Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels has been serving Rochester and Webster area families for years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.

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. In 2020 both sides of our Brighton location were remodled to create a new expirance for our familes. 

The Brighton chapel is staffed by Mark, Nancy, Lauren and Mike Anthony, Christopher Lawrence, Edward Carter, Shannon Willoughby and Sindy Biuso. 

Currently, Lauren Anthony Henderson and Mike Anthony have taken on the role perpetuating the family business. Lauren has two children along with her husband Blake. Mike moved back to Rochester in 2015 after 9 years as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. Mike lives in Brighton with his wife Jenny.