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Joseph Schuka : Funeral Director

Joseph Schuka

Funeral Director

Joseph Schuka is a licensed funeral director and embalmer for Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services. He has worked in funeral service for the past 15 years, and has been a licensed funeral director for 12 years. Formerly a native of Peekskill, NY, where he was well-established in the community and his church. Joe currently manages our Dutchess County location at Libby Funeral & Cremation Services in Beacon, NY. He is an active communicant of St. Joachim-St. John Parish in Beacon, NY; where he thoroughly enjoys assisting when needed as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and whatever else is needed by the parish Priests and Deacons.

Joe is a Fourth Degree Member and Past-Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Ansbro Council 462 of Peekskill and is also a Past-President and currently Vice-President of the Peekskill Lions Club. Joe is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, with membership in the Peekskill Lodge 744, and again sincerely appreciates the friendly welcome from the local Beacon Lodge 1493, to partake in their civic and fraternal affairs.

As you can notice Joe has a deep love for community and giving back of himself, recently Joe has become the newest member of the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess. Also very dear to his heart are the Veterans, he has a great sense of Patriotism which was instilled in him at an early age by his paternal grandmother. He can be seen assisting the local VFW with veteran affairs.

Joe truly enjoys his life’s calling as funeral director; assisting families at that most difficult time in their lives, easing the moments, and providing a lasting tribute for generations to remember that loved one forever.

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Thank you for calling Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services. The following information will answer some of your immediate questions regarding what will happen when death occurs and the next steps to be taken.

If a death has occurred, please call us to set an appointment 914-949-0566.

We understand this is a difficult time for you and want you to know we will help you in the days ahead as you honor your loved one.

Ballard-Durand is a Selected Independent Funeral Home

What this means to you.

Independent funeral homes that are members of this trade association are here to help you before, during and after your time of need.

  • They are invited into membership only after meeting rigorous selection criteria.
  • They are carefully screened for their commitment to quality, range of consumer choices, affordability and high standards.
  • They are privately owned, meaning that your needs come first.
  • They view their reputation as their most valuable asset.
  • They must demonstrate ongoing high standards based on feedback from the families and individuals they serve.

Customer Review

Jeanie Caligiuri

Ballard Durand was wonderful. Our Funeral Director Melissa was the best. This was the hardest time of my family's life and they made this wonderful. Every family member or friend that came to my dad's memorial said that Ballard Durand was so serene and calm. They loved the birds in the sitting room too. I want to truly thank Ballard Durand for all they did to make the memorial for my dad an amazing experience.

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“It wasn’t your typical, ‘sorry for your loss’, it was personal. The job Ballard-Durand did was absolutely beautiful. I will never forget Matthew, or the team who works with him.” – Mike Bizzoco

Customer Review

Jeanie Caligiuri

Ballard Durand was wonderful. Our Funeral Director Melissa was the best. This was the hardest time of my family's life and they made this wonderful. Every family member or friend that came to my dad's memorial said that Ballard Durand was so serene and calm. They loved the birds in the sitting room too. I want to truly thank Ballard Durand for all they did to make the memorial for my dad an amazing experience.