The Sharing of Experience

Read testimonials from people who have planned and experienced services here.

Oftentimes the best way to get a sense of how you’ll feel is to hear directly from families that have held services for loved ones at Connell Funeral Home. We invite you to read and explore a range of testimonials and get the best sense possible of what your experience can be. Please ask us any questions, any time. We want nothing more than to help you through a difficult time with ease, peace and healing.

“The staff at Connell is the best! We felt very well cared for and important the entire time during these most difficult times while putting our Mother to rest. John E does a terrific job carrying on the family business!! Thank you all for everything . Mary Ann & Family”

Mary Ann ( Horvath ) Baunach January 29, 2022

“So Sorry for your loss . Thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

tony dimarco September 14, 2021

“What a fenomenal team this is. Starting with Jamie Connell that treated me with a superb care as I was going through such a difficult time dealing with the pass of my Dear friend, William Perez. Then moving to Elizabeth that received us with such a excellent understanding of our feeling at that moment. And then extending to the entire staff. Everyone was so gentile and helpful with all of us. Finally, Bill looked so serene and we felt he was asleep. This last image of him is not shocking one at all, because you guys did such a tremendous job. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all”

Marcos Oliveira March 23, 2021

“I have known Carmen since Wegmans of Bethlehem opened. We had many conversations and laughs together. I will definitely miss him, even though we haven't seen each other in a few years. He will always be in my heart. He was a very dear man. RIP Carmen. Jean Eisenhart”

Jean Eisenhart August 30, 2020

“god bless the family for there loss love uncle john”

john goodwin May 10, 2020

“Dolores, may his soul rest in peace.I have bob in my prayers.”

Dr michael chaffier February 15, 2020

“Dear Jamie, I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you and the staff at Connell Funeral Home did in arranging the viewing and the funeral and graveside services for my mother-in-law, Shirley De Vries. Everyone was also very pleased with the preparation and presentation of her body. As my father-in-law, Ekke, said afterwards, "Jim, it looks like we made the right decision." Throughout the process you and your staff were very helpful, caring, and genuinely concerned with the needs and desires of the family. I especially appreciated the behind the scenes work you did in contacting people such as Prudential. This helped make the difficult time much easier to bear. At the church funeral, I was very impressed and touched with the words you spoke prior to the candle lighting ceremony, and in how you delivered them. As an indication of how satisfied we were with your services, my wife and I agreed that when we die, one decision that won't have to be made is which funeral home to use. Again, thank you for all that you did!”

Jim Rowland September 23, 2013

“Dear Jamie, Thank you so much for the assistance you and the Connell Funeral Home Staff provided with our Dad's arrangements. The kindness and compassion you showed us means a great deal and will not be forgotten. Thank you again!”

The Zavar Family December 06, 2013

“Owen & the Staff at Connell Funeral Home, Thank you so very much for all that you did for us in arranging Rich's dad's funeral. I knew we were in good hands the moment we walked into the funeral home. You took time to get to know Dad, listening to our stories and offering gentle suggestions. You were compassionate, completely professional, and offered sincere sympathy. You will always hold a special spot in our hearts and prayers. Thank you again to all of you!”

Jane & Rich Rohrbach June 22, 2013

“Dear Connell Family and employees, I'm certain I speak for my brothers Phil & Jon, and for Marge, too, in expressing our sincere gratitude for all the heartfelt and seamless arrangements for Charles Hrichak. Your kindness, experience, sensitivity and guidance during such sorrow and a great loss to many was very deeply appreciated. I have received many compliments on the DVD link I sent to other family and friends. Thank you so much again for your professionalism and kindness in honor of my father.”

Maryann Hrichak May 12, 2013

“Dear Jamie, I just want to thank you for all you did for our family. You and your staff were wonderful. You were so easy to talk with, helping us with all the arrangements - you made things easy for us at such a difficult time. My mother looked great - 70! instead of 88 and in such poor health. It made me especially happy that we had an open casket. To see her look so strong - as she had been over the last 12 years! And, I appreciate you allowing me to help you before she left her home. I'd been there helping her, and it made me feel good to be able to help her till she left the home she loved. Thank you!”

Diane Orner May 18, 2013

“I lost my beloved mother who was also my best friend. Without the wonderful people at CONNELL, I would never have been able to arrange for her services and burial. There aren't any words strong enough or meaningful enough to thank Owen, Nancy, Susan, John and each of the others - I can't name everyone- at Connell for their assistance, support and help during the absolute worst time in my and my family's lives. THANK YOU.”

Cindy Nickles July 22, 2013

“To the wonderful staff at Connell Funeral Home, Many thanks for a job well done. Your professionalism and courtesy is top-notch. Everything was beautiful!”

Mr. & Mrs. Brett Blizniak May 08, 2012

“To the Connell Family, Thank you for the memorial tribute of a tree seedling to be planted in memory of my brother Donald DeBellis. Our family extends their appreciation of your kindness and thoughtfulness you so generously showed.”

Deacon Charlie DeBellis & Family July 05, 2012

“Owen, I just wanted to thank you for all you did for my mother's funeral. Everything was beautiful and I know she is at peace. Your family is kept in our prayers also for all your good work and deeds. Thank you again!”

Deb Bakos & Family February 18, 2012

“The family of Nick Walchonski would like to extend our most sincere thanks for the sympathy and kindness shown to us during our recent loss - a special thank you to the staff of Connell Funeral Home! May the Lord Bless and Keep you in His care because of the comfort and kindness you gave to our family!”

Wife, Children & Grandchildren January 27, 2012

“We just wanted to thank you so much for taking such good care of my father and the arrangement of his final services. Everything was coordinated perfectly and you were so thorough and thoughtful to include all of our requests during those two emotional days. I now understand why my father insisted on using Connell for his final arrangements.”

Andrea Janicki and Bob and Tim Carpency November 21, 2011

“Thank you so much for everything you did to make my mother's funeral and viewing beautiful. We have had many compliments on how classy and personal her services were. We truly appreciate everything you did. We loved the Corvette caravan to the grave site - what a great idea! You are very good at what you do. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

The Gredlics Family September 06, 2005

“I would like to thank you for making a difficult time go easier on our family. Your services were wonderful. Your compassion was much appreciated. We would definitely refer your funeral home to others. Again, I can't say enough about your services!!”

Jill Haines July 06, 2011

“You all were fantastic during the entire funeral process for my mother - professional and efficient, understanding and supportive, always available and caring. I'm so glad Mom chose you as a partner for her final arrangements. I thank you from my heart for all you did.”

Karen Kushner June 28, 2011

“Simply put, words cannot express the amout of gratitude and appreciation Carl and myself have for you and your business. You were all so very thoughtful and compassionate during my uncle Leslie's funeral. Not only for the funeral, but the whole process from the second you got the phone call that he had passed away. I personally can't think of ANY reason why I would even consider another funeral home. My family has dealt with you since '69, so that just goes to show how far your dedication and respect for the passing of people and their families go.”

Carl & Michelle Hughes January 04, 2010

“On behalf of my family I would like to thank you for the outstanding job that you performed. Your sensitivity and attention to detail allowed us to celebrate my father's life. Everything went so smoothly and with great care. With great appreciation,”

Marilyn Albarelli May 25, 2010

“You all did so much to carry out all our husband's and father's wishes - from the service that really was a celebration of his life to his final service at Holy Saviour Cemetery. From the military service with the flags on the car and the Marine decal, to the 21 gun salute and the bugler who played taps and the Marine Hymn; You took care of so many details that we would have had to do...but you took care of it all.The stone you helped us get through the military has been installed and is more then what we could have hoped for. Plus, the certificate from the President has arrived and is a wonderful thing for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to have. If a family ever needs a reason to use your services, they can be assured that you make a hard time so much easier, and you give their loved one so much dignity. You all show so much understanding to families. We thank you so much, and God bless all of you.”

Shirley M., Dan, Linda D. & Families January 25, 2010

“Ellen, Amanda, and Christopher-my thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of sorrow. Frieda (Carpency) Weeks”

Frieda Weeks December 12, 2021

“The staff at Connell Funeral Home were wonderful, compassionate and helpful in organizing my mom's funeral. Jamie steered me through the planning process and took care of just about everything. Knowing I was in good hands made a difficult time easier. The graveside service and Jamie's eulogy were comforting and inspirational. Excellent service in a time of need.”

Steve Nehilla March 24, 2021

“Words can’t describe the amazing service my family, and I received from Connell Funeral. I was impressed as they arrived at church with my father, and the teamwork amongst them to make sure, that even the flowers were perfect in position. Excellent customer service, from the moment we met, until the services were completed. To Jamie, and all the staff thank you for making this difficult experience, a pleasant one. Keep up the good work. God bless you all.”

Aileen Altagracia December 26, 2020

“We live in Maryland. My 94 year old mother-law lived in Bethlehem. Unfortunately, my MIL died from the coronavirus. We were not able to go to PA for her burial. Jamie Connell was absolutely amazing helping us out during this difficult time. I highly recommend the Connell Funeral Home because of the caring, thoughtfulness that we were given during this very difficult pandemic time.”

Ellen Davies May 18, 2020

“After the recent death of our mother, we had an opportunity to work closely with Scott and Mckenna to make her funeral arrangements. Both were so respectful and caring, and we can’t thank them enough for all they did to make this difficult, grief-stricken process easier for us. Everyone was so organized and helpful, from notifications to life insurance companies to graveside flower arrangements. Every aspect of the funeral and burial was handled in a timely, professional, and compassionate manner, and we truly appreciated their attention to the many details involved in saying the final goodbye to our beloved mother. Thank you again, Scott and Makenna, for everything you did for us during this difficult time—you went out of your way to make sure our mother’s funeral and burial were exactly as we had hoped. You helped us create one last memory of our mother that clearly reflected how much we loved her throughout her life.”

Judy Lynn Smetzer March 13, 2020

“During the recent death of our mother, we had the occasion to work with Jamie, Owen, and Matt while making funeral arrangements. Everyone was so professional and caring, it helped to make this difficult process so much easier. Every detail was executed and carried through perfectly. Our mother looked as if she was sleeping and very much at peace and for that we are grateful. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness during this time. It was very comforting to know that every aspect of the funeral was handled methodically and with dignity allowing us to grieve the loss of our loved one.”

Gary and Dorothy M. November 08, 2017

“Dear Jaime, I want to personally thank you and your staff at Connell Funeral Home for helping our family through this difficult time with the passing of my mother. Being an only child, it was overwhelming to understand what must be done to properly plan a funeral. Not only did you provide that support but you did it in a professional, sincere, and courteous manner. Your help with the arrangements regarding paperwork, cosmetology, flowers, video memory, and the service itself exceeded all of my expectations. I will never forget what you told me over the phone when I informed you of my mother's passing. You said that you wanted to get her into your care as quickly as possible and from that moment I understood that my mother would have the best of care in preparation for her funeral. Thank you again for everything that both you and Scott provided our family for my mother during a very difficult time.”

Steve & Wanda Tolnai January 02, 2014

“To Owen Connell and the Connell Funeral Home Staff, I wanted to take this opportunity for my family to thank you for everything! You made a very tough situation into an easy going process. You took everything my father wanted and made it into something 100 X's better. Your funeral home truly cares about the families it serves and for that we can't thank you enough! My family has been using your funeral home services for multiple family members and it's obvious why. Thank you again for everything. My father would've been thrilled to see how everything worked out!”

Joe Luther & Family July 25, 2013

“Jamie, John, and all who assisted at Mom's services, You all did a truly wonderful job and we cannot thank you enough! Our utmost thanks!!”

Patti Mika, Sharon Yandrisovitz, Diane Brown & Families May 14, 2013

“Dear Connell Family, Dave and I would like to sincerely thank you for your compassionate, caring handling of Dad's funeral arrangements. Your personal touches and extra efforts on his behalf will never be forgotten by myself or our family. They made a very difficult transition in our life easier to bear and left us with very good memories to reflect on, rather than the difficult memories of his final days. My father was a very special and loved man who will be remembered very fondly by all of us. Again, I cannot thank you enough for helping us to create a lasting happy and positive memory of him in our mind.”

Ida Vasily and David Vasily, M.D. March 07, 2013

“Dear Pat & Staff, Thank you so very much for your kind, professional and loving handling of my mother's funeral. Everything was done with dignity, compassion and grace and I've heard nothing but wonderful things...from how "stunning" my mom looked to the beautiful flowers that you ordered for my family. The extra little details of having my mom's dress dry cleaned and laminating her obituary were so very much appreciated. Please be sure to specially thank Scott ( and your cosmetology person) for their remarkable skills in making my mother's last "public appearance" one that she would have been extremely pleased with. God bless you all for the difficult job you do for families every day, You have touched my heart by your kindness.”

Annette & Larry Kilpatrick February 28, 2013

“Thank you, Jamie for your professionalism, caring, compassion and support. You made me and my family feel a sense of relief and comfort during our time of bereavement. You and your staff are Top Notch! Continue to do what you are doing and you will be blessed beyond measure.”

Calvina Hargrove July 24, 2012

“Dear Matt, Thank you for all you did for our family at a time of sorrow. You made the time of healing easier for all of us. I could not have asked for two better people than you and Johnny D. to work with us. You two are great. Thanks again!”

Jim, Johanna, Elaine & Family October 18, 2012

“Dear Pat & Gene, I wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff for being so kind and helpful during a most difficult time. I truly appreciate everything you've done to make things not so hard.”

Lisa Morano October 18, 2012

“Dear Connell's, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the handling, comfort & compassion given to our family in my father's recent death & funeral. Dad would have been most thankful and gracious as we were. Again, my sincere thanks and appreciation.”

Joe & Marie Donaher June 25, 2012

“Thank you for your beautiful work and for making our mom look so beautiful at her services! Words alone can't express our gratitude and appreciation for all you have done for us. Thank you so very much and God bless you all!”

The Family of Margaret R. Hines March 03, 2012

“On behalf of our extended family I just have to thank you for all you did for our family following mom's death. Every need was anticipated, every question answered, and every request acknowledged - all with patience and compassion. We are just so very grateful. Everything was just so perfect and beautifully done. You were always there to lead us. (Mom loved it, I'm very sure!) You are very good at what you do, and it was a pleasure to meet and work with you. Again, thank you!”

Pat & Charles Prince January 12, 2012

“Just wanted to say thank you for the way you handled my Dad's funeral. Everything went smoothly - and eveyone enjoyed the "Candle" ceremony - it was very touching. Thanks!”

Tom & Brigitte Yencho, Martha Yencho November 02, 2010

“I truly appreciate the overwhelming care of my mom. Your staff was so attentive to the family's needs. Her make-up & hair were perfect, as was every aspect of the services. Your attention to all the details was gentle, dignified and respectful. These are the hallmarks of the Connell Family.”

Ann Marie Gonsalves June 03, 2011

“Thank you so much for everything you did to make one of the wost times of our lives a little more bearable.We truly appreciate your kindness and compassion. Irene will be dearly missed by so many who knew and loved her. Thank you for making her look beautiful and as much like herself as possible. Your expertise and professionalism is much appreciated and will always be remembered.”

The Family of Irene Gaspar October 01, 2011

“We greatly appreciate all you did in making the services for our father so special. Thank you for planting a tree as a memorial to our father through the Living Memorial Program. His spirit and love will live in our hearts forever and thanks to you, his memory is also making the earth a better place. Thank you for everything.”

The Banks Family December 21, 2007

“We want to thank all the wonderful people at Connell Funeral Home for the beautiful arrangements for our loved one's funeral. All the concern and attention to every detail made the honoring of our loved one so much easier. It was a dificult time for all of us and you made a sad time go by smoothly, so we could concentrate on welcoming friends and family, both grieving and celebrating John's wonderful life of 87 years. Thank you from our hearts.”

Arlene Beginnes and Family June 21, 2010

“Thank you for your helpfulness and compassion while planning our dad's / husband's funeral and for making such a difficult day most comforting for us. Our loved one looked very peaceful and every detail was perfectly executed. We greatly appreciate all you have done.”

Dolores Kerecz, Gary & Dorothy Midash February 24, 2012