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Pettit-Davis Funeral Home has been family owned by the DavisFamily since 1973. The establishment has served the Union and Middlesex Counties since 1832. The Davis Family's philosophy has always been to work with a commitment to dedication, caring and dignified service.

Our Staff is here to help make your visit to Pettit-Davis Funeral home warm and comforting. We are trained to handle all ethnic and religious services and can assist you with any special requests you might have to make your service as meaningful as possible.

We are dedicated to one sole purpose...to assist you during a difficult time. Thank you for placing your trust with Pettit-Davis Funeral Home.

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William G. Davis After leaving the Marine Corps in 1959, Mr. Davis knew he wanted to do something with his life that would serve the community. As he reflected on which career path to take, Mr. Davis recalled that as a child growing up in Pittston, Pennsylvania and later Hillside, New Jersey, the funeral director always seemed to be a trusted member of the community through both personal and professional endeavors. That was the kind of life he wanted to have, to meet the vital needs of a community with tact and trust. His career was chosen. Mr. Davis enrolled in the American Academy, graduating in 1963 and became a licenced funeral director in New Jersey in 1965. Shortly after graduation, he came under the tutelage of Mrs. Jeanette Pettit, owner of the Pettit Funeral Home in Rahway. Mrs. Pettit taught him the time-honored traditions of dignity and trust that had been the mission statement of the Pettit Funeral Home since 1832. In 1973, Mrs. Pettit retired and sold her business to Mr. Davis. Since 1973, he has been the Owner and President of the Pettit-Davis Funeral Home and has respectfully carried on the traditions of the Pettit family.

Serving a community's needs is not just a job to Mr. Davis; it is also a personal belief. Since moving to Rahway in 1969, he has been an active member of St. Mary's Parish, Rahway, serving as an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He is the Chairman of Rahway Council 1146, Knights of Columbus Right to Life Committee and was recently responsible for erecting a Monument to the Unborn at St. Mary's Cemetery. He has also held offices of leadership at the Rahway lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #1075, the Rahway Library Board of Directors, Rahway Welfare Board, Rahway Youth Soccer, and American Legion Post #5 and was recently awarded Silver Life Membership from the New Jersey State Patrolmen Benevolent Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Rahway Savings Institution since 1980.

William G. Davis, Sr. has been married to Mary Duhig Davis for thirty-seven years and is the father of three children, William G. Jr., Cathleen and Mary Pat and the proud grandfather of Anna Lough.


William G. Davis
Manager
NJ Lic. No. 2832
 
Mary Duhig married William Davis in 1966, after graduating from Seton Hall University and teaching in the Elizabeth school system for several years. After the birth of their first child, Mr. and Mrs. Davis moved to Rahway in 1969 and Mrs. Davis took an active role in the running of the home while the family expanded. Upon their children reaching school age, Mrs. Davis knew that her years of educational experience and managerial skills would be an asset to the students and faculty of St. Mary's School, Rahway, where her children attended. She became active in the school and served several positions on the Home School Association's Executive Board, including President. She has also served as Union County President and New Jersey State Chairperson for Catholic Action of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Mrs. Davis is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary's Church, Rahway and serves on the Rahway Hospice Advisory Board. She is also a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5, Rahway.

Mrs. Davis serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pettit-Davis Funeral Home and is responsible for the day-to-day managerial and administrative responsibilities.

Mary Davis*
Office Manager
 
Will Davis has spent his entire life preparing for his career. As the son of two professionals dedicated to serving the needs of families, he has been tutored since childhood how to meet families' needs with dignity and trust. While growing up, he often volunteered to assist his parents in preparation of the home to receive families. As a student at St. Mary's School, Rahway, he helped his parents as an Altar Server for Funeral Masses and, later, at Roselle Catholic High School, he helped his parents after school and on the weekends. While in college at West Virginia University, he served an informal apprenticeship for his parents during the summer. After graduating from college, he enrolled in postgraduate studies at Mercer County College studying Mortuary Science on the Union, Essex and West Hudson Counties Funeral Director Association Scholarship. He also enrolled in a formal apprenticeship under the guidance of his father. Since becoming licensed in 1995, Mr. Davis serves the needs of families with the same dignity and trust that his parents have instilled in him since birth.
William G. Davis, Jr.
Funeral Director
NJ Lic. No. 4183
 
My name is Judie Mizerek and I have the greatest privilege of all. I am the cosmetician and hair dresser at the Pettit-Davis Funeral Home. I don't consider it a job because I absolutely love my work. My goal is to make your loved one look the way she used to and to leave the family remembering all the good memories and how beautiful she was. I have been the cosmetician at the Pettit-Davis Funeral home and, prior to this, owned my own Beauty Salon for thirty five years. I volunteer for Rahway Hospice, which I also love. My hobbies include spending time with my five grandchildren, traveling with my husband, reading and Bible study.
Judie Mizerek*
 
John Tluchowski
Growing up in Rahway, NJ, John W. Tluchowski knew the Davis family through various organiations in town, upon his graduation from Rutgers University in 1984 with a BA in Biology, Mr. Tluchowski enrolled as an intern for the Pettit-Davis Funeral home under the guidance of Bill Davis, upon his graduation from The American Acadamy, MacAllister Institute, New York, NY, John has been a licinced funeral director with the Pettit-Davis Funeral Home since 1985.

John is a communicant of St. Mark's RC Church, Rahway and is the commisioner of the Rahway Police Athletic League (PAL) Baseball League. John and his wife Liz have been married since 1990 and they are the proud parents of Kristen and John John.

John Tluchowski
NJ Lic. No. 3786
 

*Unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.


History

The Pettit-Davis Funeral Home has been honored to serve the residents of the City of Rahway and surrounding towns since 1832, when the city was in its infancy. The Pettit family established the funeral home on Irving Street to meet the needs of an expanding community. The ideals upon which the Pettit family established their business-dignity and trust-have carried on to this day.

In the late 1800's the home moved into a Victorian mansion at the corner of West Milton Avenue and Pierpont Street, one block away from St. Georges Avenue (which was then the main New York to Philadelphia thoroughfare) to better meet the needs of a rapidly growing city. J. Erwin Pettit Sr. ran the home until 1942 when his son James E. Pettit, Jr. took over the helm of the business, with his wife Jeannette. Both Mr. and Mrs. Pettit were active in various civic and fraternal organizations, including Lafayette Lodge #27 F.& A.M., the Ilderan Outing Club and the Rahway Yacht Club. Additionally, Mrs. Pettit was the chief organist of St. Mary's Parish, Rahway for many years.

In 1969, after working under the leadership for Mrs. Pettit for several years, Mr. William Davis moved his young family into the home. In 1973, Mrs. Pettit retired and sold the home to Mr. Davis, knowing that he would carry on the same tradition of dignity and trust for which the Pettit family was known. Since then, Mr. and Mrs. Davis have faithfully served the community at their time of need. In 1993, after graduating from college, William Davis, Jr. joined his parents and has been providing families with a trusted resource when they need one most.

From 1996 through 1998, the home was extensively renovated to reflect the elegant Victorian time in which it was built and to provide a dignified retreat for families. Original features such as pocket doors, elaborate plaster moldings and the Mansard roof were painstakingly restored to their original grandeur. In 1999 The Davis family, on the recommendation of the Honorable James J. Kennedy, Mayor of Rahway, received a commendation from the Union County Board of Freeholdres for their ability to re-capture the grace of the Victorian era in their home and were recognized for their exemplary preservation efforts.

After unearthing architectural renderings from the original construction of the home, it was discovered that a conservatory was included in the some of original drawings, but never built. In 2003, the Davis family had a Victorian era conservatory added as an additional warm and inviting meeting place for families. Also at this time a well-lighted, safe and secure parking area was added, as well as a newly installed handicapped accessible entrance and ADA-approved bathroom.

The Pettit -Davis Funeral Home serves families of all religions and cultures and is proud of its history which pre-dates the Civil War. Our funeral home has been providing full military services for veterans of all wars since 1832 including those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty and those who have honorably served thier county in war and peace.

As a family owned business, we see things from a different perspective. Our staff knows how trying it can be to lose a member of your family and we strive to meet the needs of you and your family with our longstanding tradition of dignity and trust.

One of the original established funeral homes in the country, the Pettit-Davis Funeral home offers over 172 years of experience in caring for families in their time of need.

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