Our Staff

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The staff members at Potter Funeral Home are committed to providing your family with the finest funeral services and products available. They are available to help you 24 hours per day seven days a week. The staff is led by Glenn Blumenstein and Brian Romanowski. Glenn and Brian are college roommates who fulfilled a dream of having their own business with the purchase of Potter Funeral Home. Both have many years of experience as licensed funeral directors. Both men are proud to join the community and have been humbled by the warm reception they have received.

Brian Romanowski


Brian Romanowski, is 41 years old. He was married for 15 years, and has three children. His oldest daughter who is now 26, is married and has presented Brian with a beautiful grandson, Keaton. He also has a son who is 19 and is attending aviation school in Tulsa, OK, and his youngest daughter is 17 and about to start her first year of college in Texas. Brian has been a funeral director for over 10 years.  Although Brian misses his kids as they have left to start their adult lives, he is strengthened by their support as he builds a new life in Connecticut.

Glenn Blumenstein


Glenn R. Blumenstein is 39 years old. He is married to Tiffany Blumenstein who, he is proud to say, served our country for over a decade in the U.S. Army. In April, 2013 his wife gave birth to their son, Levi Glenn, who has filled their lives with great joy. Glenn was active in their congregation in Texas and served as a vice president of the Board of Directors at Temple Chai. Of all of his professional accomplishments he is most proud to be a funeral director. He understands the change in the lives of families who have lost a loved one, and is dedicated to helping them honor their loved one in a way that they will remember fondly. It is this dedication to what he does that he carries with him every time he meets with a family.

Christopher Gromko

Managing Funeral Director

Chris has been a fixture in the Potter Funeral Home since 1996. He is a graduate of Briarwood College in Southington and has been a licensed funeral director since 1995. Chris’s diligence and detail-orientation serve his families in making bereavement as stress-free as possible. He is a stalwart guide for the newer funeral directors and staff, while maintaining a cheerfulness that makes learning our intricate industry more seamless. Chris grew up in Norwich and lives with his wife and children in Canterbury.

Gail Nelson Smith

Funeral Assistant

Nelson was born in Windham and is retired from the Connecticut State Police. He currently resides in Columbia and is an active member of the Masonic Fraternity. Nelson is a nephew of the late Russell W. Potter, founder of the funeral home. You will find him ready to assist you at the front door of the funeral home during calling hours and he also assists at funeral services.

Peter Babcock

Funeral Assistant

Peter was raised in Lyme and has resided in eastern Connecticut for most of his life, currently living in Hampton. Many will remember him as a service writer/manager for many years at an automobile dealership in Willimantic. His entry into funeral service began with employment in the burial vault business and later became certified as a crematory operator. Today Peter will be found on most services as a funeral assistant helping families, many of which he has come to know over the years of living and working in the area.

Chad M. Peterson

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Chad M. Peterson was born in Hartford, CT and now resides in the beautiful town of East Haddam. He received his degree in Mortuary Science in 1996. Chad is a licenced funeral director and embalmer in both Connecticut and Florida. He enjoys gardening, fitness, and is an avid runner and vegan chef. Chad is a proud member of the Potter Funeral Home team.

Addicus Bagwell

Funeral Service Assistant

Xiomara C Bruder

Funeral Service Assistant

Emily Shoop

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Emily is one of the brightest new members of the Potter family. She is a recent graduate of the FINE Mortuary College, who entered the bereavement industry after earning her license as a hairdresser from the Brio Academy of Cosmetology. Emily finds her aesthetic abilities to be a boon to families and a strength that sets her apart from others in the field. She aspires to continue her course of compassionate, dedicated service as she grows as a funeral director.

Hannah Baldridge

Mortuary Assistant/Mortuary Student

New to the bereavement industry, Hannah is in study at the FINE Mortuary College as a part of the class of 2021. She brings the Potter family her versatility and progressive ideas. She has a strong artistic background and personable demeanor that puts families at ease and helps visualize the memorial of their loved ones. We look forward to all that Hannah has in store.

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