Stephen J. Priola, Owner/Manager -NJ Lic.#4071
At the young age of seven, after taking his first tour of a funeral home, Stephen J. Priola expressed an interest in the funeral service profession. Unlike most children, who change their career ideals at the drop of a hat, Stephen maintained his interest throughout his youth. He began working in funeral homes at age 16 while he was still enrolled in Parsippany High School, from which he later graduated from in 1987. He went on to Drew University in Madison, NJ where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology in 1991. In 1992, after being awarded membership in Mu Sigma Alpha, a Mortuary Science Honor Society, Stephen graduated Cum Laude from the American Academy/McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York, New York.
Stephen Priola is heavily involved in the local community. He is a longtime member of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Parsippany where he serves on the Parish Finance Council, as an usher, Eucharistic Minister, and member of the Lazarus and Adoration ministries. He is a member and Past President of the Parsippany Rotary Club, a member and Past President of the Montville UNICO Club, and the St. Pius X Knights of Columbus Council in Montville. He is also a member of the Parsippany and Montville Township Chambers of Commerce, and the Hiawatha Business Owner's Association. Mr. Priola is a member and former board member of the New Jersey State Funeral Director's Association and the Morris County Funeral Director's Association where he served three terms as President.
Nicholas J. Sisto, Funeral Director - NJ Lic.#5225
Nicholas Sisto is a licensed funeral director in The State of NJ. He has been a full time employee of Priola Parsippany Funeral Service since 2016. Nick has worked in the funeral business, performing tasks that do not require a funeral license, on a part time basis, while he was serving as a police officer. It was during this time that he decided to pursue a funeral license to continue to serve . Nick believes that serving as a funeral director is like a continuation of his service as a police officer. In his words, “it is another way to provide help to citizens”.
Nick attended and then graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service while working for and being mentored by Mr. Priola.
Nick is an active parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish in East Hanover and has served as a religious education teacher along with his wife Kellee. Nick was a member of the Parish Council and serves as a lector. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Rose. Nick and Kellee continue to raise their three children in East Hanover.