Cremation Society of Schuykill County owner Elmer Ebling has been practicing the funeral business for 27 years and is the owner of two traditional funeral homes Ebling Stabingas and Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral Homes. Elmer saw the need to create a Cremation Society for those families that did not want a traditional burial but a lower cost alternative for a simple cremation option for their loved ones. The low cost, on line arrangement allows families to make the arrangements online without having to visit a traditional funeral home and with a “no frills” approach the families can save thousands of dollars.
Elmer was born in Pottsville, the son of the late Theodore “Ted” and Alice (Betack) Ebling. He was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School, Class of 1980. He then attended Northampton Community College, where he received his degree in Funeral Service.
Elmer then served his internship with Heffner Funeral Home, West York, PA. After his apprenticeship he returned home where he became a funeral director at his father’s funeral home, Ebling Funeral Home, Cressona. In 1985 he took over the family business. In 2004 he became a partner with the Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Now he is owner and president of Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home and Riverside Cremation Services, LLC. The funeral home is the first in Schuylkill County to have an on site crematory. Elmer has been certified through the Cremation Association of North America, (CANA) as a crematory operator for Riverside Cremation Services, LLC.
Elmer is involved with his church, St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, Cressona, the Cressona Lodge #222 F&AM where he served as a master, Beckville Gun Club, Cressona and Red Hill Gun Club, Summit Station. He is also a member of the Cressona and Wayne Township Lions Clubs.