Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Tylunas Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Chris is a lifelong resident of the Valley. He began his career in Funeral Service in South Deerfield. In 1988 he received his degree in Mortuary Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. In 2017, Chris was invited to partner and manage both Ratell & Tylunas Funeral Homes to provide experienced and dignified services to their families. Chris is looking forward to continuing the tradition of providing unparalleled service and dignity with these two Funeral Homes, who have a combined history of over 200 years serving families in Chicopee, Springfield, Indian Orchard, Ludlow and the surrounding areas.
Chris has served as a former Disaster Mortuary team member, member of the Lions club, Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, Three County Fair Association. Chris looks forward to a new era with both Homes, establishing relationships with families and continuing the quality care of the families he's serve in the past.
Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Caitlyn has lived in western Massachusetts her entire life. After graduating from Chicopee Comprehensive High in 2018, she proceeded to play soccer and study Communications and Marketing at Holyoke Community College, earning her Associate’s degree in 2021. Shortly after, she joined the Tylunas/Ratell team in July as the administrative coordinator. Caitlyn is currently attending Goodwin University in East Hartford, CT to earn her degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Services.
Caitlyn volunteers with many organizations including the Miracle League of Western MA, and Griffin’s Friends. She is a swim instructor at Wilderness Experiences Unlimited in Southwick and is also a member of the John Boyle O’Reilly Club where she Irish step dances and competes at the Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance, as a NAIDC National Qualifier.