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Christopher W.  Chestney

Christopher W. Chestney

Funeral Director

Christopher W. Chestney has resided in Rhinebeck since 1985 when he and his father, Gerald Chestney (1935-2016) of Pine Plains, purchased the Dapson Funeral Home, Inc. from Donald and Barbara Dapson. A graduate of Pine Plains Central Schools, Chris prepared for his entrance in the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse, New York, at the State University at Plattsburgh. He and his wife Carol currently reside in Carol's childhood home in Rhinebeck. They have three children, Samantha, Matthew and Andrew

Having been raised in a family with a father in funeral service and a school teaching mother, Elizabeth, Chris understands the need and personal satisfaction of community service. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Starr Library, the Board of the Thompson House, and the Baptist Home. He has been an active member of the Rhinebeck Lions Club for over 30 years, and serves as chairman of the Lions Community Thanksgiving Feast and the Lions Youth Basketball program. In addition, he has served as Vice President of The Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce, and as Master of the Rhinebeck Masonic Lodge.  Presently Chris also service as a trustee of the Frost Memorial Fund, Inc.,  as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rhinebeck Bank; and as a member of the Dutchess County Agricultural Society.

Chris has renewed his lifelong passion for tennis and enjoys playing golf at the Red Hook Golf Club, often with his wife Carol.  They also enjoy skiing in Vermont.

 "I remain committed to providing the quality of service my father and colleagues have provided to the entire  Northern Dutchess area for 50 years”

Email: chris@dapsonchestney.com

Carra Bartles

Carra Bartles

Funeral Director

Carra Bartles is the most recent addition to the firm having joined in 2014. After graduating from Rhinebeck High School she attended SUNY Buffalo State College, receiving a BA in Biology before entering the Hudson Valley Community College Mortuary Program. After serving her residency with Peck and Peck Funeral Homes, Inc., she joined the full time staff at Dapson-Chestney and returned to Rhinebeck in 2015.

Carra is an active Rhinebeck Rotary Member, plays softball on the Woman’s Northern Dutchess Softball League, and is a captain for Kingston Parks and Recreation Volleyball.  She is also involved with St. John’s Reformed Church in Upper Red Hook and their missionary work overseas as well as global humanitarian initiatives. 

Email: Bartlecr01@gmail.com



Therapy Dog

Meet Mia! A licensed Therapy Dog and newest assistant at Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home.

Mia and her handler Nancy are regular visitors at some of the areas local nursing homes and hospitals, bringing comfort and smiles to those around them. 

Mia is now available to be with you during Calling Hours and Services at your request. 

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