Longtime Meridian funeral home Chapel of the Chimes closing

Its business will be absorbed by Boise-based Cloverdale, which is a much bigger operation.

zkyle@idahostatesman.comAugust 24, 2013 

Chapel of the Chimes has leased its building at 105 E. Carlton Ave. since the business opened.

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Meridian will lose a 43-year-old business when Chapel of the Chimes closes its doors for good in September.

The Chapel has operated under that name since 1970; the building has been a funeral home since 1955.

The funeral home has been operating in concert with Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation. The parent company of both, Carriage Services of Houston, decided to consolidate the operations, Cloverdale Managing Partner Terry Shotkoski said.

“After going through a review process, we decided to centralize the operation to one facility,” Shotkoski said. “It’s a convenient location with cremation and a cemetery all on-site.”

Cloverdale’s operation is about six times bigger than Chapel’s, Shotkoski said. Chapel has just one full-time employee. Cloverdale, which employs 25, has provided employees to Chapel since January, he said.

Shotkoski said customers of one longtime Treasure Valley funeral home can feelcomfortable taking business to another — Cloverdale has been a cemetery since 1934 and a funeral home since 1964.

“A lot of people have had very positive responses about the modern facility here with the new technology used in funeral services, from webcasting to recording services,” he said. “Everything is state-of-the-art in this facility. It’s just a step in the direction for how the profession is going.”

For several decades, more and more funeral home customers have opted for cremations instead of burials. Shotkoski said the shift was a factor in deciding to consolidate the businesses.

“It’s a trend going throughout the profession for a number of years as baby boomers are coming to age,” Shotkoski said. “Some like to witness the cremation process as a family, together. That weighed into our decision.”

Zach Kyle: 377-6464, @IDS_zachkyle

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