Tyler Z. Murtie, Founder/Licensed Funeral Director
Founded in 2016 by Tyler Zygmunt Murtie, Zygmunt-Murtie Funeral and Cremation Service provides a different, more celebratory feel to funeral services then a “traditional funeral home.”
The son of Marie Zygmunt Murtie, and the late Robert M. Murtie- Tyler, an area native graduated from Warwick Valley High School in 2006. He continued his education graduating from Hudson Valley Community College with an A.A.S. in Mortuary Science in 2008. Immediately following graduation Tyler joined the staff at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. and completed his state-mandated one year residency period serving the Pine Bush, NY community. Tyler still remains on staff at William M. Gagan to this day.
In 2010 Tyler went part time in Pine Bush and went to work for the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Homes serving Monticello and Ellenville.
In July of 2011 Tyler left his local comfort zone and went to work for Service Corporation International, a Houston Texas-based funeral conglomerate at a location in Rockland County-Spring Valley. Here he served over 350 Jewish-Faith families every year. Because of the corporation’s multiple locations in proximity to the New York/New Jersey boarder Tyler became New Jersey State Licensed in 2015. He later decided to return to private-owned, small-community funeral services.
Also in 2015, Tyler began to get involved in Orange County Emergency Services. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor’s of Technology Emergency and Disaster Management program at SUNY Canton College of Technology and expected to graduate in the Spring of 2017. This in turn pushed Tyler to apply and eventually became part of an amazing team at the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pomona where he recently took a promotion from Medical Investigation Assistant to Medical Death Investigator.
In February of 2016 Tyler founded Zygmunt-Murtie Funeral and Cremation Service to serve the needs of his native Warwick Valley Community. Shortly following, on October 10, 2017 Tyler expanded the Zygmunt-Murtie brand by purchasing the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Homes at the retirement of long-time owners Stephen and Ferne Flaxman. While this was not an “originally planned” business venture, Tyler could not be happier with the path that each of the three locations is currently operating on. He truly believes in quality and affordable service, right down to the most minor detail.
When not working- Tyler can be found deep in the woods on his ATV or singing along with the local church choir.
St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish- Warwick, NY
St. Stanislaus R.C. Church- Pine Island, NY
Warwick Valley Knights of Columbus- Council # 4952
National Funeral Director’s Association
New York State Funeral Director’s Association (NYSFDA)
NYSFDA Bridge Commission- Founding Member
New Jersey State Funeral Director’s Associaton
President- Orange, Rockland & Sullivan Funeral Director’s Assoc.
Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce
Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Co. Auxillary
Orange County Medical Reserve Corps
Sullivan County ATV Association
Richard A. Lalli- Licensed Funeral Director
The son Alfred and Lorna Lalli, Rich graduated from John S. Burke Catholic High School in 1995. He continued his education graduating from SUNY Canton-College of Technology with his Mortuary Science degree in 1999. He is no stranger to the Warwick Valley. Rich completed his one year state-mandated residency period serving the needs of families in both Warwick and Greenwood Lake. In June of 2011 Rich and his wife Jennifer purchased the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. in Pine Bush and have done a fantastic job serving the Orange, Ulster and Sullivan tri-county community that makes up Pine Bush. Rich is an active member of the National Funeral Directors Association, New York State Funeral Directors Association and serves as the Current Vice President for the Orange Rockland and Sullivan Funeral Directors Association. When not working Rich can be found spending time with his beautiful daughter, Saoirse.