In this difficult time, let our family help yours. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services.
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Born in Williamsport and raised near Trout Run, Bill spent the summers of his youth in Newberry at the Diamond Street home of his grandmother, Rena B. Kieser. He spent countless hours in Newberry Park and played Original Little League and West End Babe Ruth Baseball. At the age of 16, when Bill‘s parents instructed him to "go find a summer job”, he approached his grandmother’s neighbor, and his father’s friend Larry Sanders who owned the funeral home next door. He started working at Sanders Mortuary during the summer of 1992, cutting grass and filing papers. He has been an employee ever since.
Bill graduated from Liberty High School in 1994 and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Lycoming College in 1998. In 1996, he made the decision to attend mortuary school at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS). In 1999, he graduated from PIMS with honors. Bill returned to Williamsport to complete his apprenticeship with Larry and Nancy Sanders. After passing the state and national boards in 2000, he became a licensed funeral director. Bill continued working at Sanders Mortuary and in December 2009, he became the owner of Sanders Mortuary, with Larry and Nancy Sanders staying on staff as licensed funeral directors.
Bill is actively committed to serving the community in which he lives and works. Most notably, he is past president of the Newberry Lions Club and past president of the Newberry Community Partnership. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army and Susquehanna Health Heartworks Program. He is a Leadership Team and active member of Pine Street United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, coaching baseball at Original Little League, and once in a while can be seen out playing golf, hunting and snowmobiling.
Bill resides in Williamsport with his wife Sarah, his son Pence, his daughter Pippy and their dog Saki.
Bill continues to uphold the standards of integrity and excellence that have been the trademarks of Sanders Mortuary throughout the past seven decades as he continues to serve families in the greater Williamsport area and beyond during their most solemn times of need.
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Born and raised in York, Pennsylvania Sarah is now delighted to call the Northern Tier of the state home. She has been with Sanders Mortuary since 2014 and is a Licensed Funeral Director, a Certified Celebrant and holds a PA Life Insurance License. Sarah graduated from Red Lion High School, York College with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Speech Communication. She earned a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Towson University, Towson, MD and a Mortuary Science degree from American Academy McAllister Institute, New York, NY. Prior to working alongside her husband Sarah assisted funeral directors in PA, DE, RI and MA with their Pre-Planning programs, helping them educate their communities on the important benefits of advance funeral and cremation planning.
Often found helping with many tasks around the funeral home, Sarah embraces working with families and finding a creative spin to celebrate one’s life. She hosts our Lunch & Learn workshops, helps with monuments and represents the funeral home at community outreach events. Sarah truly enjoys having conversation and helping folks pre-plan their funeral services ahead of time for complete peace of mind.
Sarah helps coordinate our Wreaths Across America Program, Operation Valentine, Valentines Luncheon, Holiday Remembrance Service and so many more programs that Sanders participates in. She currently serves as the Pine Street United Methodist Church Coordinator for Family Promise of Lycoming County, is a Past President, Secretary and Treasurer of the BNI Millionaires Networking Chapter, serves as a Committee Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Destiny Ball Event, and plays an active role currently serving as President for the Newberry Lioness Club.
Sarah enjoys being with her family, cheering on Pence & Pippy in all of their events and taking trips to York County and the beach whenever she can. You may even spot her walking around Newberry with her dog Saki or volunteering around town. Sarah and Bill are proud to call Williamsport Home and be of service to the many great neighbors they are blessed with.
A native of Williamsport, Mike grew up in the East End and graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in 1992. After graduation he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mansfield University in 1995 and graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Syracuse, NY in 1997. Mike became a licensed Funeral Director in 1998 and has since worked in funeral homes in both Lancaster and Williamsport.
In addition to his funeral director license, Mike has his life insurance license, enabling him to provide pre-need funeral insurance to families that we serve. Mike has been a vital part of the Central Penn Funeral Directors Association where he has served various roles.
Community involvement is important to Mike. He has served on committees with the Williamsport / Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is a member and former past president of the Williamsport Area Management Association. Mike enjoys coaching his sons in AYSO soccer, Loyalsock Little League, Trinity Basketball teams in the Bower League and Little Lancer Basketball Program. Mike serves as an usher at Trinity Episcopal Church where he and his family attend.
Mike and his wife, Amy, live in Loyalsock Township with their sons Steven and Ryan. His oldest child, Renee graduated from Penn State University and currently resides in Boston where Mike likes to visit and delight in New England cuisine.
Born in Williamsport and raised in the outskirts of Jersey Shore, Alyssa is a 2012 graduate of Jersey Shore Area Senior High School. After graduation she attended Pennsylvania State University until transferring home and graduating from Pennsylvania College of Technology with a B.S. in Business Administration Management Concentration with a minor in Marketing and a B.S. in Business Administration Banking and Finance Concentration with a minor in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Alyssa obtained her degree in Mortuary Science from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. In the warmer months Alyssa can consistently be found on the water with her family and friends kayaking the local creeks, river and streams or hiking the local state woods searching for waterfalls.
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