Our Story

The Story Behind CMS East, Inc.

The company George F. Stoecklein, Sr. erected through sheer tenacity and unwavering faith.
  • 1951

    George 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.
  • 1956

    George 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.
  • 1957

    Cemetery 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.
  • 1958

    CMS expanded into Maryland by acquiring Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
  • 1967

    Conestoga Memorial Park in Lancaster, PA added a major presence in southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • 1973

    CMS expanded into Ohio by adding Franklin Hills Memory Gardens, Resthaven Memory Gardens, and Clinton County Memory Gardens.
  • 1976

    As 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.
  • 1994

    Zanesville Memorial Park in Ohio became the latest addition to the CMS East, Inc. group.
  • 2017

    George 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

  • George Stoecklein Addressing Cemetery Convention

    Cemetery Convention

    George Stoecklein, the CMS East founder, addressing a cemetery convention.
  • George Stoecklein at Podium in Front of Tent at Cemetery

    Memorial Day

    Memorial Day ceremony at Elan Memorial Park.
  • George Stoecklein with Gold Star Mothers at Dedication

    Gold Star Mothers

    Dedication ceremony of the Gold Star Mothers Flag feature at Elan Memorial Park.

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