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McClelland Funeral Home - Harlansburg PA

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New Castle native Walter E. McClelland (1876-1940) (shown on right) operated a funeral home in Harlansburg from about 1895-1940. Walter, who also operated a local grocery store, was a highly esteemed funeral director. He married Edith Adella Stoner in 1899 and together they had four children. After Walter’s death his son Russell McClelland (1904-1964), who had previously worked with well-known undertaker Joseph S. Rice in New Castle, operated the business until he died suddenly while vacationing in Italy in July 1964. The funeral home was soon sold to Joseph W. Boyd (1916-1999), who operated it for about two decades. (c1925)

Russell McClelland, assisted by his beloved wife Gertrude (Gibson) McClelland, took over ownership of the funeral business about the time his father passed away in 1940. (Sept 1941)

The McClelland Funeral Home on Rt. 108 in Harlansburg. (c1963)

The former McClelland/Boyd funeral facility in Harlansburg is now a private residence. (2007)


  1. Adelle McClelland was my father’s Aunt Della, grandma’s sister, and when I was born my parents and I lived in an apartment on the second floor of the old Harlansburg Inn which was directly across the New Castle Road from McClelland’s Funeral Home. On the corner of the New Castle road and Highway 19 going toward Plain Grove, there was a small zoo and they had a bear and some large cats. I was very small when we moved from there but I remember begging to go to see the bear. I could see it from the upstairs window where we lived. My Brown family are from Harlansburg, Plain Grove and Slippery Rock. They were some of the earliest settlers in the area.


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