Eredi Querin, two centuries of life
My great-grandfather, Giovanni Rigo started a funeral business . at his joinery in Casarsa della Delizia in the mid 1800s. He was the founder of what is now Eredi Querin. My grandfather, Umberto Querin, specialised in producing church furnishings and started making the first six-sided coffins (shaped to human form).
A century went by. It was now the Fifties. My father, Giuseppe Querin, joined the company, and took over running of the funeral directors. He was the first one in the area to have hearses and one of the few with a licence and so he was also the taxi-driver until 1965. My father died in 1974. At that point, my mother, Norma Colautti, took over the funeral directors, with her hard-working, diligent working style. She expanded the business into cemetery management and production of gravestones.
An important date for us was 5th November 1975, funerale di Pier Paolo Pasolini a Casarsa della Delizia, when I was nine. I could see all the people lined up outside the little church of San Rocco from the window of the hearse, and an enormous floral wreath decorating the tiny church doorway. Pasolini now lies next to his mother in Casarsa cemetery, where a memorial stone also remembers his brother Guidalberto, who died aged nineteen in the Partisan massacre in Porzûs. Since then, Eredi Querin has been tending Pasolini’s grave, so that it is always well cared for and tidy.
At 21, I decided to join my mother in the business. It was 1987. My idea was to modernise things a little and give the funeral directors business a more professional image, in line with the times, and more focussed on people and their needs.
Our female staff bring the distinctive touch of sensitivity and purpose to Eredi Querin. They are my mother, Norma, and my wife, Roberta Gregoris, who has been working alongside me for more than twenty years now. We are a united family. Our three children are the fifth generation of the Querin family: Alice, Serena and Marco, who also works in the family business.
2015 was a very busy year for us: we set up our Funeral Home in San Vito al Tagliamento. It’s a comforting, private place for remembering your loved ones. We got the idea for it about ten years ago, having seen how matters are handled abroad, particularly in France and Anglo-Saxon cultures.
Today, our business has branches in both San Vito al Tagliamento and Casarsa della Delizia, where ours is also the oldest funeral home in the town. In both branches, our showroom and staff are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
My work ethic is about being calm and professional. Death is part of life, and for this reason I strongly believe that living is an essential value.