Staff

For over 27 years our family cares for yours.

 

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Paul R. Hammerl Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Paul is a native New Yorker, having been born and raised in Buffalo. After taking a death and dying course in college, Paul became interested in funeral service. Enrolling and graduating from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Paul became New York State licensed in 1989. He also attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Medaille College in New York.


In 1998, Paul moved to Fairfield County in Connecticut where he first managed the Raymond Funeral Home in Norwalk and then the Hoyt Funeral Home in New Canaan. Always having desired to own and operate his own funeral home, Paul purchased the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home in November of 2011.


In March of 2018, Paul purchased a second funeral home, the Copeland Funeral Home in New Paltz.


Paul is currently a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, where he serves as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and a Parish Council board member. He is also a member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus (Kingston Council #275) where he is a fourth degree knight, and both the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.


Paul lives above the funeral home and when he is not serving the community, he enjoys restoring various art deco artifacts and classic cars.

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Kimberly A. Mangialaschi Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director

 

Kim came to the funeral profession later in life, having first worked as an archaeologist and then as a professor of English at 

a university in Japan.  She has always been interested in diverse cultures and traditions and had the opportunity to live abroad

in Spain, Belize, Honduras and Japan, and to travel extensively.

 

Kim was born in Bridgeport Connecticut and earned her Bachelors in Spanish and Business at St. Francis College in Pennsylvania, her

Masters in Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and her Mortuary degree at American McCallister in

New York City. 

 

She enjoys reading, writing, handicrafts, watching movies and cooking cuisines from around the world. 

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Jill E. Cullen General Manager

Non-Licensed

 

Jill came to Copeland Funeral Home in 2005, after working in the banking industry for more than 20 years. 

She started out as an assistant to Tim Copeland, after his mother Patricia Copeland retired, and worked her way to office 

mananger, overseeing the day to day operations of the funeral home. 

 

In March of 2017 Tim Copeland sold the funeral home to Paul Hammerl of what is now Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home, and 

Jill continued on and has now been promoted to General Manager of operations. 

 

"I am very lucky to hold a position for the past 14 years that I find to be so rewarding."

 

Jill lives in the Town of Newburgh with her husband Jim and their 5 dogs, Snowi, Brodi, Bandit, Belle, and Chico.  She has two

children Alexandria and Austin. In their spare time, she and Jim like attending car shows, showing their antique cars and 

traveling.  She also enjoys reading and gardening. 

 

 

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William "Bill" Dubois Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed 

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Robert "Bob" Ellsworth Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed 

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Irene Hamilton Office Manager Assistant

Non-Licensed

Paul R. Hammerl

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director
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Paul is a native New Yorker, having been born and raised in Buffalo. After taking a death and dying course in college, Paul became interested in funeral service. Enrolling and graduating from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Paul became New York State licensed in 1989. He also attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Medaille College in New York.


In 1998, Paul moved to Fairfield County in Connecticut where he first managed the Raymond Funeral Home in Norwalk and then the Hoyt Funeral Home in New Canaan. Always having desired to own and operate his own funeral home, Paul purchased the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home in November of 2011.


In March of 2018, Paul purchased a second funeral home, the Copeland Funeral Home in New Paltz.


Paul is currently a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, where he serves as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and a Parish Council board member. He is also a member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus (Kingston Council #275) where he is a fourth degree knight, and both the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.


Paul lives above the funeral home and when he is not serving the community, he enjoys restoring various art deco artifacts and classic cars.

Kimberly A. Mangialaschi

Licensed Funeral Director
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Licensed Funeral Director

 

Kim came to the funeral profession later in life, having first worked as an archaeologist and then as a professor of English at 

a university in Japan.  She has always been interested in diverse cultures and traditions and had the opportunity to live abroad

in Spain, Belize, Honduras and Japan, and to travel extensively.

 

Kim was born in Bridgeport Connecticut and earned her Bachelors in Spanish and Business at St. Francis College in Pennsylvania, her

Masters in Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and her Mortuary degree at American McCallister in

New York City. 

 

She enjoys reading, writing, handicrafts, watching movies and cooking cuisines from around the world. 

Jill E. Cullen

General Manager
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Non-Licensed

 

Jill came to Copeland Funeral Home in 2005, after working in the banking industry for more than 20 years. 

She started out as an assistant to Tim Copeland, after his mother Patricia Copeland retired, and worked her way to office 

mananger, overseeing the day to day operations of the funeral home. 

 

In March of 2017 Tim Copeland sold the funeral home to Paul Hammerl of what is now Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home, and 

Jill continued on and has now been promoted to General Manager of operations. 

 

"I am very lucky to hold a position for the past 14 years that I find to be so rewarding."

 

Jill lives in the Town of Newburgh with her husband Jim and their 5 dogs, Snowi, Brodi, Bandit, Belle, and Chico.  She has two

children Alexandria and Austin. In their spare time, she and Jim like attending car shows, showing their antique cars and 

traveling.  She also enjoys reading and gardening. 

 

 

William "Bill" Dubois

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed 

Robert "Bob" Ellsworth

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed 

Irene Hamilton

Office Manager Assistant
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Non-Licensed