Rodney Sayles has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1976 and has co-owned and operated Sayles Funeral Home since 1978. He grew up on Main St. in St. Johnsbury and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1971, the University of Vermont in 1975, and the New England Institute in 1976.
Karen Sayles is the co-owner and corporate secretary and is an integral part of its operations. She is a teacher in the Barton school system and an active member of the North Congregational Church.
The Sayles raised their family of three children living above the funeral home and still chose to live there given the 24/7 nature of funeral business.
Thomas Barrett started a new career in funeral service in 1996 and is a licensed funeral director. Tom is a 1976 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and married Patti Gaskin of Lyndonville. Tom is principally responsible for the day-to-day operations of Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.
Brian Martin started with the funeral homes in September of 2011. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since February 2011. He grew up in Springfield, VT and graduated from Springfield High School in 2002. He attended Briarwood College in Southington, CT and graduated in 2009 with his degree in funeral service. Brian is an active member of St. John the Evangelist Church and is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Ernie Coolbeth began working part-time at the Guibord Funeral Home in 1973 with Charles Guibord. He and wife Bev remain valuable and important parts of our service to the Lyndonville community.
Marcia Martel works at Sayles Funeral Home as office administrator (9am-2pm). She grew up in Passumpsic as part of the large Robinson family and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1969. She worked at St. Johnsbury Trucking and currently serves as lister for the Town of Waterford.
Shelly Smith works at Guibord Funeral Home as the office administrator. She grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1989. Her past jobs were working in schools, where she was honored to work with familes in the education field.
Sayles Funeral Home is located at 525 Summer St. in St. Johnsbury. The funeral home was renovated in the 1980s to handle large gatherings, yet the building maintains its warm Victorian charm.
Renovations to the Guibord Funeral Home have resulted in a spacious and accomodating funeral home facility capable of comfortably seating over a hundred attendees and handling large visiting hours. The original stained glass windows have been enhanced with windows done by local artist Elizabeth Robbins. Both funeral homes are appointed with artwork done by Roderick Wells depicting scenes recognizable by the local towns we serve.