82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Phone: 203-729-4334
Fax: 203-729-4336

Immediate Need

If you have immediate need of our services, we're available for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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Advanced Planning

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Obituaries & Tributes

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Our Funeral Home Family

Each of the staff members at Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal end-of-life 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 funeral home staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.


James A. Mengacci, Owner / Funeral Director
Email: Wecare@BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Website: www.BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Office Phone: 1-203-729-4334
Fax: 1-203-729-4336

James A. Mengacci, a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 34 years, and the former owner of the Fitzgerald-Zembruski-Mengacci Funeral Homes, is a lifelong resident of Naugatuck and an active member of the local community. He is the son of Connie (Gallucci) Mengacci of Naugatuck and the late Adam T. Mengacci. Jim is the proud father of James A. Mengacci, Jr., and Michael R. Mengacci both of Naugatuck. For Jim, this transition back into town feels like coming home and he is honored to be serving the community he loves.

Jeffrey R. Thurston, Owner / Funeral Director
Email: Wecare@BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Website: www.BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Office Phone: 1-203-729-4334
Fax: 1-203-729-4336

Jeffrey R. Thurston, a 28 year licensed funeral director and embalmer, son of the late Myrna (Long) Thurston and James F. Thurston, Jr., is a former longtime Naugatuck resident. He grew up working in the family oil and ice business, D. Thurston’s and Sons on Rubber Avenue in Naugatuck. Since 2007, Jeff, along with his wife, Melissa, have owned and operated the Rowe Funeral Home in Litchfield, where they currently reside with their daughter, Morgan.

Melissa A. Thurston, Owner / Office Manager / Monument Dealer
Email: Wecare@BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Website: www.BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Office Phone: 1-203-729-4334
Fax: 1-203-729-4336

Melissa A. Thurston is the daughter of Steve and Mona (Jewett) Menard of Plantsville. Her kindness and compassion have been vital to the success of Rowe Funeral Home, where she has owned and operated since 2007, alongside her husband, Jeff. In July of 2014, she transitioned to working in the Naugatuck office. She is honored to be serving the community where her husband grew up and grateful for the warm welcome from the town.

Nick Healy, Funeral Director / Embalmer  
Email: Wecare@BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Website: www.BuckmillerThurstonMengacci.com
Office Phone: 1-203-729-4334
Fax: 1-203-729-4336

Robert “Bob” Massicotte, Lead Associate

Robert “Bob” Allen, Associate

Robert “Bob” Magnamo, Associate

David Rossi, Associate

Antonio “Tony” Marques, Associate

Gary Knapik, Associate

John “Jack” Pruchnicki, Associate

James”Jim” McGrath, Associate

Ronald E. Nelson, Associate

Michael Plasky, Associate

Antonio “Tony” Teixeira, Jr., Associate

52 Weeks of Support

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