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About Us

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About Us

Mark Holmes began the Holmes Funeral Home in 1925 in the north end of Manchester, and relocated to the present location in 1948. In 1977, his sons Howard, Arthur, and Norman Holmes purchased the Watkins Funeral Home from the Watkins Family, maintaining the history of family-owned businesses and community involvement in Manchester. In 2017 the four members of the third generation - Scott, Howard, Richard, and Mark Holmes - entrusted the continuation of Mark Holmes's vision to Glenn and Tiffany Blumenstein and Brian Romanowski.

They, along with a staff of licensed funeral directors/embalmers and administrative staff members, are always available for assistance and guidance before the death occurs, at the time of the death, and the days, weeks, and months after a loss has occurred.

We encourage you to call us with any questions or situations with which you feel we may be able to help. As our motto says, "Personal Consideration is still a Tradition."


Our Staff

Led by Glenn & Tiffany Blumenstein, the family at Holmes Watkins Funeral Home is here to care for you, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Our staff is chosen not just for their ability and their skills, but for their dedication and drive to care for our neighbors in their time of need.

Glenn Blumenstein
Co-Owner and CEO

When Glenn started out in the retail business, he quickly realized that not only did he have an almost instinctual understanding of what “customer service” meant to the entire organization, but that he also had a keen sense for operations, and how an entire organization contributed to the full customer experience. While researching a possible entry into rabbinical school, Glenn happened upon the NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association), and it changed the course of his life. He knew instantly that he could take his passion for the customer experience and his strong desire to ease people’s grief and suffering…and help lead a revolution in the funeral business. With almost twenty years of experience in bereavement industry, Glenn & his partner (and wife) Tiffany, are ready to help people plan tributes for their loved ones that are based on what they see as the ideal memorial, not one that’s based on predefined processes that have been around for decades.

Brian Romanowski
Co-owner

Brian graduated from San Antonio College with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2004. He has three children. Brian’s oldest daughter is a nurse in Texas. She has blessed him with two grandsons. An adventurer by nature, he has done a bit of everything - from roughnecking in the oil field to working as an orthopedic technician. His openness and adaptability made funeral directing a natural fit. His attentive support to families in need is not only an example to the young staff of Potter, but also to his other two children, as they both aspire to follow his career path as well. In his free time, Brian stays active at the gym, enjoys sports, and travels whenever he can find the time.

Tiffany Blumenstein
Chief Financial Officer

Tiffany spent her early career with the U.S. Military, working in civil affairs as a primary liaison between the U.S. and localities across Europe and the Middle East. Working with local governments on rebuilding and redeveloping infrastructure for war-torn areas in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, Tiffany honed her skills in operations, logistics and civil engineering. She brought those skills with her when she entered the corporate world and was able to bring the unique experiences from her military career into the commercial sector. After meeting Glenn and learning of his passion for the funeral industry, she realized quickly that they both shared a common vision for easing people’s grief. And unlike many in the industry, she doesn’t look backwards to what has been done, she’s looking forward, toward the future and to what is possible. “Dedicated service seems to be lost with many larger corporations that are slow to change…I know we can do it better!”

Amber Ditomasso
Preneed Funeral Director, All Locations

Amber has a diverse professional background in the funeral industry. She is a licensed funeral director as well as a licensed life insurance producer. In addition, Amber is a certified Preplanning Consultant through the NFDA. Amber is actively involved with funeral planning seminars and health fairs seeking to raise awareness of the importance of pre-planning. Additional important aspects of Amber's professional career revolve around collaborating with funeral homes, attorneys, conservators, and elder care facility directors to facilitate asset protection, commonly for Title 19 qualification. Amber lives in Sturbridge, MA with her husband and two daughters. In her down time, she enjoys hiking and traveling.

Victoria M. Smith
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Tori has served her apprenticeship with the Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home for the past few months and recently received her Funeral Director/Embalmers license. She is a graduate of Lincoln College of New England. Before coming into the funeral industry, she was a Certified Nurse’s Aide who worked with patients battling Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Her time as an aide, she found herself providing care for patients at the end of life and providing support their families. Her transition to the bereavement industry was as natural as it is fitting. When Tori is not working, she’s spending time with her daughter, family, and friends.

Michelle “ Shelly” Bahre
Administrative Manager

Michelle has been with the Holmes Watkins Funeral Home for several years. She is a graduate of Manchester Community College, with a concentration in Business Administration. After working as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for three years, she found that her background in office management lent itself to her transition into the bereavement industry. As a busy mother of three, Michelle enjoys playing the flute in her down time, and is currently passing this appreciation for music on to her daughter.


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