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In 1883 Edward G. O’Donnell purchased Utah Undertaking Company and in 1889 the name was changed to O’Donnell Mortuary Chapel which was located at 32 South 4th East in Salt Lake City. Edward’s sons, Neil and Jack, joined in the family business. In 1931 Neil and Jack split their partnership. Neil O’Donnell, along with his wife Stella Devine O’Donnell, purchased a home located at 372 East 100 South which became Neil O’Donnell Mortuary. Stella Devine O’Donnell became the first woman to be licensed as a Funeral Director in the State of Utah. Their son, Neil Devine O’Donnell Jr. followed in the footsteps of his parents carrying the family business forward. In 1957 a modernization of the building was completed. Neil Devine O’Donnell Jr. was joined in business by his sons, Michael and Casey, the Mortuary became known as Neil O’Donnell & Sons Mortuary.
In April 2020 Neil O’Donnell and Sons Mortuary was purchased by Shawn Wiscombe and Matthew Medford and has been renamed as Neil O’Donnell Funeral Home. A very important facet of the transition of ownership is that Shawn and Matthew recognize the tremendous heritage of the O’Donnell family and are committed to providing honor to their legacy. Over the past year the Funeral Home has undergone significant renovations both internal and external to enhance the beautiful architecture, to ensure a serene and calming space for families we are honored to serve and to create versatility within the building to meet the individual needs of families whether the desire is a very traditional chapel service or a celebration of life with the ability to host catered food, appetizers and bar service. The Stella Devine Room is an elegant room for viewings and The O’Donnell Room contains photos of the history of the O’Donnell family.
We believe that everyone is unique, and each service should reflect the life that has been lived. Our greatest honor is the enduring friendships we create with those we are entrusted to serve.
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