Who We Are
Pines Memorials has been in business since 1948, started by my father, Albert Crawford. Our family has worked in the cemetery business since 1920 when Wm. Karl Crawford took on the job of cemetery superintendent. The cemetery is more than a job for us, it is a profession, it is a calling. When you ask us to help you with your decision to memorialize a loved one you can be sure that our main concern is helping you with what can be a difficult time.
Most of us desire to put off decisions related to death and funerals and cemeteries for as long as we are able. But when you actually complete the planning process there is a sense of comfort and accomplishment. You will be able to make choices that are best for you and your family. It will make it easier for your spouse and for your children to know that you have chosen what is important to you.
The following links are to companies and services we trust. We all have witnessed a TV program or newspaper's effort to expose the 'dirt' in the funeral industry. When that happens all of us that make our living in the industry are painted with the same brush of greed and corruption. That is unfair to all involved. There are unscrupulous funeral directors, there are cemeteries that don't protect their perpetual care funds and there are monument dealers that sell poor quality material and have no desire to serve the needs of their customers. But those companies and individuals are a tiny minority of a large group of men and women that are committed to excellence and serving their customer's needs.
Greenwood Cemetery, Petoskey
If you are looking for a well-maintained municipal, perpetual care cemetery in Northern Michigan I believe you should check out Greenwood. It was established in 1875. The City of Petoskey along with Bear Creek and Resort Townships have been partners in providing the funds for maintaining Greenwood since 1897 and residents of all three units of government take great pride in the history and heritage of the cemetery. Greenwood is also a valuable resource for genealogical research. www.gwood.us
Patten Monument Company
I highly recommend Patten Monument Company. Their headquarters is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have been in business since 1917. I purchase most of my granite memorials from them and they give excellent service to every customer. Because I sell for them I would appreciate it if you purchase something from them that you would tell them that you found their site and recommendation on my website. www.pattenmonument.com