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, Waterbury and surrounding towns with compassionate, individualized, professional funeral service.


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, Waterbury 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, Waterbury, CT  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. 


Kimberly Raven Palmerie,  Funeral Director

President/ Co-Owner

Kim is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a  Cum Laude graduate of Lincoln College of New England having earned an Associate degree in Mortuary Science and has certification as a Crematory Operator.  She has passed her National Boards and completed all qualifications for her Funeral Director, Embalmer Apprenticeship and is now  a fully licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Kim is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury, CT  and has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University and is now retired from working as an RN at Waterbury Hospital on the Obstetrical Unit. She has over thirty years of experience caring for patients from in utero to Hospice. 

Kim is a lifelong resident of Prospect and looks forward to serving the families of Prospect and surrounding towns in her new profession of funeral directing.  Her goal is to  bring  compassion, knowledge and sincerity to those individuals who are mourning the death of a loved one by guiding the bereaved along the difficult journey.  Both her professions combined culminate in a career of care of the human along life's journey from beginning to end.

Kim is a member of Prospect Congregational Church, a member of the PCC choir since childhood and a past deacon.  She is Vice President of M & C Vending and Vice President of Prospect Memorial Funeral Home.


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.


Mike Palmerie Jr, Treasurer


Mike is Treasurer and Co-Owner of Prospect Memorial Funeral Home LLC.  He graduated from Holy Cross High School and attended Mattatuck Community College, Waterbury, CT majoring in business.  Mike grew up in the close-knit Town Plot section of Waterbury and continues to be part of the community. 

Mike lives in Prospect with his wife, Kim, of thirty five years, and their four children.  He is Chairman of the Prospect Board of Recreation and Parks and is active in town functions.  Mike is also a member of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce and other administrative boards for  Waterbury area businesses 

Mike is Owner and President of M & C Vending of Waterbury, CT.


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. Currently retired from active ministry at Union Congregational Church.


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.


Susan Borg, Office Administrator


Tina Soderberg, Office Secretary


Bill Lund, Lead Attendant


Keith Griffin, ​Attendant


Joe Paternoster, Attendant


John Cochran, Attendant


Jerry Burr, Attendant



Rick Normand, Attendant


Paul Berube, Attendant


John Famiglietti, Attendant


Collin Jones, Attendant


Michael Palmerie III, ​Attendant