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Our Staff makes a difference.

Into our hands, you place the utmost trust and confidence by allowing us the privilege to serve you. Our funeral directors and support staff provide the absolute best services your family deserves. When a loved one dies, you have enough to deal with. Let us take care of everything else...that is why we are here.

At Curran Funeral Homes, we consider it an honor and privilege to provide our families with world-class service. Our purpose, as funeral service professionals, is to make certain that your loved one's funeral is a personalized celebration of life, to pledge our attention to details, and to provide an appropriate service at a reasonable price.

Contact us at curran.fh@hotmail.com.
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Arthur "Art" R. Kunkle, Jr. Owner, Funeral Director

Art is a graduate of Kiski Area High School and continued his education at Penn State University, New Kensington, Pa. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977 and has been working in the funeral profession since 1972. Art was born and raised in Vandergrift and currently resides in Washington Township with his wife Janice (Love). Their son, James, currently resides in Allegheny Township, with his wife, Krissy (Christmas) Kunkle.

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James A. Kunkle Funeral Director

James A. Kunkle, is a Kiski Valley native and he has been a licensed funeral director since 2001. James is a 1995 graduate of the Kiski School, a 1999 graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a 2000 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Before James became a funeral director he got his start in the funeral industry mowing lawns, washing cars, and working visitations for the Curran Funeral Homes.

James came back to his native home of Apollo in 2007, after working as a funeral director with Bean Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. in Reading, PA. He is a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift where he volunteers as a lector and is a member of the Church Men's Club. He is also a member of the Vandergrift Lions Club and is active contributor to Valley Points YMCA where he assists with various fund raisers. James resides in Allegheny Township with his wife Kristina L. Christmas-Kunkle and two daughters Paige and Leah.

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Norman E. Connors Funeral Director curran.fh@hotmail.com

Norman joined the funeral home in October of 2010 and is the Supervisor of the Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Leechburg. He has been a licensed funeral director since 2001, and has worked in the industry since 1999.

Norman was born and raised on the North Side of Pittsburgh. He is a 1990 graduate of North Catholic High School, 1994 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's Degree in English Writing, and 2000 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Norman is also a 2008 graduate of the Insight Institute and a Certified Celebrant, providing families who are not members of a Church or aren't religious the opportunity to celebrate their loved one's life. The Celebration Of Life Tribute Service has quickly become a popular offering in the Kiski Valley and Saltsburg areas.

Norman is a member of the Leechburg Rotary Club, and 2014 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship for community service. He is a member of Christ the King Church in Gilpin Township.

Norman enjoys travelling with his wife Marianna, and serving the communities of Kiski Valley and Saltsburg.

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Rebecca Donahue Funeral Director

Becky, an experienced funeral director for over 10 years, is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and Mount Aloysius College. Becky also holds an insurance license. Working in various communities like Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Hanover, and Western PA, she has gained deep knowledge of funeral planning and also pre-funding these critical services. She is beloved by the families she serves, and the professional respect she has gained has earned her the Jay Pittman Memorial Award from Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company.

On September 1, 2016, we are pleased to announce that Becky has joined our staff full time as a Funeral Director!  She is looking forward to continuing to assit families with pre-arrangemeents, but also serve families on an at-need basis as well.  We welcome Becky to our team!  She is excited to join the staff to help further their tradition of dedicated service to the community.

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Andrew J. Tylinski Funeral Director

Andy J. Tylinski, joined the Curran Funeral Homes staff as a resident intern in January 2010, and is the Supervisor of the Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Saltsburg. He is a 2010 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and resides in Ford City, PA.

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Martha Matarrese Administrative Assistant

A graduate of Leechburg Area High School and Edinboro State College, Martha has been associated with the Curran Funeral Homes since 1989. The daughter of the late Louis and Martha (Antoniono) Meidus, Sr., she was raised in West Leechburg, and has always been a resident of the Leechburg area. She is a member of Christ the King Parish, and has two sons, Beneditto and Antonio.

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Madeline Sulava Secretary

Madeline graduated from Leechburg Area High School and has been employed with the Curran Funeral Homes since 2002. A lifelong resident of the Leechburg area, she is the daughter of Emanuel and Connie (Maritto) Matarrese. Madeline, her husband, Frank and their two children, Maria and Eric, currently reside in West Leechburg.

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Homer Mizenko Maintenance Supervisor

Homer Mizenko has been the head of maintenance for the Curran Funeral Homes since 1996 taking care of all four locations as well as the vehicles, and funeral home grounds. Homer lives in Saltsburg with his wife of 18 years, Donna. He has five children and five grandchildren. Homer enjoys hunting, fishing, playing cards and riding his motorcycle.

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Albert Verbena Funeral Assistant

Albert joined the staff of Curran's in 2003. The son of Louis and Virginia (Toncini) Verbena, Albert and his wife, Stella live in West Leechburg. They have two children, Dayna and Michael. A graduate of Leechburg Area High School and Mansfield State College, Albert retired in June 2004 from the Freeport Area School District, where he was an instrumental music teacher for 36 years. Albert is a member of the Leechburg Area Pool Board of Directors; and is a member of Christ the King Parish, where he serves as the choir director.

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C. Armand Policicchio Funeral Assistant

Armand has been with the Curran Funeral Homes for seven years. He has lived in Vandergrift all of his life, and resides with his wife of 52 years, Teresa. Armand was a distributor for Archway Cookie Company, until he retired in 1981. He is a parishioner of St. Gertrude Church, Vandergrift, where he serves as the sexton.

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Dave Allman Funeral Assistant

Dave is a lifelong resident of the Kiski Valley.  He is a graduate of Kiski Area High School and Allegheny College.  Dave has worked for over 30 years in the financial services field.

Dave resides in Allegheny Township with his wife Janice (Adams).  They have one daughter, Alexandra.  He is a member of St. Gertrude Church in Vandergrift.

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Victor Pisone Funeral Assistant

Victor joined the Curran staff in 2005. He is a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift and the Men's Club of the church. Vic is a 1951 graduate of Washington Township High School and was an equipment Operator for Richland Greece Excavating before retiring. He resides in Vandergrift with his wife, Pauline. Vic has three children, Elaine, Linda and Stephen. Three grandsons and two granddaughters complete his family.

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Arthur "Art" R. Kunkle, Jr.

Owner, Funeral Director

Art is a graduate of Kiski Area High School and continued his education at Penn State University, New Kensington, Pa. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977 and has been working in the funeral profession since 1972. Art was born and raised in Vandergrift and currently resides in Washington Township with his wife Janice (Love). Their son, James, currently resides in Allegheny Township, with his wife, Krissy (Christmas) Kunkle.

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James A. Kunkle

Funeral Director

James A. Kunkle, is a Kiski Valley native and he has been a licensed funeral director since 2001. James is a 1995 graduate of the Kiski School, a 1999 graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a 2000 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Before James became a funeral director he got his start in the funeral industry mowing lawns, washing cars, and working visitations for the Curran Funeral Homes.

James came back to his native home of Apollo in 2007, after working as a funeral director with Bean Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. in Reading, PA. He is a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift where he volunteers as a lector and is a member of the Church Men's Club. He is also a member of the Vandergrift Lions Club and is active contributor to Valley Points YMCA where he assists with various fund raisers. James resides in Allegheny Township with his wife Kristina L. Christmas-Kunkle and two daughters Paige and Leah.

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Norman E. Connors

Funeral Director

Norman joined the funeral home in October of 2010 and is the Supervisor of the Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Leechburg. He has been a licensed funeral director since 2001, and has worked in the industry since 1999.

Norman was born and raised on the North Side of Pittsburgh. He is a 1990 graduate of North Catholic High School, 1994 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's Degree in English Writing, and 2000 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Norman is also a 2008 graduate of the Insight Institute and a Certified Celebrant, providing families who are not members of a Church or aren't religious the opportunity to celebrate their loved one's life. The Celebration Of Life Tribute Service has quickly become a popular offering in the Kiski Valley and Saltsburg areas.

Norman is a member of the Leechburg Rotary Club, and 2014 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship for community service. He is a member of Christ the King Church in Gilpin Township.

Norman enjoys travelling with his wife Marianna, and serving the communities of Kiski Valley and Saltsburg.

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Rebecca Donahue

Funeral Director

Becky, an experienced funeral director for over 10 years, is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and Mount Aloysius College. Becky also holds an insurance license. Working in various communities like Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Hanover, and Western PA, she has gained deep knowledge of funeral planning and also pre-funding these critical services. She is beloved by the families she serves, and the professional respect she has gained has earned her the Jay Pittman Memorial Award from Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company.

On September 1, 2016, we are pleased to announce that Becky has joined our staff full time as a Funeral Director!  She is looking forward to continuing to assit families with pre-arrangemeents, but also serve families on an at-need basis as well.  We welcome Becky to our team!  She is excited to join the staff to help further their tradition of dedicated service to the community.

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Andrew J. Tylinski

Funeral Director

Andy J. Tylinski, joined the Curran Funeral Homes staff as a resident intern in January 2010, and is the Supervisor of the Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Saltsburg. He is a 2010 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and resides in Ford City, PA.

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Martha Matarrese

Administrative Assistant

A graduate of Leechburg Area High School and Edinboro State College, Martha has been associated with the Curran Funeral Homes since 1989. The daughter of the late Louis and Martha (Antoniono) Meidus, Sr., she was raised in West Leechburg, and has always been a resident of the Leechburg area. She is a member of Christ the King Parish, and has two sons, Beneditto and Antonio.

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Madeline Sulava

Secretary

Madeline graduated from Leechburg Area High School and has been employed with the Curran Funeral Homes since 2002. A lifelong resident of the Leechburg area, she is the daughter of Emanuel and Connie (Maritto) Matarrese. Madeline, her husband, Frank and their two children, Maria and Eric, currently reside in West Leechburg.

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Homer Mizenko

Maintenance Supervisor

Homer Mizenko has been the head of maintenance for the Curran Funeral Homes since 1996 taking care of all four locations as well as the vehicles, and funeral home grounds. Homer lives in Saltsburg with his wife of 18 years, Donna. He has five children and five grandchildren. Homer enjoys hunting, fishing, playing cards and riding his motorcycle.

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Albert Verbena

Funeral Assistant

Albert joined the staff of Curran's in 2003. The son of Louis and Virginia (Toncini) Verbena, Albert and his wife, Stella live in West Leechburg. They have two children, Dayna and Michael. A graduate of Leechburg Area High School and Mansfield State College, Albert retired in June 2004 from the Freeport Area School District, where he was an instrumental music teacher for 36 years. Albert is a member of the Leechburg Area Pool Board of Directors; and is a member of Christ the King Parish, where he serves as the choir director.

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C. Armand Policicchio

Funeral Assistant

Armand has been with the Curran Funeral Homes for seven years. He has lived in Vandergrift all of his life, and resides with his wife of 52 years, Teresa. Armand was a distributor for Archway Cookie Company, until he retired in 1981. He is a parishioner of St. Gertrude Church, Vandergrift, where he serves as the sexton.

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Dave Allman

Funeral Assistant

Dave is a lifelong resident of the Kiski Valley.  He is a graduate of Kiski Area High School and Allegheny College.  Dave has worked for over 30 years in the financial services field.

Dave resides in Allegheny Township with his wife Janice (Adams).  They have one daughter, Alexandra.  He is a member of St. Gertrude Church in Vandergrift.

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Victor Pisone

Funeral Assistant

Victor joined the Curran staff in 2005. He is a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift and the Men's Club of the church. Vic is a 1951 graduate of Washington Township High School and was an equipment Operator for Richland Greece Excavating before retiring. He resides in Vandergrift with his wife, Pauline. Vic has three children, Elaine, Linda and Stephen. Three grandsons and two granddaughters complete his family.