About Us

Jim Dean, Jana Haldenwang, and Joe Shay are our current licensed funeral directors.

Together, our firm offers families more than 75 combined years of competent, caring, professional funeral arrangement services.

Our Staff

James P. (Jim) Dean

President, Managing Director and Licensed Owner

Jim is the third-generation owner of the Campbell-Dean funeral home, a business that has been in the Dean family for more than 65 years. Jim’s father, Marion, was a Canastota native and Canastota High School graduate, and his mother, Lorena Olcott Dean, grew up in Oneida and graduated from Oneida High School.

Jim grew up in Oneida and attended Oneida Schools, graduating from Christian Brothers Academy. He attended Villanova University and graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He was employed in the banking industry for two  years before attending Wayne State University in Detroit for his professional funeral service education, graduating in 1972. He received his license as a funeral director in the State of Michigan in 1972. After serving a one-year residency, he earned his New York State funeral director license in 1973.

Professional Funeral Service Affiliations include:

  • Tri-County Funeral Directors Association (and a Past President)
  • New York State Funeral Directors Association
  • National Funeral Directors Association

Community and business affiliations include:

  • Communicant, St. Joseph’s Church, Oneida
  • Communicant, St. Agatha’s Church, Canastota
  • Member and Paul Harris Fellow, Oneida Rotary Club
  • Member and Past Foreman, Oneida Citizens Hose Co. # 1
  • Honorary Member, Canastota Fire Department
  • Member, Knights of Columbus, Oneida Council 473, and Member, Fourth Degree Assembly
  • Member, Canastota Lions Club
  • Member, Canastota Civic Club
  • Member, Board of Directors, Oneida Area Industries
  • Member, Oneida City School District Foundation
  • Member, Powhatan Club; B.P.O.E. Oneida Elks Lodge 767; The Order of The Owls Nest 1606

Past Memberships: Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Oneida Salvation Army, Advisory Board; Greater Oneida United Way; Board of Directors, Oneida Healthcare Center Foundation

Jana L. Haldenwang

Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Manager, Canastota

Jana is a native of Verona, and a graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central Schools, class of 1995. She received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University in 1999, and her professional funeral service education from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service  in 2001. She joined the Campbell-Dean firm in 2002.

As a Certified Bereavement Facilitator from the American Academy of Bereavement, Jana’s services are readily available to assist families and community members.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice
  • American Academy of Bereavement
  • Member and Current President, Tri-County Funeral Directors Association
  • New York State Funeral Directors Association
  • National Funeral Directors Association

Community Affiliations:

  • Member, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Verona
  • Oneida Healthcare Auxiliary
  • Canastota Rotary Club (Board of Directors and Past President)
  • Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor to the Rotary International Foundation
  • Assistant District Governor, Area 4, District 7150 Rotary International
  • Oneida Area Relay for Life
  • Involved in Oneida, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, and Canastota High School Career Days
  • Honored as one of Central New York’s “40 Under 40”leaders, 2011
  • Received the New York State Funeral Directors Association R. Barry McPhillips Scholarship, 2003


Joseph P. (Joe) Shay

Licensed Funeral Director

Joe is a native of Oneida and a graduate of Oneida High School. He also graduated from Daniel Webster College, Utica College, and received his funeral service professional education from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. He joined the Campbell-Dean firm in 2002, and also is employed as a corporate pilot for Indium Corporation. A resident of Sherrill, Joe served on Sherrill’s City Commission for 12 years, and held the office of mayor for 10 years.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Tri-County Funeral Directors Association
  • New York State Funeral Directors Association
  • National Funeral Directors Association

Community Affiliations

  • Parishoner, St. Helena’s Church, Sherrill
  • Member, Oneida Rotary Club
  • Member Sherrill Rotary Club, 1994-2004 (club president 1997-1999)
  • Member, Oneida-Sherrill Lions Club
  • Oneida Elks Lodge
  • Member, Sons of the American Legion Post 230, Sherrill
  • Board Member, Sherrill-Kenwood Community Chest
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Sherrill-Kenwood Library
  • Member, Quiet Birdmen’s Association
  • New York Conference of Mayors

Assisting Staff Members

The funeral home also includes a team of part-time staff members who are available to assist during calling hours and funerals:

Amy Ariglio
Abe Barahmeh
Angel Barahmeh
Douglas Bailey
Tom Calnan
Harold (“Joe”) Collins
Deb Hubbard, hairdresser
Kaeli O'Brien
Joseph Ostrander
John Paul
Mark Smith


In Memoriam - Gone...but never forgotten

Tom Calnan
Charlie Leclau
Charlie Mancuse
Ralph (“Jim”) Williams


Campbell-Dean Funeral Home Business & Staff Affiliations

Funeral Directors Association
New York State
Funeral Directors Association
Funeral Directors Association
American Academy of Bereavement Greater Oneida Area
Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce