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Kenneth J. Maher

Owner, Licensed Manager

Ken was born and raised in The Bronx, N.Y. Ken attended St. Raymond's Grammar & High Schools. During that time he also served his Church and participated in community and school sports. Graduating, he continued on to Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.  Through four years, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and English. He also earned minor Degrees in Theology and NYS Secondary Education. These degrees were conferred in June 1972. Ken married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth M. Levin in August, 1972.

Beginning in his High School years, Ken worked part-time as a receptionist at a local funeral home. Throughout this experience, he witnessed how people were hurting, in pain and didn't know what to do or what steps to take. He saw how people turned to a funeral director for help. This extensive exposure was to affect Ken in his personal and professional life. After a short time, of pitching for the New York Yankee Organization. Ken put his original dreams (Pitching for the Yankees and being a High School teacher) aside, he entered the internationally- renowned school, American Academy Mc Allister Institute of Funeral Service, Manhattan, N.Y. ,from which he graduated in March of 1973. He served his internship and residency at Garlick Funeral Homes, Brooklyn. Upon completion in 1974 he became a New York State Licensed Funeral Director. In January 1976, Ken was hired as the Assistant Manager of the Garden City chapel of Fairchild Sons Funeral Homes. At the same time, Ken and his wife were blessed with their first child, Aelysche.

They heard about a little town in Suffolk County called St. James, where there was a funeral home for sale. They followed their dreams; took a leap of faith and off to St. James they went.  And here they are almost 30 years later…

During their 29 years, in addition to creating a successful business, Ken has served his Church and his community as a Deacon for Sts. Philip & James R. C. Church, St. James. Ken has sponsored and coached Little League, is a member of the Knights of Columbus, has assisted in beginning bereavement programs in many local churches, guest lecturer at Smithtown High Schools, has been a guest lecturer at Dowling College for the Hospice Workers and Nurses; served as a president and chairman of the Board of the St. James Chamber of Commerce; Secretary of the Lions Club; a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association; he has served on the board of directors for St. James Senior Day Care Center and was president of the Board at the creation of Suffolk County's First Alzheimer Respite Program. His participation in these programs continues today.

Presently Ken is serving as the chaplain for the Suffolk County Sheriffs Department.

Elizabeth M. Levin Maher

"Betty” was born in Cork, Ireland came to United States of America and to be raised in The Bronx and Northport, Long Island. She graduated with honors from Northport High School. Betty earned her Bachelors & Masters Degrees from Adelphi University, Garden City. Betty taught Elementary School for two years in The South Bronx and went on to additional years to teach Science in Junior and Senior High Schools in Valley Stream. Betty became a full time Mom upon the birth of their children; Aelysche , Kerry and Kenny, Jr. In addition to being the “Back Bones Of the Business”, Betty donates her free time to her Church as a Religious Education Zone Director and Past President of the Catholic Daughters Of America . Betty also finds time to teach calligraphy in the Smithtown Adult Education. 

Kerry J. Maher

Licensed Director

Kerry was born in Smithtown and raised in St. James. Kerry is a product of the Smithtown Central School District where she graduated following a shining academic and athletic experience.  Kerry attended Nassau Community College where she served as president of her Mortuary Science class. Kerry also represented that group in a meeting with Senator Hillary Clinton. Upon graduation she earned an A. B. S.  degree in Mortuary Science.  After passing her National Funeral Directors’ Boards, Kerry went on to complete her New York State residency at the family’s funeral home.  Due to her expertise in Field Hockey, Smithtown High School did employed Kerry as their Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach from 2001-2006. During her coaching, the team has gone on to the post-season league play and the state semi finals. Under the field hockey umbrella she did coach Indoor Field Hockey, Booster Club Camp, and assists with the Field Hockey Festival Team from Long Island, N.Y .

In 2006 Kerry started her own business “Nassau Suffolk Field Hockey” playing tournaments in Disney, California. Kerry also dedicates her time as a religious education teacher for Sts. Philip and James R. C. Church and is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Kerry is also a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association where she serves as a part of the Suffolk County Representative Board Member and Hospitality Committee. Following the 9-11 Attacks, Kerry volunteered and was chosen to represent Suffolk County at Fort Totten to assist with the Twin Towers Memorial Urns Program. Kerry also stays active in her community through membership in St. James Chamber of Commerce, presently serving as a Board Member for the chamber. For the past eight years Kerry has been the Director & Chairperson for the St. James St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. James.  Kerry has served as a Committee Chairperson for the Splashes of Hope Foundation. She volunteered with Splashes of Hope with face painting at the Care Center @ University of Stony Brook & Med Ctr.

Kerry and Richard had their first child, their angel, their daughter, Avery Elizabeth on April 25, 2011 at 10:10pm weighing in @ 6lbs 15oz 20inches long at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Smithtown.

Then 2 years later...Kerry and her husband Richard are ecstatic to announce the birth of their second child, their son , Ryder Al Weisse.  Ryder made his debut on Oct 1,2013 at 10:18am weighing in 8lbs9oz 20 1/2inches long at Stony Brook University!!  Then 2 years later came Kennedy Richele Weisse our 3rd child arrived on May 7, 2015 at 9:20am weighing in 7lbs 15oz 20long at Stony Brook University. We will be expecting our 4th child this September 1, 2016

Aelysche M. Maher

All to soon on October 4, 2007 Aelysche suddenly left this earth. Her spirit still remains with her parents, sister, brother, grandparents and close family friends. Her memory will remain in our thoughts, prayers and in our hearts forever! She has put a hand print in our hearts! “We carry her heart...We carry it in our hearts!”

She was born in Rockville Centre and raised in St. James. Upon graduation of Smithtown Central School District, Aelysche attended Nassau Community College where she earned an A. B. S.  in Mortuary Science Degree. Passing her National Funeral Directors’ Boards, she served her residency at the family funeral home, St. James Funeral Home.  She continued her education at Dowling College and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  Aelysche was is now in her 10th year of teaching at the Farmingdale Public School District and she earned her Masters Degree in Literacy from Hofstra University Cum Laude.  Aelysche was a part of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association where she served as a part of the Hospitality Committee.  She devoted her time to her teaching career, Aelysche was a integral part of the family business. She will always be missed and she’s forever in our hearts!  “ We carry her heart, we carry it in our hearts!”

Brian Elster

Licensed Director

Brian was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of South Shore High School. He obtained his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from The American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1997. He started his residency with Dahill Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY where he was asked to stay on as a Licensed Funeral Director. Brian continued his career, eventually managing the day to day operations for 14 years. Upon moving to Long Island, Brian obtained the position of Location Manager at the Bryant Funeral Home in E. Setauket, NY for the last 5 years. In 2016, Brian had the honor of joining The Maher Family and Staff at the St. James Funeral Home where he continues to proudly serve families at their time of need.

Brian is a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association (NSFDA), the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), and the New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA). Brian is a 3rd Degree Knight of the Infant Jesus RC Knights of Columbus Council #1992. Brian is also a board member of the Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery in Port Jefferson, NY.

He currently resides in St. James, NY with his 2 daughters Alyssa and Brianna along with their 2 dogs Kahlua and Lila.

Danielle Marino

Licensed Director

Danielle was born in Port Jefferson, NY. She grew up in Mastic Beach, NY and graduated from Long Wood High School. Danielle obtained her Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from Nassau Community College in 2016. Danielle completed her residency with the Maher Family & Staff at the St. James Funeral Home. Danielle was then asked to stay on as a Licensed Funeral Director. We are proud to welcome her as our newly Licensed Director and a valuable asset to our business. Danielle currently resides in St. James, NY

Martin M. Herman

Licensed Director

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