A Rich & Storied History
Riverview Funeral Home circa 1963
Riverview Funeral Home benefits from a long and rich family tradition dating back to 1897, when Noah Loujer Fonda, a well-known undertaker, established the N.L. Fonda Funeral Home at 837 River Street in Troy. Mr. Fonda resided in Troy nearly all his life and had been in the undertaking business for 29 years until his death at age 59. Upon his death, his son Cornelius Sanford “Neal” Fonda, assumed operation of the family firm and it became known as N.L. Fonda & Son Funeral Home. At this time Neal's daughter Joan as well as Joan’s husband Robert Bebernitz joined the family firm along with our founder the late Nonie Horan Prendergast. Mrs. Prendergast was one of the first women funeral directors in the state during the 1960s.
After some experience and with a need to advance her own career, Mrs. Prendergast decided to start her own branch independent of the Fonda name. In 1963, she purchased a beautiful traditional colonial home along the banks of the Hudson River in North Troy and established the Riverview Funeral Home at its present location (218 2nd Avenue).
During an era when “women had no part of the funeral business” Mrs. Prendergast never wavered. She was a well-respected member of the community and known as a dear friend to all, so it was natural that Riverview became successful very quickly.
Within a year of its establishment, Riverview Funeral Home was entrusted to care for and coordinate the mass funeral of an entire family that perished in a house fire in March of 1964. For historical reference: clippings of the actual newspaper article are featured below.
The photo on the left was taken in our fireside parlor room, which at that time served as the original reposing room before the addition of our second larger chapel.
In 1967 Neal Fonda, his daughter Joan and her husband Bob moved the Fonda Funeral Home from 837 River Street to 190 2nd Avenue. Bob Bebernitz became the licensed manager of the new facility.
Nonie, along with the help of her husband Thomas Prendergast and Nonie’s nephew, Michael J. Horan, operated Riverview. The business flourished and was respected as one Troy's well-known names in funeral service. The facilities were expanded to meet the growing demands of the operation.
In 1971, Nonie passed away suddenly. Upon her death her nephew, Michael J. Horan, continued operating the family business. He became the sole owner and licensed manager and has served Troy families ever since. Mr. Prendergast passed away in 1973.
Neal Fonda died in 1975. After his death the remainder of the Fonda Funeral Home business was absorbed by the growing Riverview Funeral Home.
2011 brought many changes to the longtime family firm. Mike Horan asked Roy F. Bordeau to assist him with the operation of the firm. Mike knew that Roy’s 40 years experience in funeral service in the Capital Region would be a great asset to the firm.
It was also at that time that Nicholas J. Facci joined the firm as an inspiring funeral director during his studies in the mortuary science program at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. He served his residency with Riverview and became licensed with the firm.
In 2012 Thomas C. Fiffe, a Troy-Cohoes area native and Cohoes fireman joined the firm as a licensed funeral director.
The addition of staff allowed Michael the benefit to transition into retirement from the daily activities, however he remained on as a consultant.
In order to serve families better. We continuously update and renovate our facilities inside and out. We continue to grow each year serving more and more families.
After a long illness, Michael Horan passed away peacefully on March 1, 2016 surrounded by his loved ones. He was 66 years old.
Our focus and commitment remains the same.
"Our Home is your Home when you need it the most."