Who We Are : Our Staff

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Staff members of M. John Scanlan Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Our Team

Charles J. Scanlan

Manager - NJ Lic. #3044

Charlie is a third-generation owner & manager of the funeral home. A graduate of St. Leo’s College in Florida, he attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City, graduating & starting his career in 1971. He is a member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Pequannock Valley Rotary Club, and is a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association.

Kiera Scanlan-Wespestad

Director - NJ Lic. #4709

Kiera is Charlie’s daughter and the fourth generation of Scanlan funeral professionals. A 2003 graduate of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, she earned her degree in Mortuary Science after graduating from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 2006. She is a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. An avid runner and skier, Kiera and her husband Thor welcomed their son, Espen Joseph, in 2010 and their daughter, Anja Lynn, in 2013. 

Christopher J. DePuyt

Director - NJ Lic. #4728

A graduate of Towson University in Maryland, Chris joined the staff in 2005, first working as an apprentice before earning his degree & license in Mortuary Science in 2006 after attending the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. Chris is a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. He lives with his wife, Kristen, and their two children in Jefferson.

Amanda Gates

Director-NJ Lic. #4895

Amanda earned her Masters in Physical Therapy from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania 2008. Amanda recently graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City.

Meghan Owens

Director - NJ Lic. #4926

After earning her BS in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven, Meghan graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in August 2010.

Mary Ellen Scanlan

Vice President/Bookkeeper

Helping to manage the day to day activities at the funeral home, Mary’s role is primarily as an office manager & bookkeeper at the firm. She holds a degree in financial accounting from Elizabeth Seton College in New York. In addition to her role at the funeral home, Mary is the primary caretaker of the funeral home's beloved therapy dog, Emma. 

This person is unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.

Bill Montano

Assistant to the Directors

Formerly the Chief of the Pequannock Police Department, Bill has been part of our staff since his retirement in 2004. He holds degrees from William Paterson University and Seton Hall University. Bill is a Vietnam Veteran having served as a Combat Engineer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He lives in West Milford wth his wife, Barbara, who are proud parents of two children and five grandchildren. Bill also volunteers much of his time with the Friends & Family for Freedom Fund,, which raised funds to help injured soldiers & their families. For more information on the charity, visit http://injuredmarinesfund.org/

This person is unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.

Barbara Scanlan

Corporate Secretary

Barbara, Charlie’s sister, is a retired Teacher and Librarian from the Pequannock Township School System. She assists the staff by answering the phone and greeting people in the office during our off hours, but many would be most familiar with the site of her working in the gardens of the funeral home.

This person is unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.

Emma the dog

Emma the dog

Therapy Dog

My specialty is making everyone feel loved and at home. I always look forward to seeing all of our families and visitors, especially if they have treats! I spend most of my day lounging and keeping everyone happy. I love children and anyone else who will give me belly scratches. I would describe myself as the friendliest dog ever and I can't wait to meet you! Don't worry if you have allergies, my staff will make sure I keep my distance. This dog is not licensed and cannot embalm, direct funerals or make arrangements.