Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We hope you will find it helpful and informative as you learn more about us, our people and the funeral and cremation services and products we offer.Our tradition of providing funeral home services to the families of Wichita, Kansas and the surrounding communities began in 1913. Since that time, we have continued to expand our offerings to include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, distinctive cemetery options, our on-site crematory facility, a wide selection of cremation urns and memorial keepsakes, pre-need funeral planning, online obituaries and condolences, funeral webcasting, and custom designed markers and monuments. Broadway Mortuary and Kensington Gardens have earned a reputation for caring, compassionate service with unsurpassed professionalism and attention to detail…making Cozine Memorial Group the leading choice among funeral and cemetery providers in Wichita!
Our commitment to providing funeral and memorial service excellence to families like yours has been recognized on a national level. We are the only mortuary in Wichita to have been inducted into the National Funeral Directors Association’s Hall of Excellence. This achievement recognizes the fact that we have received NFDA’s most prestigious recognition, the Pursuit of Excellence award, 12 times over the last 14 years! This award recognizes the top 2% of funeral homes in the nation for outstanding services to families, commitment to the community and dedication to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards.
We believe that funeral and memorial services that are both meaningful and memorable should be as unique as the individual being celebrated. Our staff will assist you in planning a ceremony reflecting your loved one’s personal values, interests and experiences, while providing your family and friends with a cherished experience that allows everyone to say goodbye.
We are committed to continuously improving our services. Our standard is excellence. We will do our very best to meet your expectations and ensure that you receive the highest quality of funeral or memorial service with unmatched value.
In 1951, Jack H. Cozine, a Wichita businessman and executive with the Boeing Company, and Dick A. Morris, a funeral director from Newton, Kansas purchased the mortuary from Mr. Martin. Combining Cozine’s business knowledge and people skills with Morris’ funeral service experience, they set about to bring a new level of service and care to the families of Wichita. This included the first adjacent off-street mortuary parking within the city; the first uniform fleet of cars, including make and color; new working hours and conditions for staff members; the modernizing and changing of some antiquated funeral practices; and the implementation of a modern and efficient ambulance service which was sold to the City of Wichita in 1958 and served as a forerunner to today’s county Emergency Medical Service. As a result of their leadership, Cozine and Morris rapidly gained a reputation for excellence and the number of families they served increased dramatically.
In 1963, after the death of Mr. Morris, William L. (Bill) Cozine left Washburn Law School to attend the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation in 1964, Bill returned home to Wichita and joined his father in business. The Cozine family’s dedication and commitment to the Wichita community was evidenced by Jack and Bill’s involvement and participation in a wide range of business, civic and church activities. The mortuary continued to grow, becoming a major firm in the city, as well as the state. Bill and his father worked together until Jack’s death in 1976.
Following his father’s death, Bill continued his involvement in the community and further developed his passion to teach others about the grieving process. He brought a number of national caliber speakers to Wichita to help educate ministers, medical personnel and hospice caregivers about effectively serving those in grief. He also regularly spoke to groups including churches, businesses, high schools and colleges about death and dying.
Broadway Mortuary’s resilient spirit was apparent in its strong comeback from a devastating fire that destroyed the building on New Year’s Eve of 1990. The mortuary’s coat of arms, designed at the time, contains the Latin motto, “virtus venit per ignem,” which translates to “strength comes through fire.” Despite several setbacks, the mortuary continued to operate across the street at Broadway Christian Church without a single day of interruption. In 1992, the doors of the present Lincoln and Broadway facility were once again opened to the public.
In 1993, after completing graduate school at Oxford University in England, W. Ashley Cozine returned home to join the family business. His forward-thinking approach and attention to detail, resulted in continuous improvements and new standards of service. Under his leadership, Broadway Mortuary and its staff have been recognized multiple times as a recipient of the prestigious Pursuit of Excellence Award by the National Funeral Director’s Association.
In 1995, the Cozine’s spirit of compassion and innovation led them to expand and diversify their family business with the development of Kensington Gardens cemetery. With the addition of its state-of-the-art crematory facility, a complete selection of memorialization products and services, and its distinct range of cemetery options in a unique and beautiful setting, Kensington Gardens is well positioned for continued growth.
In 2008, the Cozine Memorial Group was established in order to better integrate the mortuary, cemetery and crematory operations, and to position itself for future opportunities and expansion. This unwavering commitment to helping others by providing compassionate and personal service, as well as innovative funeral and memorial options that are of exceptional quality and value, continues to set Cozine Memorial Group apart as the leader in providing the families of Wichita with a level of unmatched personalized service and care.
In 2013, Cozine Memorial Group marked its 100-year tradition of service to the families of Wichita! While many significant changes have taken place since City Undertaking Company was founded in 1913, the one constant is Cozine Memorial Group’s commitment to setting the standard for funeral service excellence.
In 2014, the funeral home was inducted into the National Funeral Directors Association’s Hall of Excellence – having received its 10th Pursuit of Excellence Award! Broadway Mortuary is the only Wichita funeral home to have achieved this recognition.
The staff at Cozine Memorial Group have years of professional funeral planning experience and a strong commitment to providing exceptional service with attention to detail. Our knowledgeable staff offers personal guidance with the understanding that people need sensitive and caring professionals to help them during difficult times. Once you get to know our people, you will see why more families have come to appreciate the outstanding service and personal attention we provide. We make your needs our priority!
Our mission is to glorify the Lord by applying sound, biblical principles to our business, by ministering to people who are mourning a loss and by pursuing excellence in every aspect of our organization.
The Importance of Local Ownership
Broadway Mortuary and Kensington Gardens are locally owned and operated in Wichita, Kansas. This sets us apart from the other mortuaries and cemeteries in the Wichita area that are owned and operated by large chain and international corporations with headquarters located outside of our city. We believe this makes a real difference for several reasons:
For three generations, people have come to rely on Cozine Memorial Group in their time of need. Families have come to appreciate the difference we offer, as well as the exceptional level of care, compassion and quality of service we provide. We make your needs our priority!
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