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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Our Staff

Why Choose Us

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Contact Us

Veterans overview

the Talk of A Lifetime


Kimberly Raven Palmerie

Kimberly Raven Palmerie

RN and Funeral Director President/ Co-Owner

Kim is Co-Owner of Prospect Memorial Funeral Home. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a Cum Laude graduate of Lincoln College of New England having earned an Associate degree in Mortuary Science and has certification as a Crematory Operator. 


Kim is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury, CT and has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University and is now retired from working as an RN at Waterbury Hospital on the Obstetrical Unit. She has over thirty-five years of experience caring for patients from in utero to Hospice.  Kim believes her new profession of funeral director is truly an extension of her many years of nursing.  Each patient, client and family will always have a place in her heart.


Kim is a lifelong resident of Prospect and looks forward to serving the families of Prospect and surrounding towns in her new profession of funeral directing.  Her goal is to bring compassion, knowledge and sincerity to those individuals who are mourning the death of a loved one by guiding the bereaved along the difficult journey.  Both her professions combined culminate in a career of care of the human along life's journey from beginning to end.


Kim is a lifelong resident of Prospect with her husband, Mike, of thirty-seven years, and their four children and five grandchildren. She is a member of Prospect Congregational Church, a member of the PCC choir since childhood and a past deacon. She volunteers her nursing experience in various boards and for Chesprocott.



Michael Palmerie Jr

Michael Palmerie Jr

Treasurer Co-Owner

Mike is Treasurer and Co-Owner of Prospect Memorial Funeral Home.  He graduated from Holy Cross High School and attended Mattatuck Community College, Waterbury, CT majoring in business.  Mike grew up in the close-knit Town Plot section of Waterbury and continues to be part of the community.


Mike lives in Prospect with his wife, Kim, of thirty-seven years, and their four children and five grandchildren.  He is a member of the Town Council for Prospect, previously was the Chairman of Prospect Board of Recreation and Parks and continues to be active in town functions.  Mike is also a member of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce and other administrative boards for Waterbury area businesses 



Laura Shular

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Laura joined the Prospect Memorial team in the Spring of 2022. From an early age Laura had a proclivity to help others in any way she could. Coupled with her interest in science as a young adult, she decided to pursue a career in funeral service. She received her degree in Mortuary Science from Lincoln College of New England and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2019. Whether it is helping plan a loved one's final arrangements after a loss or pre-planning for that piece of mind, Laura hopes that her knowledge and compassionate heart can help guide families through one of the most difficult experiences in life. 

In her free time Laura enjoys spending time with her beau, Rob, as well as reading, listening to oldies, crafting, and cross-stitching. 


Pastor Darren Hale

Pastor Darren Hale

Director of Bereavment Services

Pastor Darren is an active member of our community and the Prospect Funeral Home family. As a Hospice Care Consultant and veteran liaison, Darren has been serving in hospice and palliative care for more than 15 years. Darren is a proud U S Army combat veteran having served honorably overseas and at Fort Hood Texas as a military police officer for 13 years. He also served in the CT National Guard and supports various VSOs and veterans’ initiatives. While working full time and taking care of his family, Darren went back to school earning his Master Degree in Theology and Biblical studies at North Carolina College of Theology. Ordained to ministry in 2016, he is a licensed Pastor at Thrive Church in Plymouth CT. Chaplain to many, Darren is fully equipped to support the spiritual and emotional needs of our grieving families and friends. In this role he helps to create a personalized memorial service, funeral, burial or celebration of life. Darren often shares “the opportunity to honor and remember those who have gone before us is one of my highest callings-this ministry is a privilege.” Darren currently resides in Wolcott CT with the love of his life, Karen who is also a licensed and ordained Pastor at Thrive Church and Hospital Chaplain at Bristol Health.  Married 24 years, they have 4 amazing adult children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. His hobbies are fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, reading, teaching, growing, and living the biblical principle in Isaiah 41:31 and loving his rescue husky Gambit.



Rev. Kimberly Wadhams

Rev. Kimberly Wadhams

Director of Bereavement Services

He has provided bereavement care for grieving families in the greater Waterbury area for over a decade through his work as a local pastor and hospice chaplain.


Christina Merly



Elizabeth Jones



Raven Keaveney



Michael Palmerie III

Michael Palmerie III

Attendant



Bill Lund

Bill Lund

Lead Attendant



Keith Griffin

Keith Griffin

Attendant

Attendant Emeritus


Joe Paternoster

Joe Paternoster

Attendant



Tom O'Hare

Tom O'Hare

Attendant, Office Assistant



Jerry Burr

Jerry Burr

Attendant



Rick Normand

Rick Normand

Attendant



John Cochran

John Cochran

Attendant



Collin Jones

Collin Jones

Attendant



Ryan Keaveney



Richard Blanc

Richard Blanc

Attendant



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