Coyle Funeral and Cremation Services celebrates 125 years in business

In 1888, my great-great-grandfather started the Coyle Funeral Home in the Darby neighborhood on Broadway, in South Toledo. He was an active political, union and social member of the community, the first in his family to immigrate to the states from Ireland.

He passed the business onto his son, then opening another location on Collingwood in the Old West End. The family business continued to grow, operated by my grandfather, Bill, and great-uncle, Jim. The current location on Reynolds Rd. was built in 1971, with Joe and Bill Coyle, 4th generation directors, and me, 5th generation.

Think about the quality of life 125 years ago – no paved streets with cars, no phones, or many electrical devices at all. People kept busy with the struggles of food, water and basic life challenges.

The city of Toledo was a growing community, thanks in part to migrant farmers, and the beginnings of industry and commerce grew along the Great Lakes.

There is much to celebrate about surviving and thriving in business for 125 years through so much historical and social change. I am thankful to my previous four generations of Coyle businessmen for maintaining the quality, compassion and ethical service our funeral home provides.

I hope you will join me in our Community Anniversary Celebration to be held Sunday, April 28 from 2-5 p.m. at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. At 3 p.m. we begin our ceremony with a Declaration from the City of Toledo, and accolades from our city and community leaders. Smile as you listen to one of our humorous essay contest winners share her story, and to some moving tributes from those we have served. We will be celebrating with a military flag dedication, complete with the 21-gun salute and playing of taps. We will launch a commemorative lantern lift, where you can write a message to remember someone you love. Join us for music, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres.

I want to personally thank those loyal families who continue to call upon us, generation after generation, when in a time of need. And those who have heard from others, thank you for the wonderful praises. We are committed to creating a meaningful experience and are honored to be of service.

Megan Coyle-Stamos is President at Coyle Funeral and Cremation Services, working with her father, Joe Coyle. You may contact her at 419-865-1295 or mcoyle-stamos@CoyleFuneralHome.com.