History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Back in the Beginning
Inspired by an uncle who was a funeral director in Schenectady, Benton Anthony knew in high school that funeral service was to be his career. After graduation, he enrolled in Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. After completing the Simmons course of study, he returned home to begin a two-year apprenticeship with a Rochester funeral director. But, Ben's apprenticeship was interrupted by World War II.
After volunteering for military service, Ben served in the South Pacific. He was able to send money home, which his father set aside to buy the land on which Anthony Funeral Chapel was to be built.
Upon his return, Ben completed his apprenticeship, took his state examination and became licensed. With the money he saved, he bought the first two parcels of land for his funeral chapel. Job opportunities for licensed funeral directors were scarce, so he joined his brother George in their father's sand and gravel business. George (now deceased) joined Ben in the funeral service business in 1954.
The sand and gravel business gave Ben the connections to barter some of the labor and, in 1948, a fledgling savings and loan association - Columbia - agreed to finance the rest of the amount needed when commercial banks were not interested in entrepreneurial companies. The funeral chapel was completed in 1952.
In the 1950's, a funeral chapel in Brighton was a big gamble, Ben Anthony recalls. All funeral services for Brighton residents were conducted at downtown Rochester locations. Brighton business activity ended at Westfall Road. The building of a new high school was an indication of Brighton's growth, reinforcing Ben's confidence that families would choose a Brighton funeral chapel. His foresight proved to be correct.
The Next Generation
In 1975, George Anthony's son, Mark, joined the business. Ben's son, Scott, joined the business in 1982, and son Benton (Chip), Jr. in 1990. Mark and Scott completed the purchase in 1984 when Ben retired. Ben died in March of 2004 after a brief illness.
The next year, Mark and Scott purchased the Smith & Lotze funeral
home in Webster, where they carry on an 80-year tradition under the
Anthony Funeral Chapel name. In 1995, they moved the Webster facility
from the village to a new location at 1031 Ridge Road.
Work on the Brighton expansion began in 1998 and continued on a fast
track all season. The Brighton chapel is staffed by Mark, Chip, Scott,
Nancy, Lauren and Bonnie Anthony, Christopher Lawrence, Natasha
Currently, Lauren Anthony Henderson has taken on the role perpetuating the family business. Lauren has two children along with her husband Blake.
Anthony Funeral and Cremation Chapels Announces Joint Venture with Zornow and Hedges Memorial Chapel of Pittsford
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Anthony Funeral and Cremation Chapels recently announced a joint venture with Zornow and Hedges Memorial Chapel. As part of the union, Zornow and Hedges will relocate its business to the Anthony Funeral and Cremation Chapels Brighton location at 2305 Monroe Avenue, retaining its full staff and service offerings.
“We are excited about this new endeavor with Zornow and Hedges Memorial Chapel,” said Mark Anthony, president of Anthony Funeral and Cremation Chapels. “This allows us to provide our collective patrons with the highest quality of comprehensive funeral and cremation services, while affording our company the opportunity for growth.”
The new location will provide Zornow and Hedges Memorial Chapel with more space for memorial and funeral service, as well as additional parking.
Our Valued Staff
Mark K. Anthony, Owner/Licensed N.Y. State Funeral Director
"For nearly 50 years, the Anthony family has dedicated itself to offering its families service that is unparalleled in the industry. Because we are independent and family owned, we have the choice of offering any products and services that will benefit the families we serve."
Benton L. Anthony Jr., Operations Manager/Licensed N.Y. State Funeral Director
"At Anthony Funeral Chapel, we have made a commitment to the funeral service profession and likewise, to you. This commitment is demonstrated in many ways and continutes to be one of the most important reasons why people choose Anthony Funeral Chapel."
Nancy F. Anthony, Director of Advance Planning/Licensed N.Y. State Funeral Director
"When you plan for your funeral in advance, you and your family can make informed decisions without the stress of an immediate need. Your survivors will know your preferences, and may offer suggestions."
Lauren E. Anthony, Operations Manager, Licensed N.Y. State Funeral Director
"As a third generation funeral director, I am proud to continue in our family's pursuit of excellence. We strive to continue to help families design a service that is most meaningful for you and your family."
Christopher M. Lawrence, Operations Manager, Licensed N.Y. State Funeral Director
"I take great pride in helping families through the funeral process. My goal is that every family will be completely satisfied and confident they made the right choice of a funeral home."
Bonnie L. Anthony, Office Manager and Continuing Care Coordinator
"No two people feel the same emotions through the grieving process. I urge people to seek help with their emotions, and support to help them through the grieving process."
Michael L. Anthony
"Mike moved back to Rochester and joined the family business in October 2015 and is currently enrolled in American McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. Mike spent the last eight years fighting forest fires all over the west as a US Forest Service Smokejumper in Missoula, Montana."