Author: Michelle Lynch

Franklin O.L. Steinberg

Franklin O.L. Steinberg

Franklin O.L. Steinberg was dedicated to funeral service, having served as president and owner of Sunset Chapels in Manhasset, NY. He served on the New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) Board of Directors for several years and was a board member of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association (MetFDA). Franklin passed away in 2018 at the age of 83. Upon his death, the Tribute Foundation was named as a beneficiary entitled to a portion of his Trust estate.

Franklin was a great believer of education, valued his colleagues and enjoyed any opportunity to gather together. You would always find him at the NYSFDA Annual Convention. He especially enjoyed events at the casino. Beginning in 2021, educational programming at NYSFDA Conventions is provided by the NYS Tribute Foundation, thanks in part to Franklin’s generous donation.

In addition, the Tribute Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to qualified mortuary science students who reside in the state of New York and are enrolled in accredited mortuary science programs. Eligibility includes first- and second-year students, online students, and students working toward a BS degree in the Mortuary Science field of study. Find out more about this scholarship.

Our Generous Donors

Our Generous Donors

Thank you to our contributors who have made donations to the Tribute Foundation in 2022-2023.

The levels at which they are listed are “cumulative” from the Foundation’s beginning.

Gifts of Remembrance and Gifts in Honor and Celebration are also cumulative and count toward the levels of giving.

Tribute Legacy Society | $10,000 or more

  • Wayne and Sally Baxter | Fox Funeral Home, Forest Hills
  • Douglas, Martha and Lillian Brueggemann | Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc., East Northport
  • John H. Cannon & Glenn Ward | Cannon Funeral Home, Albany
  • James P. Dean | Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., Oneida
  • Timothy P. Doyle, CFSP | Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, Poughkeepsie
  • Dutchess-Putnam-Ulster Funeral Directors Association
  • Finger Lakes Funeral Directors Association
  • William F. Flooks, Jr. | Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasantville
  • Jeffrey A. and Robin Jennings | Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc., Penfield
  • Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association
  • Peter J. Nolan, Mark Nolan and James P. Nolan, Jr. | Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, Inc., Northport
  • Ontario-Wayne-Yates County Funeral Directors Association
  • Richard J. and JoAnne Sullivan | Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., Cornwall-On-Hudson

Cornerstone Benefactor | $5,000 – $9,999

  • Robert and Mimi Enos | Hoy Funeral Home, West Seneca
  • Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association
  • Salvatore A. Farenga | Farenga Bros., Inc., Bronx
  • Jeff and Peggy Gaines | Glen Rock, NJ
  • Henry Gutterman | New York
  • Josh E. Miller | Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. of Victor, Rochester
  • Scott and Eben Miller | Miller Printing & Litho, Inc., Amsterdam
  • Wesley A. and Wesley C. Powell | Powell Funeral Home, Inc., Amityville
  • G. Robert Sweet | Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park
  • Gordon and Joan Terry | Edmeston
  • Carl W. Trainor | Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville

Medallion Circle | $2,500 – $4,999

  • Sharon D’Ambrosio | Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena
  • Don and Francee Calarco | D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc., Watertown
  • Chad W. Green | Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena
  • Donna Hazzard | Patterson
  • Robert and Rita Hogan | Quinn-Fogarty Funeral Home, Flushing
  • Bruce Ironside and Michelle Ironside Kinville | Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., Oneida
  • Patrick Kearns | Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home, Inc., Richmond Hill
  • John and Susan Kelly | Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, Schroon Lake
  • Anthony and Lynne Martino | Hess-Miller Funeral Home, Middle Village
  • Bruce K. Mason | Mason Funeral Home, Fort Ann
  • S. Scott Mason | Durham
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families | McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc., Albany
  • Patricia Knight Scholl | Keegan-Osbelt-Knight Funeral Home, Inc., Syracuse
  • Melissa A. Sorce-DeNicola | Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson | Norwich

Keystone Contributor | $1,000 – $2,499

  • Gregory and Maria Apostle | Riverdale Funeral Home, Inc., New York
  • Art Bowen | Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, Latham
  • Fred Bryant | Bryant Funeral Home, Inc., East Setauket
  • Peter and Lori Cassidy | McHoul Funeral Home, Hopewell Junction
  • John D’Arienzo | D’Arienzo Funeral Home, Brooklyn
  • Ayris B. Granby, CFSP | Granby’s Funeral Service, Inc., Bronx
  • Peter C. DeLuca and Gregory Zannitto | Greenwich Village Funeral Home, Inc., New York
  • Mike and Melissa Gorton | McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, Medford
  • Patrick Halvey | Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, LLC, Beacon
  • Walter J. Kent | Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, Elmira
  • Dorothy Comodore and Charles Lorey | McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, Medford
  • William and Patrick McCormack | J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Binghamton
  • Douglas A.A. McHoul | McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., Fishkill
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Phil, Mike and David Perotto | Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Rochester
  • Mark T. Phillips | William J. Burke & Sons, Saratoga Springs
  • Jeffrey Reed | Buffalo
  • Cynthia Root | Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport
  • Peter J. Rose | Rose & Hughes Funeral Home, Amsterdam
  • Kathleen Sanvidge | Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, Ballston Lake
  • Bruce and Eleanor Troy | Burnett-White Funeral Home, Red Hook
  • Richard A. Werth | Churchville

Tribute Pioneer | $500 – $999

  • Scott Anthony | Webster
  • Homer and Mickey Dick | Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home, Buffalo
  • John Gawronski | Wilson Funeral Home, Norwich
  • Nicholas Farenga | Farenga Bros., Inc., Bronx
  • Larry R. and Katie House | Hufcut Funeral Home, Dover Plains
  • Chuck and Nickie Kross | Port Richie, FL
  • Mary Ann McHoul Menuau | McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. Hopewell Junction
  • Vincent J. Miller | William G. Miller Funeral and Son Funeral Home, Pougkeepsie
  • Caitlin Mooney | W.J. Lyons, Jr. Funeral Home, Rensselaer
  • Joseph J. Smith | Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc., Mahopac
  • Douglas G. Tappan | Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Inc., Phoenix

Foundation Fellow | $250 – $499

  • Richard Andrews | H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home
  • Nancy Coffey | Coffey Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Melissa Drake-Messina | American Funeral Consultants, New Paltz
  • Thomas Donza | Donza Funeral Home Inc, East Rockaway
  • David Fisher | Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home, Inc., Pearl River
  • Timothy J. Gardner | F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Orchard Park
  • James R. Gray | James R. Gray Funeral Home, Rochester
  • Scott Hendrix | Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion
  • William C. Kallinikos | Towers Funeral Home, Inc., Oceanside
  • Jennifer Lee | Lee’s Funeral Home, LLC, White Plains
  • Mark and Jane Levine | Levine Memorial Chapel Inc., Albany
  • Beatrice E. Lewanduski-Lecesse | West Babylon
  • Ellen McNulty-Ryan | McNulty Funeral Home, Green Island
  • Paul L. Murphy | Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, Newark
  • Dave and Cheri Roberts | Whitesboro
  • William Scheider | Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, Inc., Binghamton
  • Harry VanVliet | Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, Ulster Park
  • Pastor Byron Williams | Albany, NY

Friend of the Foundation | $100 – $249

  • Stephanie Carlone | Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home, Peekskill
  • Adrian Dowdle | Dowdle Funeral Home, Oswego
  • Shawn A. Fahey | Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, Owego
  • Joseph Fritsch | Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home, Binghamton
  • Vincent Fronczek | Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home Inc., Watervliet
  • Matthew D. Hazzard | Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc., Mahopac
  • Richard Hazzard Jr. | Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster
  • Don Kalec | Kalec Funeral Home Inc., Elmira
  • David B. Mitchell | Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion
  • Martin G. Ray | Ray Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Francine Ross-Roden | Ross-Roden Funeral Services LLC, Bronx
  • Frank Sinatra Jr | Sinatra Memorial Home Inc, Yonkers
  • Kevin Sullivan | Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Horseheads
  • William L. Trudden | McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc., Farmingdale
  • Kimberly Walthall | Trinity Funeral Service, LLC, White Plains

Tributes in Honor

In Honor of President John J. Kelly
  • Timothy P. Doyle
In Honor of President Robert Hogan
  • Timothy P. Doyle

Tributes in Memory

In Memory of Frank R. Basile, Sr.
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Albert L. Bayless, Jr.
  •             Peter J. Rose
In Memory of Wayne Baxter
  • Scott Anthony
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Don and Francee Calarco
  • Peter DeLuca
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Donna Hazzard
  • Beatrice E. Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • Anthony and Lynne Martino
  • S. Scott Mason
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Wesley “Andy” Powell
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Bruce P. Bombard
  • Chad Green
In Memory of Carl DiDonato Jr.
  • Dutchess Putnam Ulster FDA
  • G. Robert Sweet
In Memory of John H. Domin
  • Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Sean Doyle
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Walter and Diane Kent
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • S. Scott Mason
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Phil, David and Michael Perotto
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Paul Foster
  • Timothy P. Doyle
In Memory of Benjamin G. Garland
  • Timothy P. Doyle
In Memory of Kenneth Giek
  • Donna Hazzard
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of James Gilpatric
  • Harry VanVliet IV
In Memory of Lester R. Grummons
  • Scott Anthony
  • Jeffrey Bagley
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Timothy Doyle
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Richard T. Hazzard
  • Scott B. Anthony
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Bud and Mickey Dick
  • Jay and Edie Dixon
  • Timothy Doyle
  • Dutchess-Putnam-Ulster Funeral Directors Association
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Matthew Hazzard
  • Larry and Katie House
  • Chuck and Nickie Kross
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • S. Scott Mason
  • McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Wesley “Andy” Powell
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Rob Sweet
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Bruce and Eleanor Troy
  • Richard Werth
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Luann M. Jennings
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Timothy P. Doyle
In Memory of Sheila M. Knight
  • NYSFDA Past Presidents
  • The Parente and McVeigh Families
In Memory of Theodore Jay “Teddy” Lee, Jr.
  • Peter C. DeLuca
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Francis J. Martin
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Scott Hendrix
In Memory of Joseph Martino
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Eileen McBride
  • Timothy Doyle
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of James E. McQuade
  • Peter C. DeLuca
In Memory of William “Bill” E. McVeigh, Sr.
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Beth Burlingame
  • Don and Francee Calarco
  • Sharon D’Ambrosio
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Don Edmunds and Jim Friedel
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Mark and Jane Levine
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • William and Patrick McCormack
  • Ellen McNulty-Ryan
  • Vincent Miller
  • Paul Murphy
  • Phil, David and Mike Perotto
  • Dawn Pierce
  • Wesley “Andy” Powell
  • James Robson
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Sharon and Doug Wilson
In Memory of James P. Nolan, Jr.
  • Scott Anthony
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc.
  • Marion and Jack Conway
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Robert and Mimi Enos
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • Jeff and Robin Jennings
  • Anthony and Lynne Martino
  • S. Scott Mason
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Josh E. Miller
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Phil, Mike and David Perotto
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Joseph Noll
  • Martha and Doug Brueggemann
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Kenneth Peterson
  • Dutchess Putnam Ulster Funeral Directors Association
  • G. Robert Sweet
  • Harry VanVliet IV
In Memory of John Pfeiffer, Sr.
  • Erie Niagara FDA
In Memory of Josephine Pontone
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Sara Powell
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Robert and Mimi Enos
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • Jeff and Robin Jennings
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Michael D. Rhoney
  • Timothy P. Doyle
In Memory of Dr. Joan Long Salomon
  • Anthony and Lynne Martino
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Mildred Chopyak Scheider
  • William and Nikki Scheider
In Memory of Mary Ellen Stanimer
  • Timothy Doyle
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Helen Strong
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Marion E. Sullivan
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Timothy Doyle
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Todd VanBeck
  • Henry Gutterman
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
In Memory of Lucille Watts
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Richard Wedekindt
  • Bud and Mickey Dick
  • Erie Niagara FDA

Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

Michael J. Gorton, Jr. | Chair
McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, Medford

Scott C. Hendrix | Secretary/Treasurer
Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., Ilion

John H. Cannon
Cannon Funeral Home LLC, Albany

Timothy P. Doyle, CFSP
Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, Poughkeepsie

Nicholas A. Farenga
Farenga Bros., Inc., Bronx

Vincent G. Iocovozzi
Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion

Robin Jennings
Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc., Penfield

Daniel B. McManus, CFSP
Clark Associates Funeral Home, Katonah

Marika McMeans
Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc, Rochester

Josh E. Miller
Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. of Victor, Victor

Jeffrey Reed
Mount Calvary Cemetery Group, Cheektowaga

David Roberts
Utica College, Utica

JoAnne P. Sullivan
Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., Cornwall-On-Hudson

Gordon R. Terry
Delker and Terry Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Edmeston

Pastor Byron E. Williams, Sr.
Bethel Baptist Church, Troy

Staff

Kelly Deitz
Director

Michelle Mora
Member Services Specialist

Mike Lanotte
President

News

News

Tribute Foundation to Collaborate with National Alliance for Children’s Grief

The Tribute Foundation Board met via Zoom on Wednesday, March 23. During this meeting they discussed and approved a partnership with the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG). The NACG is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through their members’ and partners’ collective voices, they educate, advocate, and raise awareness about childhood bereavement. The NACG is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions, and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming, and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional, and physical health of grieving children and their families.

This partnership with NACG will include three separate initiatives aimed at sharing resources with New York State funeral service professionals:

  • When Someone Dies: Supporting Children through Funerals and Memorials resource: NACG will create a resource toolkit for professionals and families that makes a point of connection during the planning, event, and follow-up of funerals and memorials. The resource toolkit can be printed and distributed by NYSFDA members.
  • Education webinar: The NACG will develop an educational webinar specifically for NYSFDA members designed to provide information and tools for supporting grieving children.
  • Presentation at NYSFDA Convention: NACG will provide a presentation that will address meeting the needs of children and teens following a death of someone in their life.

“We’re excited about this new partnership,” said Michael J. Gorton, Jr., CFSP, NYS Tribute Foundation Chair. “We’ve been researching ways to effectively provide grief support for children experiencing loss, and with NACG’s resources and experience we’re well-positioned to be able to do that now. And what a way to honor Franklin’s (O.L. Steinberg) legacy.”


NYS Tribute Foundation Board Meets

July 2021 – During their bi-annual meeting last month, the NYS Tribute Foundation Board discussed and moved forward on several items.

Board Transitions

Michael O’Connor (Abigal), Peter Rose (Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes) and JoAnne Sullivan (Cemetery of the Highlands, Inc.; Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.) have fulfilled their two-term limit serving a total of six years each. Their time, dedication and representation were acknowledged and appreciated. With the three outgoing board members, the board reviewed and discussed filling the open seats, and were excited to have a diverse slate of candidates.

As of August 23, 2021, the following professionals will join the Tribute Board:

  • Jason Harrington | Licensed Funeral Director, Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc./Carpenter-Stoodley, Inc. Funeral Home
  • Mary King | Licensed Funeral Director, Robert M. King Funeral Home
  • Robin Jennings | Licensed Funeral Director, Former Educator, Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Reed | Mount Calvary Cemetery Group
  • Dave Roberts | Bereavement Specialist, Professor at Utica College
  • Carol Townsend-Ross | Westchester Hospice

Following the selection of new Board members, the board held a vote to fill the Chair and Secretary/Treasurer positions. Michael Gorton, Jr. was elected as Chair and Scott Hendrix was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer. The board also appointed Mr. Gorton as the Tribute At-Large Director to serve on the NYSFDA Board of Directors.

Grant Awardees

As a not-for-profit organization dedicated to end-of-life issues, including death, dying and bereavement, Tribute awards grants to support projects, research and education.

The Board approved the following grants:

$5,000 – Hospice-VNSW-WPHC, Inc. This project, provides federally mandated non-reimbursable bereavement services to families or caregivers for up to 13 months following the loss of a loved one.

$7,500 – St. Mary’s Foundation for Children. This project offers ongoing bereavement services to parents, siblings and family members of children enrolled in St. Mary’s Palliative Care Program.

$3,000 – Camp Healing Hearts (URMC). This project offers a day camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one by giving them an opportunity to learn healthy ways of coping.

$2,500 – Camp Heartstrings. This project provides a camp for bereaved children giving them a chance to address their needs and offer support in a safe environment.


New York State Tribute Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Individual contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
All contributors will be recognized as part of the Tribute Foundation’s donor recognition program.

Our Work

Our Work

The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, outreach and research programs that advance the public’s understanding of end-of-life issues.

Scholarships

The Tribute Foundation has established a number of professional and continuing education scholarships.

The Foundation strives to increase the number of new funeral service professionals by providing educational scholarships to current and future funeral service professionals by encouraging existing licensed funeral directors to return to funeral service; encouraging funeral service as a second career; and providing financial scholarships as appropriate.

Education & Research

The Tribute Foundation uses its philanthropic resources to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on important end-of-life issues.

Grants

The Tribute Foundation awards grants to support projects, research and education. To achieve greatest impact with limited resources, our Board of Directors has identified several priority funding areas that guide our funding decisions. These projects can take many forms: lecture series, research programs, conferences, educational programs or materials and professional scholarships.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Charity. Knowledge. Education.

The NYS Tribute Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established in 2003 out of a desire to unite the knowledge and resources of funeral service professionals throughout New York State.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, outreach and research programs that advance the public’s understanding of end-of-life issues.

The Foundation uses its philanthropic resources to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on important end-of-life issues.