Our History

For nearly a century, the Smolenski's have been providing caring support for families in their times of need. Our spacious and serene home has been a haven to many, and over the years we've built a reputation for the quality of our services and the distinguished manner in which our funerals are conducted.


The Smolenski Funeral Home opens in Greenpoint, Brooklyn by John Smolenski, grand-uncle of the present owner. Uncle John was a Senator for that District, and the Smolenski Democratic Club was named in his honor. Both institutions are still there today. The Smolenski Funeral Home is now owned by Leon Klemantowicz.


John's brother, Joseph A. Smolenski --grandfather of the present owner--opens the Hempstead Funeral Home on Front Street in Hempstead. In 1958, it is sold to the Senko Family, and still operates under the same name. 


Joseph R. Smolenski, Sr --father of the present owner--opens New Hyde Park Funeral Home in February of 1956. At the time, Floral Park and New Hyde Park had large Polish populations. The Smolenski name was well known, so the ethnic draw was a natural. Business started out well and picked up speed as New Hyde Park grew. In fact, at times it was necessary to take over the family home, which was attached, to allow for viewing.


Joseph R. Smolenski, Jr. brings services to Raleigh, NC with the creation of Renaissance Funeral Home of Raleigh in November 2003.