Our History

Serving the Northeast Valley... in so many ways.

It was on Mother’s Day in 1959 that Paul and Cora Messinger opened Scottsdale’s first funeral chapel. In those days, it was common for funeral homes to operate ambulances as well, and the Messingers established the area’s first service of this kind.

Beyond those significant “firsts,” Messinger Mortuaries has also contributed to the heritage of Scottsdale and its surrounding communities in many ways. The Messinger Chapel is a landmark for the community, since it has seen, over the years, so many joyous occasions such as weddings and other celebrations. In fact, several area churches got their start here.

The compassion shared by Paul and Cora has helped many families since those early days, and has allowed the firm to expand, establishing Paradise Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, Paradise Memorial Crematory (another first for Scottsdale), and several chapels to serve the area’s growth and success, as well as expanding their services to include Messinger Payson Funeral Home, Mountain Meadows Memorial Park, cemetery and crematory – all serving the Rim Country.

Today, Paul and Cora, along with their two sons, Ken and David, are still actively involved in helping families like yours. And today, as always, they are here to welcome and assist you in planning the most meaningful tribute to your loved one.

Cora & Paul Messinger