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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1869

As a proud member of the Lawrence and North Andover communities since 1869, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

John Breen Memorial Funeral Home and the Breen family have proudly served the funeral needs of Lawrence since 1869. We’ve built our reputation on our belief that our clients are a part of our family. Even down to the 5th generation, the professional and caring manner in which we conduct our business creates an open environment where your questions are answered and your concerns are eased. For over 150 years our family has helped hundreds of Merrimack Valley families mourn AND celebrate the lives of their loved ones.


Legacies Honored


Years in Business


Moments Remembered

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

John R. Breen

John R. Breen

Funeral Director/Owner/President

Lisa M. Breen Woidyla

Lisa M. Breen Woidyla

Funeral Director/Owner/Treasurer

Charles R. Breen

Funeral Director/Owner

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Our Locations

A place of healing

We welcome you to explore the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home facilities, and invite you to discover a comforting and peaceful place to honor your loved one.

We're here for you

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family

Seamless Arrangements

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral service plans.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Around the Clock Support

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Associations & Awards

Honoring excellence

We’re honored to be recognized for our dedication to excellence and genuine care. Explore the esteemed associations we're a part of, and the awards that celebrate our commitment to the communities we serve.

Our Awards

John Breen Memorial is honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.