10k
legacies honored
55
years in business
30k
moments remembered

Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

The Daniel R. Smolarek Funeral Home is a family business steeped in tradition. Its rich heritage reflects the value and vision of a respected family, well known for its commitment to excellence.

Its founder, Daniel R. Smolarek, graduated first in his class from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, in 1959. Classmates, professors and the general public all took early note of the tireless dedication and passion young Daniel possessed in providing families with outstanding funeral service.

The Smolarek family funeral tradition began in 1960 when Dan, along with wife Pat, opened their first funeral home on historic Broadway at the Cheektowaga-Buffalo City Line. From this accessible location, they were able to conveniently serve families in Buffalo, Cheektowaga-Sloan and bordering suburbs.

As the business grew, it became evident that an additional funeral home was needed to properly accommodate and complement the families being served in the community. To fulfill this necessity, a brand-new second funeral home location was then built on Union Road in Cheektowaga, near both the West Seneca and Depew borders. This elegant facility, with its ideal central location, further expanded the Smolarek tradition. Together, both funeral homes have come to symbolize the finest in facilities and personalized family service in the region.

The tradition continues as the next generation of the Smolarek family takes its place in the business. Sons Daniel Jr. and Scott, along with licensed director Lauren LeRoy, strongly uphold the family ideals, principles and personal attention to detail that families have come to expect. It is this strong family bond that qualifies Smolarek Funeral Home to care for the funeral needs of any family with both competence and compassion.

With an astute vision toward the future, Smolarek Funeral Home will always remain informed and decisive with the ability to proudly continue…… a time~honored tradition.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Daniel L. Smolarek

Daniel L. Smolarek

President/Licensed Director
Lauren K. LeRoy

Lauren K. LeRoy

Licensed Director/Manager
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Joseph Mazurkiewicz

Joseph Mazurkiewicz

Funeral Associate
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Keith A. Wesolek

Keith A. Wesolek

Funeral Associate
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Carol Hills

Carol Hills

Funeral Associate
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Ray Barsukiewicz

Ray Barsukiewicz

Funeral Associate
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Thomas J. Skrok

Thomas J. Skrok

Funeral Associate
Gary Gawronski

Gary Gawronski

Funeral Associate

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