Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey.  We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.


Sean Relihan, Funeral ​Director

Prospect Memorial Funeral Home is pleased to welcome Sean Relihan as our funeral director.

Sean brings 10 years of experience in the funeral profession. He is a Phi Theta Kappa graduate of Briarwood College with a degree in Mortuary Science and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
Sean resides in Waterbury and has two adult sons Kyle and Kegan. He is a communicant of Saint Dominic Church and has been active in the Catholic community serving in different areas such as: helping with the youth group, lector and Eucharistic minister. He has been a participant in the St Thomas Passion Play for over 20 years and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time, Sean likes to go camping and ride his motorcycle.
This is a second career for Sean. He holds a degree as a manufacturing engineer but left to pursue his passion in serving bereaved families and honoring the life of their loved one.
We look forward to continuing to serve the families of Prospect and surrounding towns with compassionate, individualized, professional funeral service.

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James R. Sanders, Funeral Director

Prospect Memorial Funeral Home is pleased to have James R. Sanders as one of our Funeral Directors and Embalmers. He has been associated with our Funeral Home since 2014.

 Mr. Sanders has been serving the Waterbury, Danbury, Hartford and New Haven communities as a Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 40 years.

He is married to Annie E. (Greene) Sanders for over 44 years.  They have two sons; Jamie M. Sanders, and Michael R. Sanders and granddaughter Maliyah R. (Cupcake) Sanders.   Mr. Sanders is a member of the Grace Baptist Church in which he is a 4th generation. He is a member of the Senior Choir, Male Chorus and candidate for Deaconship. Being an active member of the Church he has also served as President of The Caring and Sharing and the Men’s group and a former Trustee of the Church.

Mr. Sanders is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School where he was the first African American Class President, Class of 1970.  He is also a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, Ohio, Class of 1972.  Mr. Sanders worked as an Apprentice in the State of South Carolina at the S.C. Franks Funeral Home.  He is one of the original organizers of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island National Mortician Funeral Director and Embalmers Association, serving as its first Vice President and also a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. He served as the first appointed Republican African American Alderman for the City of Waterbury.  Mr. Sanders headed the successful campaign to name the new Waterbury elementary school after his Late Pastor Jonathan E. Reed.  This Elementary School was the First School in the City of Waterbury to bear the name of an African American.  The Jonathan E. Reed Elementary School was dedicated on September 30th, 2012.  He was the Minority Advisor to former Congressman Gary Franks, R-5th District State of Connecticut, 3 Terms.  He operated the Keyes Funeral Home of New Haven and the Keyes and Sanders Funeral Home of Waterbury for over 13 years. He Owned and Operated the Sanders Mortuary of Waterbury for many years.   Mr. Sanders is a former Waterbury Fire Commissioner in which he served for 6 years. He also serves as Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public for the State of Connecticut. 

As a professional Funeral Director and Embalmer Mr. Sanders believes in serving all clients to the best of his ability to provide a Memorable and Positive Memory of the loss of their Loved One. 




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Joseph A. Corona, President 

Graduate of Naugatuck High School. Alumnus of Thiel College, Greenville, PA. Graduate of New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA. Connecticut licensed funeral director and embalmer having proudly served the families of Prospect and surrounding communities for thirty years.

Member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Naugatuck Lodge of Elks #967.

                                  Married for 31 years to wife Sherri. Father of two sons.

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Carl G. Norman,Vice President / General Manager

Graduate of Michigan City High School. Prospect resident for 11 years. Retired from SNET after 28 years, and VITAS after 5 years as a hospice CNA.



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Kimberly Raven Palmerie, Vice President/Program & Aftercare

Graduate of Salve Regina University with BSN degree, RN currently employed at Waterbury Hospital. Has over 25 years in nursing, 15 of which in Hospice care. Born and raised in Prospect. Vice President of M&C Vending.


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Mike Palmerie Jr, Treasurer

Graduate of Holy Cross High School. Prospect resident for over 25 years, active with town boards. President of M&C Vending.


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Sherri A. Corona, Secretary

Graduate of Naugatuck High School. Received a BA degree in fine arts & visual communications from Thiel College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Has over thirty years experience in desktop publishing and graphic design.


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Rev. Dr. Phyllis A. Norman, Program & Aftercare

Graduate of Andover Newton Theological School with a Master of Divinity degree, and Hartford Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Senior Minister of the Union Congregational Church.


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Rev. Kimberly Wadhams, Director of Bereavement Services

He has provided bereavement care for grieving families in the greater Waterbury area for over a decade through his work as a local pastor and hospice chaplain.


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Susan Borg, Office Administrator



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Tina Soderberg, Office Secretary



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Bill Lund, Lead Attendant



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Keith Griffin, ​Attendant



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John Cochran, Attendant



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Jerry Burr, Attendant

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Rick Normand, Attendant



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Paul Berube, Attendant


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John Famiglietti, Attendant



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Collin Jones, Attendant



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Austin Burr, Attendant

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Michael Palmeire, III, ​Attendant



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Alex Famiglietti, Attendant



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Justine Roy, ​Attendant