Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn The Legacy

We are the largest funeral home servicing families in Montgomery and Fulton Counties for the past one hundred and forty-five years. Our large and spacious facilities offer families the finest in funeral care before, during and long after the service has concluded. Our caring funeral professionals are there twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to assist families with the excellence in funeral service that has become our reputation. We pledge to serve each family as if they were our own and strive to achieve complete family satisfaction.

Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home

Issac Shuler, a cabinet maker, began his funeral career in 1860. It was taken over by W. Max Reid, a famous local historian. Upon his death in 1913, Raymond Johnson and Ed Lindsay purchased the business. It became known as the Funeral House of Johnson-Lindsay. David Bellinger purchased the business in 1978. 

Vincent Rossi purchased the former Sargalis Funeral Chapel in 1979. He merged with Johnson-Lindsay in 1984. It became known as Rossi Funeral Home. Both businesses combined with the Betz Funeral Home in 1998.

The Betz Funeral Home, Inc. had served Amsterdam and the surrounding area for the past 58 years. John G. Betz worked in his youth at Johnson-Lindsay Funeral Home and formed his own business on Mohawk Place in 1939. His sons, Jack and David Betz, joined the business in the 1970's. Situated at its present location of 171 Guy Park Avenue since 1947, the funeral home had been an integral part and contributor to the community in both civic and public affairs.

In 1995, the Betz Funeral Home, Inc. in Amsterdam underwent extensive renovation, providing a quality facility to its families.

Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home

 In service to its neighbors for over 100 years, Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home is proud of its community heritage. Willard B. Walrath founded W.B. Walrath & Company in 1911. Over sixty years ago, Walrath & Bushouer Inc. was formed by a partnership between Willard B. Walrath and Harry J. Bushouer. The addition of Willard’s son, Douglas Walrath, came some years later. Richard Reed became owner of the funeral home in 1968 following the untimely deaths of the partners. John Stewart began his career with the business in 1978. Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home continues to provide dignified personal service to its community with the traditional values passed down through generations of service.

Jackson & Betz Funeral Home

In the 1970's, Allen Jackson, along with his father, opened the Jackson Funeral Home in Fonda. Later, Allen Jackson purchased the Todd Funeral Home in Fultonville. He closed the funeral home in Fonda and renamed the Fultonville location "Jackson & Todd Funeral Home". Allen Jackson stayed on as the manager until his unexpected death in 1991.

In 1987, the Betz Family purchased the funeral home in Fultonville and it is now known as Jackson & Betz Funeral Home.

Lenz & Betz Funeral Home

Lenz & Betz Funeral Home has been serving the residents of western Montgomery County for the past 80 years. Originally located on West Grand Street, in the Village of Palatine Bridge, the home named, Lenz Funeral Home, was started by Donald Lenz, Sr. in 1929. In 1937, the business was relocated to 69 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, to accommodate the growing Lenz family. The building was purchased from William B. Smith of Arkell & Smith Sack Company. 

In 1976, Donald Lenz, Sr. passed away and ownership was passed to his son, Donald Lenz, Jr., who was working by his side at the time. The business continued to flourish until Donald Lenz, Jr. passed away unexpectedly in 1989. The business was then acquired by the Betz Funeral Home of Amsterdam and renamed Lenz & Betz Funeral Home in 1990.

Recognized as a vital part of the history of the Mohawk Valley, the facility at 69 Otsego Street, Canajoharie was completely renovated beginning in the summer of 2006. Originally constructed in the 19th century, the building was restored to its original beauty preserving its historical presence in the Village of Canajoharie. Completed in June of 2008, the facility now has a large spacious chapel with seating for 125 and is completely handicap accessible.

Today, Lenz & Betz Funeral Home continues its tradition of excellence in funeral and cremation services to the residents of Western Montgomery County. We continue to offer superior services at affordable prices.

Kobuskie – Konik Funeral Home

Robert and Charlotte (Betty) Kobuskie began the Kobuskie Funeral Home in 1956, located at 147 Bleecker Street. John C. Konik purchased the business in 1986 and added his name, continuing as Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home.

In 2004, the business was relocated to its present location, 51 Fremont Street, within the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home building.

Jeffords & Stewart Funeral Home

Jeffords & Stewart Funeral Home has served Broadalbin and the surrounding area for over 60 years. Horace Jeffords established the business in the early 1940’s, and continued to serve the community until 1975 when the business was sold to Richard Reed. John Stewart began his employment at the funeral home, then called Jeffords Chapel, in 1978. 

Small-town community values are an important part of the service that Jeffords & Stewart Funeral Home continues to provide to its neighbors.

Who We Are

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

John J. Stewart

John J. Stewart

L.F.D./ General Manager
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Peter J.  Rose

Peter J. Rose

L.F.D./ Assistant General Manager
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John (Jack) M.  Betz

John (Jack) M. Betz

Lic. Funeral Director
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Vincent J.  Rossi

Vincent J. Rossi

Lic. Funeral Director
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Albert L. Bayless Jr.

Albert L. Bayless Jr.

Lic. Funeral Director
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Martin J. Hughes

Martin J. Hughes

Lic. Funeral Director
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Frank A. Cagnina Jr., CPC

Frank A. Cagnina Jr., CPC

Lic. Funeral Director
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Jessica M. Leach

Jessica M. Leach

Lic. Funeral Director
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Stacy Vertucci

Stacy Vertucci

Lic. Funeral Director
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Ninja Sagarese

Ninja Sagarese

Lic. Funeral Director
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Richard L. Boice

Richard L. Boice

Lic. Funeral Director
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Daniel Enea

Daniel Enea

Lic. Funeral Director
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Vicki L. Betz

Vicki L. Betz

Office Manager
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Rebecca  Chrisman

Rebecca Chrisman

Administrative Assistant
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Sandy Gass- Tripp

Sandy Gass- Tripp

Administrative Assistant
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