Funeral Directors in the News

Q&A with a Tissue Navigator: Empowering Families to Support the Search for a Cure

Morte Girl Melissa Johnson Williams continues to make news in her new endeavor.

 a director’s lifelong mission

In November, our friend, funeral director Jim Kurtz, was featured on the cover of Texas Director. His story is sure to make every funeral director proud.

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In November, our friend, funeral director Jim Kurtz, was featured on the cover of Texas Director. His story is sure to make every funeral director proud.

Women in the Funeral Industry: Beatrice E. Lewanduski, CFSP

One of our favorite Morte Girls talks about her long career in funeral service, and gives advice to those wishing to forge their own career. Bea is a past president of  the New York State Funeral Directors Association, and  currently serves as NY’s representative to the National Funeral Directors Association.

‘Your True Calling Will Simply Find You’ American Funeral Director, June 2020

Great interview with another of our favorite Morte Girls, Sharon Gee-Mascarello. She is the editor and main author of the soon-to-be published textbook “Embalming: History, Theory, and Practice, Sixth Edition.” But that’s just Sharon’s latest contribution to funeral service. She is an embalming instructor  at Wayne State University, and a frequent  presenter at state and national convetions.

After mom dies of coronavirus in NYC, Syracuse woman takes on a final promise: a place to rest Syracuse.com, May 18, 2020

Doris Amen, one of our favorite Morte Girls, helped a family others turned away.

Funeral Director Honored for Meaningful Impact in Community

For the second time, John D’Arienzo has become president of The Metropolitan Funeral Director’s Association, in New York City. His funeral home, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has long been a fixture in the community. Read on to read about his community involvement, and  friendship with Andrew Anastasio, who runs Williamsburg’s only other surviving funeral home.

John Herzig’s Famous Endings Museum

One of our favorite funeral service museums, and a must visit.

Trust This Woman To Bury You: Funeral Director And Author Doris V. Amen Bklyner., Nov. 15, 2015

Brooklyn’s favorite funeral director tells all in her newly-published collection of essays.

Women in the Funeral Industry NYSFDA, March 2020

For Women’s History Month, The New York State Funeral Directors Association features a great interview with Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse. Bea works tirelessly on behalf of funeral service & serves as a role model. If you’re interested in a career, Bea also offers advice in this Q & A.

The Work We Do: Karen Heppner Riverhead News-Review, January 29, 2020

Here’s another female funeral director representing what we do with dignity and decorum.