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 their client  families 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.  For nearly sixty years  families from Townsend, Pepperell, Ashby, Brookline and Mason, New Hampshire have been warmly welcomed by the funeral directors and staff of the Anderson Funeral Home, Townsend.  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, Groton, West Groton, Littleton,  Lunenburg  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 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. He 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, bringing with him 25 years of experience in funeral service. He was formerly parks commissioner for the Town of Lunenburg and volunteer coach for Lunenburg Little League and 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 with his wife, Betsy, and their daughters, Gabby and Molly.

  • Joshua D. Hunt

    Joshua D. Hunt Funeral Director

    Josh is a first generation funeral director and embalmer who joined the Anderson Funeral Home team in May 2020. A New Hampshire native, he moved to Massachusetts in early 2011, working for funeral homes in the Greater Boston area and surrounding cities. He has been in funeral services for 10 years, and graduated from the FINE Mortuary College in 2016. He resides in Watertown with his girlfriend Alison, and is an oil painter and sketch artist.

  • Kim Valerius

    Kim Valerius Communications Coordinator, Graphic Designer

    Joining the firm in 2018, Kim conducts our at need funeral coordination and manages the communications efforts for our funeral homes. She also designs and produces our print and promotional materials. She attended Massachusetts College of Art and Boston University and has a diverse background in design, illustration, and communications. She is a Conservation Commission volunteer and enjoys running, and hiking the deep woods of New Hampshire where she resides.

  • 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.

  • Jessica L. Coulter

    Jessica L. Coulter Registered Apprentice

    Working in the funeral service business for 9 years, Jessica specializes in the physical care of the deceased. She is a talented photographer and animal lover and enjoys spending time with her daughter, Callie.