An Exceptional Staff
Funeral Director & Owner
Peter Russell was born in New Jersey and raised in Endwell, New York. He graduated from Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, class of 1988. In 1990, Pete graduated from SUNY Canton with his Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. From 1990 to 1995, Pete was a funeral director for funeral homes in Ogdensburg and Elmira, New York. Then in 1995, Pete began his employment at Carpenter’s Funeral Home and in 2007, he became the Licensed Manager for Carpenter’s Funeral Home. In 2014 Pete graduated once again from SUNY Canton with his Bachelor's Degree in Funeral Services Administration and he is on the Advisory Board for the curriculum. Pete is also a funeral director at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home of Addison and Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Corning.
Pete is married to Rebecca (Lewis) Russell and they have two sons, Chad and Nathan, and a daughter, Arianna. He is a member of the Corning Kiwanis Club and the Campbell American Legion. Pete is also a parishioner at All Saints Parish.
Pete feels that each day is different in the funeral home business. "You meet new people and develop relationships with them as they plan an important and meaningful event in a person’s life, a funeral. For some, it is the first time that they have been part of the planning process and they don’t know what to expect. I enjoy guiding them through the process, paying particular attention to their needs and wishes. I feel that the 'thank you' that you receive following the planning and funeral is extremely rewarding."
Funeral Director & Owner
Garrett is a native of Addison, New York. He was introduced to the funeral profession as a teen. Garrett’s original mentor was Leland Flint, a funeral director and funeral home owner in Addison, New York. Leland’s empathy for the families he served and the lifelong bonds that he built with those families is what attracted Garrett to the funeral profession.
In 2004, Garrett graduated from Addison Central School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Keuka College in 2008, and then attended Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science. Graduating in the Spring of 2009, Garrett completed his residency under the professional guidance of the Carpenter family. In November of 2010, he received his funeral director’s license. Since receiving his license, Garrett has been a funeral director for Carpenter's Funeral Home. He is also a manager of the Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in Addison, New York.
Garrett is the parent of two boys. Garrett and his family attend the First Baptist Church in Addison. In his leisure time, Garrett enjoys spending time with his children and being outdoors.
Garrett’s satisfaction in funeral service comes from the relationships that he builds with the families he serves. Garrett’s desire is to ensure that he fulfills the wishes of families while providing a specialized service that is a fitting tribute to the loved one.
Funeral Director & Owner
Kelly was born and raised in Watertown, New York. She graduated from Watertown High School in 2003. While in high school, Kelly was on the varsity swim team. Kelly attended SUNY Brockport, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She went on to the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 2008.
Kelly completed her residency at the Brew-Finch Funeral Homes in Auburn, New York. She then moved to the Southern Tier area, working as a funeral director for two different firms over a period of two and half years. Kelly joined the staff of Carpenter's Funeral Home LLC in March of 2012. Kelly is also a funeral director for Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Corning and Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in Addison.
Kelly was a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Academy sponsored by the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. The Leadership Academy discusses pressing issues facing funeral directors and business professionals alike. The program was designed to identify New York State licensed funeral directors of excellence for their potential to become leaders in local, state, and national funeral director associations.
Kelly and her husband Dan reside in Corning. They are very active in the greater Corning community. Kelly is an All Saints Parish parishioner, member and board member of the Corning Rotary Club, serving on the Membership Committee, and a director of the Board of the local Salvation Army. In her spare time, she loves going to the gym, being outside, reading, cooking and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Kelly said, “I am so proud of my profession and what I do for others. There is no feeling more rewarding than knowing you've made a family's difficult time that much easier.”
Former owner and president, David Carpenter of Painted Post and Fort Meyers, FL has a lifelong history of commitment to funeral service, and he continues to be involved with Carpenter's Funeral Home as a consultant.
David was born and raised in Corning, New York where he lived above Carpenter’s Funeral Home. He graduated from the former Corning Northside High School in 1962; attended Taylor University, North Carolina State University, and Simmons School of Mortuary Science.
He began his career at Carpenter’s Funeral Home in 1968 as a third generation funeral director. In 1990 he returned to Corning and with his brother purchased Phillips Funeral Home. In 2007, he and his brother purchased Carpenter's Funeral Home, and in 2010, they purchased Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in Addison. David is a member of the Corning Rotary Club, is a past president of Corning Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He and his wife Brenda are active members of Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post, NY and McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Meyers, FL where they enjoy their winters.
Funeral Service has been a lifelong passion for David. “Watching my grandfather, my father and some wonderful funeral directors throughout the country selflessly serve bereaved families inspired me to return to Corning to develop a business built on those same foundational principles.”