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Joseph P. Salandra

Joseph P. Salandra

Owner/Supervisor/Licensed Funeral Director

Joseph P. Salandra was born and raised in nearby Muse.  He currently lives on the farm of Delvin Miller, world renowned harness racing figure, in Meadowlands, PA, with his wife Jennifer.  His children, Adam and Lauren, both reside in Los Angeles, California.  

Joseph served on the Chartiers-Houston Community Library Board.  He was Co-Chairman of the Canonsburg Bicentennial Commission in 2002. He served as board member and president of the Canonsburg Library for 5 years. He is a life member of the Jefferson Historical Society, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus who has chaired many community projects. He is also a member of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and has met with Pope John Paul II on visits to Rome.

Email: director@salandrafunerals.com


Joseph A. Solobay

Joseph A. Solobay

1929-2016

Joseph A. Solobay was born and raised in Canonsburg and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1949.  The three years he spent in Korea and Japan during the Korean War in the 293rd Graves Registration Company allowed him to gain invaluable experience that he carried into his civilian career. 

When he returned home from the War he married Elsie Donelich, with whom he had three children, Tim, Miriam Jo, and Mark.  After the death of his first wife, he married Amy Fantini, with whom he now resides.

Joseph was a charter member of the Jefferson College Historical Society and its Treasurer/Membership Chairman for 40 years.  He has amassed a wealth of knowledge and has thousands of pictures of Canonsburg.  He has been a consultant to many researching the history of Canonsburg.  Joseph has served on the Canonsburg Library Board for 25 years.

Joseph was an active funeral director for 65 years until 2014, when he reluctantly retired. 

Sadly, Joseph passed away on March 19, 2016.


Janice Nakoneczny

Janice Nakoneczny

Office Manager

Office Manager, Bookkeeper, answering service, Janice has kept everything running at Salandra's since 1985.

Email: director@salandrafunerals.com


Darla A.Tripoli

Darla A.Tripoli

Licensed Funeral Director/Funeral Pre-Planning Specialist/Certified Celebrant

Darla Tripoli is a Licensed Funeral Director, a Licensed Insurance Agent and a Licensed Cosmetologist.  Darla is a funeral pre-planning specialist that assists clients with funeral arrangements, monuments and final inscriptions.  Based on her years of experience as a Funeral Director and pre-planning specialist, she can give wise, objective advice when considering pre-planning funeral arrangements.  

Darla graduated from The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and currently teaches at the mortuary school part time. She is married to Paul and has two children Jacob and Madison.  She is a member of The Bible Chapel in Peters Township where she grew up and went to high school.  She is an exercise enthusiast and enjoys yoga, running, biking and spending time with her family.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, baking and refinishing furniture. 



Andrew F. Kuzy

Andrew F. Kuzy

Funeral Assistant

Andy is a graduate of Duquesne University and is a retired pharmacist having served the area for over 40 years.

Andy resides with his wife, Colleen, in Washington, PA. They are proud parents of two daughters, two son-in-laws, three grandsons and one granddaughter, all who live locally. Andy enjoys spending as much time as he can with his children and grandchildren.

Andy began working for Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., in December of 2016.


Troy Crawford

Troy Crawford

Funeral Assistant

Troy is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, receiving his degree in Music Production.  He also attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  Troy joined the staff of Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in January 2014 and is very involved with many aspects of funeral service with the firm.

In his spare time, Troy enjoys working out, Crossfit, and spending time with family and friends.


Chris Openbrier

Chris Openbrier

Funeral Assistant

Chris grew up in Meadowlands and graduated from Chartiers- Houston High School.

He recently retired after 29 years of service as a 911 dispatcher where he received two awards during his career while handling a tragedy that involved two local police officers.

Chris has helped in the funeral industry for over 20 years.

He started working for Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services in June of 2018 and is honored to assist families during their time of need.


Lori Kern

Lori Kern

Hair Stylist

Lori has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1978.  She enjoys assisting the families served by Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.

Lori resides in Strabane with her husband, Greg.  She has a daughter and a granddaughter, whom she adores.


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