Patrick M. Schoen
Managing Partner, Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home
photo by jeffery johnston
Did you always want to go into the family business?
Yes, I started in 1969 at the age of 8, going to work with my Dad. I assisted our driver, Joe Mitchel, he was with us for 60 years.
What differentiates your services?
Schoen’s is locally operated, with the majority of our staff being native New Orleanians. There are no funeral service packages where you’re forced to take something you don’t want.
Does being a family business in the city make a difference?
We are very proud to be part of New Orleans history, and we just celebrated 142 years in business. Being fifth generation, it is with great pride that I carry on my family’s legacy.
Tell us something people don’t know about your business?
Families are surprised by how comfortable we can make a very difficult situation. Also, we completely renovated our home location back to the way it was when the Virgin family built it in 1870.
Your funeral home is famous, isn’t it?
“Schoen’s on Canal” is considered by many to be among the most beautiful funeral homes in America and a New Orleans landmark.
What’s new at Schoen’s?
Our new J. Garic Schoen Chapel where we can host events such as: the play Jesus Christ Superstar in April; a wedding in May; and the Lakeview Shepherd Center gala on April 16.
Jacob Schoen & Son
3827 Canal St.