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 413-733-5311 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.
President, Funeral DirectorFrank was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. From his earliest childhood memories, Frank aspired to be a funeral director and follow in the footsteps of his father, Anthony J. Forastiere (1911-1999), and his grandfather, Frank M. Forastiere (1879-1952). After earning his Bachelor’s Degree at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts and an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service from the New England Institute of Anatomy and Funeral Directing, Boston, Massachusetts in 1969, Frank formally joined the family business. At the top of Frank’s list of goals is that every family must be served at a superior level so that their funeral experience contributes to the honor and fine memory of the deceased. “We have a very small window of opportunity to serve a family and to do so flawlessly; there are no second chances.”
Funeral DirectorJoAnn began her second Career as a funeral director in 1998. She earned her degree in Mortuary Science from Briarwood College, graduating with Highest Honors, and was named to the President’s List. Previously, she earned her B.A. Degree from American International College, Springfield and her M.A. Degree in Education of the Hearing-Impaired from Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. She taught at the Maryland and the American Schools for the Deaf. In addition, before her children entered school full time, she worked as a freelance sign language interpreter.
Michael was raised in Ware, Massachusetts and attended Holyoke
Community College. It was during this time that he found an interest in the
funeral profession and worked for area funeral homes part-time. In 1975,
Michael moved to Boston and has been involved in funeral work on a
full-time basis ever since. Michael was a 1978 Honors Graduate of the
former New England Institute, Kenmore Square in Boston. He is a licensed
funeral director in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Michael worked for 20 years in Connecticut before joining the Forastiere Family in March 2004. “Coming back to the Springfield area is very meaningful to me as I spent so much of my youth in this area. Serving families has always been very rewarding. Creating a personal service which will enshrine the memory of a loved one is of the utmost importance to me.”
Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife, Marianne, and daughter, Angelina. His pastimes include spending time with his family, and exploring , photographing, and hiking all over Western Massachusetts.
Emily was born and raised in North Adams, MA and graduated from Drury High School. She then attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY, where she obtained her A.A.S. in Mortuary Science. Relocating to the Springfield area in 2008, she began working in funeral service. She currently lives in West Springfield with her husband, Christopher and their son, Christopher, Jr.
Emily enjoys music, fishing, going to the Big E, and spending time with her family.
“Being able to assist people through the process of planning a meaningful representation of their loved one’s life is the most rewarding experience for me. I am truly honored to be able to do this for the families we serve.”
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.