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, Sr.

    Dino P. Cantelmi, Sr., In Loving Memory May 27, 1936 - November 22, 2015

    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 and 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 lived 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

    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 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.

  • Edward J.  Madden

    Edward J. Madden, (Deceased - 2006)

    In Memoriam: Edward J. Madden - 2006
    Ed will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all that knew him.

    * Cantelmi Funeral Home has all previous records and will honor all pre-arranged funeral held by the Ed Madden Funeral Home.

  • 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.

  • 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 member of the Young Professionals Council of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, 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.

  • 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 and is a member of Team RWB Lehigh Valley Chapter. 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.

  • 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 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 two boxers.

  • Amanda Rauch-Addvensky

    Amanda Rauch-Addvensky, Memorialization Advisor

  • Michael X. Jacobs

    Michael X. Jacobs, Operations Manager

  • Christopher Cantelmi

    Christopher Cantelmi, Funeral Service Associate

    Born and raised in Fountain Hill, Christopher joined Cantelmi Long Funeral Home in the summer of 2017 after a two decade-long career in the arts and education. A graduate of Northampton Community College (1998, AA), Christopher also holds degrees from Temple University (BA, Summa Cum Laude 2000) and The University of Connecticut (MFA, 2004). He was a president’s scholar at Temple University, and a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society. Christopher makes his home in Hanover Township with his wife Ailene and their children Iris and Dario. When he’s not working funerals, Christopher spends his hours frolicking with his family, running trails, fishing, playing drums and sleeping.

  • 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. 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.

    Ronald F. Koach Jr., Funeral 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.

  • Lorie Schwarzbach

    Lorie Schwarzbach, Funeral Assistant

  • John  Freeh

    John Freeh, Funeral Assistant

  • Ben Zulli

    Ben Zulli, Funeral Assistant

  • Chet Skimbo

    Chet Skimbo, Funeral Assistant

  • Chuck Ervin

    Chuck Ervin, Funeral Assistant

  • Mike Manicci

    Mike Manicci, Funeral Assistant

  • Bruce Sokol

    Bruce Sokol, Funeral Assistant