Funeral Planning in Livingston, NJ - Guru Guide

Overview: Livingston, NJ

The 14-square-mile township of Livingston is located in Essex County, New Jersey and features seven funeral homes, three crematories and five cemeteries. Of the 27,000 residents close to half are Jewish (46%) and while the death care industry certainly takes note of this high percentage there are multiple options for those of other faiths, and those looking to have non-religious services. 

Funeral Homes

If you plan to have a traditional funeral service with the body present (regardless of whether you choose to bury or cremate the body afterwards) you must work with a funeral home to make your arrangements.

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Miles from Town Center

Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban

Highly recommended

High

Jewish

2.7

Quinn Hopping Funeral Home

Highly recommended

High

Christian

1.7

Leonardis Memorial Funeral Home

Highly Recommended

Medium

Multi Faith/Christian

4.3

Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial

Recommend

Low

Christian

7.6

Menorah Chapels at Millburn

Recommended

High

Jewish

6.2

Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home Inc. 

Recommended

Low

Non-Denominational

8.8

Preston Funeral Home Inc

Recommended

Medium

Non-Denominational

6.3

 

 

Crematories

All of the seven Livingston-based funeral homes can arrange a cremation. The choices below are direct cremation companies and are less expensive than working through a funeral home.

Name

Typical Price

Simple Cremation NJ

Low

Community Funeral Home

Low

DFS Memorials

Low

 

Cemeteries

You will work directly with the cemetery to arrange for a plot and the burial, but many of the details like buying a casket and body transportation will be coordinated by the funeral home you choose.

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Miles from Town Center

Cedar Park (Beth El) Cemetery

Highly recommended

High

Jewish

29

Rosedale Cemetery and Crematory

Highly recommended

High

Christian

8.7

Beth Israel Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Catholic

26

Evergreen Cemetery

Recommended

Low

Non-Denominational

15.3

Mt. Lebanon Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Jewish

25.4

 

Funeral Homes – Complete List

 

Recommended Highly

Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban
68 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 422-0600
www.bernheim-apter-kreitzman.com   

I have never, in my multiple years in the funeral industry, been so impressed by a funeral home and its staff.  SCI included every detail when constructing this funeral home less than ten years ago. Highlights include speakers in the chapel for the hearing impaired, an overhang for the limo drop-off area, very clean beautiful rooms for the grieving and the shomers, and a chapel that is not easily rivaled.  Not only is the building technologically advanced and accommodating, but so too are the staff.  For example, learned that Louis, one of the directors made an arrangement via Skype. They go above and beyond to be sure that the clients are pleased- their efforts pay off. Located centrally in Livingston this is a fantastic option for those looking to have a Jewish funeral.

Quinn Hopping Funeral Home
145 East Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 992-1414
www.dignitymemorial.com/quinn-hopping-funeral-home-livingston

This is the other funeral home that is located in Livingston.  It is also SCI-run, but Quinn caters more to the non-Jewish residents.  Although this building is not as new as Bernheim, it is maintained impeccably well. The staff, Ed and Tara, compassionately assist you in their spotlessly clean funeral home. Note: Leonardis Funeral Home is housed in the same building. Josette, the main funeral director there, is very helpful and caring.

Leonardis Memorial Funeral Home
210 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Park, NJ 07932
(973) 377-5050
www.leonardismemorialhome.com

Although it might not be as fancy as others, this family-owned, predominantly Catholic funeral home is very well respected. The main funeral director Josette is very helpful and caring and their family oriented mentality comes through in their work. If your needs are more technically advanced, I would suggest you ask to work with the son of the father-son duo. 

Recommended

Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial
7 Summit Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-1367
www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com/

There are three Ippolito Funeral Homes in the area that are all family owned and operated, this being the main location.  This traditional Italian family has been a trusted part of this community since 1900 and caters to the Catholic residents.

Menorah Chapels at Millburn
2950 Vauxhall Rd
Vauxhall, NJ 07088
(908) 964-1500
www.menorahchapelsatmillburn.com

This Jewish, independently run funeral home comes highly recommended by previous customers. I spoke with Vince, one of the funeral directors, who was very knowledgeable and caring.

Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home Inc
76 Park St
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-4346
http://www.moriartyfuneralhome.com

This is an independent funeral home run by a father son duo and they welcome all faiths. I spoke with Mr. Moriarty senior who was very friendly and personable. He mentioned that he doesn’t get too many families from Livingston, but if they wanted to make the trip he would happily welcome them! He also said he’s very accommodating when it comes to working within a budget.

Preston Funeral Home Inc
153 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 762-1133
www.jacobhollefuneralhome.com

This funeral home has been family-owned for the past 162 years and they welcome families of all faiths. I spoke with Clark who was very nice. Others have told me that his sister Jackie and another funeral director named Bill Rose are all very helpful and compassionate.

Can’t Recommend Yet

The Everplans team hasn’t been able to have a satisfying interaction with these Funeral Homes, but we do know many people in this area use them.

Cotton Funeral Services
130 Main St
City of Orange, NJ 07050
(973) 675-6400
www.cottonfuneralservice.com

Galante Funeral Home
54 Roseland Ave
Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 226-1801
www.galantefuneralhome.com

Hancliffe Home for Funerals
222 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, NJ 07936
(973) 739-9800
www.allwoodfuneralhome.com/

Cemeteries – Complete List

Note: Many cemeteries don’t have websites (yet).

 

Highly Recommended

Cedar Park Cemetery (Beth El Cemetery)
735 Forest Ave
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 262-1100
www.cedarparkbethelcemeteries.com/

This very well known and respected Jewish cemetery has a very comprehensive website, which is a rare find. The grounds look lovely and well-marked, with markers resembling street signs posted high up in the air so they can still be seen in the winter snow. They offer crypts, mausoleums, graves, and sanctuaries and explain all options with pictures. This cemetery is top notch!

Rosedale Cemetery and Crematory
408 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 673-0127
www.rosedalecemetery.org/

This non-profit cemetery is technically non-sectarian, but tends to be more appealing to Catholic families. The have both indoor and outdoor columbariums, a witnessing room for cremation, and an area to scatter ashes. Clearly, they are technically savvy and after multiple conversations with the friendly staff I have faith in their abilities.

Recommended

Beth Israel Cemetery
US Highway 1 North
Woodbridge Township, NJ 07095
(732) 634 - 2100
No Website

This Jewish Cemetery with a good reputation has been in business since 1922. It consists of 168 acres of cemetery plots, statues, memorial gardens, and stone from The Holy Land.

Evergreen Cemetery
1137 N Broad St
Hillside, NJ 07205
(908) 352-7940
No Website

At first it seems like this cemetery is predominantly a Civil War Memorial. But it’s not.  This Jewish cemetery has been around since that era, but they have grown and are continuing to expand each year.  The receptionist, Delores is incredibly kind and patient and assists all families in a respectful way.

Mt. Lebanon Cemetery
PO Box 135, Gill Lane
Iselin NJ 08830
(732) 283-1010
No Website

Although there is very little information available about this Jewish cemetery, it comes highly recommended by many in the industry. 

Can’t Recommend Yet

The Everplans team hasn’t been able to have a satisfying interaction with these Cemeteries, but we do know many people in this area use them.

Mount Olivet Cemetery
Middletown, NJ 07748
(732) 741-5516 ‎
No Website

Mount Hebron Cemetery
Valley Road
Upper Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-1380
No Website

Crematories

As mentioned above, you can arrange a cremation through any of the local funeral homes or you can choose a direct cremation service. Although they tend to be somewhat more expensive, we’ve had better interactions with the funeral homes than with these services.

 

Direct Cremation Companies

Simple Cremation NJ
345 Main St
Chatham
(973) 635-2438
www.simplecremationnj.com

This company advertises itself as being a cremation service and is linked to Bradley Funeral Home.

Community Funeral Home
257 Broadway
Passaic, New Jersey 07055
973 777 5535
www.communityfuneralhomenj.com

This is advertised as a very low cost option.

DFS Memorials
315 East Maple Avenue
Merchantville, NJ 08109
(877) 833-3770
www.dfsmemorials.com

This is advertised as the most affordable and basic option.

These are the two crematories local funeral homes often use:

Rosedale & Rosehill
355 E Linden Ave
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 862-4990
www.rosedale-rosehill.com

You need to go through a funeral home to use this crematory and the facilities are beautiful.

Garden State Crematory
4101 John F Kennedy Blvd
W  North Bergen, NJ 07047
(201) 867-0219

This is the crematory of choice for all the SCI locations. It is clean, well run and you are welcome to visit. 

Other Helpful Local Resources

Goodwill
126 U.S. 22
Springfield Township, NJ 07081
(973) 912-0156
goodwill.org
9.2 miles from Livingston

The Salvation Army
13 Trinity Pl, Montclair, NJ ‎
(973) 744-3312 ‎
http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/montclair
8.8 miles from Livingston

Twice is Nice
159 Mt Pleasant Ave
East Hanover
(973) 585-7696
www.twiceisnicekidsconsignments.com

Note: This is a consignment shop that focuses on children’s and junior’s clothing and accessories.

Duet Designer Consignment Boutique
79 S Livingston Ave
Livingston
(973) 535-1133
www.dueteveryday.com

Note: This consignment store specializes in luxury items.

Hotels

Guide to Pricing

$            Up to 150
$$          151 - 250
$$$        251 - 350
$$$$      350 and up

Hotel Westminster
550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 533-0600
www.westminsterhotel.net

This is the only hotel in Livingston proper and it’s an excellent choice. It has multiple dining options, a 24-hour fitness center, a heated pool, and complimentary Internet, breakfast, and parking.  $$

The Wilshire Grand Hotel
350 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731- 7007
www.thewilshiregrandhotel.com

Located 5 miles from Livingston, this luxury hotel offers a restaurant and lounge, a fitness center, complimentary buffet breakfast, Internet, and parking.  $$

Hilton Hotel Short Hills
41 JFK Parkway
Short Hills, NJ 07078
(973) 379-0100
www.hilton.com

This Hilton Hotel is about 3.5 miles from Livingston and conveniently adjacent to the Short Hills Mall. The hotel offers a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, 24-hour business center, and complimentary parking. $$$

Ramada Inn and Conference Center East Hanover
130 Route 10
East Hanover, NJ 07936
(973) 386 – 5622
www.ramada.com

This reasonably priced hotel is located about 4 miles from Livingston. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, Internet and parking.  $

Restaurants

Nana’s Deli
127 South Livingston Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 740-1940
www.nanasdeli.com

This is the go-to deli for all catering and takeout in Livingston.

Pizzeta Enoteca
62 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 740-2385
www.pizzetausa.com

The cozy family-oriented restaurant is an ideal option for group dining. They specialize in casual Italian, offering many different pizza and pasta options.

Il Capriccio Ristorante
633 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ 07981
(973) 884-9175
http://www.ilcapriccio.com

This Italian restaurant is an upscale dining option and can easily cater to large groups, even offering special party menus.