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.

Our History

On February 1, 1834, Thomas F. Keeler extended a helping and necessary hand to the community of Mount Holly and the surrounding area when he started a funeral service in conjunction with his furniture business at 107 High Street in this historic town.

Thomas F. Keeler was also one of the founders of the Burlington County Funeral Directors' Association in New Jersey. He served as the organization's first secretary in 1877. Six generations of Keelers and Perinchiefs have guided the destiny of the funeral business in Mount Holly and each of the six generations has served as president and secretary of the Burlington Association. In addition two have served as president of the New Jersey State Board of Mortuary Science: Morris Keeler Perinchief From 1938-1942 and Harry Tuttle Perinchief 1942-1952.

The patriarch of the business, Thomas F. Keeler, died in 1885. He was succeeded by his son Morris H. Keeler, who headed the business until his death in 1914. Morris K. Perinchief, a grandson of Morris H. Keeler joined the firm in 1905 as the third generation to be engaged in the family enterprise. Morris K. Perinchief introduced modern embalming to Burlington County in 1906. The firm was the first in the area to utilize motorized equipment in its service, replacing its horse drawn vehicles in 1912. In 1937 their Chapel became the first fully air-conditioned funeral home in the vicinity.

Harry T. Perinchief joined his father in 1933 and upon the death of his father in 1945 became head of the firm. In 1949 Harry completely remodeled the existing facilities. The remodeled home served the community for over 20 years, but in 1961, after 127 years of operation at the original location, Harry purchased a beautiful 60 year old Victorian mansion with very attractive gardens that were well known throughout that area of the state. A newspaper account, written at that time about the opening of the new funeral home, said that visitors came far and wide to see the gardens. So, the local showplace, located two blocks from the original location, became, in 1961, the Perinchief Chapels today. One addition to the mansion was erected in 1971 to provide more space for funeral chapels.

David T. Perinchief joined his father in 1966 after his graduation from Dartmouth College and American Academy-McAllister Institute. His father died in 1968 and at that time he assumed the reins of leadership as the fifth generation serving the family business. Dave was very active in the Mount Holly Community, served as Past President of the Mount Holly Rotary Club and served on both the Mount Holly Township Board of Education and the Rancocas Valley Board of Education.  David passed away on July 31, 2013.

David's son Patrick joined the business in 1994 after graduating from Randolph Macon College and American Academy-McAllister Institute. Patrick was the six generation of the family working in the business. He also served as President of the Burlington County Funeral Directors' Association. Patrick died suddenly in October of 2007.

Alison Perinchief Reinhard assumed the role of President of Perinchief Chapels after the death of her father.  She is also part of the six generation of the family to serve in the family business.

The entire Perinchief family and staff remain committed to serving the greater Mount Holly area community for generations to come.

Our Valued Staff

  • Alison Perinchief Reinhard

    Alison Perinchief Reinhard, Manager

    Alison is proud to be a sixth generation funeral director. In addition to serving families at the funeral home, she is mom to 3 busy children and wife to George. She spends time helping to coach her daughter's soccer team and keeps busy getting the children to all their activities. She is also a member of the Mount Holly ProDay Committee and the Mount Holly Rotary Club, and is currently serving as President of the Burlington County Funeral Director's Association.

  • Donald Capelli CFSP

    Donald Capelli CFSP, Funeral Director

    Don is longtime resident of Westampton, a graduate of Hammonton High School, attended Glassboro State College then matriculated and graduated in 1974 from the American Academy, McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York City. Don has been a licensed funeral director for over 30 years. He has served as a former Vice President and member of the Hightstown/East Windsor Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Hightstown/East Windsor Improvement Project. Don is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). For over 15 years, Don, along with his family, has proudly been a part of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure. Don’s compassion and professionalism have well-served the many families he has assisted.

  • Damian Bordell

    Damian Bordell, Funeral Director