Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary | Dedicated Service Since 1907

About Us EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE.


We invite you to discover what has made Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary the ultimate provider of creating healing experiences in the community. This section contains the heritage, vision, and the people behind Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust. Newell Hoerling Mortuary has been serving the Centralia, Washington area with compassion and respect. Our deep roots in the community are a source of pride, as we grow side by side with the families we serve. 

The Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary, located in Centralia, WA. has been in continuous operation as a funeral establishment in its present location on Pine Street since Edward Newell built it in 1907. Known then as the 'Newell Undertaking Company', it was purchased by Clarence G. Hoerling in, 1933 and has been family owned and operated since. A former streetcar conductor, Clarence Hoerling recevied his initial introduction and training at Sticklin Funeral Home and was employed by Edward Newell on September 15, 1922. The name was changed to Newell-Hoerling's in 1933 but dedication to serving families in Lewis and Thurston Counties, with integrity and compassion, continues to this day. Edward Newell passed away on March 28, 1948. In the late 1920's through the 1960's Newell-Hoerling's also operated an ambulance service a practice common to mortuaries and funeral homes throughout the USA. Newell-Hoerling's was an early and active member and supporter of the Washington State Funeral Director's Association and Clarence Hoerling served as its President in 1951. He was the author of the History of the Washington State Funeral Directors Association, reprinted n there 2001 Convention Guide. He was instrumental in the establishment of the original Purple Cross Funeral Plan in 1948. Robert W. Hoerling graduated from Mortuary College in 1948, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He became owner on January 1, 1974. His son James R. Hoerling, completed his degree in 1981, and is continuing the tradition of compassionate, affordable service. Clarence passed away on March 21, 1984. Currently, Newell-Hoerling's is the only locally owned funeral home in Centralia and Chehalis. It still is an 'Undertaking' company in the highest sense of the word. It has a history, rich in service and a future; worthy of its past. 

At Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary, we take great pride in what we do. Our purpose is to: • Help families make well-planned preparations in their time of need • Provide a peaceful and soothing environment where people can gather to honor the life of a loved one • Preserve longstanding traditions and customs • Offer personalized and affordable services and products • Reach out to the greater community We believe that the success of any business requires dedication and professionalism. In our business, in particular, it also requires a great deal of kindness, compassion and attention to detail. You’ll find these qualities in each and every member of our staff here at Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary. Put your trust in us to make this experience as comfortable and carefree as possible. We hope you will consider us your source for compassionate care and exemplary service. Our pledge is to help you honor your loved one in a meaningful way, offering thoughtful guidance and personal attention to every detail.

Family Owned vs. Chains 

Click below to see answers.


Over the years, large multi-national organizations have been purchasing funeral homes at an alarming rate. The early nineties saw many family operated funerals homes across North America brought into the fold of large multi national firms. The funeral profession has a long, proud history of personal service provided by generations of local families with deep roots in their community. Today there are many funeral service providers to choose from. What you may not know is that not all funeral homes are owned by local families. While they may have been operating in your community for years, and their names have not changed, some funeral homes have sold out to national and even international companies. These funeral service companies keep the original family name on their businesses because they know that at our greatest time of need you may be more likely to turn to a local family you feel you can trust than to a national chain you know nothing about.

Hoerling’s Mortuary is owned by the Week’s Family and independently operated. They are not operated by a large public corporation. 

Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary is family owned and has a single focus; providing the best quality service and value to our families and friends. We are not governed by corporate mandates or driven to increase profits. We know that our success depends upon how we treat each and every family we serve. It is our goal at Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary not only to satisfy your needs but to exceed your expectations. 

© 2017 Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS