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Our Staff


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WAYNE T. BROPHY

WAYNE T. BROPHY

Owner/Funeral Director

Wayne has been practicing as a licensed funeral director for over 30 years.  A 1987 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and a 1988 graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Wayne holds a degree in business administration and a diploma in mortuary science.  Wayne is married to Darcy.   Together they have three children; Matt is attending Rocky Vista School of Osteopathic Medicine in Ivins, Utah; Alex is a musician and works for Guitar Center; and Mary is studying Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. Wayne is on the board with the Pines of Peace Comfort Care Home. 

Telephone: 1-315-524-4621

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ERIC VAN ZEILEN

ERIC VAN ZEILEN

Owner/Funeral Director

Eric has been a licensed funeral director since 2008 and earned the distinction of Funeral Service Celebrant in June of 2017.   A graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School in 2002, where he played football and helped start the rugby club. Eric attended Lemoyne College in Syracuse, earning at B.A. in Psychology, where he also played rugby.  While attending Lemoyne, Eric was inspired to study mortuary science and pursue a career in funeral service.  He attended Simmons Institute where he obtained a Mortuary Science degree in 2007.  In 2011, Eric married Amanda and together they have twin children, Emma and Ford and daughter Allie. Outside of work, Eric belongs to the Palmyra-Macedon Rotary Club, is on the board with the Palmyra Community Center and is past President of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.  When he is not working, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, children and friends.  He also enjoys watching and studying movies, watching football, baseball and playing golf.

Telephone: 1-315-524-4621

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Melissa Rasmussen Campbell

Melissa Rasmussen Campbell

Melissa A. Campbell is a fourth-generation funeral director.  She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in 1990 from Misrecordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania; and then earned her Mortuary Science Degree in Funeral Service in 1991 from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, New York.   In 1996, Melissa married the Rev. Keith Campbell, Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rochester, NY; and together they have three sons – Colin, a senior at St. John Fisher College, and twins – Logan and Ryan, seniors at Athena High School in Greece, NY.  When she’s not at work, Melissa enjoys spending time with friends and family, and visiting Amish country in Holmes Country, Ohio, where she has many dear friends.  


Sherman Yates

Sherman Yates

Funeral Assistant

Sherman "Sherm" Yates is a retired Police Chief of the Palmyra Village Police Department.  He has recently joined the funeral staff and is considering funeral service as a second career.


CHARLES ZIEGLER

CHARLES ZIEGLER

Funeral Assistant

Charles "Charlie" Ziegler is a lifelong resident of Palmyra, NY where he attended, and graduated, from the Palmyra-Macedon Central schools and would later serve on the school board.  He and his wife raised their two daughters in Palmyra where Charlie owned, and operated, his automobile service business.  Charlie is very active within the community and spends a lot of his time helping out with events associated with the Palmyra Community Center.  Charlie can usually be found helping out with the funeral homes administration duties, working services, or caring for the properties.  .  Charlie knows a lot of the people in the community and finds it to be rewarding to try and help those who have suffered the loss of someone they have loved.


Valerie Burba

Valerie Burba

Funeral Assistant/Office

Valerie grew up in Fairport, NY and now resides in Macedon, NY. She has been married for 18 years to John and they have a daughter, Alyssa, and two sons, Brody and Gavin, who are all the lights of her life. Valerie became interested in working in the funeral service profession because she enjoys being there in a time of need for others and providing comfort to families. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in tourism management and is currently attending school again to become a licensed funeral director. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, fishing, watching football, listening to music, spending time with her three cats and three dogs, and playing board games.

Telephone: 1-315-524-4621


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