Our History

We stand behind our reputation and will continue to serve our community with the values instilled by our funeral directors.

The Bartel Funeral Home, Inc. was originally a private residence built in the Gothic style in 1910 when Schofield Ave. in Dudley, MA was unpaved and known simply as "the avenue."  Two huge pine trees were downed in the 1938 hurricane and were replaced with oak trees whose stately presence continues to grace the property.

In the early 70's the property became a funeral home and was purchased by Mark L. Bartel and Roberta S. Bartel in 1976. A forty by eighty foot addition consisting of a chapel, viewing rooms, restrooms and casket showroom was added to the original structure.  The original home contains additonal private viewing rooms as well as offices.

Mark R. Bartel joined his father in business after graduating cum laude from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1981.  The two worked together until Mark lost his father to cancer in 1991.  Mark resides in Dudley with his wife of thirty two years, Cheryl Ann (Morrison) Bartel.  Mark and Cheryl have two children, Heather and Matthew.  Heather earned her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 2011, and her J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 2015.  While in law school, she served as a Comment Editor on the Suffolk University Law Review and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society.  Heather resides in Boston where she is an attorney focusing her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration.  Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University in 2013 and was Vice President of the communications honor society, Lambda Pi Eta.  Matthew has worked in professional and collegiate athletics in various capacities, most recently as an announcer for the College of the Holy Cross Crusaders.  Matthew also continues to work alongside his father at the funeral home.