Meet our Family Service Counselors
A RIGHT • A PRIVILEGE • A DUTY
At Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo, our professional counselors are here to guide you before, during or following your time of need. They are dedicated to making you feel comfortable and answering any questions you may have. They will never make you feel pressured or rushed. Their only goal is to make sure you understand all of your options and are satisfied with your decision. Please feel free to contact one of our counselors at any time.
“I was raised Catholic, attended Catholic schools and had a brother who was a Catholic priest. He passed away when he was 42, which gave me a greater appreciation for those who have lost someone. My medical background has made me a natural caregiver, and my counseling is a direct extension of that. I love my job, whether it is being with people at a difficult time, helping to solve a problem, or presenting information in a lighthearted way in order to ease the anxieties of funeral planning.”
You could say that helping people runs in the family for Sarah Janusz. Sarah is following in the footsteps of her father, Jim Janusz, a recently retired Family Service Counselor for Catholic Cemeteries. Sarah is our newest Family Service Counselor but is not “new” to Catholic Cemeteries. She has worked in the office of Mt. Olivet for 14 years, working closely with families, Funeral Directors and other cemetery staff. This second generation Family Service Counselor takes a great deal of pride in her new position.
She explained how rewarding it is to help people make decisions with something as challenging as their own future burial needs or the final resting place of a loved one. “It’s something most people don’t understand,” said Sarah. “Everything I’ve done at Catholic Cemeteries has prepared me for this new challenge, and given the opportunity, I wouldn’t change a thing...”
"I truly enjoy serving in the 'Family' tradition."
Laura Baker comes to Catholic Cemeteries with over 20 years of Customer Service and a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives. As a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Psychology and Human Services, Laura is uniquely equipped to assist families with making arrangements for loved ones during the most challenging time in their lives. She has personally overcome major losses, which gives her a passion to assist others.
John Sanborn is a parishioner of St Amelia's in Tonawanda and an active member of the Holy Name Society. He credits family and the apostolate of the Holy Name, to assist parish ministries by performing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, for bringing him to work for the Catholic Church. His focus is faith, prayer, and service, which aid our ultimate return to the Father through Christ, whose resurrection gives death its true meaning.
Mike Archambault embodies the term "people skills." He joined Catholic Cemeteries after many years as a bartender (you might have him at Jovi's in Kemore) and yes, he's the kind that listened attentively and made people's day better with a kind word, a joke or his trademark smile. He left us for a time to work with customers in his family's business but we are happy to have back once again working with our families. You will find talking to Archie (our nickname for him) is like talking to an old friend.