Our Staff

Each of the staff members at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.

When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.

Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.

William Padulo, Director of Operations & Personnel - Funeral DirectorWilliam Padulo, Director of Operations & Personnel, 
Funeral Director

Bill's parents, Joseph B. and Betty Ann (Angelone) Padulo raised he and his sister Joanne on McNaughton Street in Rochester. He was born in 1967 and attended Most Precious Blood School and later The Aquinas Institute, class of '85. From there he studied at SUNY Canton College in Canton, NY.

Having been friends with the Perotto family since the 3rd grade, he often spent time around the funeral home. When Bill got a little older he often helped out there, driving the limousine for funerals or helping out at calling hours. In 1992, he started working there full time and eventually decided to pursue his funeral director's license. In 1994, he graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY with an associate's degree and succeeded in becoming a licensed funeral director a year later.

He has been a Greece resident since the late 80's. In 1994 he married Ellen Schmidt, a life-long Greece resident and a Teacher's Assistant at Greece Arcadia High School. They have two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Sarah, who now have graduated from high school and are pursuing their own passions. They are parishioners at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. 

Bill feels very fulfilled being a funeral director. He is honored to have the opportunity to guide and lend support to families through the toughest time of their lives, and feels it is a great privilege. It is rewarding to have people appreciate all that you do for them over the years and he is fortunate to call many of them his friends.

In his spare time, he and Ellen enjoyed years of watching their daughters play basketball and softball. They also love going out to dinner with friends, spending time with their neighbors, and families, and enjoying their swimming pool.

Michael Perotto, President - Funeral DirectorMichael Perotto, President
Funeral Director

Growing up living above a funeral home granted Mike early access to the funeral care industry. He announced to his parents, Phil and Dorothy, at the ripe-old age of four that he would be a funeral director someday. His dad gently prodded and had him “working” at the funeral home by age 6 with small jobs, cleaning and moving the smaller flower arrangements. Though in the beginning it was more about keeping a young boy busy, it sparked his interest which eventually grew into a career.

Mike attended Canton College for Mortuary Science. After completing his residency he earned his funeral director’s license in 1988. Since then he’s been an integral part of growing the business with his dad, Phil and brother, David. A large part of his commitment to funeral care is being involved in industry-related organizations. He has previously served as President of both the Preferred Funeral Directors International (PDFI) and the local Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.

He now has his own sons Michael and Jon, and has enjoyed watching them grow into young men who are now creating their own distinct futures. Mike’s sons both played lacrosse in both high school and college giving the opportunity to watch many spirited and memorable games. Not to be forgotten, Mike has a third “son” named Rocky. Rocky has become not only the family’s faithful companion, but is also a friendly staff member and grief therapy dog at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, our sister funeral home.

Aside from keeping lacrosse stats on the sidelines, Mike is true outdoorsman who loves to hunt, hike, fish, enjoy beautiful sunsets/sunrises, or just sit around a campfire with friends. When he gets some spare time, he likes cooking and perfecting timing and flavors in in his food smoker.

David Perotto, Vice-President - Funeral DirectorDavid Perotto, Vice-President
Funeral Director

Dave was born in 1969, the second child of three, to Philip and Dorothy (Entress) Perotto. Once his dad decided to retire from the funeral business, he and his brother Michael took the reigns and began managing the family business together. He is a graduate of The Aquinas Institute, class '87 and a graduate of Cornell University.  In 1994, he graduated from Simmons Institute and joined the family business as a licensed funeral director. He lives in Greece with his wife, Jackie (Reynolds), whom he met while at Aquinas.

For several years he served on the Ambassador Committee for the Greece Chamber of Commerce where he enjoyed meeting existing and new members. The Chamber welcomed Dave to their board of directors in 2017 and more recently he was appointed to their executive committee. 

In 2015 he finished a term as board member for the New York State Funeral Directors Association and was recently appointed as one of the NYS Pre-Plan Trustees. The trustees are charged with carefully investing funds deposited by NY residents that have pre-paid their funerals with the association-run bank.

People ask me all the time "Why do you work as a funeral director?" My response is always the same. It is extremely rewarding to be able to help people as they recover from the loss of a loved one. I can't think of a more gratifying profession than ours. 

Dave's hobbies include scuba diving, hiking in the Adirondacks, fishing & bow hunting. He enjoys starting his days getting working out at the Northwest YMCA. His experience was so satisfying, he joined the YMCA Board of Managers to give back to the organization. He served as the "Invest in Youth" Chairman, which is a campaign raising funds so that all can afford membership at the YMCA. He also served as Branch Chair.

Meghan Schmitt, Funeral DirectorMeghan Schmitt, Funeral Director

Meghan is a native of Rochester, and a Brighton High School grad, class of '03. From there, she attended Niagara University, getting a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. After working in various fields, she decided it was time to pursue her long-time passion in funeral service. She graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL and is a licensed funeral director.  

Her motto is, "Passion -Love What You Do!"  She believes one has to love what they do in order to truly be successful in life. She is grateful to be able to work with such an inspiring group of individuals who love what they do too.  

In Meghan's spare time she loves to crochet, going on new adventures and spending time outdoors with her two dogs; Allie and Mack.  

Joseph P. Capuano, Funeral DirectorJoseph P. Capuano, Funeral Director

Joe was born in Rochester, NY in 1952. He attended St. Francis Xavier grammar school. His parents, Lillian (Profetta) & Joseph moved the family to Penfield where Joe continued in grade school and eventually graduated from Penfield High School. After High School, he studied at Monroe Community College and then attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY, earning his degree. He passed the national board exam and in 1978 began a career as a NYS Licensed Funeral Director.

With over 40 years as a funeral director and serving families in the Rochester area, Joe realized he couldn’t have chosen a better profession to dedicate his life to. His years of caring for others have been a rewarding. It has kept him alert to the needs that many people have, as well as the frailty of life itself. 

His enjoyments in life are being a funeral director, traveling, classic cars, shooting pool, and building projects. His passion is his family which includes his beautiful wife, Phyllis; daughters, Roseanna & Christina; grandson, Frankie; sisters, and all other family members.

Catherine DeMino-Clark, Administrative AssistantCatherine DeMino-Clark, Administrative Assistant

Cathy was born and raised in Henrietta, one of six children, her parents were Joseph & Marjorie DeMino. She was in the middle of the pack of a great family and enjoyed growing up in the days of a neighborhood that watched out for all the children and we all played together till dark or till mom whistled for us to come in.

Cathy started working while in high school, usually leaving school at noon to get to her job. She couldn't wait to buy her own things and be independent! She has always enjoyed the accomplishment she got working her way up the ladder at a job. She always felt with hard work, she could accomplish anything.

Cathy previously lived in Florida and worked as a Supervisor of Reservations for a cruise line. This was a job she loved, but it became evident that it was time to come home to help take care of her mother who was ill with cancer. This is when she met her husband Jim, and she's glad she came home for both reasons.  Her most important accomplishment is her son, Adam who has served as a United States Marine. She could not be more proud. She also has 4 bonus children and 7 grandchildren. She's also a great grandmother!

She feels blessed to be working at Walker Brothers, she gets to meet wonderful families and help them all to fulfill their loved ones wishes and try to make this challenging time a little better.

Cathy enjoys gardening, reading and golf. Most summer weekends are with friends and family watching her husband drag race.