Licensed Staff

Peter Applebee

Peter Applebee, a licensed Funeral Director, is the owner and operator of Applebee Funeral Home.  He is the third generation owner of his family’s landmark business at the Four Corners in Delmar.  He has operated Applebee Funeral Home since 1980.

Peter is a lifelong resident of Delmar and has been a licensed funeral director since 1968.  Peter attended Bethlehem Central Schools graduating from Houghton Academy (Allegany County, New York) in 1964.  In 1966 Peter enrolled in the now-named “Simmons Institute of Funeral Service” in Syracuse.  Peter was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving from 1969 to 1971.  

Peter remains an active participant in the Bethlehem community.  He is a life member of the Delmar Fire Department for over 35 years serving as the department treasurer, a fire police and fire department lieutenant. Peter is a member of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and in 2008 was recognized by the Chamber for the more than 100 years of operation of the funeral home. He is a long time member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Peter has been married to the former Nancy Sharkey for over forty years and is the father of two sons and the proud grandfather of three granddaughters.

John Rutski

John "Jay" Rutski, a licensed Funeral Director for over twenty years has been serving our community's families at Applebee Funeral Home since 2003.

A native of Kingston, NY, Jay studied Mortuary Science at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Upon completion in 1988 he returned to his hometown where he served his residency at Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home.

In 1993 Jay returned to the Capital District, working for the well respected Frederick Funeral Home in Albany, NY. Throughout his career Jay has been privileged to work with and learn from some of the most highly regarded funeral professionals. Jay intends to continue the tradition of serving families with the most professional and compassionate care.

Jay lives in Delmar with his wife and daughter. Active in many community activities, he is currently serving his second term as President of the Delmar Kiwanis club.

Scott Favreau, Funeral Director

Scott joined the staff of the Applebee Funeral Home in 2012.  After 20 years in Healthcare Management at Albany Medical Center and Northeast Health, Scott pursued his longtime desire to become a Funeral Director.  A graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, he received his NYS Funeral Director’s License in 2004.
Scott resides in Wynantskill with his wife Carol and their children Aimee and Kevin.

Support Staff

Ronald F. Smith

Ron was born in Albany and raised in Kinderhook, NY where he graduated from Ichabod Crane Central School.  Ron went on to serve as an apprentice in the funeral industry and then joined the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsmen.  Upon being honorably discharged, he earned a degree in Business Administration, Sales and Marketing.  While operating his own Real Estate marketing corporation, Ron always kept his interest in the funeral business working part time for many years.  In 2004, he joined Applebee Funeral Home and is committed to serving the families of which it serves.

Ron has many hobbies including running, bowling, boating, musician and singer.  He is a member of the Colonie Town Band, the Community Reformed Church of Colonie, and past president of the Patroon Pointe Homeowners Association.  Ron has a son and daughter and five grandchildren and lives with his life partner, Paulette Johnson in North Greenbush.