Staff Biographies


Gerald Newman  Licensed  Manager: 

Jerry is a 1962 graduate of Dunkirk High School and a 1963 graduate of Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science of Syracuse, New York.. In 1989 he graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a BS degree in Business Administration.  Jerry was employed by the former Larson Memorial Chapel Inc. of Fredonia, New York as an Assistant Licenced Manager from 1965 to 1979. He has also been associated with his brother Dan, owner and operator of the Newman Funeral Home, Inc. of Dunkirk, New York and The Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, New York on a part time basis for many years. He resides with his wife Barb and they are the proud parents of one daughter Kim.

Suzanne Merle  Business Manager: 

Sue is a graduate of St. Agnes High School of Rochester, New York.  She attended Rochester Institude of Technology for one and a half years before marrying her husband Ken and moving to Brocton, New York and raising their family. While assisting her husband in the Funeral Home business ,  she continued her education and received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and minor in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, New York.  Then in 1995 she also received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Jamestown Community College becoming a  Licenced Regisered Nurse.  She then was employed for many years in the Dunkirk City School District as their High School Nurse while continuing to assist at the Funeral Home.

William Paddock    Funeral Assistant:   

Bill was a graduate from Mayville Central School in 1948 and served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  Bill  worked at the Mayville Malted Milk Company of Mayville, New York and upon retirement from there worked for many years for the former Greens Flower Shop of Westfield, New York.  During that time he began assisting at the Morse Funeral Home and has worked at the Funeral Home for the past 25 years. Bill grew up and resides in Mayville, New York with his wife Evelyn and they are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter.

Fran Lus    Funeral Assistant:   

Fran was a graduate of Brocton Central School and served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  For many years Fran worked as The Brocton Village Clerk and Treasurer. He was also for many years the Chautauqua County  Legislator representing the Village of Brocton over at the Legislature in Mayville, New York.   He has been  associated with the Morse Funeral Home for the past 15 years.

Gary Planty    Funeral Assistant:     

Gary grew up in Brocton, New York and was a graduate of Brocton Central School. Upon graduating he went to work at the Fredonia Seed Co. in Fredonia, New York. Gary then joined the United Stated Marine Corps and served his country from 1971 to 1973. After his term of service , Gary returned to the Fredonia Seed Co. where he worked until 1988 after which he joined the staff at Purina of Dunkirk, New York working their until his retirement. While at Purina he and his family moved to Zainesville Ohio to the Purina Plant there for 10 years. Sense his retirement he has joined our staff at the Funeral Home. He resides in Brocton with his wife Julie and they are the parents of two daughters Tara and Stacey.

Dan Newman   Owner and Operator of The Newman Funeral Home of Dunkirk, New York: 

Dan assists the Morse Funeral Home when the need arises and has been associated with the Funeral Home with his Professional assistance for many many years.