About Us

Black and white image of old cars in front of first French Funeral home location in Albuquerque in 1907.

French Funerals & Cremations has served the communities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for over 115 years, guiding families through loss and grief. Along with four locations to better serve our communities, French Funerals provides a full-service continuum of care through Sunset Memorial Park, the Cremation Society of New Mexico, and Best Friends Pet Cremation Services, to help ease the burden of loss and assist families in honoring their loved ones in the most meaningful way possible.

Our Story

Chester T. French moved to New Mexico from Tennessee in 1904, in hopes that the arid climate would help cure his brother’s tuberculosis. He fell in love with the beautiful city and its people and dedicated himself to helping families in their times of need. He opened French Mortuary in 1907 in downtown Albuquerque at the corner of 5th and Central. Twenty-two years later, he established the first perpetual care cemetery in New Mexico, Sunset Memorial Park.

Today, it is our legacy and our calling to continue to serve families during one of the most difficult milestones in life, and to help them honor their loved ones with dignity, compassion, and a deep respect for their needs and unique pathways through grief.

French Family of Companies Owners

Tom E. Antram – President and CEO

Chester French Stewart – Chairman Emeritus, grandson of Chester T. French

Robert H. Stewart – grandson of Chester T. French

Alice Brousseau – Vice President and CFO


Our Affiliations

French Funerals & Cremations is proud of our memberships with organizations whose missions align with ours: to help ease the profound hardships that families face during loss.

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