At Munson-Lovetere, our 5 licensed funeral directors all live locally and are available to assist you, any time of the day or night. Our professional Licensed staff includes Lissa Lovetere-Stone, the niece of the late Joseph P. Lovetere, Christine Morneault, Robyn Dostie Esposito, Jennifer Castonguay and Rachel Lenoir. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Families are reassured by this heritage of family ownership, attention to detail and service.
Licensed Funeral Director and President / Certified Crematory Operator
Lissa Lovetere-Stone, the niece of the late Joseph P. Lovetere, currently serves as President of the Funeral Home. A lifelong resident of the Woodbury-Southbury area, she is a graduate of Holy Cross High School in Waterbury. She received a Bachelors Degree from Boston University and an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from Mount Ida College.
Lissa is the third generation to work at her family’s funeral homes where she has been a licensed funeral director since 1990. She is well known and active in the local business community, serving on many boards and committees.
A resident of Bethlehem, she is married to Mark D. Stone, and is a mother of two teenagers, Andrew and Evelyn.
Lissa is proud of continuing the commitment to the community that her family started decades ago. The family-owned, independently operated funeral home continues to maintain respect among the local townspeople.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Chrissie R. Morneault graduated from Lincoln College of New England with honors and joined the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home in 2015.
personality and positive attitude helps families feel confident and supported
in their deepest time of life. She prides herself on the care she takes and the
service she provides.
An animal lover with great maternal instincts, Chrissie feels
it is an honor to serve the families in our community. Chrissie is active with the Festival of Wreaths fundraiser which benefits local charities.
Office Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer / Certified Crematory Operator
Robyn Dostie Esposito grew up in Woodbury and attended Region 14 schools. She graduated from Lincoln College of New England with a degree in Mortuary Science.
Robyn joined the military right out of high school and served six years with the Army National Guard as a 63W, Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Repairer, and takes great pride in assisting our families with the Veterans Benefits afforded to them. Robyn is a member of the Emil Senger Post 10, American Legion in Seymour.
When not assisting families at the funeral home you may find Robyn at Stone Family Cremation Services / Pet Passages by Munson Lovetere in Southbury, working with senior centers, places of worship or local groups conducting presentations for funeral pre - planning, or being the behind the scenes face to the companies social media and internet presence.
In her spare time Robyn is active in the Youth Lacrosse program in Watertown as the founding director of the Girls Youth Lacrosse program and still coaches her children. She is also active with the Woodbury Ct Chamber of Commerce. You may also find her hiking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Robyn lives in Watertown with her significant other Peter, and her children Chelsea, Gabrielle and Franklyn and her dog, Van Gogh.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer / Certified Crematory Operator
Jennifer received her associate degree with Magna Cum Laude distinction from Lincoln College of New England. Jenn joined Munson-Lovetere in 2018 transitioning from an intern to an apprentice and receiving her Funeral Director and Embalmers license in 2019.
Jennifer characterizes a good funeral director as someone who maintains deference for both the deceased and the bereaved; compassion and support are paramount while helping families receive closure from their loss. Jennifer finds the application of this philosophy achievable by treating every family she encounters as if it were her own. Additionally, as a Certified Crematory Operator Jennifer can be found aiding families with the loss of their furry members at Pet Passages in Southbury.
Jennifer lives in Danbury alongside her significant other Gregory, and their dog Banjo. An ardent vegetarian for over ten years, she enjoys spending her time exercising compassion to animals by donating to animal sanctuaries and participating in animal welfare fundraisers. If not assisting families, Jennifer can be found enjoying the outdoors in a local park.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Rachel graduated from Lincoln College of New England with honors in 2015 with an associate in applied sciences. She served her Apprenticeship in New Jersey where she received a great learning experience and education at a high-volume funeral home. She returned to Connecticut for licensure and was working as a director for many years prior to joining the Munson- Lovetere team.
Rachel specializes in the preparation and care of loved ones for visitation and uses her background in fine arts to assist her in cases that require restoration. Her goal is always to be able to offer the closure families need in situations where they may not otherwise have the opportunity to see their loved one for the final time.
Rachel’s passion for art began at a very young age, and tries to always be working on something creative. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Bear, gardening, painting portraits and baking.
Emotional Support Team
Van Gogh joined Munson Lovetere in April of 2020 during a pandemic and started by offering much needed love and laughter to the staff. He quite naturally moved into being a source of quiet comfort to our client families. Van spends most days at the office with Robyn but sometimes he needs a break too. His respite is spending time at home with his pack (Robyn, Peter, Gabby and Franklyn).
Lisa Dillane has been the office assistant at Munson Lovetere since 2016. She fills many roles from assisting the funeral directors with service set up to creating the personalized memorial items for our client families.
Lisa grew up in Bethlehem and graduated from Nonnewaug High School. She is a yearly volunteer at the Bethlehem Fair, where she has worked along side her family for many years in the Antique Tractor division. When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys being outdoors, gardening and raising, tagging, releasing and tracking Monarch Butterflies, a passion passed down from her Grandmother.
Lisa lives in Thomaston with her husband James and her 3 children Taylor, Corbin and Pyper. She can often be found cheering them on at their many sport activities. Lisa and her family are active in their volunteer work ranging from 4-H to the local Fire Department. Lisa is also involved in fundraising, collecting and donating blankets for shelter dogs and veterinarian assistance for low income families, causes inspired by her 5 Chihuahua fur babies.