History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The year was 1957, and Dwight Eisenhower our president, when William Adams founded Adams Funeral Home. Having graduated from Eckels College of Morturay Science, and completed his internship, Bill decided to open his own funeral home. He and his wife Natalie bought a piece of property on South Broad Street in Penns Grove and built their first funeral home. They where at that site until 1988 when they moved to their current location at 18 East Maple Avenue. Over the years, they built their reputation by being very caring and compassionate as well as providing a professional service. However, what was most important to them was treating each family as their own. This way on being continues to be our hallmark today. We feel both honored and priviledged in serving every family that comes to us..

In 1980, after having worked for the previous owner, William bought Christy Funeral Home in Elmer and named it Christy-Adams Funeral home to symbolize the friendship and partnership these two funeral directors had for years.

In 1998, William's youngest son Marc, a Marriage and Family Counselor by profession, decided to join the family business. He completed his Mortuary Science degree and became a NJ licensed Funeral Director in 2001. Since then he has managed both locations of the Adams Funeral Home, as the business is named today.

Our Valued Staff

William  Adams

William Adams, Founder, Funeral Director : NJ License # 2250

William was born in Bordentown, New Jersey. His family moved to Salem County when he was in his teens. He graduated from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia.

He founded the firm in 1957 in Penns Gove. He is a former member of the State Board of Mortuary Science, and has been Preceptor for numerous Funeral Directors.

He is a member of Penns Grove Rotary, Knights of Colombus, Washington Club and St.James Roman Catholic Church. Currently he works only part-time in the business.

Marc  Adams

Marc Adams, Funeral Director, Manager, NJ License # 4410

Marc is the youngest of three sons of William and Natalie "Dolly" Adams. He was raised in Penns Grove, being an integral part of his family's Funeral Home. He graduated from St James High School, and then he went to Washington College. Later, he transferred to University of Maryland and received his Baccalaureate degree (BS) in Psychology with a minor in Zoology. Marc began working in the mental health field while attending Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, Ca. and obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with emphasis on Marriage and Family counseling. He worked as the Manager for a residential treatment facility for individuals with Mental Health issues and substance abuse problem. Later became the Director of Portals Vocational Rehabilitation Program in Los Angeles, Ca.

In 1998 moved back to Salem County and enrolled in the Mortuary Science program at Mercer County Community College, which he completed a year later. Became licensed and began managing Adams Funeral Home in its two locations: Elmer and Penns Grove.

He is a past president and current member of the Elmer Rotary Club, member of the Salem County Chamber of Commerce, Woodstown-Pilesgrove Business Association and many other local organizations.

Emily  Abeledo-Adams

Emily Abeledo-Adams, L.C.S.W, Funeral Director, NJ License # 4687

Born in California, Emily was raised in Costa Rica. She completed her Bachelor degree at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She worked in a Residential Treatment center in Inglewood, California at a Domestic Violence Shelter, and as a bilingual Case Manager for the chronically and persistently mentally ill.

She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1997. Was a Supervisor for an Intensive Case Management Program until 1998 when she and her husband Marc moved to Salem County. Since then, she completed requirements for her Clinical License while working at the Cumberland County Guidance Center.

Later, Emily attended and graduated from the Mortuary Science program at Mercer County College. She became licensed in February of 2006.

Emily is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, Penns Grove Rotary Club, National Association of Latina Leaders, and the Salem County Chamber of Commerce. Emily is currently a Trustee at the Salem County Health and Wellness Foundation, Board member of the Salem County Chamber of Commerce. Former member of the South Jersey Healthcare Foundation and appointed a member of the Salem County Spanish Community Outreach Advisory Committee; former member of the Development Committee at Woodland Country Day school; former Board member of the Salem County Commission on Women and of the Puerto Rican Action Committee (PRAC).

Gail  Giordano

Gail Giordano, Funeral Assistant

Gail has been a part of our family for over a decade. She was a former model and has been a hair dresser, hair designer and make-up artist for many years. Her sense of style and her keep eye for beauty are the trademark of our firm.

Tracey  Hanes

Tracey Hanes, Funeral Assistant

Tracey grew up in Penns Grove. She is married, has three children, and one granddaughter. She is a member of Sharptown Church. Tracey has an eye for detail and has always enjoyed working with hair and makeup and has been trained by the best in her field, learning techniques that have made Adams Funeral Home one of the best in the business. She has been a part of the Adams Family for 8 years working a funeral assistant facilitating in many aspects of the business.