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Keenan Funeral Home in West Haven & North Branford, CT

Meet Our Staff - West Haven & North Branford, CT

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services

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.

Philip Malley Appell Sr.

Philip Malley Appell Sr.

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.


Sarah Rivera

Sarah Rivera

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Sarah Rivera received her bachelor’s in fine arts from Paier College of Art, INC in Hamden, CT in 2012 and her associate’s in mortuary science in Southington, CT in 2018. She became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2019.  Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, drawing, and oil painting.  


Jamie Cowan

Jamie Cowan

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.


Elizabeth Yacono

Elizabeth Yacono

Office Coordinator

Beth resides with her family in Northford, CT.  She previously worked as a secretary for St. Ambrose Parish in North Branford.  

Beth is married to her husband Peter, and has two girls.  Emma is currently attending Eastern Connecticut State University, and Mia is a Junior at North Branford High School.

Added to our wonderful family is a rescue dog named Trixie, a guinea pig named Vinny, and a goldfish, currently named fish.


Elizabeth DelVecchio

Elizabeth DelVecchio

Office Assistant

"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.


Anthony DelVecchio

Anthony DelVecchio

Ambassador

“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.


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Keenan Funeral Home
|
238 Elm Street
| West Haven, CT 06516
|
Tel: 203-933-1217
Keenan Funeral Home
|
330 Notch Hill Road
| North Branford, CT 06471
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Tel: 203-481-3217

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.

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