Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Our Funeral Home and Cremation Service serve the greater Springfield, Wilbraham and Ludlow area. We have cared for our communities for over a century. We offer a range of cremation and burial choices, from traditional to environmentally friendly 'green' burial services. Our services are tailored to your needs and your budget - no matter how traditional or modern your wishes are.
We provide the best funeral home and cremation services for Indian Orchard. We invite you to visit our home and meet our friendly staff. Please give us a call if there's anything we can help with at all.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Ratell Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Chris is a lifelong resident of the Valley. He began his career in Funeral Service in South Deerfield. In 1988 he received his degree in Mortuary Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. In 2017, Chris was invited to partner and manage both Ratell & Tylunas Funeral Homes to provide experienced and dignified services to their families. Chris is looking forward to continuing the tradition of providing unparalleled service and dignity with these two Funeral Homes, who have a combined history of over 200 years serving families in Chicopee, Springfield, Indian Orchard, Ludlow and the surrounding areas.
Chris has served as a former Disaster Mortuary team member, member of the Lions club, Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, Three County Fair Association. Chris looks forward to a new era with both Homes, establishing relationships with families and continuing the quality care of the families he's serve in the past.
Picture taken of Chris at Croagh Patrick Mountain in Ireland (http://www.croagh-patrick.com/visitorcentre/holy-mountain)
Funeral Directing & Embalming Apprentice
Caitlyn has lived in western Massachusetts her entire life. After graduating from Chicopee Comprehensive High in 2018, she proceeded to play soccer and study Communications and Marketing at Holyoke Community College, earning her Associate’s degree in 2021. Shortly after, she joined the Tylunas/Ratell team in July of 2021 as the administrative coordinator. Caitlyn is currently attending CIFS in Houston to earn her degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Services.
Caitlyn volunteers with many organizations including the Miracle League of Western MA, a baseball team for children with physical and cognitive disabilities. Caitlyn was named the 2023 Springfield Colleen, and is an avid Irish step dancer, having competed at both New England Regional Oireachtas, and North American National Championships. Within the Irish dance world, Caitlyn works for Eire Beauty under Erin O'Meara as a Head Makeup and Hair Artist.