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.
The Cantelmi Family has been in the Lehigh Valley for a better part of a century. Placido "Pat" Antonio Cantelmi, an Italian immigrant, started his hardware business at 507 Fourth Street on the South Side of Bethlehem in 1922 after having spent a few years working at a nearby paint store.
He and his wife Isabella, had 4 children, Louis, Geraldine and twins Dino and Isabella. His Son Louis and Grandson Rick continued the tradition at the hardware store. His other Son, Dino, started the Cantelmi Funeral Home in 1963 at his parents home on 203 E. Packer Avenue in Bethlehem. In 1964 he moved his Funeral Home to 1311 Broadway in Fountain Hill, where the building has been a Funeral Home since 1937. Along with his son, Dino, Jr., they continue to earn the trust and respect of families that they serve, one funeral at a time.
Our Valued Staff
Dino P. Cantelmi, Sr., Licensed Funeral Director
Dino, Sr. served in the U.S. Army stationed in Ft. Richardson, Alaska from 1954-1955 where he was interested in the graves registration department that got him involved in Funeral Service. He graduated from Lincoln Prep. in Philadelphia in 1956 and later attended Muhlenberg college. He then graduated from the former Eckel's College of Mortuary Science in 1959. He served his worked at Joseph Levine & Sons in Philadelphia and later did his internship with the former Steier's Funeral Home in Bethlehem, before starting his own Funeral Home in Bethlehem in 1963. Dino lives in Fountain Hill above the Funeral Home with his wife, Karen. They have four children, Dino, Lori, Tara and Christopher. They also have 11 grandchildren.
Dino P. Cantelmi, Licensed Director
A 1990 graduate of Northampton Community College, Dino received his certificate in Mortuary Science. In 1991, he did his internship at Connell Funeral Home in Bethlehem. Today, he continues the tradition of Cantelmi Funeral Home in his fathers footsteps. Besides being a licensed funeral director, Dino is a licensed pre-arrangement specialist in the state of Pennsylvania. He resides in Bethlehem along with his wife, Joanna (Villani) and their four children, Bianca, Ethan, Dino, Jr., Isabella and the family dog, Nellie.
Sandra Engler, Secretary/Administrative Assistant
Robert Hercik, Assistant
Until recently retiring, Bob worked for the Borough of Fountain Hill for 28 years. He managed the public works department. He lives in Fountain Hill with his wife of 44 years Gwen (Frey). They have 3 married sons, Bob and his wife Michele, Mike and his wife Colleen and Chris and his wife Natalee. They also has 6 grandchildren.
Robert Guerriere, Funeral Assistant
Born and raised in Fountain Hill, Robert is a graduate of Fountain Hill High School and Moravian College. He and his wife Barbara live in Bethlehem and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Retired since 2011, Robert was Finance Manager and School Board Secretary at Southern Lehigh School District.
Thomas A. Nemeth, Funeral Assistant
A native of Bethlehem, he recently completed his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in Colorado. A graduate of Villanova University, Tom divides his time between Bethlehem and New York City where he is a senior executive in a major insurance company. Tom is active in both communities and is a member of The Pennsylvania Society and Saucon Valley Country Club.
Ronald F. Koach, Jr., Assistant
Ronald J. Koach, Jr, aka "Koach" has been at Cantelmi Funeral Home for over 25yrs and Resident Manager for the last 5 yrs.. Ron was former General Manager and Heir of the Former Madden Funeral Home the last of the original Southside funeral homes for over 30 yrs. Ron is the Assistant Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Lehigh University working for the Diocese of Allentown and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Newman Foundation at Lehigh also Member of the Pastors Advisory Council, Lector, Eucharistic Minister & Cook at St. John Capistrano Church, South Beth. Ron is well known in Bethlehem and active other in Various activities in the Community.
Neal Davis, Licensed Funeral Director
Neal has been associated with the Cantelmi Funeral Home for several years. A 1979 graduate of Northampton County Community College, Neal received an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science. His internship was served at the Long Funeral Home in Bethlehem. He lives in Bethlehem with his wife, Miriam (Knechel). They have 8 children between them, (both having been married previously.) They also have 16 grandchildren
Edward J. Madden, (Deceased - 2006)
In Memoriam: Edward J. Madden - 2006
Ed will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all that new him.
* Cantelmi Funeral Home has all previous records and will honor all pre-arranged funeral held by the Ed Madden Funeral Home.