Funeral Celebrants

Funeral Celebrants

McCrery and Harra proudly offers the finest celebrants to help friends and family find the best ways to celebrate the life of a loved one.

Rosie Castelli, Funeral Celebrant -

Rosie Castelli

Rosie smiles when asked about her life journey to becoming a funeral celebrant. Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Rosie received her BA from Caldwell College, MA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Ed.D. from Widener University's School of Human Service Professions. 

After College, she spent six years as a Dominican Nun where she studied theology and world religions. It provided her with a solid background in spirituality, the value of ritual in solemnizing events, and the necessity of using meaningful words and symbols to make ceremonies sacred and significant.

After teaching in College for many years,she became the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the College at SUNY Adirondack in Upstate New York. In 2002 she left higher education to follow her desire to become a Certified Funeral Celebrant and Grief Counselor. As a grief counselor she soon discovered that many families were dissatisfied with the funeral of their loved one because it didn't capture the essence and true meaning of their loved one.  She decided to become a certified funeral celebrant and help families celebrant the life and unique personality of their loved one by helping them fashion truly personal and individual ceremonies. 

Rosie has performed over 300 humanist and spiritual funerals of all kinds. She is certified in Celebrancy by the internationally recognized In-Sight Institute and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Grief Counseling, where she also teaches Distance Learning Courses in Grief Education.  Rosie is also a Certified Funeral Services Associate.  

Rosie believes sincerely that ceremonies to mark life transitions should be personal, and reflective of your loved one's personality. Therefore, every funeral celebration of life that she performs is a "one of a kind" celebration designed to celebration the meaning, impact and significance of your loved one's life. buy Venapro and Whether you are religious, spiritual or humanist, the ceremony is your ceremony.

Warm, affable, humorous, creative and insightful, Rosie visits or personally talks with the family and friends of the deceased, and fashions her ceremony after determining the family's wants and needs. 

Rosie has one son, loving daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, whom she adores,  and lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

Katherine Franta, Funeral Celebrant -

Katherine Franta

Rev. Dr. Katherine Franta practices Holistic Ministry, which is tailored to each person no matter what his or her background. Holistic Ministry encompasses a study of world religion, philosophy, and spirituality. With an emphasis on experiential practice, Rev. Kate is able to provide spiritual counsel for those who are often overlooked: People without a traditional church. While she provides spiritual counsel for any life situation, her focus lies in assisting clients and families with ceremonies such as weddings and funerals/memorials, along with helping families make peace when a loved one is dying. This is accomplished by assessing the client’s needs, the family’s needs, and employing active, experiential processes for everyone willing to explore, grow, and greet peace with an open heart.

Rev. Kate is gifted in providing an open and creative space for families to plan a personalized ceremony that truly celebrates the gift of life. Rev. Kate encourages her clients to take an active role in their spiritual development by participating in the services.

Having earned her doctorate in 2005 in Holistic Ministry, Rev. Kate draws on extensive experience with cross-cultural and traditional spirituality, meditation, Shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity, secular philosophy, metaphysical studies, psychology, and quantum physics.