The Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home has made a commitment to serve the people of our community and surrounding areas. All of the families that we serve are important to us. We constantly strive to offer a wider variety of options to each and every one.
Norman J. and Patricia D Wimer own and operate the Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Tionesta. Mr. Wimer is the first generation of his family in the funeral service. As a boy, he worked on the grounds of the large funeral home that opened next to his house. Through junior high and high school, he began working inside the business and fell in love with the thought of being a funeral director and the funeral business. After high school graduation Mr. Wimer went on to graduate with honors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1980. A year after completing his internship, he fulfilled his dream of owning a funeral home. He purchased the Crawford Funeral Home in 1983 which became the Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Brownsville, PA. For fourteen years he operated the Brownsville location. In November of 1986 Norman and his wife Patty, purchased the Haslet Funeral Home as a branch location in Tionesta. In 1997 they sold the Brownsville funeral home to better concentrate on what was his calling, a more rural funeral practice.
Through the years the Wimers have transformed the small, four-room “branch” into a fully equipped, completely handicapped accessible funeral home featuring: two spacious viewing rooms, a comfortable foyer, office, casket display room, children’s room and a heated maintenance garage for the service vehicles.
Mr. Wimer is the Forest County Coroner, a five term Forest County Commissioner, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and is a past Chairman of the Board and current Education Chairman for the Western Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. The Wimers are highly involved in community and families based organizations.
They believe that details, personalization and close personal and community ties are the most important aspects of their service, and therefore are available for their neighbors, by phone and in person, twenty-four/seven.
Norman and Patty work hard so to ensure that each funeral service considers the needs of the individual family, and is as personalized as it can be. The memory of a beautiful funeral is an important piece of the grief healing process. This belief is what inspires Patty to create an individualized memorial book for each family. She and Norman assemble photos from the deceased’s childhood, graduation, wedding and their adult life, into works of art celebrating the best of the family’s memories. Also added is obituary information and burial location, before using the remaining pages as a register book; a truly personal touch that is something the family can cherish and share for generations. Fulfilling such an important role in a small town certainly has its own challenges and rewards; observing families healing around a memorial book, a personal thank-you and a hand shake, or a tin of home-made cookies showing up at the door “makes this kind of rural funeral practice worth every commitment.