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Here at Wiesner & Massart, Inc., we have a wide selection of caskets, vaults and urns for you to choose from. If there is something we do not have, we will certainly get it for you. Below is some basic information on the types of merchandise available. If you ever have any questions, please just give us a call.
Caskets are made in a wide variety of styles and materials. They can be made from inexpensive materials, such as pine or a composite of hardboard, and cost very little. Or they can be very expensive when made from the finest materials such as bronze or mahogany.
Whether you are preplanning for yourself or choosing for a loved one, a casket selection is a very personal decision and an expression of your feelings. A casket that reflects the personality and taste of your loved one can be your final tribute to their life.
We understand these needs and offer a wide variety of caskets that can help you make your decision. We hope you find the information and pictures compiled below to be helpful. For more information, please contact our funeral home.
Manufactured and tested to be completely resistant to the entrance of air and water, bronze and copper caskets combine lasting protection and beauty. Many families choose bronze or copper because it is superior to all other casket materials in strength, durability and naturally non-rusting qualities.
All of our heavy weight steel caskets are protective and designed to temporarily resist the entrance of air and water. Constructed from solid 16 gauge steel, they combine lasting protection and striking beauty and are available in a variety of exterior and interior colors and finishes.
Standard weight steel caskets are manufactured from the high quality 18 gauge steel, and are designed to temporarily resist the entrance of outside elements. They are available in a variety of price ranges and color choice and provide for the largest selection in high quality metal caskets.
Manufactured from either 19 or 20 gauge steel, light weight steel caskets are a popular choice for many of our families. Some of these caskets are designed to resist the entrance of outside elements and are offered in a variety of color options.
Using the same craftsmanship as skilled cabinetmakers, our solid wood caskets are manufactured using the highest quality species of mahogany, walnut, cherry, maple, oak, poplar and pine. The warmth and beauty of solid wood caskets are unsurpassed . These caskets are selected by those families who appreciate the qualities of fine hardwoods.
For those families who desire the look of solid wood but need to be more economical, we offer a variety of select hardwood veneer caskets. These caskets are suitable for burial or may be used for those families incorporating a traditional service with a cremation. We offer several rental caskets in this category as well.
A burial vault is a protective outer container that the casketed remains are placed in at the grave and sealed closed. They protect the casketed remains, keep the grave intact, and add beauty to the funeral committal setting. The vault is usually made of two pieces of molded concrete with a liner bonded to the inside of the top and bottom. Some variations of vaults have been in use throughout the 20th century. Cemeteries started requesting them for functional and economic reasons, primarily to reduce maintenance costs. Other reasons for their use are to reduce the disturbances of existing graves by heavy machinery the cemeteries now use, and to have the use of a grave for double and triple deep burials.
Advances in vault technology have yielded protective liners that are bonded to the cement and made of asphalt and more recently polystyrene plastic. Modern vaults also use much stronger concrete than in the past; tongue and groove designs with butyl sealing compounds to better set and seal the top and bottom pieces of the vault together; and wire mesh or fibers added to the concrete for additional strength. Vaults are so well made that they can carry warranties of up to 200 years, depending on the quality of the vault.
As with the caskets, vaults are made from a variety of materials.
Premium vaults are the finest made, usually triple walled with an outer concrete wall, and inner reinforced plastic liner and a metal liner. The plastic liner is made of an ABS fiber filled plastic and the metal liner is made from bronze, copper or stainless steel. The metal and plastic liners add beauty, strength and shock absorption qualities to the vault. Premium grade vaults normally carry a 200 year warranty
Standard or mid range vaults are double walled with an outer concrete wall, and a plastic inner liner. The liner in the Standard range vault is non-fiber filled ABS plastic. These vaults generally carry a 100 year warranty. Basic vaults are double walled, constructed of an outer concrete wall and an inner polystyrene plastic liner. This liner is thinner and not as technologically advanced, or as visually appealing as the ABS liners in the Standard and Premium models.
Basic vault models come with a 75 year warranty. Some people simply want the minimum vault that meets the requirements of the cemetery. For them, we have available either an unlined minimum vault or an unsealed grave liner.
In most areas of the country, state or local law does not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the grave will not sink in. Either a burial vault or a grave liner will satisfy these requirements.
Memorial Urns are permanent containers for the cremated body. A wide range of styles and prices appropriate for burial, niches, scattering, keepsakes or discreet placement in a home. Your personal plans for the final placement of the urn can play an important part in you selection process. Some urns are ornately designed for display purposes while others are very basic in style. Many of the urns can also be personalized with engravings or laser designs.