Francis and Tesse Uzarski Lupinski began work in the funeral business in 1934 when Francis opened the Memorial Funeral Home originally located at 803 State Street in New Haven. Their mission was to serve the needs of the immigrant Polish community that had settled in the New Haven area. After a few years, they moved the business to their current location at 821 State Street and began operating as Lupinski Funeral Home.
For the next 10 years, Tesse raised her three children while helping Frank arrange funerals. In 1948 after Frank left the family, Tesse turned to Frank M. Beisler, a funeral director and friend, who mentored her. Tesse soon became the first female licensed funeral director in the State of Connecticut. She successfully ran the family business for the next 28 years and became active in various church and civic groups.
In 1971, her youngest daughter Lucille, who obtained her license as a funeral director, joined her. They worked together providing their families with dedicated and compassionate service. Lucille took over operations of the family business in 1976 when Tesse retired. She, like her mother, was self reliant and devoted to raising her daughter Angeline who became a licensed embalmer and funeral director in 1994. Angie took over the family business in 2013 after Lucille’s death.
Angie learned well from her grandmother and mother. She learned the importance of listening to every family and carrying out every wish, paying special attention to detail.
As a third generation director, Angie carries on the tradition of providing quality, caring and compassionate support to her families just like her grandmother and mother did before her.