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

For more than 165 years, the family-owned and operated Lee Funeral Homes has provided caring, dignified service to families in need. During those years, six generations of Lee family have prided themselves on this dependable and distinctive service. Today, that service is offered by C. William Lee, III., Katherine Lee Taylor, Michael W. Lee and Lisa M. Mounts and the entire staff of the Lee Funeral Homes. Orginially, the J. William Lee Sons Company was established and located in Washington, D.C., steps from the Capital building, by Henry Lee in 1836. In 1895, J. William Lee, acting on behalf of a local society of 300 members, installed the first crematory in Washington, D.C. and one of the first on the entire East Coast. In 1901, The J. William Lee Sons Company had the distinct privilege of serving the William McKinley family, our country’s 34th President of the United States. In 1977, Lee Funeral Home, Inc. began providing services to families in Clinton, MD (Prince George’s County) and continues to provide services today. And in 1996, Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A. was established in Owings, MD (Calvert County) and also continues to provide service today.


Our Valued Staff

C. William  Lee, III, CFSP

C. William Lee, III, CFSP, President; Licensed Funeral Director, CPC, CFSP

As a fifth generation funeral director, Bill has been involved in the family business for over 30 years. While in high school he helped with many of the jobs that always needed to be done in the Funeral Home. In 1966, Bill graduated from Saint John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. In 1970, Bill received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from St. Leo College in St. Leo, FL. After college, he attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. and graduated cume laude in 1971. He subsequently received licenses in the District of Columbia in 1972 and in the state of Maryland in 1979. He has served in all chairs of the Funeral Directors Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., culminating as president from 1979 to 1980. In May of 1994, he earned his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). Bill has also served on all chairs of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association, Inc., including being a board member and serving on all the executive chairs. He is a native Washingtonian who makes his home in Lower Marlboro, MD, Calvert County.


Katherine Lee  Taylor (Kitty)

Katherine Lee Taylor (Kitty), Vice President/Corporate Secretary

Kitty graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, MD and and attended Immaculata Junior College. Fifth generation in funeral service, she has been employed at the funeral home for the past 23 years. She grew up in a family serving the public in their time of need. As a part of the Lee family, she continues to serve as Corporate Secretary and Office Manager. She is married with three daughters and resides in Calvert County, Huntingtown, Maryland.


Michael W. Lee,  CSFP, CPC

Michael W. Lee, CSFP, CPC, General Manager; Licensed Funeral Director; Licensed Insurance Agent

Mike is the general manager of Lee Funeral Homes. As a 6th generation funeral director, Mike has been involved in the family business for 29 years. I can remember from an early age running around the funeral home waiting on dad to get off work. So in 1988, Mike started working part time as a summer job. In 1992, Mike graduated from Northern High School in Owings, Maryland. After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Saint Leo College, St. Leo, FL in 1996, Mike attended and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, OH in 1997. That same year Mike entered into the ranks as a licensed funeral director. Currently, Mike is a member of the Maryland Funeral Directors Association, Inc.,The National Funeral Director Association, and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. His is also a licensed insurance agent for pre-funding funerals. Mike states, that being a 6th generation funeral director is a very proud and honorable experience and that I find serving the entire Southern Maryland community very rewarding. Mike makes his home with his wife, Denice and three boys, Andrew, Nathan and Matthew in St. Leonard, Maryland in Calvert County.


Lisa  Mounts

Lisa Mounts, Licensed Funeral Director

Lisa graduated from Northern High School in 1997. She attended West Liberty State College in West Liberty, West Virginia and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Lisa graduated from Catonsville Community College with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in May of 2007. Lisa is the newest addition to the sixth generation of the family owned and operated Lee Funeral Homes. Lisa currently resides in Huntingtown, Maryland in Calvert County with her husband and two children.


Ken Phifer

Ken Phifer, Manager, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent

Ken is a native of Pennsylvania, graduating from Leighton Area High School in 1975 and from East Stroudsburg University in 1979. He graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Syracuse, New York in 1983. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1984 and a licensed insurance agent since 1987. He resides in Leonardtown, MD with his wife Lori. They have been married since 1981 and are the parents of three children; Amanda, Alex and Adam.


Gary J. Goff

Gary J. Goff, Licensed Funeral Director

Gary was born and raised in Maryland and graduated from North Carroll High School, Greenmount, Maryland in 1968. As the second generation in funeral service, Gary was introduced into funeral service in 1963 by his father. After attending Catonsville Community College from 1968 to 1970, he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1971 and received a Maryland Funeral Director and Embalmers license that same year. He moved to Calvert County in 1992. He is married, has three children and five grandchildren. His hobbies include boating, fishing, playing the organ and traveling.


Alexa N. Turner

Alexa N. Turner, Licensed Funeral Director

Alexa is presently attending Community College of Baltimore County School of Mortuary Science. She enjoys working with people and in her spare time, she likes painting and being outdoors. She love animals and has a few of her own.


Matthew W. Wilson

Matthew W. Wilson, Licensed Funeral Apprentice

Matthew "Matt" is presently attending American Academy McAllister Institute Funeral Service. He has been working at the Owing location since the beginning of 2017. He is a volunteer EMT in St. Mary's County. He is married and the father of three boys. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and teaching his boys about the outdoors.


Julie  Brinlee

Julie Brinlee, Secretary

Julie is a transplanted Cajun from Louisiana. In 1987, she moved to Maryland and to Calvert County in 1993. The summer of 2009, Julie started working for Lee Funeral Home Calvert. Her creativity has brought about a number of new programs. She currently resides in Owings with her husband of 20+ years.


Brendan  Smith

Brendan Smith, Funeral Assistant


Wayne  Moyer

Wayne Moyer, Funeral Assistant


Betty Allen

Betty Allen, Hostess


Vincent D.  DiPaola

Vincent D. DiPaola, Manager; Licensed Funeral Director

Vincent is orginally from Elkton, MD. In 1971, Vincent graduated from Salesianum High School in Wilmington, DE. After attending Cecil Community College, he enrolled in the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1973. He received his funeral director’s license in Maryland in 1975. Currently, Vincent is the Manager of Lee Funeral Home, Inc. Vince married the former Mary Blendy in 1976 and they have three children, Anna, Laura, and Anthony. Mr. DiPaola has enjoyed a 40-year affiliation with the funeral industry of which he is quite proud.


Katrina D.  Kaminski

Katrina D. Kaminski, Office Manager

Katrina has over 18 years working for the Lee Family.


Jeffrey S.  Nigro

Jeffrey S. Nigro, Licensed Funeral Director

Jeffrey is a licensed funeral director in Maryland. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. Jeffrey is a member of the National Association of accountants and the Student Mentoring Program. He also holds a Mortuary Science Associates Degree from Catonsville Community College. Jeffrey is member of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and he is a licensed EMT. Jeffrey joined Lee Funeral Home in January of 2006.


Kathleen Santivasci

Kathleen Santivasci, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent


Kelli Patti-Breuer

Kelli Patti-Breuer, Licensed Funeral Director


Brittany Vigar

Brittany Vigar, Licensed Funeral Director


J. Ronald  Goodman (Ron)

J. Ronald Goodman (Ron), Maintenance Director

Ron was born in February 1943 in Washington, D.C. He completed studies of Commerical Art with the Corcoran School of Art at the George Washington University in 1963. Ron began in the funeral industry in the spring of 1963 working for the Wilhelm Funeral Home in Suitland, Maryland. He served there as Mortuary Maintenance Director for 28 1/2 years until Mr. Wilhelm retired and sold his establishment. Ron then began working with the Lee Funeral Home in September of 1991 as Maintenance Director.


Leonor  Castro

Leonor Castro, Housekeeping


Kevin  Putman (KC)

Kevin Putman (KC), Certified Crematory Operator


William  Gilmartin

William Gilmartin, Funeral Assistant


Wilbert Orphe

Wilbert Orphe, Funeral Assistant


Nancy  Fosbrook

Nancy Fosbrook, Hostess


Denise Savoy

Denise Savoy, Hostess


Dawn Starosta

Dawn Starosta, Hostess


Theresa Sciandra

Theresa Sciandra, Hostess