Located at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains at the gateway to the Harlem Valley, Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home has been serving families of all faiths in their time of need since 1936. The character of our services is defined by its family ownership and heritage. One cannot help but feel embraced and comforted by the charm of this countryside setting and peaceful nature of our individual rooms, their furnishings, and touches of local artisan charm.
As the name suggests, the business today reflects the history of two families who dedicated their lives to funeral service in the greater Pawling area. John W. Horn moved his family from Amenia to Pawling in 1936 and opened the original funeral Home on Smith Street. Soon after he built the current facility on East Main Street to better serve the needs of families and individuals.
Augustus J. Thomes, of Stamford, CT, graduated from the McAllister School of Embalming in 1933. As a licensed funeral director, Gus, served in WW II as a U.S. Army Mortuary Commander and achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel during service in the Army Reserve. In 1958, Gus purchased the business and property from Mr. Horn and moved his family to Pawling from Stamford. He renamed the business Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home maintaining the heritage and encouraging the continued growth of personalized funeral service.
John M. Thomes, son of Gus, graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. in New York City in 1968 and entered the family business working for his father for many years. Eventually, he and his wife, Debbie, purchased it from his father and continues today as the owner and funeral director. Family tradition continues today with Sara C. Guilbeault, a third generation funeral director, active in the daily operation of Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home.
It is our focus and goal that visitors feel welcome as soon as they arrive at Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home. From the moment of greeting at the front door we strive to put visitors and families at ease. Comfortable décor and setting allows families and friends to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.