Our History


In 1962,  Terrence J. and Mary Beth Anderson moved to Townsend from West Hartford, Connecticut and acquired the Knight Funeral Home  overlooking the town common in Townsend center.   Over the next two decades they served the families in Townsend and the surrounding communities with care and distinction.  Following their passing in the 1980’s, their son, Brian, assumed the operation of the business which he continues today.  The facility has been tastefully updated, has parking for over 70 vehicles, yet still retains its historical New England charm.  The facility is handicapped accessable.


 For over four decades, Richard J. O’Toole owned and operated the  O’Toole Funeral Home on Washington Street in Ayer.  He retired in 1983 and the funeral home was acquired by the Anderson family and was subsequently renamed.   In 2003, construction began for a new funeral home facility on Fitchburg Road (Route 2A)  in Ayer.   In December of 2003 the  new 5300 square foot facility with parking for over 100 vehicles was opened for service to the communities of Ayer, Shirley, Lunenburg, Groton and Harvard. The facility is handicapped accessable.


For over 70 years the Isabelle Family owned and operated the Isabelle Funeral Home in the Cleghorn section of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  In 1997 the funeral home was acquired from Louis & Janet Isabelle by the Anderson family.  Although Louis died in August of 1997,  the funeral home continues to be known as the Isabelle & Anderson Funeral Home and remains a neighborhood icon as it serves families throughout the city and surrounding communities. The facility is handicapped accessable.