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, with 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 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 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, President
Growing up living above the 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 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 providing 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 the 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. If he can get some time, you may also see him 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
In 1969 I was born in Rochester, NY to Philip and Dorothy (Entress) Perotto. Once dad decided to retire, my brother Michael & I began running the funeral business together. 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 & bow hunting.
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.
For several years I have served on the Ambassador Committee for the Greece Chamber of Commerce. Meeting new & existing members has been an enjoyable experience during this time. The Chamber welcomed myself to their board of directors in January of 2017 and more recently I was appointed to their Executive Committee. Working to enhance the business environment in the town of Greece is a passion of mine and I enjoy interacting with fellow members.
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. The trustees are charged with carefully investing funds deposited by NY residents that have pre-paid their funerals with our 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 help people as they recover from the loss of a loved one. I can't think of a more gratifying profession than ours.
William Padulo, Director of Operations & Personnel, Funeral Director
My parents, Joseph B. and Betty Ann (Angelone) Padulo raised my sister, Joanne (Larry) Thomas and I in Rochester, where we lived on McNaughton Street. I was born in 1967 and eventually attended Most Precious Blood School, completing grades 1-8. I attended Aquinas Institute and graduated in 1985. From there I went to SUNY Canton College in Canton, NY.
Having been friends with the Perotto family since the 3rd grade, I often spent time around the funeral home. As I grew older I helped out there, usually driving the limousine for funerals or helping out at calling hours. In 1992 I started working there full time and eventually decided to further my education and obtain my Funeral Director's license. I graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse with an associate's degree in January of 1994, becoming a Licensed Funeral Director in 1995.
I have been a Greece resident since 1988. In 1994 I married Ellen Schmidt, who is also a life-long Greece resident and a Teacher's Assistant at Greece Arcadia High School. We have two beautiful daughters, Hannah who graduated from Greece Odyssey and now attends Elmira College and Sarah, who attends Greece Odyssey High School. 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 and lend support to families through the toughest time of their lives is a great privilege. It is rewarding to have people appreciate all that you do for them over the years. I am fortunate to call many of them my friends. It truly is an honor to help the families in this community.
Joseph 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 Associates 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 Associates 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 Hagenbach Schmitt, Funeral Director
I am a native of Rochester and graduated from Brighton High School in 2003. From there, I attended Niagara University gaining a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. After working in various fields I decided it was time to pursue my long-time passion in 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 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 eventually 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 earned a degree in Mortuary Science. In 1978 I began my career as a NYS Licensed Funeral Director.
With over 40 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, Frankie; my sisters, and all other family members.
Andrea Ruggieri, Marketing-Comm Specialist, Pre-Planning Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Pennsylvania 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 with a concentrate in Graphic Design at Oswego State College, I met my husband Chris and we’ve been together ever since. We were rewarded with two amazing daughters, who made us expert sports fans between lacrosse and soccer. They are working hard to achieve their own dreams as adults now, making us empty-nesters.
Outside of work I love being outdoors, hiking, boating, sailing, gardening, reading and photography.
My 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. I am thrilled to now 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, 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, Art Therapist, Administration
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.
Stacy Morse, Administrative Assistant
I was born in Albion and raised with my younger brother, Nick in Greece, NY. My parents, Barry & Kathy Alloco lived in the Greece area for many years. I attended Holy Family school in kindergarten and graduated from Greece Athena High School in 1994.
At the ripe old age of 15, I started working at Park Ridge delivering food and visiting with patients throughout the hospital. Since then I’ve taken on many interesting jobs, learning a lot along the way. At age 22 I was looking for a better job like many other 20-somethings attempting to get out on their own. My mother suggested taking a civil service exam, I blindly went, not realizing until I got there it was for 911 as a police dispatcher! I passed with flying colors and was offered a job. No doubt, this became a valuable work experience. During all this I worked at a handful of restaurants in the Rochester area including Pane Vino, which is owned by my uncle. Stop in and you may still see me there from time to time!
Somewhere along the way, I met and married my husband Scott and we had two beautiful sons, Evan and Logan. This phase of life brings us to many sports venues all over, including the Churchville-Chili area where we live. I was fortunate to actually not work a full-time job while our sons were very young so that I could concentrate on being a mom for a while.
After fourteen years of taking the “mom” job, I felt it was time to get back out into the full-time work force again and was lucky enough to land at Bartolomeo & Perotto. I’ve had a lot of different jobs, but at heart, I’m a “people person” and I truly enjoy being able to help people when they need it the most.