The Essling Funeral Home was founded in 1958 by Vincent and Ellen Essling. The original location of the funeral home was 1218 Michigan Avenue, LaPorte, Indiana which was formerly referred to as “Hail Columbia”.  In 1969 a new facility was built adjacent to the original Funeral Home to better serve a growing number of patrons and was the first in LaPorte County to be built specifically as a Funeral Home.  The Funeral Home office is now located in the original building.

Mark E. Essling the son of Vincent and Ellen Essling joined the firm as a licensed funeral director in 1976.  Vincent and Ellen Essling died within two weeks of one another in the fall of 1992. Mark E. Essling owned and operated the funeral home until his death in 2014.

After Mark’s death the Essling family was determined to find a Funeral Director to carry-on the family traditions that Mark, Vincent, and Ellen imparted on the community for so many years.  In August of 2014, the Funeral Home was sold to Frank L. Keszei a Funeral Director with 36 years of experience who holds true to the standards set by the founders in 1958. 


Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Inc, Essling Chapel
1117 Indiana Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350
Tel: 1-219-362-2722

 Fax: 1-219-362-4752

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Frequent Questions

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