Catagnus Prepares New Funeral Home in Trappe

TRAPPE PA – Gregg and Mindy Catagnus, the husband-and-wife team that has opened three funeral homes and a cremation center since founding their Pottstown-based business in 1985, are expanding it once again. The couple plans to open a new funeral services location for all faiths, at 595 W. Main St., Trappe – the site of a former branch office of Univest Bank – in April.

Although Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center Inc. has served residents of the Collegeville and Trappe areas for several years – from its existing Royersford, Pottstown, and Gilbertsville facilities – the opportunity to better serve Perkiomen Valley families while further extending the company’s reach wasn’t one Gregg Catagnus wanted to pass up.

“My philosophy’s pretty simple,” he said. “We’re local. We’re just in the next town over. So if people have a need we invite them, and we’ve been blessed for more than 30 years to have them take us up on the offer.”

Purchase and renovation of the prominent Trappe location, at the corner of West Main Street and East 7th Avenue, “represents a rather large investment,” Catagnus acknowledges. Happily, he added, he’s “been very fortunate” to have employed a supportive staff in supervisors Jason Posar in Royersford and Brent Budnick in Gilbertsville, son and crematory operator Gregory J. Catagnus, and several other full- and part-timers. They’ve proven they’re up to the task, Catagnus said.

Catagnus himself will supervise the Trappe site, duplicating the role he fills in Pottstown.

The funeral business is a traditional one. Generations of families tend to rely on one funeral provider whom they know from past and satisfying experiences. It’s understandable, Catagnus recognizes, that funeral homes with a long-standing presence in the Trappe and Collegeville areas will continue to serve families with which they’ve built relationships.

But he said he also knows newcomers, and those who haven’t yet experienced the care and compassion that are hallmarks of the best funeral operators, will someday look to fill a need. “We just want to be an option for them,” Catagnus explained. “We’ve got a wonderful capacity” to accommodate them, their friends, and relatives in Trappe, he added.

The Trappe operation has already been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors, he reported. The interior of the 4,500-square-foot building, a historic part of which dates back to the early 1800s, is being renovated and refitted, and temporary signage that currently announces the soon-to-arrive business will be replaced with stately signage that’s more in keeping with that of his business’ other locations.

“I’m super-excited,” Catagnus said. “Ours has been an exciting story so far,” and he anticipates “the people who make our business work” will prolong that great feeling.

Trappe location photos by The Post
Gregg Catagnus photo from Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center Inc.