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Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Lewis E. Rupell Founder

Our founder, Lewis E. Rupell, passed away on April 13, 2016. He became licensed in 1950 and was a 1949 graduate of The McAllister School of Embalming, New York, New York. Mr. Rupell worked in his early years at Devoe Funeral Home in Washington, New Jersey from 1946 to 1954. In 1954, he moved to Phillipsburg and became Manager of the Ford-Rupell Funeral Home on Summit Avenue from 1954 to 1958. In 1958 he purchased the funeral home from Ford and began the Rupell Funeral Home. In the winter of 1969, Mr. Rupell bought the Hagerty Colonial Home and this is now the current Rupell Funeral Home, L.L.C. on Memorial Parkway.

Through the years, Lewis had been involved in many organizations. He was a two term Coroner for Warren County in the 1960's; he was a member of the Phillipsburg Exchange Club where he had been a past president; member of Phillipsburg Lodge #52 F&AM where he was Past Master in 1964, and Past District Deputy Grand Master from 1965 to 1970; he was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon; he was the first Lay Person to be President of the Phillipsburg Area Council of Churches; he was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church where he had been Communion Steward for over 50 years; member of the Scottish Rite Valley Central Jersey; he was an Army veteran of WWII-European Theatre; Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars where he was past commander; and a member of Mecsey-Bishop American Legion Post #456 of Stewartsville, NJ. In January 2013, Mr. Rupell retired after 63 years in the funeral industry.

His legacy lives on through the work of his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.

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Hope Rupell Duncan Owner and Office Manager

Hope Rupell Duncan is the Owner and Office Manager of the Funeral Home. She is the daughter of Lewis E. Rupell, wife of Funeral Director Newal W. Duncan, and mother to Funeral Director Amanda Duncan Shepherd. She is a native of Phillipsburg, graduating from PHS in 1969, is a member of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church of Phillipsburg, member of Mecsey-Bishop Post#456, Stewartsville, NJ, Navy Veteran- Vietnam Era and serves on various committees for Relay for Life, Phillipsburg. Hope became Office Manager in 1995 and takes care of all the "bookwork" of the Funeral Home. (Unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.)

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Amanda H. Shepherd Manager/ Funeral Director

Amanda Duncan Shepherd, New Jersey Funeral Director License #4297, became licensed in 1997. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. She is a member of Palmer Moravian Church, Palmer Twp., PA where she is a member of the Hilltop Ringers Bell Choir and serves on the Board of Directors for the Joseph H. Firth Youth Center in Phillipsburg. Amanda was born and raised in Phillipsburg, and is a 1993 Graduate of Phillipsburg High School. Amanda, her husband, Tim, their daughter, Amri Amanda, and son, Sawyer Timothy, live in Palmer Township, PA.

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Newal W. Duncan Funeral Director

Newal W. Duncan, New Jersey Funeral Director License #3456, became licensed in 1979. He received his Associate in Applied Science degree from Mercer County Community College, Trenton. He is a member of Pilgrim Presbyterain Church in Phillipsburg, a member of Phillipsburg Lodge #52, F&AM, member of the Tall Cedars, member Mecsey-Bishop Post#456 of Stewartsville, NJ, Navy Veteran-Vietnam Era, member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association, past member and Vice President of the Phillipsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross, past trustee in the Phillipsburg Rotary Club. Newal, and his wife, Hope, live in Phillipsburg. They have 3 children, 5 grand-daughters and 2 grandsons.

Lewis E. Rupell

Founder
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Our founder, Lewis E. Rupell, passed away on April 13, 2016. He became licensed in 1950 and was a 1949 graduate of The McAllister School of Embalming, New York, New York. Mr. Rupell worked in his early years at Devoe Funeral Home in Washington, New Jersey from 1946 to 1954. In 1954, he moved to Phillipsburg and became Manager of the Ford-Rupell Funeral Home on Summit Avenue from 1954 to 1958. In 1958 he purchased the funeral home from Ford and began the Rupell Funeral Home. In the winter of 1969, Mr. Rupell bought the Hagerty Colonial Home and this is now the current Rupell Funeral Home, L.L.C. on Memorial Parkway.

Through the years, Lewis had been involved in many organizations. He was a two term Coroner for Warren County in the 1960's; he was a member of the Phillipsburg Exchange Club where he had been a past president; member of Phillipsburg Lodge #52 F&AM where he was Past Master in 1964, and Past District Deputy Grand Master from 1965 to 1970; he was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon; he was the first Lay Person to be President of the Phillipsburg Area Council of Churches; he was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church where he had been Communion Steward for over 50 years; member of the Scottish Rite Valley Central Jersey; he was an Army veteran of WWII-European Theatre; Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars where he was past commander; and a member of Mecsey-Bishop American Legion Post #456 of Stewartsville, NJ. In January 2013, Mr. Rupell retired after 63 years in the funeral industry.

His legacy lives on through the work of his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.

Hope Rupell Duncan

Owner and Office Manager
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Hope Rupell Duncan is the Owner and Office Manager of the Funeral Home. She is the daughter of Lewis E. Rupell, wife of Funeral Director Newal W. Duncan, and mother to Funeral Director Amanda Duncan Shepherd. She is a native of Phillipsburg, graduating from PHS in 1969, is a member of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church of Phillipsburg, member of Mecsey-Bishop Post#456, Stewartsville, NJ, Navy Veteran- Vietnam Era and serves on various committees for Relay for Life, Phillipsburg. Hope became Office Manager in 1995 and takes care of all the "bookwork" of the Funeral Home. (Unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.)

Amanda H. Shepherd

Manager/ Funeral Director
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Amanda Duncan Shepherd, New Jersey Funeral Director License #4297, became licensed in 1997. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. She is a member of Palmer Moravian Church, Palmer Twp., PA where she is a member of the Hilltop Ringers Bell Choir and serves on the Board of Directors for the Joseph H. Firth Youth Center in Phillipsburg. Amanda was born and raised in Phillipsburg, and is a 1993 Graduate of Phillipsburg High School. Amanda, her husband, Tim, their daughter, Amri Amanda, and son, Sawyer Timothy, live in Palmer Township, PA.

Newal W. Duncan

Funeral Director
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Newal W. Duncan, New Jersey Funeral Director License #3456, became licensed in 1979. He received his Associate in Applied Science degree from Mercer County Community College, Trenton. He is a member of Pilgrim Presbyterain Church in Phillipsburg, a member of Phillipsburg Lodge #52, F&AM, member of the Tall Cedars, member Mecsey-Bishop Post#456 of Stewartsville, NJ, Navy Veteran-Vietnam Era, member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association, past member and Vice President of the Phillipsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross, past trustee in the Phillipsburg Rotary Club. Newal, and his wife, Hope, live in Phillipsburg. They have 3 children, 5 grand-daughters and 2 grandsons.