By Maureen Werther
Some people may wonder why a person would choose mortuary science as a profession, and others might even consider it to be depressing. For Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge, being a funeral home director is the fulfilment of what she terms a God-given gift.
Lowes Sanvidge is the owner of Townley and Wheeler Funeral Home at 21 Midline Road in Ballston Lake, which she purchased four years ago after working as a funeral director in the Clifton Park area for 20 years. Owning her own business has meant being able to do the work she feels she was meant to be doing, while offering the compassionate care to her clients and their departed loved ones.
Lowes Sanvidge first became interested in the profession as a Shenendehowa senior. She had an internship at Ellis Hospital, where she met people who worked in the funeral home industry. She said she realized they were a special kind of people with whom she related on a spiritual level. After graduating from Shenendehowa, Lowes Sanvidge went on to obtain a degree in mortuary science from Hudson Valley Community College.
Over 25 years later, Lowes Sanvidge is more invested in her work than ever.
“This is not a morbid business,” she said. “Doing this work fills me with a sense of grace and purpose that I realize not everyone is fortunate enough to feel.”