History

Constructed as a private residence around 1890, it was founded as a funeral home 58 years later, in 1948, by Robert Pichi. Mr. Pichi’s business partner was Paul Mallon. Later, Mr. Mallon and Harry Metzler operated the funeral home. In 1973, Mr. Meltzer sold the funeral home to Henry Scala.

In keeping with the tradition of the Victorian home, Mr. Scala oversaw an addition to the funeral home. Along with the original woodwork and a beautiful stained-glass window, Mr. Scala had decorated the 19th century home with antique pieces that compliment the Victorian Era.

Many of the side rooms provide ample space for private family meetings.

The Scala Memorial Home provides traditional funerals with viewings and religious services for every faith, as well as cremation services with or without viewings.

About Henry Scala

Mr. Scala spent six years working for the Newark, N.J., branch of the Boyertown Burial Casket Company of Boyertown, PA. Mr. Scala’s sound knowledge of the casket industry has been an invaluable asset to the families he has served for more than 40 years. Before founding Scala Memorial Home, Inc., he also served as Funeral Director for a number of funeral homes in Plainfield and Summit, NJ.

In addition to his professional work, Mr. Scala is an active member of the Hackettstown-area community. During the 1980s, Mr. Scala taught a course in the local schools on teen and adolescent suicide, and has spoken regularly at Hackettstown High School, and Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, N.J. In 1988, he received a Humanitarian of The Year award from the Warren County Chamber of Commerce for his work with teen adolescent suicide education. In 2009, Mr. Scala was inducted into the Hackettstown Senior Hall of Fame for his work with teen and adolescent suicide.

He is a Third Degree Member of the Joyce Kilmer Knights of Columbus Council #2483, Hackettstown, and a Fourth Degree Member of the Augustus J. Rampone General Assembly. He is a past president of Tri-County Funeral Directors Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. He also served as a former member of the Board of Directors of Hackettstown Community Hospital.