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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1953

As a proud member of the Hanover community since 1953, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.

Dignity

Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.

Guidance

Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.

Legacy

Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

Constructed in 1853 as a private residence, the Panebaker Funeral Home has served the families of the Hanover area since 1954. In 1953, Paul W. and Geraldine P. Panebaker purchased the home and along with Mr. Panebaker’s brother, renovated it to become the funeral home which opened in 1954. 

The Panebakers operated the funeral home until 1986 when they sold their business to Craig and Renate Johnston. After more than 20 years of ownership and hard work of the Johnstons, the ownership of Panebaker Funeral Home transferred to the family of Michael and Kristin Newman. A strength of Panebaker Funeral Home has been and continues to be the role of a husband and wife serving as a team for those who have suffered a loss.

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Legacies Honored

71

Years in Business

Moments Remembered

Our Locations

A place of healing

We welcome you to explore the Panebaker Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, Inc. facilities, and invite you to discover a comforting and peaceful place to honor your loved one.

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

We're here for you

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family

Seamless Arrangements

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and cemetery plans.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Around the Clock Support

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Reviews

Hear from the families we've served

“Very caring and professional staff.”

Author: Roni Deitz rated with 5 stars

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Associations & Awards

Honoring excellence

We’re honored to be recognized for our dedication to excellence and genuine care. Explore the esteemed associations we're a part of, and the awards that celebrate our commitment to the communities we serve.

Our Awards

Talk about how you want to be remembered. It can make the difference of a lifetime.

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Delivering innovative and pertinent resources, solutions and ongoing support necessary for enduring excellence to our international network of independently owned death-care providers.

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To preserve, protect, and promote the independent family-owned funeral home and to help PFDA members provide meaningful ceremonies and rituals surrounding death.

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We're hiring

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Panebaker Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, Inc. offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.