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Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 978-685-5379 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Joseph J. Cataudella

Joseph J. Cataudella

Owner / President (MA Type 3)

Joe was born, raised, and educated in Lawrence. He graduated from Lawrence High School and New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science, Embalming and Funeral Directing in Boston. He has been licensed since 1964.

Joe purchased the business from his father and uncle in 1979 and continued the funeral home operation in Lawrence for many years. He purchased land and built a new facility in the neighboring town of Methuen in 1993. Joe operated out of both locations and eventually sold the Lawrence facility due to the large increase in volume at the Methuen location.

Joe married his wife, Susan, in 1966, and they have two children, Stuart Cataudella and Amber Cataudella-Conran. He also has two grandchildren, Joey and Meaghan, who are the loves of his life. Joe enjoys golfing and hunting and is an avid fly fisherman.  

Joe and Susan reside in Amesbury, Massachusetts during the summer and in their home in Florida during the winter. Being semi-retired, Joe stops into the funeral home quite a bit when he is back in Massachusetts. He is a member of St. Alfio’s Society of Lawrence, Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church in Lawrence, Lawrence Sons of Italy Lodge #902, Lawrence Elks, Trout Unlimited, and the Salmon Federation.


Christopher P. Chetsas

Christopher P. Chetsas

Owner / Managing Partner (MA Type 3)

Chris was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts and was raised and educated in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He graduated in the class of 1976 from Newburyport High School as well as the class of 1978 from New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science, Embalming and Funeral Directing in Boston. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1978.

Chris worked in the Boston and North Shore area for many years as a funeral director and embalmer. In 1985, he started his own company, Chetsas Trade Services, which serviced many funeral homes in Boston and the North Shore.

In 1985, Joe Cataudella hired Chris to handle all of his embalming needs and to help with funerals. In 2001, Chris sold his business and took a full-time position with Cataudella as a funeral director and embalmer. In 2008, he was promoted to Managing Partner.

An avid runner, Chris has run 25 marathons and has qualified ten times for the Boston Marathon and completed it eight times. He is past president of the Merrimack Valley Striders of Andover and a founding member of the Goon Squad Runners of North Andover. Chris is a member of the Lawrence Exchange Club and New England USA Track & Field; he also plays the drums with Campbell Highlanders Pipe Band in Andover.


Catherine Kideckel

Catherine Kideckel

Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

Catherine Kideckel became a part of the Cataudella Funeral Home family in October 2016 as an apprentice funeral director and embalmer. She was born, raised, and educated in Dracut, Massachusetts and is currently attending Funeral Institute of the Northeast in Norwood, Massachusetts. She is expecting to graduate this coming year and become a fully-licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Catherine has been employed in this field for the past three years while attending school, but her interest piqued when she attended her uncle’s wake at eight years old. She was an academic during her high school years, belonging to the National Business Honors Society, and served her community by performing over 120 hours of community service.

Catherine has the perfect qualities to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer: she is caring, compassionate, and driven to provide the best quality work to the people in her care and their surviving family members. She is inquisitive and wants to learn every aspect of the industry in order to be the best in her field. She is a great fit for Cataudella Funeral Home and the families we service.


Cory Kideckel

Cory Kideckel

Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

Cory Kideckel is our newest member to the Cataudella Funeral Home family. He is currently serving as an apprentice funeral director and embalmer, already having three years of experience.

Currently attending Funeral Institute of the Northeast in Norwood, MA and working full time at Cataudella's, Cory does not have a lot of down-time. His two days off during the week allow him to travel down towards the south shore to attend classes, and his evenings are spent studying and being on-call for work. Dedicated and hardworking, his expected date of graduation is fall 2017. He is eager to serve this community as a fully licensed professional funeral director.

Cory is the son of a Rabbi and a director of a day care and a brother to two siblings. He graduated from Medway High School and immediately realized his desire to help people. He is well-rounded, has the nicest disposition, and therefore, fits in nicely at Cataudella's as the staff is solely focused on helping people in their time of need.

Cory is driven to achieve his goals in life and he is well on his way. He recently became husband to our other apprentice, Catherine Grigore, now known as Catherine Kideckel. We welcome both of them to Cataudella's and wish them the best.


Joyce DeMartino Feugill

Joyce DeMartino Feugill

Administrative Assistant

Joyce is the office veteran at Cataudella, having been here since January 1, 2003. Ever helpful, our families come to her with a multitude of complex issues that can be overwhelming for those in the midst of grief. She calmly reassures them that she will research the matter at-hand and provide them the necessary information. Joyce is a master at donning multiple hats, which is advantageous when dealing with families, as well as a large staff. Caring, focused, and knowledgeable, Joyce is an instrumental part of the team who makes Cataudella run smoothly.

Raised and educated in Lawrence and a graduate of Northern Essex, Joyce is firmly connected to the Merrimack Valley. She now lives in Haverhill, works in Methuen, and was employed for 18 years in Andover at Dynamic Research. Family is most important to Joyce, both immediate and extended. She sees her two children almost daily and she visits her large Italian family in both York, Maine in the summers and west coast Florida in the winters. She and Joe Cataudella are first cousins and frequently keep in touch.

Busy season for Joyce is tax season, when she dons her other hat as a tax professional once she leaves her day job. Preparing people's taxes means her nights are filled with courses to learn the updated tax laws and codes. However, she often finds time to cook a nice Italian meal.


Jeannie Asoian

Jeannie Asoian

Administrative Assistant

A retired English and science teacher, Jeannie has worked for Cataudella since 2014. This past year, she focused on updating the look of the funeral home with new carpet, furniture, and décor. She was raised and educated in Andover, graduated from Northeastern University with her Bachelor's degree in Science, and Lesley University with her Master's degree in Education. 

Jeannie loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to climb a glacier in Norway, ride bikes through Sweden, navigate the canals of Copenhagen, Denmark, climb the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in Paris, explore the ruins in Greece, and boat throughout the US and British Virgin Islands, all of which offered unique experiences. She is hoping to visit a few more countries with family and friends.

Family time is very important to her; thus, she spends time with her family every week. She is a mother to Ryan and grandmother to Ryder.


Dina Torrisi

Dina Torrisi

Staff

Dina is our master hair stylist. We have many families who send us thank-you notes and include that they are so appreciative of her meticulous work on their loved one's hair. She has been part of the Cataudella staff for 18 years, always lending a helping hand in the office, setting up all the flowers in the chapels, or greeting people at the door. She is the first to offer her support in any way. Every December, Dina is in charge of decorating the magnificent Christmas tree that dominates our spacious lobby and serves as a beautiful centerpiece for our annual Dove Ceremony given in honor of the individuals in our care throughout the year.

Brought up in Groveland and Haverhill, Dina graduated from St. Mary's High School and Capillo School of Hair Design in Lawrence. She moved to Methuen 25 years ago with her husband, Joe, and two daughters, Tiffany and Amanda. In her off time, Dina is a superb baker, often spoiling the staff with her baked goods. She and her husband enjoy four-wheeling through the woods, motorcycling in the summer, and camping in Raymond, New Hampshire. She and her daughters spend time together crafting, sharing belly laughs, and simply enjoying life together.


Jean Lannon

Jean Lannon

Office Assistant

Jean Lannon has been our Sunday office assistant since 2015. She was born and raised in Lawrence and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, class of 1971. She works full-time for the Mitre Corporation in Bedford, MA in Human Resources and prior to that was an executive assistant at the athletic shoe company, Converse, Inc.

She resides in Methuen with her husband of forty-three years, Jim, who also works for Cataudella’s as a funeral assistant. Together, they are a team dedicated to helping our families in their time of need.

Jean does some occasional volunteer work with the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue League of New England, helping find new “forever homes” for adult dogs who have been displaced for various reasons. She enjoys attending concerts, being at the beach, and occasionally riding on her husband’s Harley Davidson. She also keeps busy caring for their highly energetic dog, Riley.


Jim Lannon

Jim Lannon

Funeral Assistant

Jim joined Cataudella's staff shortly after he retired from Gillette in Andover. He spent 42 years there in the quality control division. He was looking for a part-time job to help pass the time during retirement but never anticipated the intricacies of working at a funeral home, as there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make things run smoothly for our families. Compassionate, professional, and helpful, Jim is a perfect fit for Cataudella Funeral Home.

Jim grew up in Lawrence and has lived in Methuen since 1985 with his wife of 43 years. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his buddies and riding his impressive Harley Davidson with his wife in the nice weather. The newest addition to their family is a spotted German short-haired pointer puppy named Riley.


Brian Kingsley

Brian Kingsley

Funeral Assistant

Brian, a former 14-year veteran firefighter, EMT, and dispatcher in his home town of North Andover, joined our Cataudella Funeral Home family in 2015. He is a busy man these days as he is the music director at St. Michael's Church in North Andover in addition to assisting here with funerals.

After graduating from North Andover High School, Brian attended St. John's Seminary. He and his wife of 35 years, Karen Iannazzi, live in Methuen, and they have one daughter. A man of faith and family, Brian is perfect for dealing with those in grief. Compassionate and patient, he makes connections easily with our families.

Brian has a keen interest in antique cars and purchased a 1951 Ford F-1 pickup that he is currently restoring in his free time. Hopefully, we will see him driving his beauty in next year's holiday parade.


Arthur Dery

Arthur Dery

Staff

Highly spirited quick-witted, Arthur Dery provides the staff with comic relief, but more importantly, he serves up a huge helping of compassion, understanding, and helpfulness that our families need. His ability to take charge at any time and dealing with people who have lost anyone or anything they cherish is surely derived from his 36 years as a Dracut firefighter and lieutenant.

Arthur and his wife of 33 years, Roberta (Kohanski), are the parents of a daughter, Carole Ann. They are lifelong residents of Dracut and devout parishioners of St. Francis Church in Dracut. Never one to sit idly, Arthur can be found running his side lawn-care business, combing through memorabilia stores for anything firefighter- or Christmas-related, or assisting with calling hours or funeral services here at Cataudella Funeral Home. Lucky for us, Arthur has been a true constant here since 1999 and perhaps will be providing his services even more, once he retires from the fire department in January 2017.


Bob Broadhurst

Bob Broadhurst

Staff

Bob Broadhurst joined the Cataudella staff in January 2003 after he retired from the Lawrence Fire Department with 30 years under his belt, 20 as a lieutenant, and ten as a firefighter. An avid fly fisherman, he worked part-time at a fly fish shop where Joe Cataudella was a patron, and thus began a long friendship. 

Brought up in Lawrence, Bob graduated with the class of 1957 from Lawrence High School and went on to join the U.S. military in 1959. An army veteran, he was stationed in France until 1962 and left as an E4. Bob’s training in the military left on him an indelible penchant for detail and doing things correctly. He is a valuable asset when working funeral services that involve military honors, as his attention to detail and proper protocol is second to none. After leaving the military, he worked in security for ten years at AVCO in Lowell.

A loyal friend, Bob meets up with “the guys” every morning to have coffee and shoot the breeze while they fish. And the fishing location isn’t restricted to Massachusetts and New Hampshire, it’s all over the world. He fishes for steelfish trout, salmon, and bonefish in Belize, Abeco, the Bahamas, Argentina, British Columbia, New York, Idaho, and many other states in the U.S. An attentive father to four successful sons, a doting grandfather to eight girls and three boys, and an all-around great guy, Bob is a wonderful part of the Cataudella Funeral Home family.


Gus Swift

Gus Swift

Staff

If you were to describe a true gentleman, one who treats others with respect, who thinks before he speaks and then does so with kind words, one who always puts the needs of others before his own, then you would be describing Gus Swift. In the most traditional way, he epitomizes these unwavering qualities without a hint of self-indulgence. We are blessed to have such a man with a calming and professional nature assisting our families during their trying times.

Born in Methuen, Gus was raised and educated in Lawrence and is a graduate of the Lawrence High School's Class of 1962. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Marines and served as a reservist from 1963 to 1969 and rose to the rank of Sergeant. Staying close to his roots, he met, married, and had a family with Jackie Berube, a Sacred Heart girl from South Lawrence.

It seems Gus was destined to be a part of the Cataudella Funeral Home family; he met Joe Cataudella at the John R. Rollins Grammar School and began a friendship that lasted throughout their high school years and beyond. Joe hired Gus in 2001 after 28 years with Capital Distributing Company in Andover and Dracut and as a salesman for Fine Wine & Spirits. Joe knew Gus would be a perfect fit here with his professional demeanor and incredible wit.

Gus' strong ties to the Merrimack Valley continue as a member of the Lawrence Elks since 1981. When he is not assisting with funeral services, he can be found on the links with friends polishing up his stellar golf game or tending to his garden, especially those beautiful orchids.


Paul Slipp

Paul Slipp

Staff



John Rose

John Rose

Staff

John Rose has been a loyal dressman at Cataudella’s for many years. Primarily here on Saturdays, his time is committed to the construction business during the week, specifically Torromeo Industries. Despite his full-time employment and working at Cataudella’s, John still carves out time to spend with his wife and three grandchildren. Whether it is spending summer vacations in Maine with family, hunting locally or in the Midwest, or hitting the links, John always finds time for enjoyment. His two dogs, a Minpin and a Chiweenie, offer more fun than even the name of their breeds!

A lifelong resident of Methuen, John graduated from Methuen High School in 1988 and went on to pursue the construction field.



Jack McSwiggin

Jack McSwiggin

Staff



Lori McLaughlin

Lori McLaughlin

Staff

If you ever want to hear what angels sound like, then be present when Lori sings. Her voice is one of pure beauty and comfort that compels those listening to relinquish any troubles and instead embrace a serene wash of emotion. We are fortunate to not only enjoy the flawless cadence of her voice, but to have her assistance during funerals and calling hours.

Lori Charette-McLaughlin is proud to be part of the Cataudella staff since 2010. Serving families at this most difficult time in their lives does not end there; Lori is also the Music Director and Coordinator at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Sts. Theresa & Augustine Churches of Methuen and Lawrence. She serves the community and beyond as a professional vocalist and cantor for many Catholic, Christian, and nondenominational funeral services with hopes of bringing comfort to all those in need through her music. In addition, she has worked for 30 years in the restaurant industry, the past ten years for Michael Timothy Dining Group at Buckley's Great Steaks, Merrimack, New Hampshire and also at MT's Local & Surf in Nashua, New Hampshire.

A graduate of Methuen High School's Class of 1980, Lori attended University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She has been married to her husband, Billy, for 32 years; they make their home in New Hampshire and are the proud parents of two wonderful sons, both married, and grandparents to two beautiful girls.

Lori takes much pride in her Italian heritage as part of the Savastano family. In her years working at Cataudella Funeral Home, she has encountered many families with ties to hers in the Lawrence area, which helps to create special bonds when assisting on funerals.

Lori is grateful for the opportunity to serve the families who choose Cataudella Funeral Home, helping them through such difficult days and praying for the souls of all our beloved deceased. 


Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Staff

Mike lives in the Merrimack Valley area but grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Salem State College, where he earned his Bachelor's degree, and received his Master's degree from Boston University. He put his degrees to work as a social worker for  the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Children and Families for 32 years. His first ten years were primarily in Lynn dealing with families and adolescents. He also recruited and matched families interested in adoption. The next 22 years were spent in Lowell as a social worker supervisor, where he oversaw a team of social workers and facilitated the recruiting, training, and managing of over 250 active foster homes in the Greater Lowell area.

Upon retirement, Mike took on the role of a funeral assistant and has done so now for 10-plus years. He joined the Cataudella team in 2011, which is lucky for us as he is personable, professional, and has a great sense of humor to lighten everyone's mood.

An avid skier, Mike hits the slopes with lots of friends and family in the winter months in New England, western US, Canada, and Europe. In the summer, you can find him relaxing on the beach. He is very musically-inclined, so he is often attending concerts where he can appreciate his favorite bands firsthand.


Mike McLaughlin

Mike McLaughlin

Staff



Guy Curtis

Guy Curtis

Staff

A military veteran, Guy Curtis was born and raised in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School with the Class of 1967. He enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly thereafter and served in the Vietnam War until receiving an Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1972. Guy joined the Cataudella Funeral Home team in 2012 and takes an active role in showing respect and comfort to our families in grief.

A loving husband of 44 years, he married his high school sweetheart, Denise, and together they started a family. They moved to Dracut with their son Eric and daughter Amy. They now have three adorable young grandsons who keep them young and very busy.

We are very lucky to have Guy devote his time to assist on funerals and calling hours, as his life is full of commitments. He currently works full time at North Andover High School and, prior to that, was a general manager at a service station. He is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Dracut and a life member of V.F.W. Post 8349 in Methuen. He initiated the Lawrence Vietnam Memorial Scholarship in 1992, which is now in its 26th year. Well over $100,000 has been distributed to area high school seniors heading off to college in honor and memory of the 18 men from Lawrence killed in Vietnam. Ever the modest man, you will never hear him bragging about his wonderful accomplishments.

When Guy has a moment to relax, he and his wife jump on a cruise to the Caribbean to enjoy the water activities (snorkeling is a favorite) and of course, the food. They are up to 20 and already have the next one planned. If they are not on a cruise, they can be found in the mountains or on a beach.


Tom Firth

Tom Firth

Staff



Ray Bachand

Ray Bachand

Staff



Paul Castro

Paul Castro

Staff

Paul joined Cataudella in October 2016. Born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he is a graduate of Central Catholic High School's Class of 1972, as well as Merrimack College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Bentley College with a Master's in Taxation. 

A Certified Public Accountant, Paul has worked as a tax and accounting professional in both public accounting and industry capacities, most recently as a CFO for a manufacturing company in the defense industry.

A member of Haverhill Country Club, Paul is an avid golfer. In addition, he enjoys skiing at Loon Mountain and plays bocce at the Sons of Italy in Methuen. He and his spouse, Rosemarie, enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Mike Masias

Mike Masias

Staff

Mike is the man responsible for keeping our fleet of cars in tip-top shape. He is meticulous when it comes to the presentation of our automobiles used during our services. You can often hear him speaking fluent Greek when talking to his brethren on the phone. Mike works long hours, detailing many vehicles as a successful side business.


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