About Us

Our Team

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Kurt Edenbach

Funeral Director, Owner

Kurt grew up in Middletown and has been working around the funeral home since he was teenager.

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Robert Edenbach

Retired Funeral Director, Owner

Most people know him as Bob. He is an Aquidneck Island native and has lived in almost every town in the county.

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Edward Gurka

Funeral Director

Eddie has been a license funeral director with the Memorial Funeral Homes since 1988 He grew up in the Slatersville area of North Smithfield.

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Sean Hackett

Funeral Director

Sean is a homegrown Newporter which gives him a deep understanding of the people on the islandSean served our U.S. military in the Air Force.  

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Ben Landry

Funeral Director

Ben has a nononsense approach when assisting familiesHe makes certain each detailed request made by families in honored.

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Courtney Sullivan

Funeral Director

Courtney is a native Newporter, she brings her kind-hearted nature and attention to detail to every family she serves.

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Rachel Durbeck

Funeral Director

Rachel is a 2019 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  Immediately upon graduation..

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Leo Dube

Funeral Director, Director of Advance Planning

Leo hails from Swansea, MassachusettsLeo attended Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River.

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Lisa Alves

Office Manager

Lisa Marie Alves (no relation to the Presleys) is a lifelong Aquidneck Islander and she is the heart and soul of our Funeral Home. 

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Rev. Lark d’Helen, FT

Celebrant Coordinator, Thanatologist and Community Education Advisor

The Rev. Dr. Lark d’Helen has been a happy transplant from the state of Minnesota for over 25 years.

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Susan Winsor, LICSW

LICSW, Grief Counselor

Susan has lived in Newport since middle school. She graduated from Salve Regina and Boston University. 

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Malek Slama

Apprentice Funeral Director

Malek joined the team at Memorial Funeral Homes at the end of 2020 to complete her training and education…

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John Reynolds

Monument Company Associate & Funeral Assistant

John is a retired Middletown Firefighter. John is an amazing cook and talented handy man. He enjoys going on vacations his wife Sharon plans for them. He is also a member of the Freemasons. 

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John Nelson

Operations Coordinator and Newport Monument Company Associate

John is a native of West Hartford, CT and grew up in East Greenwich RI. He graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in June 1984 and Babson College with a degree in Management in May, 1988. 

Our Story

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. 1939-2003

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. Charlie, or Toddy as he was known by family and childhood friends, lived in the funeral home with his young family and they and the business grew with his brother Robert S. Edenbach joing him in the family funeral home. Over his forty years in funeral service, Charlie worked tirelesly to help those through difficult times, and giving of his own time and energy. Outside of the funeral home, he was a board member and campaign chair for the Newport County YMCA and a fixture at the Newport Lions Club events.  Charlie leaves his wife Joan Egan Edenbach, and four children, Christine, Charles III, Kurt and John.  Over the years, he enjoyed many adventures and travels, he lived by the mantra, “work hard and play hard”, often escaping on a sailboat, skiing, or a vaction with friends to explore the world.  Often taking the road less travelled, he enjoyed learning from the local residents, often stopping to ask for some advice or just to hear a story.

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