Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Corner of Farmington Ave. & Maple St.
Our History Of Service Since 1865
Funk Funeral Home, the oldest ongoing funeral establishment in Bristol, CT has a long and vibrant history. The growing operation was moved in 1867 to the first floor of the old Town Hall Building at the corner of Main and South Elm Street (now the Wallace Barnes parking lot). The building was formerly known as Crinoline Hall as it had been the center of the nation's hoop skirt-making business for several years.
Funk's advertised in the very first Bristol Press on March 9, 1871:.." FURNITURE at C. FUNCK & SON'S also UNDERTAKING ."
Funk's continued to thrive, resulting in further expansion in 1884 when the block housing the former Odd Fellows Building was erected at the corner of Main and South Elm.
Still another move came in 1889 when the Funck Block was built on Prospect Street on land acquired from the Episcopal Church Society. The four-story building was a mammoth venture for a Bristol enterprise, but it still wasn't large enough to house the funeral operation, which remained on lower Main Street for several decades.
After more than 40 years at South Elm and Main, the undertaking business moved in 1930 to Prospect Street to be housed alongside the parent firm when an addition to the building was erected. The businesses were operated alongside each other on Prospect Street until 1940, when the funeral home moved to its present site, the former George W. Mitchell house which had been built on Bellevue Avenue in 1873.
Christian Funck, Founder
Christian Funck and his family arrived in Brooklyn at a time when immigration from Germany was just beginning. It was the Irish who crowded the docks of New York in the middle of the 19thcentury. Funck arrived in Castle Garden, N.Y., and immediately enrolled his children, ranging in age from three to 13, in school. He quickly put his skill as a cabinetmaker to work and earned the respect of his community for his fine craftsmanship.
Funck was born in Neuhaus, Hanover in Germany on April 9, 1810 and served his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker there. He was married in 1831 to Johanna Stamm and their six children were all born in Germany. He came to the United States in 1846 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1852 after renouncing "all fidelity and loyalty to any sovereign, particularly the King of Hanover." "King of Hanover" was inked in on his naturalization papers after crossing out the name of the Queen of England and Ireland, which was preprinted, on naturalization papers of the era.
While working in the Ingraham shop, Funck began making furniture in his spare time and was soon ready to open his own shop. In 1865, with his son Augustus who had just been released from a Confederate prison at Florence, S.C., he incorporated C. Funck and Son and opened his first shop at Doolittle's Corner, now better known as the Maple End.
Furniture of the time was entirely handmade and Christian's skill and his son's business acumen soon made the fledgling business a success. At about the same time, the company entered into the secondary business of cabinetmakers of the era - undertaking. Coffins were made to order upon death at the time and it was a logical extension of the furniture business to make coffins. The first funeral recorded in the ledgers of the Funck Funeral Home was that of Mr. Eddy, for which the sum of $27 was paid in October, 1865.
According to legend, the Funck firm actually entered into the undertaking business when a stranger passing through town was hit by a train at Doolittle's Crossing and, for lack of a better place, the body was brought into Funck's nearby store where a coffin was made. Christian Funck enjoyed considerable success in his business and in 1867 moved to the corner of Main and South Elm Street and then a year later to the Town Hall. By 1886, the firm was ready to begin construction of a new four-story building on Prospect Street and, although Christian Funck died before it was completed, the firm which he founded in 1865, now assimilated by the Bristol Furniture Store, continues to occupy that building today.
Christian Funck died on Nov. 14, 1888 at the age of 78, but some of his work remains. Original pieces hand-made by him still exist today, among them a hat rack now standing at the entrance to the Funk Funeral Home on Bellevue Avenue.
Augustus H. Funck, President
Augustus H. Funck was born in Neuhaus, Hanover, in Germany on July 22, 1836, son of Christian and Johanna Funck. He gained his early education in Germany; coming to United States with his parents at the age of 10 in 1846 and to Bristol three years later.
He enrolled in school in this country during the winter months, working summers after his arrival in Bristol on the farm of Lockwood Tuttle in Burlington. From his father he learned the skills of carpentry and cabinet making and in 1851 took a job with the Brewster and Ingraham Clock Company until 1855.
In that year, following the young man's instinct to travel, he followed his brother William to Minnesota and worked with him as a carpenter for five years. He returned to Bristol in the fall of 1860 and continued in the carpentry trade with Edward Hall until he answered the call to arms on his 26th birthday, July 22, 1862.
Augustus H. Funck and his brother Henry enlisted in Company K, 16thConnecticut Volunteer Infantry which was organized in August of 1862. Moving quickly to the front in the Union cause, Funck distinguished himself as a good soldier. He was injured in the foot at Antietam, but recovered to join his company in battles throughout the South until the capture in North Carolina in 1864. He spent four months at Andersonville and five more in the prison at Florence, S.C. where his brother Henry died.
The horrors of Andersonville and Florence weighed heavily on him and he spent several months of rest and recuperation before entering into the furniture and undertaking business with his father in the firm incorporated in Oct. 1865 as C. Funck and Son.
Augustus H. Funck held several other positions in Bristol while he served as head of its largest furniture store. In 1871 he was appointed at a Town Meeting as keeper of the Forestville jail, a position he held for several years. He was an active member of the Masons and the G.W. Thompson Post 13, GAR and played an active role in the Trinity Episcopal Church where he served over the years in the capacity of vestryman, treasurer and senior warden.
Shortly before his death in 1911, Augustus Funck instituted a legal name change, dropping the letter "c" from the family and firm name to prevent mischievous corruption of the company name by less than savory characters who hung around the railroad depot across the street.
George J. Funk
Emil H. Funk
Louis E. Funk
Augustus G. Funk
Three of his sons George J., Emil H., and Louis E. Funk continued at the leadership of the firm through the first half of the 20thcentury until the company was joined with Bristol Furniture in 1962. The undertaking business also continued to prosper and by 1950 had become a separate business.
Emil Funk took over the business upon George's death in 1933. A third brother, Louis Funk, headed the firm after Emil's death in 1946, but he resigned in 1952. Augustus G. "Gus" Funk, secretary and treasurer for many years, then became president and treasurer. However, a major change had come about on Sept. 30, 1946 when the joint furniture-funeral operation was divided into two distinctly separate corporations, the C. Funk and Son Furniture Store Inc. and the C. Funk and Son Funeral Home Inc.
For several years after the move to Bellevue Avenue the Funk family lived upstairs and operated the funeral business downstairs.
35 Bellevue Avenue
Chapel Built - 1960
In 1960 construction of a sizeable chapel area seating 100 was started in a major expansion project. The chapel can now accommodate 100 people. Other areas of the funeral home were also remodeled. In 1963 the Funk Block and the complete inventory of the Funk Furniture Co. was purchased by Joseph I. Bassett, president of Bristol Furniture Company. Gus Funk relinquished his interest in the furniture store to devote full-time attention to the funeral home.
Funk's is just now completing another renovation project started two years ago. The chapel area and all six downstairs rooms were given an interior "facelift" in Williamsburg tones, and a new private family room was established. Nevertheless, several items of Christian Funck's craftsmanship, maintaining ties with the past, are on display today at the funeral home, including a cherry drop-leaf tavern table and an oak table, melodeon desk, black walnut chair and a costumer, or coat rack.
Funk Funeral Home
1980 - Present
In 1980, current President, Ronald F. Duhaime along with his wife Emilie, purchased Funk's and has maintained the high ethical standards and business practices that the Bristol community has come to know from Funk's. Their son Christopher J. Duhaime joined his parents in 1985 upon graduating from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA.
Between 1980 and 1984 the Duhaime’s purchased adjoining property and expanded the parking lot and in 1984 they built a large addition to the funeral home which can accommodate up to 150 people to complement the other spacious areas.
Ronald F. Duhaime
Emilie P. Duhaime
Christopher J. Duhaime
In 1990, the Duhaime’s purchased the Duhaime Funeral Home which was located at 250 West St., Bristol. The Duhaime Funeral Home was established by Ron's parents, Edgar F. and Dorothy M. Duhaime in 1950. The Duhaime business was moved to the Funk location at Bellevue Ave. and continues to operate today.
In 1996 the Duhaime family affiliated with Carriage Services of Connecticut, a small group of high-quality/first-class funeral homes. By doing so, the Duhaime’s obtained stock ownership in Carriage Services giving them access to extensive resources and support while continuing to maintain their independent operation of the business.
Since 1996 there have been remodeling and renovations to the facility along with an additional land purchase to double the size of their parking lot. With the expanded parking facility, a six passenger cart was purchased to accommodate the handicapped and elderly. "Our hallmark is our service and we must continue to provide world class service to the families that we are honored to serve" said Christopher Duhaime. In 2009 for the comfort of our families, we installed a full service generator which will accommodate our full facility in case of loss of power, and in 2010, we are upgrading our fleet with all new 2010 Cadillacs.
Our Valued Staff
Ronald F. Duhaime, President/Owner
"Ron", a Bristol native and an owner and President of Funk Funeral Home, graduated from St. Ann Grammar School, Bristol Central High School, and New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA with a degree in funeral service; upon graduation in 1964, he was employed with his parents, Edgar F. and Dorothy M. Duhaime at the Duhaime Funeral Home, Bristol. In 1980 he purchased the Funk Funeral Home from Augustus G. Funk a fourth generation funeral director; in 1990, Ron purchased the Duhaime Funeral Home and merged it with Funk’s. He is a Sub-Registrar of Vital Statistics for the City of Bristol; he served six years with the Connecticut Army National Guards as a Medical Corpsman; he is a member of National Funeral Directors Association, a member and past board member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, and the Hartford County Funeral Directors Association; he is a Corporator at the Bristol Hospital; also he is a member of the Bristol Historical Society, American Legion Seicheprey Post # 2, Life member of the Franco American War Veterans Post # 22, Life member of Le Club Franco American de Bristol, Life member of the Bristol Lodge of Elk’s # 1010, Palos Council # 35 Knights of Columbus, Honorary member of the M.B. Roddan Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and St. Ann Church.
Ron has been married to Emilie (Poitras) Duhaime since 1966 and they have two sons, Christopher, an owner and Vice President of Funk Funeral Home, and Craig, employed with United Airlines in Houston, TX, and five grandchildren, Joel Richard, Nathan Christopher, Ava Monique, Erin Elizabeth, and Rachel Elizabeth Duhaime.
Christopher J Duhaime CFSP, CPC, Vice-President/Owner
"Chris" an owner and Vice-President was born in Bristol and attended St. Ann Grammar School and St. Paul Catholic High School graduating in 1985. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New England Institute in 1987 and received his license to practice funeral directing and embalming a year later. A third generation funeral director, Chris started his career in funeral service while in high school. His duties included washing the vehicles, mowing the lawn, and other assorted "odd jobs" around the funeral home. Upon receipt of his license, he was promoted to vice-president of the firm, a position he holds today. With his experience at Funk's and in the community, he provides valuable knowledge to the families he serves. In 2005, he received the professional certifications of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) and Certified Pre-Planning Consultant (CPC). Chris is a member of the Connecticut Funeral Director's Association where he formerly served on the executive board, and a member of the National Funeral Director's Association. He is a member, past president and Ambassador of Sight of the Bristol Lions Club, a member of the Bristol Elk's Lodge #1010, Le Club Franco American de Bristol, and Saint Ann Parish in Bristol, where he is a lector, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce. A hockey fan of the New York Rangers, he is a goaltender with the Seawolves Hockey Club at the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell and enjoys golf and skiing. Chris is married to Susan (Herrick) of West Springfield, MA and they live in Bristol with their sons, Joel, a seventh grader at St. Anthony School in Bristol, Nathan, a fifth grader at St. Anthony's, and three year old daughter, Rachel Elizabeth .
Emilie P. Duhaime, Funeral Director
Emilie, born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, graduated from St. Ann Grammar School, Bristol Central High School, and Bristol Hospital School of Nursing, and is a licensed Funeral Director; she is a member of the Quota International Club of Bristol and Bristol Historical Society serving on the Board of Directors and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Bristol Visiting Nurse Association; she also is a member of St. Ann Church and the Ladies of St. Ann Society; Emilie takes pride in being responsible for the interior decorating of the funeral home.
Emilie has been married to Ron Duhaime since 1966 and they have two sons, Christopher, an owner and Vice President of Funk Funeral Home, and Craig, employed with Continental Airlines in Houston, TX, and five grandchildren, Joel Richard, Nathan Christopher, Ava Monique, Erin Elizabeth, and Rachel Elizabeth Duhaime.
Kyle A. Voisine, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Kyle, a life long Bristol resident, was born in 1982. He graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 2000. He graduated from the Funeral Institute of the Northeast, Westwood MA, with an A.S. in Mortuary Studies. Kyle is an avid hockey fan of the Boston Bruins and plays hockey at the Plainville Indoor Sports Arena. Kyle is the brother of two sisters: Sarah and his twin Kelly and his parents are Bruce Voisine and Joanne Voisine. He received his license to practice funeral directing and embalming in 2005. He is married to Bridget (Desjardins) and has a daughter, Madelyn.
Geoffrey E. Carlson, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Geoff is a native of Falls Village, CT and a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He graduated from New England Institute at Mt. Ida College with an A.S. in Funeral Service and received his license to practice Funeral Directing and Embalming on October 18, 2012. He enjoys golf and snowboarding.
Robert J. Herold, Office Manager
"Bob", was born in Oak Park, IL and is a 1973 graduate of Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL. He earned his Masters Degree from Central Connecticut State College, New Britain. He taught eighth grade mathematics for 17 years in Bristol and Avon and joined Funk Funeral Home in 1975. He has held his position of full-time office manager at Funk's since 1989. Bob and his wife, Vera, are active members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and a number of other charitable organizations. They enjoy their granddaughters, Kasey, Kelly, and Kathryn Simpson as well as traveling, and their dog.
Danny Stange, Maintenance
Danny is responsible for maintaining the funeral home's building and grounds, keeping the fleet of vehicles serviced and clean, as well as providing support with the computer network. He graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1992; he enjoys biking and golf, and is a computer and video game fanatic; he is a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. He is a graduate of Branford Hall in Southington with studies in the IT field.
Robert Briatico, Funeral Assistant since 2011
"Rob" is a lifelong Bristol resident and is retired from the Corrections Department of the State of Connecticut. He has a son and a daughter.
Vera S. Herold, Administrative Support
Bob Herold's wife, Vera, enjoys planting the seasonal flowers on the funeral home grounds as well as Funeral Attendants duties. Vera irons all the American flags that drape our caskets for military funerals.
Donald Ouellette, Ambassador since 2003
“Don” was born in Bristol where he graduated from St. Ann Grammar School and Bristol Eastern High School. He also is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with an Associates Degree and the University of New Haven with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Hotel Management. Don is a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving with the U. S. Navy. He retired from General Motors after 25 years of service. He also worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and Ideal Forging for a number of years. Don resides in Southington with his wife Maryann and they have three children.
Reginald Gorneault, Funeral Assistant since 1987
"Reggie" retired from Marlin –Rockwell Manufacturing, Plainville after 30 years and from Edmunds Gauge, Farmington in 1998; he is a member of Le Club Franco American de Bristol and St. Ann Church where he serves as an usher.
William J. Kenney, Funeral Assistant since 2010
"Bill" retired as detective after a career with the Bristol Police Department. He was also an EMT for Bristol Hospital. He lives in Bristol with his wife, Sharon.
Thomas L. Lavigne, Funeral Assistant since 2013
Tom is a retired Bristol Police Officer. and a longtime Bristol resident. A veteran, he served in the United States Army as an infantryman in Germany.
Gerard Lefevre, Funeral Assistant since 2009
"Jerry" lives in Bristol with his wife, Darlene. He is retired from the Bristol School System as assistant principal at Chippens Hill Middle School. He enjoys golf and also works part-time in the golf department at Dick's Sporting Goods in Canton. He is a member and past-president of the Bristol Lions Club.
Claude N. Martin, Funeral Assistant since 2008
Claude lives in Bristol with his wife Cecile and retired from the City of Bristol Public Works Department. He is a parisioner of St. Ann Church where he is an usher and a member of the League of Sacred Heart Society.
Clayton J. Martin, Funeral Assistant since 1993
"Clay" retired in 1993 from General Electric Company after 38 years of service as a setup man; along with his wife, Carmen, they enjoy traveling, cruising, and lots of day trips; he is very active around the house, wood chipping, gardening, and loves his morning four mile walk everyday; Clay and Carmen have six children and six grandchildren; he is a member of Le Club Franco American de Bristol and St. Ann Church where he serves as an usher.
Gene Patrick, Funeral Assistant since 2013
Peter Pelletier, Funeral Assistant since 2012
Pete lives in Bristol and works full-time as a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service.
Louis Pompei, Funeral Assistant since 2011
"Gig" and his wife, Rose, have been longtime Bristol residents where they raised their family. He has been a lifelong parishioner of St. Anthony Church in Bristol.
O'Neil Simard, Funeral Assistant since 2006
"Neil" lives in Burlington with his wife, Irene. He enjoys golf.