained for eight years. The funeral home was then moved to 705 Main Street. In 1936, the present building at 809 Main Street was purchased and remodeled for use as a funeral home.
James A. Jones died in 1958 at the age of 92 and at the time of his death he was the oldest licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania. The business then became known as the Kenneth V. Thompson Funeral Home. Kenneth V. Thompson served the area for 54 years and upon his death in 1978, his wife Lanomi Baldwin Thompson became the owner of the business, carrying on the name until her death in July of 1994.
The funeral home was then passed to the Thompson’s daughter, Lenore Ann Thompson Stout, making her the fourth generation to own the business. The business name was changed to the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc.
The current supervisor, Timothy Marodi joined the business in August 1991. He became a licensed funeral director in 1986. A native of Marianna, Pennsylvania, he graduated in 1981 from Bethlehem Center High School, attended California University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1984. He is a member of the Ave Marie Parish, Bentleyville Knights of Columbus Council 5826 and Bentleyville Lions Club.
Timothy Marodi, Funeral Director
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