A 2003 graduate of Briarwood College, Melissa became a licensed funeral director in 2004. She is very passionate about funeral service and regularly attends conferences and training on funeral trends, such as green burials and restorative art. Melissa is a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Her great empathy for families experiencing losses of loved ones drives her superb attention to detail.
In addition to being a dedicated funeral director, Melissa is a Connecticut firefighter and beekeeper. She and her wife live in Stratford and have one daughter. She enjoys Civil War history and collecting medical antiques.
Joseph John Singer
Joseph Singer was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and moved to Norwalk at an early age. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Norwalk and was the captain of the football team. Joe attended Norwalk Community College and graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1971.
While attending McAllister’s, Joe secured a part-time job at Magner Funeral Home in Norwalk, where he served his apprenticeship. He left in 1981 to open a retail business and ultimately decided to return to the funeral industry in 1984. That year he joined Collins Funeral Home where he served as a funeral director and general manager until 2006.
Joe joined Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home in 2008, where he continues to serve as a funeral director and embalmer. He loves helping families who call upon him in their time of need. He also gets great satisfaction from mentoring and teaching student funeral directors.
Joe is a member of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church in Norwalk, the Stamford Racing Pigeon Club, the Harley Owners Group and also enjoys photography. He is married and the father of 3 children and grandfather of 8 grandchildren.
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