(News release from Fullerton Funeral Home)
Last January both furnaces in the Fullerton Funeral Home located at 120 S. 3rd St. in Rockwell, Iowa shut down and the building froze up. The damage was done when the water pipes on the upper floor burst and 37,000 gallons of water cascaded from the apartment through the main floor and into the basement. Essentially creating a massive clean up and gutting of nearly all the walls and flooring in the building on all levels.
Close to $ 90,000 dollars was spent to upgrade and reconstruct the damage. All wiring and plumbing were upgraded to state and national standards. New insulation and energy efficient windows were installed in the building except the antique leaded glass in the chapel and the East window. The walls and ceilings were sheet rocked and updated with new colors. Most of the lighting along with a music system was installed. All flooring was removed or repaired and new carpeting and vinyl flooring were put in with new underlayment. Most of the damaged trim work was replaced or repaired. The esthetics of the building was matched to the best of the abilities and material as possible. New cabinets were installed in both the main funeral home level and the upstairs apartment. The bathroom and kitchen were revamped in the upstairs apartment along with refreshing all paint in the building. Overall 90 percent of the building has been replaced and or repaired.
Fullerton Funeral Home plans on hosting an open house later in January for the public to attend to see the new facilities. At that time the apartment upstairs will be available for rent.
We appreciate our families being patient with the long wait for the building to be completed. We hope that they will be well pleased. We can’t thank the area churches enough, for their assistance in help, with using their facilities for visitations and funerals. We are very excited to again be able to use the chapel in Rockwell in assisting our families at their time of need. We have always felt that the chapel is more theirs than ours.