About Us

Serving Our Community Since 1951

History & Staff

Our funeral home was founded in 1951 by William R. McDonald (better known to many as “Mac”) and his loving wife, Norma Booth-McDonald. Mac was a graduate of Stratford High School, served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1950 after attending the Renouard Training School for Embalmers in New York. His loyalty, generosity and dedication to his family, friends and community was unsurpassed and will always be remembered. A life-long resident of Stratford and Vice President of the funeral home for over 50 years, Norma set the foundation for our business. Every aspect of our funeral home was managed with her remarkable attention to detail and unique wisdom.

Norma and Mac purchased the property at 2591 Main Street, Stratford, Connecticut and, after careful planning, opened their doors to serve the community in 1951. Their peaceful, historical building provided families with the serenity and tranquility of a beautiful funeral home. The utmost kindness, compassion and professionalism was extended to everyone who entered their doors. They were a brilliant team who worked side-by-side every day for 36 years until Mac’s passing on February 24, 1987.  Norma continued her passion serving her community until the age of 81 when her health no longer allowed her to work.  On October 20, 2012 at the age of 91 she entered eternal rest.

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  William R. McDonald
December 16, 1918 -
February 24, 1987
   Norma C. McDonald
November 3, 1920 -
October 20, 2012
 

 

 

Our Staff's Commitment to You


Our current staff consists of Kathleen A. McDonald, Bernard Koetsch, William J. Mortimer, and Maureen McDonald-Coleman.

Kathleen McDonald, President, licensed Funeral Director, is a graduate of St. Joseph's High School and the American Academy McAllister Institute. She also received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing and is  a registered nurse who practiced for twelve years prior to becoming a Funeral Director.

Bernard Koetsch, licensed Funeral Director, also a graduate of the McAllister Institute, has been an integral member of our funeral home since 1966 and continues to serve our families today.  Bernie's knowledge and expertise has provided our families with exceptional guidance and service over the past 50 years.

William J. Mortimer, licensed Funeral Director, a graduate of Fairfield Prep and  the McAllister Institute, joined our staff in 1990. Bill is very dedicated to his work and community. He is a member of Saint James Parish, is very involved in the community and enjoys volunteering at many local events.

Maureen (Betsy) McDonald-Coleman, a graduate of St. Joseph's High School and Sacred Heart University, became a full-time member of our staff in 2012 after raising her children and looks forward to serving the community with the same dedication and quality service as her parents.

It is our goal to continue our parents' values and commitment to serve families with compassion, respect and professionalism during this difficult time. If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us any time at 203-378-0758.

Sincerely,

Kathleen McDonald
Maureen McDonald-Coleman