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

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.

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 hairdresser, hair designer and make-up artist for many years. Her sense of style and her keen 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.

Byron Downer

Byron Downer, Funeral Director