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

Our History

Our Center is an alternative to the standard funeral home. We have created a feel that is non-traditional by design by renovating a 4000 square foot historic Fire Station with tall ceilings, a brick interior and floor to ceiling windows.   We can offer you a tribute in an intimate setting with live piano music or a venue suitable for a large group. Continuing to dedicate her professional efforts to public service, Darlene Willey Sliwa has served 35 years as a public school teacher, including eleven years in the City of Springfield, and 24 years in Granby, Massachusetts. Today Darlene gives her full attention to funeral service. We are honored to provide services to a diverse group of families in the Greater Springfield and surrounding areas who have come to recognize New England Funeral & Cremation Center,as the most caring and dedicated team of professionals who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to LISTEN well and help you create a final goodbye.

Our Valued Staff

  • Darlene  Willey Sliwa

    Darlene Willey Sliwa Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Darlene has provided service to the Springfield area for 35 years as a school teacher including over 25 years in funeral service. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.She is the founding Manager of New England Funeral & Cremation Center, and brings her innovative and energetic style to this unique growing industry.