We have many merchandise choices for both traditional funerals, as well as cremations. In addition to caskets and cremation urns, we also offer cremation jewelry, frames, clocks, keepsake chests, memorial candles and Memory Glass® products at our merchandise selection room in Rensselaer.
Caskets are available made of metal or wood. The majority of metal caskets available today are known as "protective" caskets. This terminology reflects that they are manufactured with a one-piece rubber gasket that runs around the inner lid of the casket. Once closed, a locking mechanism draws the lid onto the base. These gasketed caskets are designed to resist the entrance of outside elements.
Metal caskets are commonly manufactured in 16, 18 and 20 gauge metals. The gauge is a measurement of the thickness of the metal. The lower the gauge the thicker the metal. Interiors are tastefully coordinated in a variety of materials from crepe to velvet. The price of a metal casket depends on whether it is gasketed or not, the gauge of the metal, and the material used for the interior.
Hand-crafted like fine furniture, each wood casket has its own unique graining pattern. The natural warmth and beauty of wood is available in a variety of types and species. The interior material of a wood casket is typically either crepe or velvet.
The classification "hardwood" means that the wood comes from a leaf-bearing tree. "Softwood" comes from needle or cone-bearing trees. Therefore, designation as hardwood is not determined solely by the consistency or surface hardness of the wood itself, but the species of the tree from which it came. Cost can vary depending on whether the sides of the casket are constructed from solid wood, or a veneering process has been utilized.
Our new rental casket gives families who choose cremation an option to have a viewing and funeral service without the added expense of purchasing a casket. Our beautiful wood rental casket looks like a regular casket, but after services the end is opened and the interior insert is removed and taken to the crematory.
We have a large selection of cremation products, including over 60 urns on display in our merchandise selection room. We offer a variety of styles including metal, stone and wood urns. Full-size, portion and keepsake sizes are available. Select styles can be personalized with names, dates and photos. There are choices available for any budget.
When you purchase a memorial package, we will provide you with an ample supply of memorial folders and acknowledgement cards. Our memorial folders come with your choice of design. Coordinating register books are also available.
A Memory DVD can provide much comfort to family and friends when shown during the visitation at the funeral home. Using photos you provide, a video slideshow is created and played on the flat screen monitors at the funeral home.
Memory Portraits® are unique and beautifully personalized portraits. Photos that you provide are transformed into classic portraits that resemble fine oil paintings and are signed by the artist. These portraits pay tribute to a loved one, while at the same time bringing much comfort to surviving family and friends. They are produced by artists right here in Indiana.
Tribute blankets provide warm and fond memories to wrap yourself in for a lifetime. A photo of your loved one is woven into a beautiful masterpiece. These heirloom quality blankets are 100% cotton and are woven in North Carolina. They provide much comfort to family and friends when displayed at the visitation and funeral or memorial service.
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Custom Casket Head Panels
Steinke Funeral Home is pleased to offer custom casket head panel inserts. These inserts offer a very personalized way of memorializing your loved one. Using a photo that you provide, local Rensselaer artists reproduce scenes that are meaningful to the family. Family farms, homes, vehicles and portraits are some of the scenes that can be reproduced. After the service, the insert can be removed and is a beautiful keepsake that is suitable for framing.
Thumbies® Fingerprint Keepsakes
Thumbies® offer a great opportunity for a truly personal keepsake. These keepsakes can be created in 14K gold or sterling silver. Each keepsake is individually produced using a “lost wax” process. The Thumbie® keepsake is made by transferring the print of the thumb or forefinger to artists who will incorporate an exact duplicate on gold or silver.
The back side of the keepsake provides an opportunity for a personal inscription. An engraving of the name, initials, dates or small message are the most frequently sought expressions.
Thumbie® keepsakes are available with matching chains, birthstones and diamonds.
Memory Glass® Products
By suspending cremated remains within solid glass globes and pendants, Memory Glass® provides a unique method of memorializing your loved one. Memory Glass® can accompany any cremation service, including urns, scatterings and burials. Using an extremely small amount of cremains, every member of your family can have their own tangible keepsake that will last forever.
Memory Glass® can also be a treasured keepsake for a traditional burial. Instead of cremains, a small amount of earth from the burial plot or soil from the family farm can be suspended in the glass sculpture.
Memory Glass® products are beautifully sculpted works of art that are hand blown by artisans in Santa Barbara, California. They are very personal keepsakes that will last a lifetime.
Flag Display Cases
A wooden display case is an attractive way to display the American flag in your home. Our standard wood cases are an economical option and come in your choice of oak or cherry finish. Our premium wood flag cases are individually hand-crafted and have a unique corner design and extra wide molding. They are available with or without pedestal in solid cherry, solid light oak, or solid dark oak. Made in the USA.