About Clevelands


Cleveland Funeral Home
Wanganui's funeral home of choice.

Cleveland Funeral Home has a long and proud history of caring for the community of Wanganui and surrounding districts since 1907. We are situated at 173 – 179 Ingestre Street Wanganui.

Originally established by F Syme the company has always been owned by Wanganui families. Craig & Laura Cleveland purchased the funeral home in 1994. Since this time they have grown and nurtured the company to reflect their philosophy of providing an environment of care, respect and cultural understanding based on family values. The beautiful gardens and character buildings all lend themselves to supporting a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere of care.

Our Team

Craig Cleveland
Company Director

Dip Funeral Services
NZ Cert Funeral Directing
NZ Cert Embalming

Craig was born and raised in Wanganui and is married to Laura. Craig and Laura purchased the company in 1994 and together have grown and moulded the company to what it is today a family based company with the philosophy of our family caring for your family.

Craig began funeral directing in Wanganui in 1987 and is Wanganui’s only funeral director who holds the National Diploma in Funeral Service. He is known for his ability to interpret family’s needs and provide a fitting and personalised farewell.

Laura Cleveland
Company Director

NZ Cert Funeral Directing

Laura was born and raised in Wanganui and is married to Craig. Laura began funeral directing in Wanganui in 1994 and is Wanganui’s only qualified female funeral director.

Laura has enriched and developed the company’s high level of understanding of our bereaved families which is respectful to their cultural and emotional needs.

Rhys Cleveland
Company Director

NZ Dip Embalming

Rhys was born and raised in Wanganui and is Craig and Laura’s youngest son. Rhys joined the family business in November 2008 as a funeral director and embalmer. He graduated with his New Zealand Diploma in embalming in November 2013. Rhys' specialty is in the preparation and presentation of families loved ones, a role in which he takes great pride.

Rhys lives in Aramoho with his wife Julia and Baby girl Meadow.

Michelle Cleveland Scarrow
Company Director

Michelle was born and raised in Wanganui. Upon leaving school she joined the the staff at Cleveland Funeral Home. She was the first of the 2nd generation of the Cleveland family to join the company. Michelle is a funeral director and a full time mother to her 3 boys. Her son Kaiden was born in 2010 and twin boys Roman and Lukus born were in 2016.

Jonathon Greenwell
Funeral Director

Jonathon was born and raised in Wanganui, after finishing his education at Wanganui High School he joined the New Zealand Army Band where he travelled extensively throughout New Zealand and the world and was a member of four national youth brass bands.
Jonathon has retained his interest in music and has been a member of the Wanganui Community Choir, participated in local AMDRAM productions and is currently Bass Trombone and Chairman of Brass Whanganui. Jonathon has also recently been made a marriage celebrant and is enjoying helping couples prepare for their big day.

John Goodare
Funeral Director

John was born and raised in New Plymouth. After working in Hannahs stores in Stratford, Napier, Palmerston North and Hamilton he moved with his family to Wanganui in 1989. It was a homecoming for his wife and they raised their family in Brunswick on the family property. He has been involved in the Wanganui Boys and Girls Gym Club, and is currently an active member of the Westmere Miniature Rifle Club and Sailing Wanganui. John has worked for Kmart, then Noel Leeming in Wanganui before starting a 17 year career with Vodafone. He owned the Vodafone store in Wanganui for many years before joining the Clevelands team in 2014.

Monique Collins
Funeral Director / Embalmer

NZ Dip Embalming

Moni joined the Cleveland family in 2014 after working for three years at a funeral home in Hawera. She was born and raised in Wanganui where she attended Wanganui Intermediate School and Wanganui Girls College.
Moni is an experienced embalmer and funeral director. She graduated with her New Zealand Diploma in Embalming in March 2019 becoming Wanganui’s only qualified female embalmer.