Staff

Staff members of Buranich Funeral Home, Inc. 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.

Sam and Ann Good

 

Samuel Jr. and Ann Buranich
President/Owners

Sam is a 1966 graduate of SUNY Delhi where he received an asociate degree in business marketing and a 1968 graduate of Parsons College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. Also a graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he is a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association as well as the New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners. Sam was previously employed by GTE Sylvania for 15 years as Supervisor of office services. His civic involvement includes the Syracuse Men’s Garden Club and Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce. He is also a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Camillus and St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. Ann has assisted in serving the families of Camillus for over 40 years. A former third-grade teacher in the Marcellus Central School District for 10 years, she was a 1968 graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany and received her master's degree in elementary education from SUNY Cortland in 1972. Active in the community, she is a member of the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce and a communicant of St. Joseph's Church where she is also a member of the Altar & Rosary Society. Ann and her husband, Sam, have two children and four grandchildren.



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Samuel Buranich III Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Certified Pre-Planning Consultant

A second-generation funeral director, Sam joined the family business as a licensed funeral director upon completion of his A.A.S degree in funeral service from SUNY Canton. He is a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church. Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, Carla, and their two children.

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Matthew Vincentini Licensed Funeral Director, Certified Preplanning Consultant, Certified Celebrant

Matthew is a graduate of Simmons Institute of Funeral Service where he received an A.O.S degree in Funeral Service Arts and Science and was the recipient of the Embalming, Business Management Disciplines and Mark B. Wightman Memorial Scholarship Awards. In 2016, Matthew graduated from SUNY Canton where he received a bachelor of technology degree in funeral service with highest honors and was the recipient of the Heritage and Spirit of Success Awards. Matthew is a current member of the Solvay Tigers A.C., the Tyrol Club of Solvay, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Solvay Fire Department. He has three children and is an active member in the Word of Life Assembly of God in Baldwinsville.

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Jason Ryder Licensed Funeral Director, Certified Preplanning Consultant, Certified Celebrant

Jason graduated with an A.A.S degree in funeral service from SUNY Canton in 1997. He began his funeral service career with the Maurer Funeral Home, serving the communites of Liverpool, Baldwinsville, and the surrounding areas.  In May of 2018, Jason again graduated from SUNY Canton where he received a bachelor of technology degree in funeral service administration.    He is a member of the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.  

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Gino Lustrinelli Licensed Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant

Gino is a West Genesee High School graduate and was a member of the National Honor Society; class of 2015. In 2017, he graduated from Hudson Valley Community College where he recieved his A.A.S degree in mortuary science and funeral service. After becoming a licensed funeral director, Gino persued further education in his profession at SUNY Canton, where he later graduated in 2021 with a Bachelors in Technology degree in funeral service administration. Gino is a member of the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and a communicant of Holy Family Church in Fairmount. Gino loves the sunshine and outdoors; often spending time with his girlfriend Toni and their olde english bulldogge, Tatum.

 

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Christina Fagan Administrative Assistant

Christina is a lifetime resident of Marcellus, is a graduate of Marcellus High School and received an AAS degree at OCC. With over 30 years of experience working in an office environment, she skillfully manages administrative duties, office procedures, assisting her colleagues with customer relations and takes pride in her attention to detail. Christina loves supporting her active teenage daughter in multiple sports (a “softball Mom” year-round), enjoys trips and gatherings with her large family, hiking with her dog and working out.

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Brandon S. Fox Student

Brandon graduated from SUNY Canton in 2021 where he received a bachelor of technology degree in funeral service administration and was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award. This award was given due to Brandon's assistance with funeral homes in the NYC area dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.  The project was called "Operation Hands With a Heart."  In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, gardening and reading. 

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Dominick "Donnie" Perretta Funeral Assistant

Donnie began assisting families in 2007. A Canastota native, he graduated from Canastota High School and graduated with an associate degree in mechanical technology from Morrisville College. He utilized his skills and talent at General Electric in field programs and then Oneida United as a toolmaker. Donnie is currently employed with the Canastota School District and also a member of the Town of Lenox Planning Board. In his spare time, he enjoys picking for antique tools with his life partner, Donna.

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Mark A. Zoanetti Funeral Assistant

Mark graduated from Solvay High School and Onondaga Community College, and has A.A.S degrees in both Fire Protection Technology and Emergency Management.  An Air Force veteran, Mark retired after 30 years with the Syracuse Fire Department.  He was able to attain the rank of deputy chief of fire and his responsibility included chief of special operation and was also responsible as City-wide commander of emergencies that occurred within the city of Syracuse. Mark is a board of director for the Tyrol Club of Solvay and life member of the Solvay Fire Department. He and his wife, Marie, have two daughters and are active parishioners of St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Solvay.

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Larry Claps Funeral Assistant

Larry is a lifetime resident of Camillus, having graduated from West Genesee High School in 1985. He is a United States Air Force veteran, having served in combat in the Persian Gulf War, Southwest Asia. During his 30-year career as a police officer in Onondaga County, Larry obtained the rank of Detective Sergeant, specializing in Major Crime and Crime Scene Investigation. He is a former commander of the Onondaga County Major Felony Unit and held the position of Vice President of the New York State Union of Police Association as well as being a lead instructor at the Central New York Police Academy. Larry is also a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Camillus and is married with three children. Larry enjoys cooking, watching time classic films and spending time with his family.

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Richard Lucio Funeral Assistant

Richard is a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, having graduated from Solvay High School in 1988. He is a United States Air Force veteran, having served during the Gulf War. Richard had a successful 20-year career as a police officer in Onondaga County, retiring from the Town of Geddes Police Department in 2021. He attends the Vineyard Church, Lakeland and is married with three children. Richard is an avid golfer, enjoys the outdoors, swimming and spending time with his family.

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Carla Buranich Hairdresser

Carla has been a licensed hairstylist since 2003 and started working at the Buranich Funeral Home in 2008. She currently works at Salon Allure. She is a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church. Carla enjoys spending her time with her husband Sam, and their two children.

Samuel Buranich III

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Certified Pre-Planning Consultant
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A second-generation funeral director, Sam joined the family business as a licensed funeral director upon completion of his A.A.S degree in funeral service from SUNY Canton. He is a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church. Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, Carla, and their two children.

Matthew Vincentini

Licensed Funeral Director, Certified Preplanning Consultant, Certified Celebrant
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Matthew is a graduate of Simmons Institute of Funeral Service where he received an A.O.S degree in Funeral Service Arts and Science and was the recipient of the Embalming, Business Management Disciplines and Mark B. Wightman Memorial Scholarship Awards. In 2016, Matthew graduated from SUNY Canton where he received a bachelor of technology degree in funeral service with highest honors and was the recipient of the Heritage and Spirit of Success Awards. Matthew is a current member of the Solvay Tigers A.C., the Tyrol Club of Solvay, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Solvay Fire Department. He has three children and is an active member in the Word of Life Assembly of God in Baldwinsville.

Jason Ryder

Licensed Funeral Director, Certified Preplanning Consultant, Certified Celebrant
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Jason graduated with an A.A.S degree in funeral service from SUNY Canton in 1997. He began his funeral service career with the Maurer Funeral Home, serving the communites of Liverpool, Baldwinsville, and the surrounding areas.  In May of 2018, Jason again graduated from SUNY Canton where he received a bachelor of technology degree in funeral service administration.    He is a member of the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.  

Gino Lustrinelli

Licensed Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant
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Gino is a West Genesee High School graduate and was a member of the National Honor Society; class of 2015. In 2017, he graduated from Hudson Valley Community College where he recieved his A.A.S degree in mortuary science and funeral service. After becoming a licensed funeral director, Gino persued further education in his profession at SUNY Canton, where he later graduated in 2021 with a Bachelors in Technology degree in funeral service administration. Gino is a member of the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and a communicant of Holy Family Church in Fairmount. Gino loves the sunshine and outdoors; often spending time with his girlfriend Toni and their olde english bulldogge, Tatum.

 

Christina Fagan

Administrative Assistant
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Christina is a lifetime resident of Marcellus, is a graduate of Marcellus High School and received an AAS degree at OCC. With over 30 years of experience working in an office environment, she skillfully manages administrative duties, office procedures, assisting her colleagues with customer relations and takes pride in her attention to detail. Christina loves supporting her active teenage daughter in multiple sports (a “softball Mom” year-round), enjoys trips and gatherings with her large family, hiking with her dog and working out.

Brandon S. Fox

Student
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Brandon graduated from SUNY Canton in 2021 where he received a bachelor of technology degree in funeral service administration and was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award. This award was given due to Brandon's assistance with funeral homes in the NYC area dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.  The project was called "Operation Hands With a Heart."  In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, gardening and reading. 

Dominick "Donnie" Perretta

Funeral Assistant
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Donnie began assisting families in 2007. A Canastota native, he graduated from Canastota High School and graduated with an associate degree in mechanical technology from Morrisville College. He utilized his skills and talent at General Electric in field programs and then Oneida United as a toolmaker. Donnie is currently employed with the Canastota School District and also a member of the Town of Lenox Planning Board. In his spare time, he enjoys picking for antique tools with his life partner, Donna.

Mark A. Zoanetti

Funeral Assistant
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Mark graduated from Solvay High School and Onondaga Community College, and has A.A.S degrees in both Fire Protection Technology and Emergency Management.  An Air Force veteran, Mark retired after 30 years with the Syracuse Fire Department.  He was able to attain the rank of deputy chief of fire and his responsibility included chief of special operation and was also responsible as City-wide commander of emergencies that occurred within the city of Syracuse. Mark is a board of director for the Tyrol Club of Solvay and life member of the Solvay Fire Department. He and his wife, Marie, have two daughters and are active parishioners of St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Solvay.

Larry Claps

Funeral Assistant
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Larry is a lifetime resident of Camillus, having graduated from West Genesee High School in 1985. He is a United States Air Force veteran, having served in combat in the Persian Gulf War, Southwest Asia. During his 30-year career as a police officer in Onondaga County, Larry obtained the rank of Detective Sergeant, specializing in Major Crime and Crime Scene Investigation. He is a former commander of the Onondaga County Major Felony Unit and held the position of Vice President of the New York State Union of Police Association as well as being a lead instructor at the Central New York Police Academy. Larry is also a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Camillus and is married with three children. Larry enjoys cooking, watching time classic films and spending time with his family.

Richard Lucio

Funeral Assistant
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Richard is a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, having graduated from Solvay High School in 1988. He is a United States Air Force veteran, having served during the Gulf War. Richard had a successful 20-year career as a police officer in Onondaga County, retiring from the Town of Geddes Police Department in 2021. He attends the Vineyard Church, Lakeland and is married with three children. Richard is an avid golfer, enjoys the outdoors, swimming and spending time with his family.

Carla Buranich

Hairdresser
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Carla has been a licensed hairstylist since 2003 and started working at the Buranich Funeral Home in 2008. She currently works at Salon Allure. She is a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church. Carla enjoys spending her time with her husband Sam, and their two children.