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Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Mr. David B. Feeney CFSP, CPC, Managing Partner
Having grown up in the funeral business, I knew from an early age that compassion was, and is, the key to being with families who are in what probably is the worst time of their lives...the death of a loved one. Beginning in 1921 when my grandfather, John J. Feeney started this business, compassion was the foundation on which this business was built.
I believe that a funeral director should give back to the community he or she lives in. To help my community in any capacity is a way to say "Thank You' for the faith that community members have placed in me. Being involved in community affairs brings me into frequent contact with many people I have served.
I am currently a member of the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club, and the Ridgewood Stablehands, and a parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Ridgewood.
I learned from my father and uncle that compassion begins with the initial contact with the family, and continues long after the funeral has ended. The service we extend after the funeral is one of the reasons we have received the National Funeral Directors Pursuit of Excellence Award each year since 1994, and were in ducted into the National Funeral Directors Association 'Hall of Excellence' in 2006. The Hall of Excellence is a great honor. The greatest honor bestowed on us, however, is serving families in their time of need with the compassion that has been our hallmark since 1921.
Ginny Sanzo CFSP, CPC, Funeral Director
grew up in Waldwick, NJ, graduating High School in 1995. Wanting to be a funeral director for many years, I attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service, graduating in 1997 second in the class. I am a member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity, and served a Chaplain in 1996. I graduated Bergen Community College in 2000, and became a licensed funeral director in both New Jersey and New York in 2003.
In 2004, I joined the staff at Feeney’s, and have become quite active in the community. I am an active parishioner at St. Luke’s RC Church in Ho-Ho-Kus, and am an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist. I am a member of the Ridgewood Noon Rotary Club, in addition to being in the Bergen County Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.
I am proud to be among the first funeral directors in New Jersey to earn the designation of Certified Preneed Consultant (CPC). I am also a Grief Recovery Specialist, able to comfort our families in their time of need and in 2007, I acheived my Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation (CFSP) with the the Academy of Funeral Service Practice.
I am always honored when a family chooses Feeney Funeral Home to assist them. We are in a caring, dignified and touching profession, and I carry that thought with me everyday. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve and give to my community.
Norma Van Zile, Office Manager/Certified Celebrant
Norma Van Zile joined Feeney Funeral Home in 2002 as the Office Manager. She is responsible for all administrative duties and assists both Funeral Directors in most capacities.
Norma loves people and is driven by a passion for helping others. A longtime Ridgewood resident, she is a familiar face around town. She noticed that families and friends were calmed by her presence at Feeney's. In 2006, she became a certified Celebrant. Her role as a Celebrant has strengthened her connection with people. She enjoys sitting down with the deceased's loved ones and talking. Norma uses these moments and experiences to create meaningful celebrations of life. She portrays the deceased's journey through words, pictures, and song.
Norma is active in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. She has served as a Eucharistic Minister and Baptismal Catechist for 30 years. She is currently a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Adorer and a member of the Rosary Altar Society. Norma has an equally active recreational life. She is an avid cyclist, having participated in many rides, most notably the AIDS Ride and RAGBRAI. She is a serious bowler, walker, and RISE Fitness enthusiast.
Norma is married to Richard Van Zile and has 5 children: Kelly, Allison, Matthew, Laura, and Aimee, all of whom live close enough to come home for her special family dinners. She also has 3 grandsons: Aidan, Leopold, and Finley.
John J House, Funeral Assistant
I graduated William Paterson Colege, served in the US Navy, and I married my wife Veronica in 1959. We have 3 adult children 7 grand children. I enjoyed a career in Law Enforcement in local, State, and Federal Agencies. I've been working at Feeney's for the past 4 years as a Funeral Assistant and Ambassador, and have enjoyed the work...its very rewarding!
Rich Van Zile, Funeral Ambassador
After a 30 year career, I recently retired from the Ridgewood Fire Department. I am also a US Army Veteran, and am also a Certified Emergency Medical Technician. I have been married for 40 years to my wife, Norma (she was a child bride), who also works at Feeney's. I have worked at Feeney's as an Ambassador for the past 3 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed mysaelf. Its a very rewarding position!
G. Andrew Antista, Funeral Assistant
'Andy', who turned 72 this year, is a 10 year meber of the Feeney Funeral Home staff. As a Funeral Assistant, he is busy dealing with the many details of a funeral. He is also actively involved as a member of the Executive Committee of the Passaic County Coaches Association, President of the Ridgewood Wildscape Association, President of his Summer Homeowners Association, and a past member of the Ridgewood Planning Board.
Andy is married to Sandra, and they have 2 married soons and 4 garndchildren. He and Sandy enjoy travelling, and antiquing. Andy also enjoys woodworking, crafting, model railroading, working on his 1967 Caddy convertible and keeping up a 103 year old house.
Andy says "Working at Feeney's has been a very interesting, pleasant experience. It is a 'family' atmosphere!"