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History

A Tradition of Compassion

The founding members of Whitham Funeral Home, George and his wife Sophie Whitham, both licensed funeral directors, originally began serving families when visitations were held in the deceased family's home. As time went on, families were more frequently asking the Whitham's to use their home as a viewing parlor for the family's deceased loved one. Eventually, it was decided upon that a new facility was needed in order to continue serving the community, so in 1920, Whitham Funeral Home was built. The Whitham's continued to serve Rockaway and it's surrounding communities for several decades thereafter.

In 1979 Robert E. Kanapaux, a licensed funeral director, and his wife Linda, purchased the funeral home and in keeping the well known Whitham name, it became Whitham - Kanapaux Funeral Home.

More recently, their daughter, Melissa Kanapaux has joined the family business, becoming a licensed funeral director in 2002. Together, Mr. Kanapaux and his daughter provide a variety of at-need services, along with pre-need planning.

The Kanapaux family continues to serve the community in a professional and caring manner, following in the tradition of the Whitham family.