CORNING - As a family-owned business, accomplishing 100 years in operation sounds like a difficult feat.
But Acly-Stover Funeral Home says it’s a simple science.
“Excellent service to your clientele, that’s it,” said Acly-Stover owner Avery Acly.
What does excellent service as a funeral home entail?
“You want families to have a lasting experience, and to help them say goodbye to their loved one, and know that the individual has been well taken care of,” said Acly.
Acly-Stover celebrated its 100th anniversary Saturday. The funeral home held an open house in the afternoon - complete with a bouncy slide and a band - and invited the public in to celebrate, tour the facility, and see what kind of services it offers.
“What we're doing is trying to show individuals how we operate,” said Acly.
Acly-Stover Funeral Home was started by Samuel John Stover Sr. in 1918, before being taken over by S. John Stover Jr. upon Stover Sr.’s death in 1963.
Acly, then an associate of the Stover family, purchased the funeral home from the Stovers in 1985. The Acly family has owned and operated the funeral home ever since, with Avery Acly managing operations with his daughter Angela Acly Carr, the latter of who joined the family business in 1990.
Corning City Mayor Bill Boland, who was present at the anniversary celebration, congratulated the funeral home for a century of success.
“I’d like to congratulate you on 100 years of service to the families and people of our community,” he said. “This is an extraordinary time and extraordinary achievement.”