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Evergreen was founded in 1957 by R.J. “Dave” and Eleanor Franke. Richard “Dick” Rome was a partner and the General Manager. I started working here in 1985. Evergreen then had two firms, Evergreen Memorial Chapel and Spenard Heights Mortuary (now known as Alaska Cremation Center). In May of 1989, I became operations manager, then general manager in early 1994 when Mr. Rome retired. In 1996, I arranged for a complete remodel of our main chapel at 737 E Street. Later that summer I researched and encouraged the purchase of a building in Eagle River which is now our Eagle River Funeral Home. Eagle River Funeral Home opened in November of 1996. In October of 2007 my wife and I and Jordan Eastman purchased all three locations "Janssen Funeral Homes". In May of 2015 we purchased our newest location Janssen's Mat-Su Funeral Home which is in Palmer Alaska.  Our four locations, together, now serve more families than any other local funeral home. We believe that this is due to the fact that we treat every family as if they were our own. We believe this is not just a job, it is our life.

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