Our History

Our mission statement is in our name: CARE. Compassionate, Affordable, Reliable and Experienced. These are all the qualities we strive to exude.  We do our best to deliver service beyond expectation. We provide you with services tailored to your needs and desires. Our staff members are people who care, friends and neighbors who are active in your community, ready to serve you and your family.


In 2008, Moundsville natives Brian Bonar and Frank Gonchoff had a vision.  At the popular intersection of Second Street and Cedar, where everyone else saw an empty, dilapidated auto parts store, they saw a way to bring new life to the area and serve the needs of their neighbors.  These dedicated men purchased the building and within a short time transformed it into a spacious, comfortable chapel:  a warm, welcoming place where families can gather to honor for remembrance and recollection, and pay tribute to their loved one.

Today, after almost a decade of service, Mr. Gonchoff continues the original mission of Care Chapel, serving the families of Moundsville and South Wheeling with care, sympathy, and personal attentive funeral services offered at sensible, honest prices.

Moundsville families trust Mr. Gonchoff and his staff.  So can you.


For many years, the CARE Funeral home has served the Ohio Valley.  Because of the growing need for funeral service uniquely provided by CARE, we have added chapels to our family of funeral homes.


The Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Wellsville MacLean Chapel history dates back to 1879 when Philip McLean opened the Wellsville Chapel operating as a Livery Service on Broadway Ave, Philip’s brother Daniel joined the business and the brothers conducted the first funeral service in 1881.  In 1986, Martin Funeral Home purchased MacLean Funeral Home in Wellsville, Ohio and the names were combined to form Martin McLean Funeral Home. In 1990 The funeral home was passed onto Harry’s Son Tim Martin. A year later, Tim passed away and Martin MacLean was purchased by the Altmeyer Family of Wheeling, WV

In July 2018, the Martin McLain Funeral home in Wellsville became Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – MacLain Chapel.  We still have the same great local and professional staff to serve the families of Columbiana & Jefferson counties, Ohio and the northern panhandle of WV.


In 1927, Alonzo L. Beck founded Beck Funeral Home at 204 West Main Street in St. Clairsville at the same location where it remains today.  His three sons: Lemotto, Alonzo E., and Arthur became funeral directors, and his daughter, Geneva, served as business manager.

In 1969, Arthur’s son, Jay took over the business and was joined by his younger son L. Lamont in 1976. Jay purchased the funeral home from his family in 1989 and operated as a sole proprietor.

In 1998, the Beck Funeral Home merged with Altmeyer Funeral Home to create the Beck- Altmeyer Funeral Home.  Jay Beck and his staff have been serving families in Belmont County ever since.  In January 2019 that Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home became Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – St. Clairsville Chapel.  We still have the same great local & professional staff to service the families of the greater St. Clairsville area.

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