Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

Licensed Staff

All of our licensed directors adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field.  We are proud to have them on our staff.

William J. Lyons III, Director and Licensed Manager

Lifelong resident of Rensselaer. Billy was a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph's School in Rensselaer, a 1974 graduate of LaSalle Institue in Troy, a 1976 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science and a 1979 graduate of Siena College with a degree in Marketing and Management. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1979 and had worked with his father since his early ages.

Caitlin M. Hicks Mooney, Licensed Funeral Director

Born and raised in Dutchess County. Caitlin is a 2005 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. With having a calling to become a funeral director since a young age, Caitlin attended Hudson Valley Community College and graduated in 2007. With successful completion of her residency at our funeral home, she is now a licensed funeral director. Caitlin is the owner of Everlasting Memorials Granite and Bronze Company, offering cemetery monuments, markers and plaques. She is married to Terence P. Mooney and they reside in Nassau.

Associates

Victor Cippolari (In Memoriam), Associate

Vic has been involved with funeral service for over 32 years, 25 of which have been with Bill Jr. and Bill III at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home making sure things are well conducted. He is a graduate of Van Rensselaer High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Vic after 35 years of service retired as a supervisor with the United States Postal Service and lives in Rensselaer with his wife Pat. He is the father of four daughters Terry, Vicky, Tina and Monica.
He passed away July 2015.  
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O' Lord. And Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him.

Sandy Raus, Associate

Sandy joined the funeral home following her retirement with the NYS Office of General Services, a job she held for more than 30 years. Most recognized professionally for her time as the costume-wearing elevator operator at the State Capitol, Sandy could be counted on for a smile, laugh, or even a scare during grueling legislative days. At home in Rensselaer, where she has lived since immigrating from Italy in the 1960's, Sandy can boast of her beautiful floral displays -- found at her home and many other locations in the community. Sandy is an active member of the parish, serving as a Eucharist minister and a regular visitor of the sick. You can find Sandy at the funeral home doing what she does best -- offering others a helping hand or a smile during their time of need and keeping the place looking its best.