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About Us


About Us

We believe in tradition, and we believe in caring for our neighbors. For more than 100 years, Potter Funeral Home has always been “The name you know, and the care you deserve”. It’s all about heritage & tradition. Even though our ownership has changed over the years, it’s that commitment to tradition, to the heritage of caring for our neighbors, that has led to us keeping the name, Potter Funeral Home.

Glenn Blumenstein and Brian Romanowski, our current owners, are both dedicated family men who understand what it means to be dedicated to easing the suffering of those around them. In fact, it’s their unwavering commitment to personal service that made them the perfect choice to carry on the Potter tradition.

Our Staff

Led by Glenn Blumenstein & Brian Romanowski, the family at Potter Funeral Home is here to care for you, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The staff is chosen not just for their ability and their skills, but for their dedication and drive to care for our neighbors in their time of need.

Christopher Gromko
Managing Funeral Director

Chris has been a fixture in the Potter Funeral Home since 1996. He is a graduate of Briarwood College in Southington and has been a licensed funeral director since 1995. Chris’s diligence and detail-orientation serve his families in making bereavement as stress-free as possible. He is a stalwart guide for the newer funeral directors and staff, while maintaining a cheerfulness that makes learning our intricate industry more seamless. Chris grew up in Norwich and lives with his wife and children in Canterbury.

Chad M. Peterson
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Chad M. Peterson was born in Hartford, CT and now resides in the beautiful town of East Haddam. He received his degree in Mortuary Science in 1996. Chad is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Connecticut and Florida. He enjoys gardening, fitness, and is an avid runner and vegan chef. Chad is a proud member of the Potter Funeral Home team.

Emily Shoop
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Emily is one of the brightest new members of the Potter family. She is a recent graduate of the FINE Mortuary College, who entered the bereavement industry after earning her license as a hairdresser from the Brio Academy of Cosmetology. Emily finds her aesthetic abilities to be a boon to families and a strength that sets her apart from others in the field. She aspires to continue her course of compassionate, dedicated service as she grows as a funeral director.

Gail Nelson Smith
Funeral Assistant

Nelson was born in Windham and is retired from the Connecticut State Police. He currently resides in Columbia and is an active member of the Masonic Fraternity. Nelson is a nephew of the late Russell W. Potter, founder of the funeral home. You will find him ready to assist you at the front door of the funeral home during calling hours and he also assists at funeral services.

Hannah Baldridge
Mortuary Assistant/Mortuary Student

New to the bereavement industry, Hannah is in study at the FINE Mortuary College as a part of the class of 2021. She brings the Potter family her versatility and progressive ideas. She has a strong artistic background and personable demeanor that puts families at ease and helps visualize the memorial of their loved ones. We look forward to all that Hannah has in store.

Addicus Bagwell
Funeral Service Assistant

Xiomara C Bruder
Funeral Service Assistant

Our Facility

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