Our Staff

Our staff is compiled of three licensed New York State funeral directors:

Joseph M. Kowalczyk

Joseph M. Kowalczyk, a lifetime area resident was licensed in 1966 after graduating from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. Joe purchased the Drejza Funeral home which is now our Utica location in 1962.

Mark C. Kowalczyk

Mark C. Kowalczyk joined the family funeral service in 1988 after receiving an Associates Degree in funeral service from The New England Institute in 1986. Prior to his coming to the area he was employed with funeral firms in Boston and the Albany Capital district area. He is the son of Joseph.

We also employ several respected area residents who we refer to as our support staff. Their duties mainly revolve around assisting at both visitations and funeral services, driving the vehicles, running errands and participating in a number of important roles related to the service to those we serve.