The Story Behind CMS East, Inc.
The company George F. Stoecklein, Sr. erected through sheer tenacity and unwavering faith.
1951George F. Stoecklein, Sr. discovered and fell in love with the cemetery industry in 1951. He began working as a Memorial Counselor, assisting families at a Memorial Park near Pittsburgh.
1956George and his brother, Bernard, purchased Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, in Irwin, Pennsylvania. The early years were difficult, but they remained resolved in their goal to provide protection to all families through the pre-arrangement of cemetery property.
1957Cemetery Management Services Company of Pennsylvania was created with the purchase of additional properties in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Soon after that, the company expanded operations into North Carolina with the acquisition of Sunset Memory Gardens.
1958CMS expanded into Maryland by acquiring Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
1967Conestoga Memorial Park in Lancaster, PA added a major presence in southeastern Pennsylvania.
1973CMS expanded into Ohio by adding Franklin Hills Memory Gardens, Resthaven Memory Gardens, and Clinton County Memory Gardens.
1976As the company's operations and the Stoecklein families grew, the operations were split between the two brother's families and the name was changed to CMS East, Inc.
1994Zanesville Memorial Park in Ohio became the latest addition to the CMS East, Inc. group.
2017George Stoecklein, Jr., the company's CEO retired and was succeeded by Joe McNemar, the founder's son-in-law, to continue the Stoecklein family's work.
The Years in Images
Cemetery ConventionGeorge Stoecklein, the CMS East founder, addressing a cemetery convention.
Memorial DayMemorial Day ceremony at Elan Memorial Park.
Gold Star MothersDedication ceremony of the Gold Star Mothers Flag feature at Elan Memorial Park.