Our staff at Rone Funeral Service is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. We have been serving the community since 1932 and 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.
Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.
James C. Geraci was born in Vineland to James A. Geraci and Faustina Rone Geraci and has been a Vineland resident his entire life. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and graduated from St Augustine Preparatory School in 1967. After high school, Jim received a Business Administrative Degree from Saint Leo College in 1971 and attended Glassboro State College where he received his Master’s Degree in Elementary education. Jim taught at Rossi Elementary School for 9 ½ years. After teaching, Jim attended Mercer County College in 1983 and received his Degree of Mortuary Science. Jim then joined the family business, Rone Funeral Service, of which his grandfather C. Calvin Rone established in 1932, and began working alongside his mother, father and his uncle Vic. With the passing of his uncle Vic in 1982, his father James in 2007 and recently his mother Faustina Rone Geraci in 2012, Jim has now assumed the role of Owner/President of the family business and is currently running the day to day operations of Rone Funeral Service. Jim is a member of National Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey Funeral Directors Association, and West New Jersey Funeral Directors Association. He is also members of various local clubs which include the Italian American Benevolent Association, North Italy Club, The Italian Cultural Foundation of South Jersey and is a Board Member of the St. Mary School. He is a parishioner of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish.
Nicholas Chamenko, Licensed Funeral Director - NJ License No. 3510
Office Phone: 856.691.4222
Nicholas Chamenko was born in Philadelphia, moving to Vineland in 1957, he attended the Vineland elementary schools before moving to Runnemede where he graduated Triton Regional High School, later moving back to Vineland. Nick began his career with the Rone Funeral Service in June of 1970. A graduate of Cumberland County College where he received an associate’s degree in liberal arts and continued on to graduate the dean’s list of Mercer County Community College Funeral Service Program. Nick has been a licensed funeral director with the state of New Jersey since August of 1980. A member in good standing with the National Funeral Directors Association, the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and the West Jersey Funeral Directors Association. Nick also holds a Pennsylvania Funeral Directors limited license. Nick is now in his 44th year of funeral service, serving with three generations of the Rone and Geraci families. Along with assisting families in funeral arrangements, Nick is well versed in Pre-need arrangements, having attended various seminars available to become knowledgeable in all aspects of pre-need laws. He is known to excel in the art of embalming and restorative art, once again attending classes and seminars to obtain the knowledge to perfect the art of mortuary cosmetology. His goal is to give our families the peace of mind and a pleasant memory of their loved ones. Nick lives here in Vineland which he has been pleased to call his home, and is the proud father of a son and two daughters and a loving grandfather to his three grandchildren.
Michael R DeStefano, Licensed Funeral Director - NJ License No. 4978
Office Phone: 856.691.4222
Michael R. DeStefano, of Vineland and formerly of Landisville is the son of the late Michael A. and Joan DeStefano. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Funeral Service Program at Mercer County College in May of 2012. He was nominated and received the J.M. Nolte Academic Award, a national honor based on academic excellence. He has been a part of the Rone Funeral Service family for over 34 years. Michael’s dedication to the funeral profession has always been evident in the compassionate service he has provided to many hundreds of families throughout the past three decades. Once he decided to return to school to pursue his license, Michael went at it with the same determination and care he has demonstrated throughout his career. He has always worked with the understanding that every family has placed a sacred trust in Rone Funeral Service and we must always do all we can to live up to the honor in serving our families. It is Michael's commitment to serve families in a way that follows the Rone tradition. Mike is a member of West New Jersey Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and State of NJ Funeral Directors Association. Michael is also a member of The Italian Cultural Foundation of South Jersey and the Italian Benevolent Association. He is a parishioner of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish.
Lori Rone-McLaughlin, Office Manager
Office Phone: 856.691.4222
Lori Rone- McLaughlin was born in Vineland to the late C. Victor and Sarah (Scarpa) Rone. She is the granddaughter to the late C. Calvin and Mary Rone, the founders of Rone Funeral Service. Lori is third generation family working at Rone Funeral Service. She came back home in 2011 as our Office Manager after working 21 years as a flight attendant for Us Airways. Lori graduated from Vineland High School in 1980; she then went to college in Florida at St. Leo University earning a Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology in 1984. Lori currently lives in Vineland with her two daughters Sydney and Reilly and her beloved furry sidekick, “Sammy”.
Mary “Chickie” Tamagni, Retired Office Manager
Office Phone: 856.691.4222
Mary “Chickie” Tamagni was raised in Vineland and has remained a lifelong resident. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1958. Chickie started working for Rone Funeral Service in 1994 as the office manager; in 2009 she decided to retire. However she remains on staff as a part-time employee helping out as needed. Prior to working at Rone Funeral Service, Chickie worked for Prudential Insurance for nine years. She serves as a Notary Public and was a past member of the Board of Registration. Chickie has been married to her husband Chick and they have one son.
Hermogenes “Moe” Torres, Grounds and Building Supervisor
Hermogenes “Moe” Torres was born in Puerto Rico in 1958. He moved to Southern New Jersey in 1980. Moe worked in the farming industry for 20 years. In 2000 he began working at Rone Funeral Service as our Grounds and Building Supervisor. Moe is a very dedicated community man. He works on a daily basis as a member of Roka of Salvation Church in Vineland and he also helps out at Fairton Federal Prison in Millville on Weekends. Moe lives in Vineland.
Steven Downey, Part-time Staff
Steven Downey was born and raised in Vineland to Richard and Anna Downey. Steve started working part-time for Rone Funeral Service in 2010. He retired from Verizon after 31 years. Steve graduated from Vineland High School in 1972. He is married to his wife Joanne, he has four children and two grandsons, who are the highlight of his life.
Melvin “Mel” H. Pender, Part-time Staff
Melvin “Mel” H. Pender was been on staff as a part-time worker for Rone Funeral Service since 2005. He lives in Buena Vista Twp. with his wife Joan. Together they have raised three children and have six grandchildren. Mel was raised in Vineland and attended the Vineland school system. Mel served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Carpenters Local Union 121 after 30 years. He is an active member of the Buena American Legion Post 270. He is a board member of the Cranberry Run homeowners association and a member of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish- Church of St. Michael’s.
Vincent “Jim” Rosati, Part-time Staff
Vincent “Jim” “NoNo” Rosati has worked as a part-time employee for Rone Funeral Service since 2000. He has been a lifelong resident of Vineland. He attended Sacred Heart High School. Jim has been married to his loving wife Dolores for 56 years. He is a parishioner of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish. Jim is a former member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6682- Bishop John Carroll Assembly-4th degree. He was a uniformed fireman for the Vineland Fire Department and former owner of Renter Center in Somers Point.
Edgar Zatzariny, Part-time Staff
Edgar Zatzariny a lifelong resident of Vineland began working part-time for Rone Funeral Service in 2002. Ed graduated from Vineland High School in 1957. He joined the US Air Force in 1957 along with his twin brother, Tim. After serving four years he began working for the Vineland Police Department, he retired after 40 years as lieutenant. During his career he received his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Ed is married to his wife Josephine; together they have two children and five grandchildren. Ed is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, North Italy Club and a board member of the Salvation Army.
Timothy Zatzariny, Part-time Staff
Timothy Zatzariny has worked with Rone Funeral Service part-time since 2002. Tim graduated from Vineland High School in 1957. From 1957 – 1965 he served in the US Air Force. After his honorable discharge he joined the Vineland Police Department. While working he attended college earning an Associates degree in Police Science from Cumberland County College and than he received a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Glassboro State College. After earning these degrees he was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant, he retired in 2002, after 36 years of service. Tim lives in Vineland and has been married to his wife Judy for 45 years. He has one son and two grandchildren. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Police Benevolent Association, Diamond Social Club and North Italy Club.