Our Staff

One of the biggest factors influencing the quality of the experience you have at Bartolomeo & Perotto is our amazing staff. Starting with the Perotto family at the core, plus a team of carefully selected staff members, we are focused on one thing...exceeding your expectations.

You expect a funeral homes' staff to be professional.

We are experts in the emotional, spiritual and practical needs at the time of a loss. We use that knowledge to walk alongside your family and guide you through an experience which will honor your loved one's wishes, unite your family and be a cherished memory for years to come.

You expect a funeral homes' staff to be efficient and respond to your requests.

We focus on anticipating your needs and having things in place before you even think to ask. It's the little things like making sure our children's play room is available so you do not have to arrange for a sitter or meeting you in the parking lot with an umbrella on a rainy day.  At Bartolomeo & Perotto, we work hard to anticipate your needs so you can lean on us during this difficult time.

You expect a funeral homes' staff to be emotionally reserved, almost distant.

That may be the stereotype for funeral directors but we don't fit that model very well. Families start out expecting practical support but quickly find that our staff are more like counsellors, helping them navigate the highs and lows of this emotionally charged time.

Exceeding expectations. Every day, with every family. That's the Bartolomeo & Perotto difference.

Philip Perotto Funeral DirectorPhilip Perotto, Funeral Director

Founders, George & Frances Bartolomeo and Peter W. Giullari were my uncle, aunt and cousin. As a result, my interest in funeral service began at a very young age. After serving my country in the United States Air Force, I attended and graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science.

My wife Dorothy (Entress) Perotto & I are residents of the City of Rochester and are proud parents of three children, Michael, David, and Roseann. We are parishioners at Our Mother of Sorrows Church where my wife and I serve as Eucharistic Ministers. 

I enjoy the outdoors and spending time hunting with my children and friends. Over the years I've participated in many different disciplines of competitive shooting. I love watching and supporting my grandsons, Michael and Jonathan play their sports and I rarely miss a game. Dorothy & I are avid Syracuse University fans, and regularly attend basketball games.

I have served as President of Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association; Regional Governor New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA)- Group I; Secretary/Treasurer of NYSFDA; Vice President of NYSFDA; President of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, and the Greece Chamber of Commerce Welcoming Committee. In 2004, I was awarded with the Greece Chamber of Commerce “Business Person of the Year” Award. 

Throughout my career it has always been my goal to create an atmosphere at our funeral home of compassion, understanding and excellence in service. I am our strongest critic, always encouraging my sons and staff to continually improve to make every experience fulfilling for each family that passes through our doors.

Michael Perotto PresidentMichael Perotto, President

I was born to Philip Perotto & Dorothy (Entress) Perotto in 1967. I married Gay Perotto and we reside in Greece with our two sons, Michael & Jonathan. Our dog “Rocky” joined our family in 2015, soon after he started training as a grief therapy dog, joining the staff of Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc.

I am a graduate of Most Precious Blood School in 1981, graduate of Aquinas Institute in 1985. In 1987 I graduated from Canton College with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Mortuary Science.

My family and I are members of St. Lawrence Church, where our children attended St. Lawrence Elementary School. Our sons, Michael and Jonathan have graduated from High School and are now attending Binghamton University & Vermont University respectively. 

I have many different hobbies and interests. I guess you could say I have a passion for the outdoors. I enjoy skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, golf and observing wildlife.

I also have a passion for helping with youth activities. I was an assistant coach for Greece Chargers football for over four years, and with the help of many others, founded Greece Storm youth lacrosse program. I served as Greece Storm President and assist in coaching at the 5th & 6th grade level. Greece Rotary is an organization I am very proud to be a part of, and have been involved with for over 17 years. Through this organization I was involved with countless projects that resulted in valuable programs to benefit disadvantaged children.

I was in the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association for many years, and served as President. I have also served as President for Preferred Funeral Directors, one of the leading Funeral Service organizations in the country. Being a member in Preferred (family-owned funeral homes only) has allowed me to bring the freshest ideas possible to the Rochester community.

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a funeral director. At a very young age I could tell you the year, make and model number of dad's hearse. Every day I am honored to assist families at one of the most difficult times in their lives. Every day I am able to make a difference. It is because of this honor and privilege to serve others that I look forward to the challenge of assisting the next family. 

David Perotto Vice-PresidentDavid Perotto, Vice-President

In 1969 I was born in Rochester, NY to Philip and Dorothy (Entress) Perotto.  I am a 1987 graduate of Aquinas Institute and a 1991 graduate of Cornell University.  In 1994, I graduated from Simmons Institute and joined our family business as a licensed funeral director.

I live in Greece with my wife, Jackie (Reynolds), whom I met while at Aquinas. My hobbies are scuba diving, hiking in the Adirondacks, fishing & bowhunting. 

I enjoy starting my days at the Northwest YMCA, spending time training in the weight room and cardiovascular area. This experience has been so gratifying, that I joined the YMCA Board of Managers to give back to the organization. Formerly serving as the Invest in Youth Chairman, this campaign raises funds so that all can afford membership at the YMCA. Lastly, I served as Branch Chair from June 2013 - June of 2015.

Recently I joined the Ambassador Committee for the Greece Chamber of Commerce. Meeting new & existing members has been an enjoyable experience. 

In August of 2015 I finished my three-year term as Board Member for the New York State Funeral Directors Association and was recently appointed as one of the NYS Pre-Plan Trustees. 

People ask me all the time "Why do you work as a funeral director?" My response is always the same.  It is extremely rewarding to help people as they recover from the loss of a loved one. I can't think of a more gratifying profession than ours. 

Wiliam Padulo, Director of Operations and Personnel, Funeral DirectorWilliam Padulo, Director of Operations & Personnel,                                      Funeral Director

I was born in 1967 to Joseph B. and Betty Ann (Angelone) Padulo in Rochester, where we lived on McNaughton St. along with my sister Joanne (Larry) Thomas. I attended Most Precious Blood School from grades 1-8, graduating in 1981. I graduated from Aquinas Institute in 1985 and went to SUNY Canton College in Canton, NY.

Having been friends with the Perotto family since the 3rd grade, I would often spend time at the funeral home and as I grew older I would help out there, usually driving the limousine for funerals or helping out at calling hours. In 1992 I started working full time and decided to further my education and obtain my Funeral Director's license. I graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse with an Associates Degree in January of 1994 and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1995.

I have been a Greece resident since 1988 and in 1994 I married Ellen Schmidt, who is a lifelong Greece resident and a teacher's assistant at Greece Arcadia High School. We have two beautiful daughters together, Hannah who graduated from Greece Odyssey and attends Elmira College and Sarah, who attends Greece Odyssey. We are parishioners at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. In our spare time we enjoy watching basketball and softball games, going out to dinner with friends, spending time with our neighbors, and families, and enjoying our swimming pool.

I feel very fulfilled being a funeral director. To have the opportunity to guide people through the toughest time of their lives is a great privilege. It is very rewarding to have people really appreciate all that you do for them and over the years I have met many people who have become my friends. It really is a great honor to be there for families in the community.

Joseph Bianchi Funeral DirectorJoseph Bianchi, Funeral Director

I was born, raised and have been a life-long resident in the Town of Greece. I am the second of 7 children of the late William J. Bianchi and Sheila (Flynn) Bianchi, who is still smiling and singing. I am a parishioner of St. Lawrence Church.

I married Cathie Gunther in 1981. We have three beautiful daughters; Amy, Megan, and Joanna, and our trusted four-legged friend, Sweet-Pea. 

I am a 1976 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. I began my employment with Eastman Kodak Company in 1978. In 1991 I received an Associate's degree in Computer Science from Empire State College. In 2001 I joined Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc. on a part-time basis thanks to my friend, Bill Padulo. My primary duties were to assist during visiting hours and help in the morning with the staffing of funerals. It was during this time the Perottos pointed out to me a potential path for a career change within this profession, so I enrolled in Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science. I retired from Eastman Kodak Company in 2003. In 2004 I obtained an Associate's degree in Mortuary Science from Simmons Institute. In 2004 I joined the Bartolomeo & Perotto staff full time. In 2005, I received my Funeral Director's License and have been a proud member of the Bartolomeo & Perotto and Walker Brothers staff since.

Meghan Hagenback Schmitt, Funeral DirectorMeghan Hagenbach Schmitt, Funeral Director

I am a native of Rochester and graduated from Brighton High School in 2003.  From there, I attended Niagara University where I achieved a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts.  After working in various fields I decided it was time to pursue my long time passion of funeral service.  I recently graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL.  

In my spare time I love to crochet, enjoy going on new adventures and spending time outdoors with my two dogs; Allie and Mack.  

My motto is "Passion -Love What You Do!"  I believe one has to love what they do in order to truly be successful in life.  I am grateful to be able to work with such an inspiring group of individuals who love what they do.  

Joseph P. Capuano, Funeral DirectorJoseph P. Capuano, Funeral Director

I was born in Rochester, NY in 1952. I attended grammar school at St. Francis Xavier. My parents, Lillian (Profetta) & Joseph moved my sisters and I to Penfield where I continued in grade school and graduated from Penfield High School. After High School, I enrolled in at Monroe Community College for 2 years, then attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY. I passed the national board exam and obtained my degree in Mortuary Science. In 1978 I began my career as a NYS Licensed Funeral Director.

With over 35 years as a Funeral Director and serving families in the Rochester area, I realized I couldn’t have chosen a better profession to dedicate my life to. These years of caring for others have been a rewarding journey for me. It has kept me alert to the needs that many people have, as well as the frailty of life itself. As a result, I try not to take anything for granted.

My enjoyments in life are being a funeral director, traveling, classic cars, shooting pool, and building projects. My passion is my family which includes my beautiful wife, Phyllis; daughters, Roseanna & Christina; grandson, Frank; my sisters, and all other family members.

Carina DiFrasesco, Funeral DirectorCarina DiFransesco, Funeral Director

I joined the Bartolomeo and Perotto team as a Resident Funeral Director in December of 2015. I’ve lived in the Rochester area my entire life, graduating from Webster Schroeder High School in 2009. Before beginning my journey in funeral service, I aspired to be a wedding planner! I earned an associate’s degree from Monroe Community College (MCC) in hospitality/travel and tourism.

People often ask me how I came across the funeral service industry after working in hospitality and other fields. Like most, I had difficulty deciding what career path I was going to take, so I did what any rational person would do; I let the internet decide for me. I found an online test, plugged in my interests, and there it was: my new career. Funeral service wasn’t the family business, and being a first-generation funeral director seemed out of reach. Most of my friends and family were surprised when I told them that I wanted to study to be a funeral director, but after explaining my reasons, it was easy for everyone to see that this was exactly where I needed to be.

What initially drew me to this industry was my love of people; I was afforded the opportunity to be there on someone’s worst day and bring comfort and support when it was needed most. This is when I decided that I would attend mortuary school at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving both my associate’s degree and Crematory Operator Certificate from PIMS, I went on to receive my bachelor’s of science in Funeral Service from Point Park University (PPU) located in the heart of Pittsburgh. 

Although my time in the funeral service industry has been brief, I already feel as though I have had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve. Eventually, I may own my own business and focus my time on the rising trend of cremation and green burial.

Outside of work, my hobbies include hiking the trails of beautiful upstate New York, walking my dog, Lucky, and spending time with family and friends. In my spare time, I also enjoy volunteering for cemetery cleanup and have recently taken an interest in gardening.

I am incredibly grateful to the Perotto Family for the opportunity to work under some of the best in our industry and look forward to serving the community that I grew up in.

Lainey Cooke, ResidentLainey Cooke, Resident
lainey@bartolomeo.com                                                                                  585-720-6000

I am originally from Illinois, but moved to Rochester after graduating Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL. I had always been interested in relocating after college for the adventure of starting something new. I was referred to Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home and quickly knew it would be a great fit for me. I am currently a resident and enjoy learning alongside such a talented team who share the same passion for funeral service as I do!

There are many great places to visit here in Rochester, between the museums, local events and craft stores, I keep my free time pretty busy! I love the Rochester community and look forward to being a part of it for many years to come!

Paul Perotto, Business ManagerPaul Perotto, Business Manager
paul@bartolomeo.com                                                                                  585-720-6000

I was born in 1978 to Paul & Marcia Perotto, nephew to Philip Perotto and a cousin to Michael and David Perotto.  I am a 1996 graduate of the Aquinas Institute.  I continued my education at MCC and RIT, graduating from RIT in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Business Management.

I live in Perinton with my wife, Marissa and our two wonderful children.  I love spending time with my family and friends.  I enjoy bowling and golf and I am a huge sports fan.

I am proud to be a part of the family business.  I have always admired what my uncle and cousins do, assisting families through one of the toughest parts of life with warmth and compassion. 

Andrea Ruggieri, Administration & MarketingAndrea Ruggieri, Administration and Marketing                          aruggieri@bartolomeo.com

I grew up as a “PK” (Preacher’s Kid). My parents, Rev. James LeGro and Phyllis (Haight) LeGro had our family on the move. Starting in a number of small towns in central New York, me, my two older brothers, and my parents picked up stakes every few years and headed off to the next church where dad was needed. We had brief stints in rural Pennsylvannia and then to the Midwest, living on the largest natural lake in Indiana, Lake Wawasee. However, New York was always our home and that is where we ended up, and where I graduated from High School (East Syracuse – Minoa HS).

While attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts/concentrate in Graphic Design at Oswego State College, I met my husband Chris and we’ve been together ever since. We were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Ally & Erika who now are on the cusp of beginning their own lives, soon making us empty-nesters.

Outside of work I love being outdoors (when it’s warm!…), watching my daughters play soccer & lacrosse (even when it’s cold…), hiking, boating, sailing, gardening, reading and photography.

My career path started in Graphic Design and Pre-press Management, working many years in the print industry and most recently branching off into Marketing for several years at St. John’s Senior Services in the City of Rochester. I am thrilled to now be a part of the Bartolomeo & Perotto team working in Administration and Marketing. This move was a great progression in serving people, working alongside the best in the funeral care business. I will admit, I have learned a great deal about funeral care and how important it is to have the right people caring and guiding you when you are faced with one life’s most difficult realities.

Andrea Piccone, Administrative AssistantAndrea Piccone, Administrative Assistant

I was born in 1978 to Charles and Mary Dionese and grew up in Rochester, NY in the town of Gates. I graduated from Gates-Chili High School in 1996.

I attended Monroe Community College where I earned my associate's degree in Liberal Arts, going on to get my bachelor’s degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Illustration, with a concentration in Psychology. After graduating from RIT, I worked as a freelance portrait artist and watercolor painter for 3 years while also exhibiting my art in Rochester and New York City. In 2004, I acquired my master’s degree in Art Therapy from Nazareth College. 

For the next 7 years I worked as an art therapist and social worker at the Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC). I was involved with various programs at SPCC, specializing in trauma, grief & loss, and child development. 

My husband Marty and I have a beautiful little boy named Carlo, who brings us endless joy every day. I continue to work part-time as a freelance portrait artist & watercolor painter and continue to periodically exhibit my artwork in Rochester. In my spare time I also enjoy baking, gardening, painting ceramics and spending time with family and friends.

I am very happy & proud to be a part of a wonderful, family-like team of people at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home. I am also pleased to extend comfort, guidance and a listening ear to the family members that we serve during such a difficult time in their lives.  I am honored to be able to create meaningful life tributes for the families we serve.