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 203-933-1217 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.
Funeral Director - Managing Partner
Philip Malley Appell, Sr. is a native of Old Saybrook, Connecticut and is a graduate of Old Saybrook High School. His family have been members of the North Branford Community since the American Revolution. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army. Upon his discharge from the service, Phil graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. After his return from college, he started a long association with Swan Funeral Home, located in Old Saybrook, Madison, and Clinton. Phil was promoted to Manager in 1995 and General Manager in 1998. He was responsible for five funeral homes and a crematory. After 36 years of service and many corporate changes, Phil left to join the Keenan Funeral Home in North Branford and West Haven as the Managing Partner. Phil is the father of four children, Phil and his wife Becca of Bristol and Spencer, Emily, and Elisabeth of Middletown. His two daughters attend Mercy High School in Middletown, and his younger son attends UConn. Phil is an avid movie memorabilia collector and is especially fond of John Wayne. Phil looks forward to serving and working with families in the community.
“Jodie” grew up in Farmington, Connecticut and graduated from Farmington High School in 1999. She then attended Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, Connecticut where she earned her B.A. in Biology in 2005. After graduating, Jodie pursued a career in Veterinary Medicine, sitting for the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam in 2006, then working as a Certified Veterinary Technician for 10 years. Stemming from having a great uncle who was a Funeral Director, Jodie always had an interest in funeral service. This drove her to further her education and attend Lincoln College of New England, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned her A.A.S degree in Mortuary Science in May 2017. During her time at Lincoln College of New England, Jodie was on the President’s List every semester for maintaining a G.P.A. above 3.7, and was president of the school’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is also the former President of the college’s Mortuary Science Club, and earned an award of distinction from the Mortuary Science Department for her contributions to the program. After graduating from Lincoln College, Jodie completed a 1 year apprenticeship at D’esopo Funeral Chapel in Wethersfield, Connecticut and earned the credential of Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer on October 12, 2018. She began her career as a Licensed Funeral Director at Keenan Funeral Home in December 2018 and is excited to serve the community. Jodie is a member of CANA (Cremation Association of North America) and is a Certified Crematory Operator. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is usually up for anything. In her spare time she can be found beach combing at her “happy place” in Newport, Rhode Island, or cuddling with her furry best friend, her cat "Grey".
Funeral Director Consultant/Pre Need Counselor/Life Planning
Jamie joined our team with a focus on helping families navigate some of life's most difficult challenges. For the past 22 years, Jamie has provided information and guidance and has assisted thousand of families in protecting and keeping what they have earned. He also is a frequent guest speaker at various community seminars and workshops discussing topics such as funeral planning, Medicaid, and Veterans Pension Benefits.
Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice
Christine grew up in Ansonia, Connecticut and is a graduate of Emmett O’Brien High School. Having a variety of interests, Christine was always studious, and yearned to learn new things. Before pursuing mortuary science, she studied Electrical Engineering at Gateway Community College as well as Criminal Justice at Naugatuck Valley Community College. After seeing the positive impact that a funeral service had on her family, Christine was inspired to become a funeral director. She earned her A.A.S. in mortuary science from Lincoln College of New England in 2016. She began her apprenticeship at Keenan Funeral Home in March 2019 and is very eager and excited to serve the community.
Andrea has extensive background in Bookkeeping, Accounting and Administrative functions. She has served as a Special Education Parent Advocate for CPAC and is an active member of The Northford Women's Club GFWC CT for over 23 years serving as President, 1st VP, Programs Chairperson and currently their Newsletter Chairperson. She has also served on the board of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut Inc. as Corresponding Secretary and Assistant District Director. Andrea lives in the New Haven area with her husband of 26 years and two children.
"Betty" has been a life long resident of New Haven, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Hillhouse High School and attended Quinnipiac University. She was the owner/operator of Flower Affair in West Haven, Connecticut for 42 years before retiring. Betty is married to her husband Tony and has two sons. Their son Joseph (Jennifer) have twin boys Joseph & Jack and son Vincent (Karyn) have a son Dylan, whom all reside in Milford, Connecticut.
Nancy grew up and currently lives in West Haven with her husband Jim and son Matthew. She has been a professional Cosmetologist since 1986, and partner of Hair Forever Hair Salon in Milford since 1992. She began styling hair for local funeral homes ten years ago which brought about her interest in pursuing other avenues of the funeral home business. The opportunity to work with families, attention to detail during their time of grief and making sure everyone is satisfied is very rewarding. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Elisa was born and raised in the New Haven area. She attended St. Mary’s High School and graduated from Albertus Magnus College. She has worked for a law office for the last 24 years serving the Hispanic community as an Interpreter. She lives with her husband Mark, daughters Marisa and Cecelia and her Rottweiler Titus.
“Tony” was raised in Ansonia, Connecticut and moved to New Haven when he married his wife Betty. He is a graduate of Ansonia High School. Tony spent many years in the retail furniture and appliance industry. Most recently he was a concierge and security officer for local office buildings. Tony is married to his wife Betty and has two sons and three grandsons.
Ray is a life-long resident of Connecticut. He resides in West Haven and is a devoted family man, especially when it comes to his four grandchildren. He worked/owned Ross Copy & Print in West Haven for 37 years. Ray looks forward to continuing to serve the needs of the community through his work at Keenan Funeral Home.
Charlie has been a West Haven resident since the mid 1950’s. He is a United States Army Veteran, who has been involved in city politics supported the West Haven Animal Shelter and W.H.E.A.T. He volunteers at A.S.D. and his motto is “Treat people with kindness, because behind every face is a story that could use a little more love.”
Molly was born and raised in Milford, Ct. After graduating High School Molly attended college and is currently taking classes at Goodwin College where she studies Mortuary science and funeral service. Her goals are to complete her studies at Goodwin and become a licensed embalmer and funeral director. Her hobbies include playing golf, going to the movies and traveling.
Spencer is a 2018 graduate of Xavier High School in MIddletown, Connecticut. He currently attends UConn in Storrs, majoring in Finance and plays trombone in the Marching band.
Emily is a Junior at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut. She plays the clarinet for the school band and is also on the Mercy Softball Team.
You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.