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.
The heritage of Parsels Funeral Home dates back over 100 years. The
funeral home has been serving local communities and the Atlantic County
area since the late 1800's. The first funeral home location was in
Pleasantville, NJ. That location remained in operation until 1982. In
1960, Parsels Funeral Home opened its current location in Absecon, NJ.
Except for a brief period, Parsels has been family owned and operated,
including currently. Over the past several decades, Jack Lowenstein, a
former owner spent many years serving the community as the local funeral
director. In the late 1980's, Jack sold the funeral home to a small
corporation located in New Jersey. In the late 1990's, Parsels Funeral
Home became part of a large, national corporation. It remained
corporately owned until 2005, when H. Laurence Scott, III and his wife
Susan bought the funeral home from the corporation, thereby bringing it
back to its family owned and operated status. 'Larry' and Sue Scott,
although owning the funeral home since 2005, have been involved with
Parsels since 1989, when Larry took over the management and day to day
operations of the funeral home, working along side Jack, until his
retirement in early 2000's. Upon their retirement, in August 2010,
Larry and Sue Scott were proud to sell the funeral home to their
daughter and son-in-law, Heather L. and Steven Matis, the current
owners. Throughout the years, Parsels has strived to be an integral
part of Absecon and surrounding communities, supporting and
participating in community activities when possible. Heather and Steven
Matis look forward to continuing the tradition of providing funeral
services with dignity and respect to our Atlantic County communities in
the years to come.
Our Valued Staff
Steven Matis, Funeral Director/Manager, N.J. Lic. No. 4129
Steven began his career in funeral service in 1987, working part time for several funeral homes in the surrounding communities where he grew up in northern New Jersey. He continued working in various capacities during his college career, including while in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended mortuary school. Steve is a 1993 graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating with a bachelor degree. Steve became a licensed funeral director in 1994. He began his career in Ocean County, working and managing funeral homes in Toms River, Lakewood and Manahawkin. In 2005, he and his wife, Heather moved to Galloway Township, while he continued to work in Ocean County. In 2010, they were able to continue family ownership of Parsels Funeral Home, by purchasing the funeral home from Heather's parents. They are now residents of Absecon and enjoy living and participating in the community events Absecon and surrounding communities have to offer.
Currently, Steve is a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, The National Funeral Director Association, the Rotary Club of Absecon and Galloway Township, Lion's Club of Absecon, the 9/11 Memorial Committee of Abseocn and through the funeral home, Absecon Business and Commercial Development. He is a third degree knight with the Knight of Columbus, Council 6342, Absecon. As well, he and his family are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon.