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Full-Time Staff

From the Phaneuf family, who has made funeral service a generation-long legacy, to our part-time personnel, our mission is to give you the best support possible during a difficult time. We understand that a death can be a very sensitive and private matter and we thank you for placing your trust with Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium. Click on any of the staff members below for complete bio and contact information.

Licensed Staff

Arthur O. “Buddy” Phaneuf, CFSP, CPC

President and Licensed Funeral Director
Arthur O. “Buddy” Phaneuf CFSP, CPC, is a fourth generation funeral director and has been running the family funeral business since 1989. Prior to his time in funeral service, he worked in Washing...

Michele M. Phaneuf-Plasz

Vice President and Licensed Funeral Director
Michele has been involved in funeral service since 1997 and is a fourth generation funeral director. She is the Vice President of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Creamtorium where she works along side her...

Roger L. Gosselin CFSP

Licensed Funeral Director
Roger is a licensed Funeral Director and the Operations Manager at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire since 1995. He received his degree in funeral service from NEI at Mount Ida College and is a f...

Amanda Desmarais

Licensed Funeral Director
Mandy is a graduate of Manchester Central High School, Class of '97 and she attended Phoenix East Aviation in Daytona, FL. She joined the team at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium in November of 200...

Madison Sullivan

Licensed Funeral Director
A Kansas native, Madison relocated to New England to reconnect with her extended maternal family and to pursue a career in the funeral industry. She began her funeral service career in 2009 and is a ...

Mark P. Gomes, CFSP

Licensed Funeral Director
Mark is a first generation funeral director and started his profession in funeral service in the fall of 1989. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franklin Pierce College in 1993, with a B.S. degree in ...

Stephanie Knotts

Licensed Funeral Director
Stephanie is a first generation funeral director, and graduate of the New England Institute at Mount Ida College where she was a member of the Pi Sigma Eta Mortician's fraternity. She is originally fr...

Aaron Spiritos

Licensed Funeral Director
Aaron attended college at the University of Vermont where he graduated with a B.S. degree in animal sciences and biology. He later went on to work as a chef for several years in Vermont and the greate...

Amanda Earl

Licensed Funeral Director
Amanda is a California native, who moved to the East Coast in pursuit of her career in the funeral industry. She is a 2016 graduate of FINE Mortuary College. Prior to her entry into the funeral indust...

Mark Johnson

Licensed Funeral Director
Mark Johnson is a third-generation funeral director, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. He owned and operated the Cate & Johnson Funeral Home for almost 40 years. After a recen...

Max Christensen

Licensed Funeral Director
Max is a first-generation funeral director and graduate from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College in Newton MA in 2010. He joined Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium in 2020 and looks forwa...

Alicia Applebee

Licensed Funeral Director
Alicia is a Nashua native and currently resides in Litchfield, NH. Alicia graduated from Nashua High School North in 2008 and went on to the New England Institute of Mortuary Science at the former Mou...

Kelley Molloy

Licensed Funeral Director
Kelley is a first-generation funeral director and a Massachusetts native. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Haven before attending the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Ser...

Aeriel Cardillo

Funeral Apprentice
Aeriel is a first-generation funeral director and graduated from FINE Mortuary College in 2019. She started out volunteering her nights and weekends at Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlor in Worc...

Kade Stewart

Licensed Funeral Director
A native of the Intermountain West, Kade relocated to New England to pursue a career in the funeral industry after being introduced to death care while living abroad in Japan where he lived for many y...

Jonathan Wolf

Licensed Funeral Director
Jonathan is a 3rd generation funeral director in his family, following his grandfather, G. Stanton Giberson and his uncle Gregory A. Giberson. He was raised and educated in Nashua, attending both pub...

Zachary Stroup

Funeral Apprentice
Zachary is currently enrolled in the Funeral director program at VCC. He joined our team as an apprentice funeral director in 2021. Zachary is also certified as a Veterinary Technician and EMT. Origin...

Emma Crews

Funeral Apprentice
Emma attended the State University of New York at Potsdam where she graduated with dual B.A. degrees in archaeological studies and anthropology. After graduation, she worked as a cultural resource man...

Colin James

Funeral Apprentice
Colin is a first-generation funeral apprentice originally from Bellows Falls, VT. He attended the Greenwood School in Putney VT, and serves as the Alumni President of the Greenwood school. Colin is al...

Administrative & Support Staff

John Phaneuf

John is Phaneuf’s new chief accounting officer. He is a 2016 graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a degree in economics. He grew up working at Phaneuf Funeral Home and Cr...

Nicole Phaneuf

Administrative Assistant
Nicole joined the company in June 2007. Before coming here Nicole had worked throughout the United States as a pastry chef, a profession she fostered after graduating magna cum laude from Johnson & Wa...

Tricia Fishel

Administrative Assistant
Tricia joined the firm in 2012. Prior to employment with Phaneuf, Tricia worked in the real estate industry for fifteen years. She is a graduate of The New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts and...

Linda M. Shaughnessy

Administrative Assistant
Linda began working at the firm in April of 2006. Most of her work experience has been in Massachusetts and Florida. Linda has lived in Manchester for the past 4 years. She has 2 children, 2 cats and ...

Vera Morozova

Administrative Assistant
Vera joined the firm in July 2007. She was born and lived in Russia before moving to the United States in 1998. Vera became a US citizen in 2007. Previously she worked as an office manager and funeral...

Marie Hurley

Administrative Assistant
Marie joined the Phaneuf team in 2021. She currently lives in Epsom, NH with her children, fiancé, mother in law and two cats. Marie previously worked in the medical field as an X-Ray Technologist an...

Lyudmila “Lucy” Pustovalova

Maintenance and Housekeeping
Lucy was born and raised in Russia. In April of 1998, Lucy married Vladimir and started her own family. In 2000, Lucy and her family made an unexpected move to the United States. She has 5 children in...

Colleen G. Kurlansky

Hospice & Caregiver Liaison
Colleen has 25+ years of experience in marketing and business development, working with two of the largest law firms in NH (Devine Millimet and Sheehan Phinney). In 2013 she began a new career as a M...

Transfer & Crematory Staff

Joel Murphy

Funeral Service Associate
Joel grew up in Wakefield Massachusetts. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 29 years. They moved with their 3 children in 1987 to make a home in the Manchester area. He treasures the time he sp...

Kris Gosselin

Facility Manager
Kris joined Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium in 2004 and takes pride in helping families and growing with the company. He has resided in Manchester since 2001, but grew up in Goffstown, a gradua...

Paul Roy

Funeral Service Associate
Paul is a lifelong NH resident having grown up in Goffstown, resided in New Boston and the last 11 years in Bedford. Paul retired from Bedford Police after 24 ½ years of full time law enforcement and...

Nicholas Theriault

Funeral Service Associate
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Richard Sault

Funeral Service Associate
Bio coming soon...

Chanda Roundtree

Funeral Service Associate
Bio coming soon...
John B. Phaneuf

Staff Highlight

John B. Phaneuf, Director Emeritus

John officially retired from the firm in 1995 after 40 years of service. During his tenure as a director and later as President and owner, he turned a small west side funeral home into one of the largest funeral service providers in the state. He was the visionary behind many of the services and offerings the firm provides today. He attended St. Anselm’s College and received his degree in funeral service from the New England Institute in Boston. In his retirement, he plays croquet professionally and travels extensively. He and his wife of over 40 years, Paula, reside in West Palm Beach, FL and Newcastle, NH. While no longer active in funeral service on a day-to-day basis, he is still considered a valuable resource to the firm as they continue to expand and provide the highest level of service to the families they serve each year.

We have developed an end-of-life planning guide to help families answer important questions as they plan their final wishes.

Funeral planning guide