History & Staff
At Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Syracuse and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
In 1912, Carl J. Ballweg opened Ballweg Funeral Service and began a legacy of serving families on the south side of Syracuse, New York. After working for Carl on South Salina Street for fifteen years, William A. Lunsford, Jr. purchased the business in 1964 and transformed it into Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home. Upon William’s retirement, the business stayed in the family when his grandson became the owner and president in 1991.
With a passion for serving families, we expanded Ballweg & Lunsford and opened a new location in LaFayette, New York, in 1995. Just a short drive from Syracuse, the LaFayette facility on Field Lane offers the same quality service for which Ballweg & Lunsford is known, but in a more modern facility in an area with a truly rural feel. With ample parking and nine acres of meticulously landscaped grounds, the LaFayette location provides the perfect alternative for families that prefer to be away from the city.
After over 100 years of serving families as an independent funeral home, Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home joined Foundation Partners Group (FPG) in 2016. FPG is a collection of funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries, with locations across the country. Their primary focus is assisting these locations in providing outstanding service to all families and offering both traditional and new and innovative options for burial and cremation. With state of the art technology, Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home is now able to adapt to the ever-changing funeral industry and leave all of its families with memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.
In joining with Foundation Partners Group, the core values that have allowed Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home to be a part of your community for over a century remain unchanged. With the same staff you have grown to trust, we are here to serve your family in whatever way we can. From price-guaranteed prearrangements, to service arrangements at your time of need, to follow-up care, Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home is here to serve you at a competitive price and continue the legacy that Carl started in 1912.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Ballweg & Lunsford, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Licensed Funeral Director
Jason was born and raised in the Syracuse, New York area. He is a graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Elim Bible Institute, and Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. Jason has been in the funeral service industry since 2004, joining the team at Ballweg and Lunsford Funeral Home in April 2018. He is married with four children. Jason is an active member of The Monte Cristo Cigar Club and is on the board for The Baldwin Fund. Together we will find a cure for breast cancer. He loves spending time with his family and friends, Sunday dinners, Yankees baseball, and music.
Margaret L. Palmer
Licensed Funeral Director & Admin
Maggie grew up in the small town of Red Creek, New York. After studying Psychology at SUNY Oswego, and Web Page Design at Cayuga Community College, she pursued her true passion and graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in 2007. She spent ten years as an Organ and Tissue Recovery Technician; and has worked in funeral homes in Ithaca, Owego, and Auburn. Maggie joined the team at Ballweg and Lunsford Funeral Homes in April of 2019. She currently resides in Auburn with her husband and four children. They enjoy their family time together- especially with their various furry animal members; and appreciate the short NY summers with beach outings, and walking nature trails.