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.

Our History

Our History

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

    Dino P. Cantelmi, Owner & Funeral Director

    A 1990 graduate of Northampton Community College, Dino received his certificate in Mortuary Science in 1991. Today, he continues the tradition of Cantelmi Funeral Home and Cantelmi Long 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 dogs, Nellie and Lily.

  • Dale  Graffis

    Dale Graffis, Funeral Director/ Business Manager

    Dale joined the Long Funeral Home in 2004 after a management career with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and other major corporations. He graduated from Valparaiso University and DePaul University, as well as Northampton Community College, where he received the faculty's "Outstanding Funeral Student Award" in 2005. He became a licensed funeral director in 2006, and values the opportunity to serve our families with unique, personalized services. He enjoys playing golf and working on home improvement projects. Dale is a member of the Erie Golf League and of the Goodfellows Club. He and his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Dale enjoys relaxing with his family and friends.

  • Justin A. Keiper

    Justin A. Keiper, Funeral Director

    Born and raised in Bethlehem, Justin is a 2013 graduate of Liberty High School. Justin attended Northampton Community College where he earned his associates degree in Funeral Service. While enrolled in the Funeral Service program, he was the President of Sigma Phi Sigma the Funeral Service Education Club, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, a Louise Moore Pine scholarship recipient and a Wegmans Scholar. Justin received his Pennsylvania Funeral Director’s license as of October 2016. He is a board member of the local chapter of the American Heart Association, member of the Lehigh Valley Young Republicans, the Goodfellows Club, Rotary Club of Saucon and a board member of the Fountain Hill Cemetery. Besides being a licensed funeral director, Justin is also a certified crematory operator. In his free time he works as a bartender for Artsquest at various events and festivals throughout the city. He currently resides in Bethlehem.

  • Brittany Kidwell

    Brittany Kidwell, Funeral Director

    Brittany began her journey into the death care industry shortly after graduating from Emmaus High School in 2011. While pursuing her degree in mortuary science Brittany worked within a local funeral home as a field study student and also served as the treasurer for Sigma Pi Sigma the funeral service education club. Brittany attained her Pennsylvania state funeral directors license in 2016 and has since then studied at The Professional Embalmers Institute in Greenwood, South Carolina where she focused on Embalming techniques and best practices. Brittany is also a Certified Crematory Operator. When Brittany is not serving families she enjoys the great outdoors, watching sports; particularly the Philadelphia Eagles, reading books, and spending time with her loved ones especially those with four paws.

  • Ryan Foust

    Ryan Foust, Funeral Diretor

    Ryan is a native of Treverton, PA. He grew up working for his fathers funeral home in Treverton. He later graduated from Northampton Community College in 2011. Ryan did his internship and worked for Schantz Funeral Home, PC in Emmaus. He then worked for Bitner Family Funeral Homes in Harrisburg, and Thomas Bensing Funeral Home, Inc. in Stroudsburg. Ryan currently works for Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. He is also a certified cremation operator. He currently resides in Kunkletown, PA.

  • Michael A. Long

    Michael A. Long, Funeral Director/Supervisor

    A graduate of Juniata College, Michael joined his father at the Long Funeral Home in 1983 after a sales career with NCR Corp. Michael has continued his father's commitment to excellent service and compassion for the families which we serve, and has expertise in arranging a wide variety of unique funeral experiences for families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Michael participates in a number of civic and church-related organizations in the community, including H. Stanley Goodwin Lodge #684 of Free and Accepted Masons, Morning Star Rotary, and the Moravian Archives. Michael greatly enjoys competitive cycling within the Lehigh Valley area. He has served as an elder and other leadership positions at Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem.

  • Aubrey O'Byrne

    Aubrey O'Byrne, Funeral Director/Advanced Planning

    Born and raised in Pottstown, PA; Aubrey is a 5th generation funeral director where she relocated to Bethlehem in 2012. She is a 2009 graduate from Northampton Community College with an Associate’s degree in Funeral Service Education and a Certified Crematory Operator. Aubrey was known for her talents in the family sport of Soap Box Derby during her younger years. She and her husband Robert, are active with Aardvark’s Sports Shop in Bethlehem, Team Vark program, is a member of Team RWB Lehigh Valley Chapter and is on the Food and Beverage Committee for the Celtic Classic. Aubrey and her husband reside in Bethlehem Twp with their dog, Maggie and two cats, Whitey and Blacky; She loves being outdoors, running long distance and being active in the community.

  • Michael X. Jacobs

    Michael X. Jacobs, Operations Manager

    Michael is originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA. Michael always had an interest in Funeral Service. He was raised next door to his uncle Matt's funeral home (the former Matthew T. Jacobs Funeral Home at 47 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre.) Michael moved to Bethlehem and attended the funeral service program at Northampton Community College in the early 1990's. He spent most of his career with Dun & Bradstreet until 2018. Michael currently works as the Operations Manager for Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. He lives in Bethlehem with his husband Joe, and their two West Highland Terriers Violet and Ward.

  • Lori Cantelmi-Diaz

    Lori Cantelmi-Diaz, Administrative Assistant

    Born and raised in Fountain Hill. Lori is a graduate from Liberty High School and Allentown Business School. Lori is Dino's sister, and has proudly been part of her family's business since the passing of her Father in 2015. She has the pleasure of assisting in the office with the everyday interaction and with families. Lori is married to Robert, they live in Allentown and have four daughters Nicole, Marisa, Madisan and Maya and have two grandchildren Jaelyn and Ronnie. Lori enjoys spending her free time with her family and her canine companions.

  • Amanda Rauch-Addvensky

    Amanda Rauch-Addvensky, Memorialization and After Care Advisor

    Amanda is a native of Whitehall, PA. She joined Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in 2018. She currently serves as the Memorialization advisor offering different types of granite monuments and bronze markers. She also is the after care specialist for both funeral homes. She currently resided in Whitehall with her husband Greg and family.

  • Lorie Schwarzbach

    Lorie Schwarzbach, Funeral Assistant

    Lorie is an assistant with Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill.

  • Ben Zulli

    Ben Zulli, Funeral Assistant

    Ben is native of Emmaus. He is a funeral assistant for Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and. Fountain Hill. He is also a realtor and a certified crematory operator. Ben currently resides in Macungie with his wife Diane and son Nathaniel.

  • John  Freeh

    John Freeh, Funeral Assistant

    John is a funeral assistant for Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. He currently lives in Bethlehem with his wife Diane.

  • Bruce Sokol

    Bruce Sokol, Funeral Assistant

    Bruce is a funeral assistant for Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. He resides in Whitehall with his wife and daughter.

  • Jack Klitsch

    Jack Klitsch, Funeral Assistant

    Jack is a funeral assistant with Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill.

  • Donald Midway

    Donald Midway, Funeral Assistant

    Don is a funeral assistant with Cantelmi Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill,.

  • Mike Manicci

    Mike Manicci, Funeral Assistant

    Mike is a funeral assistant for Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill.

  • Ronald F. Koach Jr.

    Ronald F. Koach Jr., Funeral Assistant

    Ronald J. Koach, Jr, aka "Koach" has been a long time funeral assistant with Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. Ron was also a funeral assistant with the former Madden Funeral Home the last of the original Southside funeral homes for over 30 yrs. Ron is also 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 the former St. John Capistrano Church, Holy Ghost Church, and Incarnation of Our Lord Church in South Bethlehem. Ron is well known in Bethlehem and active other in various activities in the Community.

  • Thomas A.  Nemeth

    Thomas A. Nemeth, Funeral Assistant

    A native of Bethlehem, he recently completed his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in Colorado. Tom is a funeral assistant for Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes in Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. A graduate of Villanova University, Tom divides his time between Bethlehem and New York City where he is a consultant and was a former senior executive for a major insurance company. Tom is active in both communities and is a member of The Pennsylvania Society and Saucon Valley Country Club.

  • Dino P.  Cantelmi, Sr. (Deceased)

    Dino P. Cantelmi, Sr. (Deceased), (Founder of Cantelmi Funeral Home)

    Dino, Sr. served in the U.S. Army stationed in Ft. Richardson, Alaska, during the Korean Conflict from 1954-1955. Through the Army, he was interested in the graves registration department that started his career 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 worked for Joseph Levine & Sons in Philadelphia and later did his internship with the former Steyer's Funeral Home in Bethlehem. Dino started his own Funeral Home in his parents home on Packer Avenue in Bethlehem in 1963, then moved the funeral home to 1311 Broadway in Fountain Hill. He lived in Fountain Hill above the Funeral Home with his wife, Karen. They have four children, Dino, Lori, Tara and Christopher. They also have 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dino passed away on November 22, 2015.

  • Edward J.  Madden (Deceased)

    Edward J. Madden (Deceased), (Madden Funeral Home)

    Ed was a native of Bethlehem. He was a graduate of Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. He joined his father at the E.J. Madden Funeral Home at 748 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, the last of the original south Bethlehem funeral homes. He took over the family funeral home upon the death of his father Edgar in 1972. He also served as supervisor of the former Becker Funeral Home, Allentown for 15 years, and was a Northampton County Deputy Coroner, serving under Coroner Joseph F. Reichel. He retired in 2004 and became director emeritus at the Cantelmi Funeral Home in Fountain Hill. Ed passed away on June 11, 2006.