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.
Owner / President (MA Type 3)
Owner / Managing Partner (MA Type 3)
Chris was born in Amesbury, MA and was raised and educated in Newburyport, MA. 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 a 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.
Chris recently married Jeannie Asoian of Andover after eight years of being a couple! They make their home near the seacoast in NH.
Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer (MA Type 6)
of 2017, the Cataudella Funeral Home family grew even larger with our newest
licensed funeral director and embalmer, Yesenia Torres Patrick. Another Methuen
High School graduate, with family still in this town, Yesenia brings with her
years of experience, an authentic, caring disposition, and a purpose for
serving the community that has served her well.
Born into an
Ecuadorian and Cuban family, Miami, FL was home to Yesi before moving to
Methuen in 1996 at the age of ten. After
graduating high school, she pursued her interest in the funeral field by
attending and graduating from The Funeral Institute of the Northeast in
Norwood, MA in 2013. She excelled in her career as a licensed funeral director
and embalmer on the south shore specifically for the Jewish community. Lucky
for her, this is where she met, fell in love, and married her husband, Nathan
Patrick, who is also a funeral director. They are now parents to two beautiful
young boys, Samuel and Daniel. Looking to move back to this area, she now
spends two hours of her day commuting to and from work.
rare times Yesenia is off, she spends her time with family, immediate and
extended. Besides her two children and husband, she visits with her parents,
three brothers, aunts, and uncles. She is not one to stay home if there is an
opportunity to travel; she has been fortunate to visit Cuba, Spain, Portugal,
Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and all of the Caribbean Islands. Being bi-lingual has
certainly helped during her traveling as well as in her career.
We are pleased to have another licensed funeral director with laser focus on all details, the small and the large, and who shares our vision of striving to be the best.
Apprentice Funeral Director
From a young age, Christina Dusablon was determined to be a
professional. She focused her goals on becoming a licensed funeral director and
she is now one step away from earning that title. She attended Mt. Ida College
and graduated with a degree from Fine Mortuary College in August of 2019. She
has been apprenticing at Cataudella Funeral Home since February 2019, absorbing
the finer details of the industry prior to taking her boards.
Christina grew up in Peabody, MA and is the youngest of three
girls. She participated in track & field during her high school years and
now finds traveling a more enjoyable “sport.” Apparently, the warmer climates
of California, Mexico, Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic are a few of her
preferred vacation spots.
Posed and polished, Christina seems to have found her niche
here at Cataudella. She is diligent in her pursuit of perfection, willing to
lend a hand, and eager to learn. Her interactions with families are always
positive and her career as a professional funeral director is promising. We
hope that she will continue on with us and assist all of our families in need.
Administrative Assistant and Funeral 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.
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,
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.
A native of North Andover, Paul graduated from North Andover High School and Suffolk University. He spent forty-five years working in retail before retiring. As with many retirees, Paul grabbed the opportunity to become a part-time staff member at Cataudella Funeral Home in 2010. It was a natural fit for him as he is quite adept at dealing with the public and treating everyone with the respect they deserve.
Paul and his wife, Marie, live in Methuen and spend much of their time with their family and four grandchildren. Traveling is always on the list of their favorite things to do.
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.
Here at Cataudella’s,
we pride ourselves on having the consummate professional staff, and Jack
McSwiggin is no exception. Always quick
with a broad smile and warm handshake, he stands ready to assist our families
in any way necessary. Friendly and attentive with a calm disposition and
terrific personality, Jack is one of our most relied upon staff members.
Jack grew up in
the Centerville section of Lowell and attended local schools: Saint Michael’s
Grammar School, Keith Academy High School, and Lowell State College. During high
school and college, he worked for Demoulas’ Markets. He continued to work for
that family as a store manager even after he graduated from college.
In 1980, Jack bought
and operated R&B Superette in Pelham, NH. He ran this family-owned business
for thirty years.
Jack is a dedicated
family man and has been married to his lovely wife, Gerry, for forty-eight
years. Together they have four children and thirteen grandchildren, and have made
their home in Dracut for the past forty-one years.
An avid golfer,
Jack is hard to beat on the links. He splits his time between being on the
green with friends and being on the lake with his ever-growing family. It is a
pleasure to have him as part of our Cataudella family.
Retirement offers plenty of
benefits, but many people enjoy being more social and helping out whenever they
can; such is the case with Ray Bachand. In October of 2016, he began working at
Cataudella Funeral Home, even though he was officially retired after twenty-three
years of working at the Fireside Restaurant. Prior to that, he worked for
Pepsi, Corporation for many years in delivery services and quality control. Thankfully
for us, Ray is compassionate, professional, a hard worker, and helpful so he is
a perfect fit for assisting the families we serve at Cataudella Funeral Home.
Raymond grew up in Lawrence and has
lived in Windham, NH since 2003. He shared his home with his wife of thirty-five
years, Kate, until she passed away in 2008. They raised two daughters, and now
he has four grandsons and one granddaughter. In his leisure time, he enjoys running
outdoors, going to the gym, and being with his family and friends.
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