Why Community Connection Matters

Gus Antonopoulos meeting with family

Queens became a borough of New York City in 1898. It was over 20 years before that, in 1876, when the Farenga family began serving the people of this community during some of their most difficult times.

It’s hard for most people today to imagine what life must have been like in Queens during that time. But no matter how much in the world has changed since then, some things remain the same – like the importance of family, culture, and our community.

Gus Antonopoulos meeting with family

Gus Antonopoulos

Since 1876, the Farenga family has built a reputation for compassionate, quality service. To this day, we continue that legacy and remain closely connected to our roots. Born and raised in Astoria, our owner, Gus Antonopoulos, grew up working at Farenga Funeral Home. Everything he knows about the business he learned from his mentor, Felix A. Farenga. Gus knew he had a passion for helping people through life’s difficult moments, so he attended St. John’s University and the American Academy-McAllister Institute of Funeral Service before acquiring Farenga and Sons Funeral Home in 1998.

Why is this connection to the community so important for you when it comes time to choose a funeral home for your loved one your own prearrangements? Because you can know:

We will treat you like a neighbor.

Outside view of Farenga Funeral HomeWhen you walk through the doors of Farenga Funeral Home, we want you to feel as comfortable as you would in a friend or neighbor’s home. Our compassionate team is ready to listen to you and your needs and help you create a service or visitation that captures how much your loved one meant to you and others. We also keep our facilities and vehicles meticulously maintained so they offer you the ultimate in comfort and convenience. It’s our goal to treat every person as a fellow neighbor, and that’s what makes all the difference in our service.

We understand your culture.

Queens is one of the most unique, diverse places in the country – maybe in the world. Those who are a part of this area understand what it’s like to be a part of this community in a way that others simply can’t. Gus was born and raised right here in Astoria, and he is proud to serve his neighbors and friends with love and respect. To him, every detail matters. He knows what life is like in this borough, and so he understands your family’s culture. Of course, we serve several different ethnic groups, including the Greek community, and we are experts at incorporating your unique culture and faith into a farewell.

We feel a responsibility to our community.

In a world where more and more funeral homes are being bought up by national conglomerates, Farenga is becoming even more unique. We live, work, shop, and eat among you, so when we’re serving your family, we don’t feel like we’re serving a customer. We’re serving a neighbor. We know there’s a good chance we will run into you again – maybe in a shop, a café, or a taverna. That responsibility inspires us to provide you with the highest levels of excellence and respect, as well as to provide aftercare resources for you after the service is over.

When it matters most, choose Farenga Funeral Home – the funeral home you know and trust.