Joyce and Matt had three children, a son and two daughters.  At a very early age their son Steven showed a passion for the family business. After literally “growing up in the warehouse” he decided to go to college for business.  He graduated in 2007 and went to work full time with the family, becoming the Fourth Generation since his Great Grandfather started the company.  

President's Message:

​​In an industry dominated by acquisitions and mergers, we at Island Casket are proud to remain an Independent Family Owned and Operated Company.  We attribute our success to Great Grandpa Louis' Simple Founding Principles; Offer Quality Products, sell them at Fair and Reasonable Prices and Treat every Customer like Family. We still live by those same principles today and continue to do anything we can to help you meet the needs of the families you serve. We would like to thank you for your support and look forward to serving you for generations to come! 

In 1923, Louis Chianella founded the Long Island Casket and Box Company in Long Island City, New York.  His company distributed wholesale caskets to funeral homes in the tristate area.  He started a family and eventually his three sons joined his company.  Two of his sons left the business but his youngest son, Henry, had a true passion for the casket industry and continued to build the company and carry on the family business.  

Henry married and had three children, two sons and a daughter.  All of his children went to work in the family business.  His daughter Joyce married and her husband Matt joined their business in 1981. Both sons eventually retired, but Joyce continued on in her father's footsteps. 

Today Island Casket is still Family Owned and Operated. Steven married and had three children, a daughter and two sons.  He is now the Head of Operations and takes pride in carrying on the family business.  He looks forward to the day when his children will join him… making it five generations!

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