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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

Licensed Funeral Director
Michele is a fourth-generation funeral director, working in the industry since 1997. She is the Vice President of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium where she works alongside her siblings. She hold...

Aaron Spiritos

General Manager and 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...

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...

Mandy Desmarais

Licensed Funeral Director
Mandy is a graduate of Manchester Central High School, and she attended Phoenix East Aviation in Daytona, Florida. She joined the team in November 2009, and graduated magna cum laude from FINE Mortuar...

Madison Smith

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 m...

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 Klisz

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...

Amanda Earl

Licensed Funeral Director
A California native, Amanda relocated to New England to pursue her degree in funeral service. Prior to being a funeral director, she had a career in management and was a licensed Esthetician and Massa...

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...

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...

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...

Tessa McGroarty

Licensed Funeral Director
Terresa “Tessa” McGroarty hails from Massachusetts and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for more than 10 years. Her career in funeral service began when she was a junior in high s...

Megan Rexroat

Licensed Funeral Director
Megan Rexroat, a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Connecticut and Vermont, graduated with honors from Goodwin University in East Hartford, CT with an A.S. in Funeral Service and a B.S. in Pro...

Sayr Rivera

Licensed Funeral Director
Sayr is a first-generation funeral director and graduate of FINE Mortuary College. Before becoming a funeral director, Sayr served six years in the NH Army National Guard and pursued a career in nursi...

Adriana Ruiz De Velasco

Licensed Funeral Director
Adriana’s deep commitment to guiding families through their most trying times began in the heart of Texas. She brings 15 years of industry experience and personal warmth to the Phaneuf family. Her j...

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...

Patrick Barclay

Funeral Apprentice
Patrick is a first-generation funeral director enrolled at FINE Mortuary College. He was born, raised and resides in Manchester, with his fiancé, Lindsey. Patrick joined our team in February of 2023....

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...

Chanda Roundtree-Theriault

Administrative Assistant
Chanda started with Phaneuf in April 2019. She hails from California, and has lived in Bedford, NH, since 1994. In her spare time, Chanda loves to spend time with her kids and extended family. She lik...

Kylie Oakes

Administrative Assistant
Kylie joined Phaneuf in September 2023 as an administrative assistant and transfer staff. She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education. Prior to Phaneuf she worked with children after ...

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...

Griffin Thompson

Maintenance and Housekeeping
One of Griffin’s passions is creating and building things. Whether it was tinkering with gadgets, crafting intricate pieces of art, or constructing elaborate structures, or knocking down walls to re...

Thomas Carnes

Funeral Director Apprentice
Thomas, a native of Reading, Massachusetts, holds a degree in communications from Middlesex Community College, and is currently studying at the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services. He has a lon...

Brittany Puntanen

Funeral Director Apprentice
Brittany is the first of her family to pursue a career in the funeral industry and is enrolled at FINE Mortuary College. She was raised in the small towns of Hubbardston and Rutland, Mass., for most o...

June Garen

Administrative Assistant
June joined Phaneuf in 2024, after retiring from a long and happy career in nursing. Prior to employment with Phaneuf, she worked in a variety of nursing specialties including surgery, school nursing ...

Transfer & Crematory Staff

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
Nicholas grew up in Massachusetts, and moved to New Hampshire in 1997. He started with the firm in 2018. Prior to that he worked in retail. Nicholas is married with two children and a cat. He enjoys r...

Chad Groulx

Funeral Service Associate
Chad Groulx was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and grew up in southern New Hampshire. He comes from a management and customer service background. Prior to working at Phaneuf, he managed an indoor gun ...

Dylan Butler

Funeral Service Associate
Dylan Butler grew up in Manchester, NH, and currently resides there with his wife, Amy. Dylan enjoys spending time with his son, Austin. In his downtime, Dylan likes going to concerts and other live e...
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