History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

                                                                                          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 recently been tastefully updated and enlarged, has parking for over 70 vehicles, yet still retains its historical New England charm.  The facility is handicapped accessible.



 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.

Our Valued Staff

  • Brian T. Anderson

    Brian T. Anderson Type 3 Funeral Director

    Brian has been a funeral director since 1980 when following his graduation from New England Institute, Boston he went to work with his father in the operation of their funeral home in Townsend. Brian resides in Ayer with his wife, Annie and three daughters, Libbie, Julie, and Abigail. Brian continues his commitment to the community as a member of the Board of Directors on the Ayer Board of Senior Housing. Board of Directors Ayer Industrial Development Finance Authority, Member of St. Anthony’s Church, Shirley as well as a member of its Finance Committee and a member of the Board of Directors; Rollstone Bank & Trust, Fitchburg.

  • Michael D. Masciarelli

    Michael D. Masciarelli Funeral Director

    Michael joined the Anderson Funeral Home staff in June of 2014. He brings 25 years of experience in funeral service which dates back to the 1980s.
    Michael serves as a commissioner on the Parks Department for the Town of Lunenburg and for the past several years he has volunteered as a coach in Lunenburg Little League and Lunenburg Jr. Basketball programs. He is a member of St. Boniface Parish and the Fitchburg Knights of Columbus and serves on the Board of Directors for the Lunenburg Memorial Fund. Michael resides in Lunenburg on Hickory Hills Lake with his wife, Betsy, and their two daughters, Gabby and Molly.

  • Karen L. Shorey

    Karen L. Shorey Office Manager

    Karen holds the position of Office Manager for the three funeral homes and is based in the Fitchburg office. Her duties include specialized clerical work in support of the funeral directors and families served at the funeral homes. Karen graduated from Ayer High School and worked 29 years as the lead account manager at Courier of Westford before joining the firm in March 2016. She resides in Shirley with her husband, Larry and their son, Derek.

  • Alan H. Borneman

    Alan H. Borneman Registered Funeral Assistant

    Alan joined the Anderson Funeral Home Group in May 2015 after serving thirty years as a Fire Fighter.
    His position as a Registered Funeral Assistant has many and varied responsibilities including assisting the funeral directors in the conduct of funeral services, transfers of the deceased from residences or health care facilities and readying the facilities for services to mention a few.
    Alan resides in Townsend with his wife, Penney, and their four sons Brandon, Jared, Kyle and Joshua.

  • Jessica L. Coulter

    Jessica L. Coulter Registered Apprentice

    Jessica joined the Anderson Funeral Home Group as a student assistant in September 2015. She is currently enrolled in the Funeral Service Management Program at Mt. Ida College in Newton.
    She resides in Tyngsboro with her daughter Callie.