- About Us
- Our Services
Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory is a full-service funeral home. We offer individual and distinctive services to families of all faiths. We offer: ~ Kind and compassionate service ~ 24-hour staff and transfer availability, 7 days a week ~ Traditional and alternative service options available ~ On-site crematory ~ Professional and personalized service by a dedicated staff ~ Assistance with life insurance, veterans death benefits, etc ~ Complete line of quality merchandise, including caskets, cremation urns, and memorial products ~ Spacious facilities with off-street parking ~ Conveniently located in close proximity to Petaluma's cemeteries ~ Preplanning arrangements, funded and non-funded
Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory got its start in 1856, from very humble beginnings. Located on Third and B Streets in downtown Petaluma, it was originally known as Blackburn Funeral Home, owned and operated by Charles Blackburn. In the 1920s, John C. Mount acquired controlling interest in the funeral home and renamed it John C. Mount Funeral Home. He also relocated the home to Washington Street.
Art Parent, a member of a pioneer Petaluma family, joined John Mount in the late 1930s, and eventually took control of the business in the mid-1940s. He renamed the home Parent Funeral Chapel and relocated it to Keokuk Street. Over the years, another funeral home came to town: Sorensen Funeral Home. This mortuary was founded in 1925, by William Sorensen and originally located on the corner of Washington and Keokuk Streets in the Healey Home. When Sorensen passed away, the mortuary was operated by Oscar Pope and later his son, Robert Pope. The Popes relocated the business to Petaluma Boulevard where the Petaluma Police Station resides. In 1977, Martin D. "Buzz" Rodgers and James M. Smith purchased Parent Funeral Chapel from Art Parent. In the early 1980s, they purchased Sorensen Funeral Home from Robert Pope. Rodgers and Smith consolidated the businesses into Parent-Sorensen Mortuary at 850 Keokuk Street, the Parent Funeral Chapel location, where it still stands today.
In 2004, Buzz Rodgers retired after 45 years in the funeral industry. He turned over his share to his daughter, Andrea L. Rodgers. Later in 2004 James Gotelli joined the partnership. In 2022 a shift in leadership came as both Andrea L. Rodgers and James Gotelli had moved onto other interests. Daniel Tellez became co-owner with the resilient James Smith.
From its very modest beginnings in the mid-19th century, Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory continues to serve Sonoma and Marin Communities. In its more than 160 year history, it has been an absolute privileged to serve numerous generations thoughtfully and efficiently. We pride ourselves on our service to the community and look forward to the future as we celebrate the past.