Funeral Director

A native of Connecticut, Peter A. Deysenroth was born in Norwalk and raised in Weston. In his youth he developed an interest in funeral service and, upon graduating from Weston High School in 1984, he pursued a course of study in mortuary science. In 1986 he graduated valedictorian from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse and Cum Laude from Herkimer County Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree. He served his apprenticeship at Raymond Funeral Home in Norwalk under the supervision of Harold Allyn Searles and Chester C. Hatch, and after receiving his Connecticut embalmer's license continued working for Raymonds.

In 1994 he received his New York State Funeral Directors license, and in October of that same year moved to Cooperstown and became associated with Ingalls, Connell, & Dow, Inc. In 2005, Mr. Deysenroth became the sole owner of the funeral business, Connell, Dow & Deysenroth, Inc. and the buildings and property at 82 Chestnut Street.

Professionally, he is a member of the Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the British Institute of Embalmers, the Professional Car Society and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce.

Since moving to Cooperstown, Mr. Deysenroth has enjoyed membership in the Lions Club of Cooperstown. A Melvin Jones Fellow, he served as Club Secretary for 22 years and is currently President-elect. He is also a member of the Board of the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery Association.

Since 1988, Mr. Deysenroth has been an active member of the Masonic Fraternity. Raised in Old Well Lodge No. 108, A. F. & A.M. (now Old Well-St. John’s Lodge No. 6, A.F. & A.M.) in East Norwalk, CT, he is also a member and has served as Secretary for over 20 years of Otsego Lodge No. 138, F. & A.M. in Cooperstown. He has served both Lodges as Master and has held offices in the Grand Lodges of both Connecticut and New York. His Masonic memberships extend to the York and Scottish Rite concordant bodies and the Grotto. In 1993 he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and as a part of his ancestry is a member of the National Society of Magna Charta Dames and Barons.

Throughout his life, Mr. Deysenroth has been an avid musician, and enjoys playing both piano and organ. He currently serves as the organist and assistant director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, and is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal College of Organists in London, England. He is also active with the Voices of Cooperstown.

In 1995 he married Maria Nichols, a native of Bloomville, NY, and they and their son, Erik, enjoy living just outside the Village of Cooperstown.