Ordering flowers from our site ensures that your order will reach us or the family in a timely manner, and your gesture of support will remain acknowledged in the Book of Memories for future generations. We only work with local florists so we can maintain the sense of urgency and quality of your selections. We thank you for helping to support the family during their time of need, and will fondly remember your kind gesture.
We respect the sensitivity and dignity that comes with ordering tribute gifts from the funeral home. It is for this reason that we have attempted to design our online Sympathy Store with the utmost respect to the family and the deceased. We hope you find this service helpful during your time of need and would welcome any comments or suggestions you might have to help us serve our communities better.
Our Experienced Staff - Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home
Caring Experience Speaks For Itself
Each of the staff members at
Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home
is committed to providing your family with
the finest in personal care.
In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night. When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.
Kathleen A. Lowes Sanvidge is an experienced licensed funeral director and owner of Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road in Ballston Lake. For more than 28 years now, she has cared for families and their loved ones as they go through one of life’s most difficult and painful travails. She graduated from Shenendehowa High School, class of ’90 and went directly to Hudson Valley Community College, where she studied and earned her degree in mortuary science. In 1994, after serving a year internship locally and passing the National Board and State Law exams, she remained in the community and burst into her life’s work as a licensed funeral director and manager.
Divine intervention, no doubt, brought her to Townley & Wheeler and she closed the deal as owner and manager on June 27, 2013. For Kathleen, funeral care is so much more than a business – it is her vocation. And she has made a lifelong commitment to offer you the most convenient, professional, and comforting services available in the area.
She is a member of NYS Funeral Director’s Association and National Funeral Director’s Association. She is active with Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake BPA the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Glenville YMCA Advisory Board. Kathleen is the only female funeral director in New York State to be a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE). She considers it one of her roles to pioneer and be an active and philanthropic member of her community.
In addition, Kathleen is a loving mother to three daughters. She enjoys, cooking, cleaning, exercising and just living the regular life. Kathleen aspires to travel the world and maintain her spirited “Full of Grace” attitude.
Zoltan Prohaszka, Operations Manager and IT Specialist
Zoltan, known affectionately to us all as “Zoli,” oversees all physical plant operations, maintenance, upkeep and repairs. He is also our “go to” person for any IT or cybersecurity issues that arise. Zoltan has been with Townley & Wheeler since 2013. Since then, he has become an integral part of our day to day operations. He immerses himself wholeheartedly into the business, always there to support the rest of the team in any way possible.
Zoltan’s attention to detail and his determination to make each experience the best it can be make him a wonderful role model for our staff and someone we know we can count on in any situation.
Zoli brings the flavors and traditions of his beloved homeland, Hungary, to Townley & Wheeler. His “Old World” demeanor of respect, decorum and kindness makes all who walk through our doors feel welcome and at home.
Maureen Werther, Office Administrator
Maureen has been a member of the Ballston Spa community for nearly five years, and we are fortunate that she brings her background and extensive experience as a former business owner to our team here at Townley & Wheeler. Maureen handles all administrative and business responsibilities and she is also the first point of human contact with our clients and families. Hers is the first voice you will hear on the phone when you call us to schedule a pre-arrangement or to notify us of the passing of a loved one. She is the woman who keeps us organized, on task and on time all the while maintaining a gentle voice and empathy for all our families.
Maureen’s keen attention to detail and her ability to follow through on projects and see them to completion make her an invaluable part of our team. She is always ready to help our families with anything that may arise as they navigate the sometimes confusing and burdensome paperwork tasks, and we count on her to make sure there are no loose ends. No challenge is too large for Maureen and she has earned the highest of respect by her family here at Townley & Wheeler.
Molly Bingham joined the team at Townley and Wheeler Funeral Home in September 2016 as a fully licensed Funeral Director. After a long and successful career in the restaurant/hospitality field, with a special focus on local and sustainable products, Molly decided to pursue what she feels is her true calling.
“This career encompasses everything I value, from serving the people of the community to the religious and spiritual components so necessary to helping families celebrate the life of their loved ones and come to terms with their passing.”
Molly received her degree in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College in July 2016 and, after completing a required one-year internship with a local funeral home, she came on board with Kathleen Sanvidge.
“During school, so many people urged me to reach out to Kathleen, and when we met and discussed the possibility of working together, I knew it was the right fit for us both.”
Molly Bingham’s roots in the community run deep and strong. Born in Saratoga Springs and brought up in nearby Galway, Molly’s family is well-known and widely respected. She currently resides in Ballston Lake with her husband, Sean Powers, their dog, Buster and their cat, Emily. In her spare time, Molly loves cooking, reading, socializing with friends and enjoying the beautiful outdoors
Therese Brander is originally from Westchester County, NY. After receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree from Westchester Community College, she began her career with IBM as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Within a few years, she transitioned into Human Resources, eventually taking on roles in corporate training and management.
Thérèse’s strong sense of commitment to her community led her to become involved in volunteer fire-fighting and working as an EMT-D at her local rescue squad. It was during this time that her talent for patient care became evident, and she was encouraged by ER doctors and staff to consider becoming a Physician’s Assistant.
After returning to school and obtaining another degree and certification as a Physician’s Assistant, Thérèse went on to have a rewarding career in the Emergency Room setting as well as in private practice, where she focused on Geriatric Internal Medicine.
Now that she is retired, Thérèse divides her time between many ministries and activities through St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park. She met Kathleen Sanvidge, owner of Townley & Wheeler, at St. Edward’s funeral ministry and decided to become part of the staff here.
For Thérèse, the important work she does here at Townley & Wheeler naturally fits in with her commitment to respectful and compassionate care for other individuals.
The staff members of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home are active in both community and professional organizations including the following:
NYS WBE Certified (New York's very first funeral home)
Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake BPA
BHBL Rotary Club
Zoning Board Membership 25 years
Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
Adirondack Funeral Directors' Association
Captial District Funeral Directors' Association
NYS Funeral Directors' Association
National Funeral Directors' Association
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