Funeral Home Owner Gets First Of A Kind NYS Designation for Female Ownership

Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge displays the Women Business Enterprise certificate for the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home./Photo provided

BALLSTON LAKE – Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home has received certification by a national organization as a business owned, controlled and operated by a woman — the first of its kind to received the designation in the state.

Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge has worked as a funeral director for more than 20 years. This past August her funeral home, located at 21 Midline Road, was recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a Women Business Enterprise.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, a nonprofit founded in 1997, describes itself as the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States. It has certified more than 7,000 businesses as women or minority enterprises in New York, and Townley & Wheeler s the only company that provides monuments, tombstones, grave markers, transportation of the deceased or funeral direction in the state, Sanvidge said.

Sanvidge, who was introduced to funeral services as a teenager as part of a program at Ellis Hospital offered by Shenendahowa High School, purchased the business in 2013. She has since remodeled the facility, extended Townley & Wheeler’s social media presence and more than doubled the calls for service.

“I’m mindful of my customers,” she said in a statement. “They’re like my family.”

Sanvidge is is a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business & Professional Association. Townley & Wheeler currently serves families in Ballston Lake, Burnt Hills, Clifton Park, Jonesville and Glenville.

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