1411 Vintage Lane, Rochester, New York 14626
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, and 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 a room is available for your children, 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 counselors, 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 Director
Founders, George & Frances Bartolomeo and Peter W. Giullari were Phil's uncle, aunt and cousin. Being immersed in funeral care, his interest in began at a very young age. After serving his country in the United States Air Force, he attended and graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science.
He and his wife Dorothy (Entress) are residents of the City of Rochester. They are proud parents of three children, Michael, David, and Roseann. They are parishioners of Our Mother of Sorrows Church where he and Dorothy serve as Eucharistic Ministers.
Phil 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, he was awarded with the GCOC “Business Person of the Year” Award.
Throughout his career it has always been his mission to create an atmosphere at the funeral home of compassion, understanding and excellence in service. Phil is their strongest critic, always encouraging Michael & David, and the whole staff to continually improve to make every experience fulfilling for each family that passes through our doors.
Phil enjoys the outdoors and spending time hunting with his family and friends. Over the years He's participated in many different disciplines of competitive shooting. He feels fortunate he could support his grandsons, Michael and Jonathan as they played sports throughout their high school and college careers. He and Dorothy are also avid Syracuse University fans, and attend basketball games whenever possible.
Michael Perotto, President
Growing up living above a funeral home granted Mike early access to the funeral care industry. He announced to his parents, Phil and Dorothy, at the ripe-old age of four that he would be a funeral director someday. His dad gently prodded and had him “working” at the funeral home by age 6 with small jobs, cleaning and moving the smaller flower arrangements. Though in the beginning it was more about keeping a young boy busy, it sparked his interest which eventually grew into a career.
Mike attended Canton College for Mortuary Science. After completing his residency he earned his funeral director’s license in 1988. Since then he’s been an integral part of growing the business with his dad, Phil and brother, David. A large part of his commitment to funeral care is being involved in industry-related organizations. He has previously served as President of both the Preferred Funeral Directors International (PDFI) and the local Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.
He now has his own sons Michael and Jon, and has enjoyed watching them grow into young men who are now creating their own distinct futures. Mike’s sons both played lacrosse in both high school and college giving the opportunity to watch many spirited and memorable games. Not to be forgotten, Mike has a third “son” named Rocky. Rocky has become not only the family’s faithful companion, but is also a friendly staff member at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home as a grief therapy dog.
Aside from keeping lacrosse stats on the sidelines, Mike is true outdoorsman who loves to hunt, hike, fish, enjoy beautiful sunsets/sunrises, or just sit around a campfire with friends. When he gets some spare time, he likes cooking and perfecting timing and flavors in in his food smoker.
Mike often wonders what his great Aunt Frances & Uncle George Bartolomeo would think now of their business that they started so many years ago. Many milestones have been reached within the business and community. It is Mike and Dave’s commitment to their legacy reaching back to 1922, that motivates them to continue grow and improve.
David Perotto, Vice-President
Dave was born in 1969, the second child of three, to Philip and Dorothy (Entress) Perotto. Once his dad decided to retire from the funeral business, he and his brother Michael took the reigns and began managing the family business together. He is a graduate of The Aquinas Institute, class '87 and a graduate of Cornell University. In 1994, he graduated from Simmons Institute and joined the family business as a licensed funeral director. He lives in Greece with his wife, Jackie (Reynolds), whom he met while at Aquinas.
For several years he served on the Ambassador Committee for the Greece Chamber of Commerce where he enjoyed meeting existing and new members. The Chamber welcomed Dave to their board of directors in 2017 and more recently he was appointed to their executive committee. Working to enhance the business environment in the town of Greece remains a passion of his.
In 2015 he finished a term as board member for the New York State Funeral Directors Association and was recently appointed as one of the NYS Pre-Plan Trustees. The trustees are charged with carefully investing funds deposited by NY residents that have pre-paid their funerals with the association-run bank.
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 be able to help people as they recover from the loss of a loved one. I can't think of a more gratifying profession than ours.
Dave's hobbies include scuba diving, hiking in the Adirondacks, fishing & bow hunting. He enjoys starting his days getting working out at the Northwest YMCA. His experience was so satisfying, he joined the YMCA Board of Managers to give back to the organization. He served as the "Invest in Youth" Chairman, which is a campaign raising funds so that all can afford membership at the YMCA. He also served as Branch Chair.
William Padulo, Director of Operations & Personnel,
Bill's parents, Joseph B. and Betty Ann (Angelone) Padulo raised he and his sister Joanne on McNaughton Street in Rochester. He was born in 1967 and attended Most Precious Blood School and later The Aquinas Institute, class of '85. From there he studied at SUNY Canton College in Canton, NY.
Having been friends with the Perotto family since the 3rd grade, he often spent time around the funeral home. When Bill got a little older he often helped out there, driving the limousine for funerals or helping out at calling hours. In 1992, he started working there full time and eventually decided to pursue his funeral director's license. In 1994, he graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY with an associate's degree and succeeded in becoming a licensed funeral director a year later.
He has been a Greece resident since the late 80's. In 1994 he married Ellen Schmidt, a life-long Greece resident and a Teacher's Assistant at Greece Arcadia High School. They have two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Sarah, who now have graduated from high school and are pursuing their own passions. They are parishioners at Our Mother of Sorrows Church.
Bill feels very fulfilled being a funeral director. He is honored to have the opportunity to guide and lend support to families through the toughest time of their lives, and feels it is a great privilege. It is rewarding to have people appreciate all that you do for them over the years and he is fortunate to call many of them his friends.
In his spare time, he and Ellen enjoyed years of watching their daughters play basketball and softball. They also love going out to dinner with friends, spending time with their neighbors, and families, and enjoying their swimming pool.
Joseph Bianchi, Funeral Director
Joe was born, raised and has been a life-long resident in the Town of Greece. He is the second of 7 children of the late William J. Bianchi and Sheila (Flynn) Bianchi, (who is still smiling and singing). He is a parishioner of St. Lawrence Church.
Joe married Cathie Gunther in 1981. They have three beautiful daughters; Amy, Megan, and Joanna, and their trusted four-legged friend, Sweet-Pea.
Joe graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School, class of '76. He initially began his career working with the Eastman Kodak Company. In 1991 he received an associates degree in computer science from Empire State College. Ten years later, he joined Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc. as a part time funeral assistant and helped with staffing funerals, encouraged by his friend and funeral director, Bill Padulo. It was during this time the Perottos suggested a potential career change within funeral care. Joe retired from Kodak in 2003, and earned his associates degree shortly after in Mortuary Science, and joined the Bartolomeo & Perotto staff full time. Joe received his funeral director's license in 2004 and has been a proud member of the Bartolomeo & Perotto and Walker Brothers staff since.
Meghan Hagenbach Schmitt, Funeral Director
Meghan is a native of Rochester, and a Brighton High School grad, class of '03. From there, she attended Niagara University, getting a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. After working in various fields, she decided it was time to pursue her long-time passion in funeral service. She graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL and is a licensed funeral director.
Her motto is, "Passion -Love What You Do!" She believes one has to love what they do in order to truly be successful in life. She is grateful to be able to work with such an inspiring group of individuals who love what they do too.
In Meghan's spare time she loves to crochet, going on new adventures and spending time outdoors with her two dogs; Allie and Mack.
Joseph P. Capuano, Funeral Director
Joe was born in Rochester, NY in 1952. He attended St. Francis Xavier grammar school. His parents, Lillian (Profetta) & Joseph moved the family to Penfield where Joe continued in grade school and eventually graduated from Penfield High School. After High School, he studied at Monroe Community College and then attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY, earning his degree. He passed the national board exam and in 1978 began a career as a NYS Licensed Funeral Director.
With over 40 years as a funeral director and serving families in the Rochester area, Joe realized he couldn’t have chosen a better profession to dedicate his life to. His years of caring for others have been a rewarding. It has kept him alert to the needs that many people have, as well as the frailty of life itself.
His enjoyments in life are being a funeral director, traveling, classic cars, shooting pool, and building projects. His passion is his family which includes his beautiful wife, Phyllis; daughters, Roseanna & Christina; grandson, Frankie; sisters, and all other family members.
Andrea Ruggieri, Marketing-Communications Specialist,
Andrea grew up the as a “PK” (Preacher’s Kid). Her parents, Rev. James LeGro and Phyllis (Haight) LeGro had their family, including her two brothers on the move. Starting in a number of small towns in central New York, her parents picked up stakes every few years and headed off to the next church where dad was needed. There were brief stints in rural Pennsylvania and then to the Midwest, living on the largest natural lake in Indiana, Lake Wawasee. However, New York was always home base and that is where they ended up, and where Andrea graduated from high school at East Syracuse-Minoa High School, class of '86.
While attaining a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, concentrating in Graphic Design at Oswego State College, she met her husband Chris and they’ve been together for over 25 years since. They were rewarded with two beautiful daughters, Alexandra & Erika, who made them expert sports fans between lacrosse and soccer. Their girls are working hard to achieve their own dreams as adults now, making them empty-nesters.
Her career path started in Graphic Design, Art Direction 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. She is thrilled to be a part of the Bartolomeo & Perotto team working in marketing and funeral pre-planning coordination. This move was a great progression in serving people and working alongside the best in the funeral care industry. She admits, she has 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.
Outside of work, Andrea loves being outdoors; hiking, boating, sailing, gardening, reading, photography and spending time on Otisco Lake with family and friends.
Heather Henderson, Accounting, Business Administration
Heather was an only child, born in Rochester, New York. Shortly after she was born, her family moved to Guntersville, Alabama where she spent her growing up years. Her father, Greg and mother, Mary continue to live in the southeastern United States today. She graduated from Guntersville High School and went on to Berry College in Rome, Georgia. In 2016, she decided to make a fresh start and move back to her roots in Rochester where she met her boyfriend, Marino Cutarella and they enjoy living in Greece with their dog Rolo.
Ironically, before accepting a position here at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, she worked as an insurance agent in Georgia, insuring several funeral homes! She worked as a licensed insurance agent for over 13 years.
Heather is very connected in the Greece area, she has been a member of Kiwanis for many years, most recently, as president of the Kiwanis Club of Greece. She is also an active member and ambassador of the Greece Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, she won the GCOC Award, “Young Professional of the Year.” Through the Chamber, Heather met David Perotto, and soon enough he inspired her to work as a funeral assistant at the funeral home. As other positions opened up, Heather stayed on and took on more challenging roles in the business office.
Playing and coaching volleyball is a part of her history that she looks back fondly on. Now she enjoys cooking, enjoying a good glass of wine, and spending time with family and friends.
Stacy Morse, Administrative Assistant
Stacy was born in Albion and raised with her younger brother, Nick in Greece, NY. Her parents, Barry & Kathy (Alloco) lived in the Greece area for many years. She attended Holy Family school in kindergarten and graduated from Greece Athena High School in 1994.
At the ripe old age of 15, Stacy started working at Park Ridge Hospital delivering food and visiting with patients throughout the hospital. Since then she's had many interesting jobs, learning a lot along the way. At age 22 she was looking for a better job like many other 20-somethings attempting to get out on their own. Her mother suggested taking a civil service exam, she blindly went, not realizing until she was there that it was for 911, as a police dispatcher! She passed with flying colors and was offered a job and this became a valuable work experience. She also worked at a handful of restaurants in the Rochester area including Pane Vino, which is owned by her uncle.
Along the way, she met and married her husband Scott and had two beautiful sons, Evan and Logan. This phase of life brought them to sports venues all over, including the Churchville-Chili area where they live. She was fortunate to not work a full-time job while their sons were very young so that she could concentrate on being a mom for a while.
After fourteen years of taking the “mom” job, she felt it was time to get back out into the full-time work force again and was lucky enough to land at Bartolomeo & Perotto. She's had a lot of different jobs, but at heart, Stacy is a “people person” and truly enjoys being able to help people when they need it the most.