Anthony J. Smokowski
1907 - 1970
Theodore S. "Teddy" Purta
About the T.S.
Purta Funeral Home
Our firm began with the son of a local
onion farming family who decided that helping people was something
that he did best. Theodore S. "Teddy" Purta graduated from
Warwick Valley Central High School in 1958 and at the age of 18, he
left the family farm to attend the McAllister School of Embalming
in New York City. After graduating from McAllister, Ted came
home to do his residency with the Lazear Funeral Home in Warwick,
NY. Ted felt that he needed to run his own funeral home in
his "hometown" of Pine Island. There he started to construct
his first location and in the fall of 1961 opened the doors to the
T.S. Purta Funeral Home, which is still in its original location
over 50 years later.
After getting married to Joyce A.
Coates, Ted and his wife bought the then existing Smokowski Funeral
Home in Florida, NY in the fall of 1970. Mr. Anthony J.
Smokowski founded the Smokowski Funeral Home in the early 1930's
and ran it until his death in 1970. With encouragement
and support from her husband Ted, Joyce a registered nurse, decided
to pursue a second career as a funeral director. In 1970 she
attended the American Academy of McAllister Institute in New York
City. Upon graduation, Joyce worked with her husband Ted,
running the 2 establishments.
In 1973, Ted and Joyce completed the
"new viewing room addition" to the now T.S. Purta Funeral Home,
Florida, NY. From that time on, Joyce and Ted worked
side-by-side running the funeral homes, while raising their two
sons, Todd and Timothy Scott.
In May of 1994, Todd S. Purta
graduated from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY and
received his associates in applied science degree. After
passing the National Board Examination of Funeral Service, Todd
worked as a funeral director resident for a period of one
year. Upon completion of his residency, he passed the New
York State Law Exam for funeral service and received his New York
State Funeral Directors License and joined the family
business. Todd also started T.S. Purta Monuments at that
In 1998, Timothy Scott Purta graduated
from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY and received his
associates in applied science degree. After passing the
National Board Examination of Funeral Service, Timothy worked as a
funeral director resident for a period of one year at Cornelius,
Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Inc., in Middletown, NY.
In May of 1999, Theodore S. "Teddy"
Purta suddenly passed away. Not only did we loose our
founder, but the community lost a great supporter and friend. Joyce
continued to run the family business with her two sons.
In 2002, Joyce and her sons decided to
proceed with the renovation and expansion plans to the Florida
Funeral Home that she and Ted had planned on doing. A second
viewing room was added with the help of family and friends, to
accommodate the growing community. This renovation was well
received within our community. Many people have expressed their
support and gratitude for providing a comfortable "family
orientated" atmosphere in a spacious facility.
Timothy Scott took a full time
position in the family business in the spring of 2003, when Joyce
decided to slow down a bit, which allowed Todd and Timothy to take
over the day-to-day operations. They could now work together and
continue what their parents had started.
In the summer of 2008, Todd &
Timothy renovated the original "founding location" of T.S. Purta
Funeral Home in Pine Island, NY. The overall reception area
was increased and has been well received by the community. They
received the "Pride of Pine Island" award by the Pine Island
Chamber of Commerce, for beautifying the overall landscape of Pine
Island as well as maintaining a professional atmosphere for those
Today, more than ever, Todd and Tim
realize the importance of maintaining the "Family" atmosphere for
those they serve. Our goal is to maintain our high quality of
service to the community we serve with the Respect, Honesty and
Compassion you should expect from our family operated business.