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John M. Confer

John M. Confer

Funeral Director

John was born in Williamsport, a son of John L., a retired Newberry letter carrier, and Mary L. Trimble Confer, a retired bookkeeper for several CPA firms. 

John graduated from the Williamsport High School, the former Williamsport Area Community College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. 

In 1979 he married the former Linda C. Deffaa, a retired teacher in the East Lycoming School District. They have a son, J.R., and his wife Patty, who live in South Williamsport, and a daughter, Jill, who lives in Wilmingon, Delaware. 

John worked for funeral homes in Williamsport, Cincinnati and Montoursville before purchasing the Knight Funeral Home in 1985. In 1996 he purchased the High Monument Company. Both businesses are operated at the 1914 Memorial Avenue location. 

John is a member of the St. John's-Newberry United Methodist Church in Newberry and the Lake Keuka Baptist Church in Penn Yan, NY. He is the treasurer and has served on the James V. Brown Library Board of Trustees since 1988 and is a past president of the board and is a past president of the River Valley Regional YMCA Board and a member of their Trustee Board. He is the treasurer and past president of the Newberry Lions Club, a member of Boy Scout Troop 14's committee and a Troop Eagle Scout, serves on the Penn College Foundation Board, the Divine Providence Hospital Quality and Safet Commitee, the Williamsport/Lycoming Foundation Board, and is a member of Dietrick Lamade Lodge #755 F. & A. M. 

In his spare time he enjoys spending time at their cottage on Keuka Lake, NY, water skiing, swimming, boating and chasing those little white balls on a golf course. He is an avid Penn State Football fan and enjoys watching the Millionaire Basketball team.



John E. Springman

John E. Springman

Funeral Director

John was born in Williamsport, a son of Lee G. and Esther (Swank) Springman, Newberry residents. 

John graduated from the Williamsport High School, the former Williamsport Area Community College and the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse, New York. 

John was married to the former Denise B. Smertneck, who died unexpectedly in 1998 after 22 years of marriage. They are the parents of a daughter, Kelly Hine and a son, Craig, who after college graduation both live and work in Williamsport, two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Nittany, twin grandsons, Benjamin and Noah, and step granddaughters, Kaylee and Maddison. 

John had worked for the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation and became a licensed funeral director in 1988. 

John is a member of St. John's-Newberry United Methodist Church, serving on various committees; is an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 14 at the church; a member, past president and currently treasurer of the Lycoming Creek Lions Club; and a volunteer for the Columbia Montour Home Hospice, Camp Courage. 

When time permits he enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles and making wine.


Kristen M. Hess

Kristen M. Hess

Funeral Director

Kristen has been with Knight-Confer Funeral Home since 2013 when she began as funeral intern and was then hired full time as a Licensed Funeral Director. 

Kristen graduated from Millville High School in 2008, Lycoming College in 2012, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Northampton Community College Mortuary Science Program in 2013. 

She currently serves as Vice President of the Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. She is a member of Mill-Green United Methodist Church, Greenwood and attends Newberry Church of Christ here in Williamsport.

In her spare time Kristen enjoys returning to her home town to spend time with family. She and her boyfriend Doug can be found spending time outdoors; hunting, fishing, boating, riding ATV’s, and spending time at river lots.


Katie R. Kieser

Katie R. Kieser

Office Manager

A native of Trout Run, Katie graduated from Liberty High School in 1999. After graduation she joined the Navy and served on the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63.  Afterwards she earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Delaware Valley College. Katie joined the funeral home in April 2012. 

Katie is a lifetime member of the V.F.W., the County Animal response team and  L.i.V.E. (Liberty Improving Visioning Expanding). 


Nicole M. Caputo

Administrative Assistant

A lifelong Resident of Williamsport, Nicole is a 1998 graduate of Williamsport High School. Following high school, Nicole obtained an Associate’s degree in Health Science and worked for several years in long term care at many local nursing homes before joining the funeral home staff in 2017. She and her husband Matt are proud parents to an energetic daughter Grace, who she is often chasing around. Nicole enjoys working out and going for rides in her husband’s classic cars. 


William J. Tully

William J. Tully

Director of Facilities

A Liberty native,  William, better known as Tully can often be found fixing things around many different areas of the funeral home.  A graduate of Liberty High School, Tully joined the funeral home staff in 2013 and is responsible for building operations, ground and facility maintenance. He is a CANA Certified Crematory Operator.  In his spare time, Tully can often be found working in “Tully World” on his 1971 GMC, 1963 Cadillac, or his 1954 Bel Air. Tully resides in Liberty with his wife Annie and daughter Olivia. 


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