About Us

 

The finest granite on earth, experienced, skilled craftsmen and artisans, backed by the strongest warranty available…these are the reasons why Stone Art Memorial Company memorials have been the choice of generations.  You and your family deserve no less.

A Family Business Since 1857

Stone Art Memorial Company’s roots can be traced to the 1850s with the Limestone Hill Granite Company that was located at our Ridge Road location. At that time, this area was known as Limestone Hill and was part of West Seneca. In the 1880s the original location was taken over as a branch office of the McDonnell & Sons Granite Company headquartered in Buffalo near Forest Lawn Cemetery. McDonnell & Sons were one of the premier memorial builders in the United States with a full staff of architects, designers and builders. Prestigious memorials can be found from Boston to the Midwest that were contracted and completed by the McDonnell organization.

In the late 1930s, after the closing of the McDonnell operation, Chester A. Rowley, an experienced designer/architect who learned the trade while working for McDonnell & Sons, purchased the Lackawanna facility. Changing the name to Stone Art Memorial Company, Chester Rowley operated the business until his death in 1985. In 1986 John T. and J. Thomas Koch purchased the company from Mrs. Gertrude Rowley. Prior to the purchase of the Lackawanna business, John Koch operated a funeral business in Ulysses, Pennsylvania and served many years as the county coroner of Potter County in Northern Pennsylvania, 100 miles south of Buffalo. J. Thomas Koch began working in the family memorial business at 13 years of age and upon graduation from high school moved to Barre, Vermont to work in the manufacturing part of the business and attend the Barre Stone Trade School which was the only school of its type at the time.

A dedicated team...here to help you.

Currently, Stone Art Memorial Company has a full staff of 18 employees and prides itself on being one of the northeast’s premier memorial companies. You'll find our work throughout Western New York and beyond - everything from beautiful, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind memorials to prestigious, custom built family mausoleums and numerous historical and civic monuments, all handcrafted by local artisans in quality materials, to stand for all time. Stone Art Memorial is also Erie County's exclusive partner with the Rock of Ages Corporation of Barre, Vermont - the nation's leading supplier of the finest granite available today.

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Stone Art Memorial uses only the finest granite available today - as Erie County's exclusive partner with the Rock of Ages Corporation of Barre Vermont, the world’s leading granite quarrier and memorial manufacturer. The company was founded in Vermont and today owns quarries in several states and Canada. Those quarries produce the highest combined volume of dimensional granite in North America. Rock of Ages has set the standard in quarried stone and memorialization worldwide - legendary quality with an unmatched warranty.