History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because  they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

We opened the doors of our Farmington facility over 30 years ago. Since that time, we have stood firmly rooted in tradition, yet flexible and yielding to the developments in funeral service, and the ebb and flow of popular trends. No matter the year, it has always been our goal to serve our community to the best of our ability – to care for those who come to us as if they were members of our own family.

You can be truly comfortable calling upon us, because you’ll be connecting with neighbors and friends – who recognize the deep pain of loss through professional training tempered by personal experience.

We’ll listen closely to your stories, provide information when we see the need, and help you to arrive at decisions you can be pleased with for years to come.


Our Valued Staff

Kent C. Wiles

Kent C. Wiles, Funeral Director

Kent is a proud native of Farmington. He was born here, and graduated from Mt. Blue High School in 1985. He attended Bentley University, now known as Bentley University, in Waltham Massachusetts, graduating in 1989 with a degree in Business Management. His funeral service education came from Mt. Ida College, in Newton Center, Massachusetts, where he received a degree in Funeral Service Management.

With a strong commitment to Farmington and the surrounding area, Kent serves in many civic organizations. He is the Past President of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, the Wilton Lions Club, the Farmington Rotary Club, and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Kent is a member of the Wilton Masonic Lodge #156 AF and AM, the Kora Temple Shrine, the Western Mountain Shrine Club, and Member of Farmington BPOE #2430. He was also head coach of the 2012 Champion Farmington Braves Cal Ripken Little League Baseball team.

His professional affiliations include membership in the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Associated Independent Funeral Homes of Maine, where he currently serves as treasurer.
Kent is married to Susan (Boyce) Wiles, formerly of Kingfield, who serves as a Special Education Teacher at MSAD#36. Together they raise four wonderful children, Thomas, Kristyn, Mitchell and Ashley.

Truly an “outdoorsman”, Kent’s hobbies include deer and bird hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and skiing. He also loves to travel with his family. Together, they enjoy watching baseball and football – most notably the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and the New England Patriots.


Rhonda A. Wiles-Rosell

Rhonda A. Wiles-Rosell, Funeral Director

Rhonda lives with her family (husband, Kurt Rosell and their son, Adam E. Wiles-Rosell), their Springer spaniel “Luke” and snowshoe cat, “Kiera,” at the Farmington location.

She is a graduate of Mt. Blue High School, Farmington; Boston University, School of Public Communication and New England Institute, in Boston, Massachusetts. She enjoys and supports her community by serving on the volunteer Board of Directors of the Franklin Memorial Hospital Board of Directors as well as the local volunteer hospice coalition. She is a parent volunteer and encourages the sport and music activities of her active teenage son.

She actively supports educational efforts in her community, as well as throughout the State, on end of life care issues, educating others on issues of loss, grief and mourning. She was privileged to present a paper at an International Conference at the University of Bath, England, on Death and Final Disposition. Her paper and presentation, titled, “The Tucking In Time,” was the sole presentation of a licensed funeral service practitioner.

She is currently a facilitator for the Bereaved Parents Support Group at Franklin Memorial Hospital and offers continuing education programs for health care providers, school systems, insurance companies, small businesses, and local churches.

Her personal interests include reading, writing, fishing, boating, collecting antiques, and enjoying time at their camp at Belgrade Lakes.


Stephan M. Bunker

Stephan M. Bunker, Funeral Attendant

Stephan has been a proud resident of Farmington since his high school days, graduating from Farmington High School in 1967. Following a tour in the US Army, Military Police Corp. he returned to Maine where he enrolled at So. Maine Voc-Tech. Institute, graduating in 1972 with a AA degree in Law Enforcement Technology. He later transferred to University of Southern Maine, completing a BS degree in Criminal Justice in 1974. Continuing his education part-time, he received a MEd degree in Adult Education from UMO in 1977. He is an adjunct faculty in the Maine Community College system.

During his 40 years in public safety he has been a military & municipal police officer, deputy sheriff, corrections officer, EMT, emergency dispatcher and police academy cadre. He recently retired from state service where he was the manager for all 9-1-1 dispatcher training and education. He is a military retiree, having served 23 years in the US Coast Guard Reserves, where he attained the rank of Lt. Commander.

Stephan continues his public service as a fireman (since 1978) and as a Selectman for the Town of Farmington. He also has served on the Franklin County Budget Committee. He is a Past President for the Maine Municipal Association-Executive Committee, and currently serves as the Vice-President, which involves him in many state/local public policy issues.

He is a member of the BPOE #2430 and the Roderick-Crosby American Legion Post #28 in Farmington. He is married to Cheryl(Walker), a long-term employee of the Franklin Memorial Hospital accounting department. They reside on Bailey Hill Road, where they enjoy gardening and landscaping, and also the love of travel and the outdoors.


Don LeSuer

Don LeSuer, Funeral Attendant

Don is a long-time funeral attendant at the Remembrance Centers and is active in his faith community at St. Rose of Lima Church where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and on several Parish committees. He is a proud WW II veteran and is pas Post Commander of the Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post #3335 of Jay. He lives in Jay with his wife Shirley.


Ernest Lowell

Ernest Lowell, Funeral Attendant

Ernie has been with the Remembrance Center staff for several years and is active in the Maine Lodge #20 AF and AM of Farmington where he serves as Secretary of the Lodge. He lives in Farmington with his wife Grace and is retired from the highway department of the Town of Famington.


Robert

Robert "Doc" Underwood, Funeral Attendant

Bob was born in Bridgeton, Maine where he was educated until he transferred to Lancaster Academy in New Hampshire. He worked as chief operating room tech at MMC in Portland while attending Gorham State Teachers College. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School from the Physicians Assistant Program and worked in the medical field for over 40 years. Retired for 8 years currently. Doc is a bagpiper with the Kora Shine Highlanders, Pipe Major Emeritus, is a member of the Masons, including a past Master two times and past DDGM of the 15th District. He resides in Farmington with his wife of 53 years, Charlotte; together they have a daughter, Lisa, and son, Dana and 5 grandchildren. Doc and Charlotte love to travel, spend time with their Amish friends and did Civil War Reenacting for several years. He teaches bagpiping to UMF students and bagpipes and plays the Native American flute at many occasions. Doc has been a funeral attendant for Wiles for the past year and a half.


Bucky Leighton

Bucky Leighton, Funeral Attendant - Dixfield Location Manager

Bucky is a native of Dixfield and a graduate of Dixfield High School. He continued his education at SMVTI and the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham campus. His field of study was Culinary Arts. He applied his culinary skills in various levels of education and business. He taught Culinary Arts for six years, cooked on merchant vessels for nine years, owned and operated “The Cabin” restaurant in Farmington for six years, and was retired from Aramark Corporation at UMF, after 18 years of service. He and his wife, Mary reside in Temple and their adult son, Luke, lives in Colorado.