Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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Keith Walker President and CEO / Licensed Funeral Director
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James “Jim” Ridener Vice President and General Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Ryan Hobbs Vice President and General Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Tracy Gaines Group Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Kimberly Perkins Director of Finance
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Jennifer Waldron Pre-Need Team Manager and Pre-Arrangement Advisor
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Kelly Talmage Chapel Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Terrence Andryc Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Shawn Diller Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Andrea Isenbarger Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Michael Pirolli Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer; Care Center Manager
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Matthew Oddo Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Care Center Specialist
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Brian Sujkowski Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Care Center Specialist
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Mark Sujkowski Care Center Specialist
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Molly Johnson Chapel Manager/Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Jada Hoover Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Nick Hummer Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Mick Merz Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Mitchell E. “Mitch” Hoyles Genoa Chapel and Crematory Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Christine "Tina" Burris Licensed Funeral Director
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Kaitlyn Bull Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Dave Derr Transfer Care Speciaist
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Marty Patrilla Facilities Manager
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Kristen Walker-Crandall Office Manager - Sylvania
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Kelsey Saddoris Office Manager
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Paula Kleinfelter Office Administrator
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Wendy Sujkowski Office Administrator
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Carrie Greer Office Administrator - Genoa & Oak Harbor Chapels
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Cori Mangold Office Administrator-Rossford
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Derek Leck Pre-Planning Advisor
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Tana Ohneck Director of Community Outreach and Aftercare
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Charla Bracken Accounting Office Manager
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Reggie Smith Administrative Assistant - Oregon Chapel
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Zoey Comfort Dog

Keith Walker

President and CEO / Licensed Funeral Director
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As Walker’s president, Keith works at all of our locations, also serving as a funeral director. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Toledo, and joined the Walker staff in 1990. Keith is past president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Sylvania Rotary Club, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. Keith and his wife, Katy, have four sons, Henry, Teddy, Louie, and Charlie. In his free time, Keith enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating on Lake Erie, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and traveling.

James “Jim” Ridener

Vice President and General Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Jim Ridener is a native of Franklin, OH and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Miami University, Oxford and then graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He began his career at our Oak Harbor location as an apprentice in 1994.  Jim now serves as vice president and as general manager.  Jim also continues to work as a funeral director and embalmer.  He has been heavily involved in the Ottawa County communities as a member of the Oak Harbor Rotary, where he has served as president of the club twice, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Member and past board member, Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Port Clinton Colonial Club, Oak Harbor Marsh Club, Port Clinton Elks Lodge, Oak Harbor Masonic Lodge, Ottawa County Shrine, Port Clinton Yacht Club, and a graduate of Leadership Ottawa County.  Jim is married to wife, Sara (Hineline), and they enjoy raising their four sons, Ryan and triplet brothers, Jacob, Carson, & Isaac and following all their activities and being members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Ryan Hobbs

Vice President and General Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Ryan joined the Walker Family in 2011 and serves as Vice President and General Manager. Originally from Shelby, OH, he grew up in Fostoria and is a proud Redmen alum. After attending Ohio State in Columbus, he was the President of his class at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and began his career in 1995. Ryan and his wife, Erica, have 10 children: Anthony Robert, Alexis Jordyn, Avery Elijah, Anderson Joshua, Adeline Kay, Adam Thomas, Ambrose Michael, Anna Therese, Abigail Mary, and Aquinas Philip. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading philosophy and theology, writing, speaking, single malt scotch, and spending time with family and friends.

Tracy Gaines

Group Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Tracy joined the Walker Funeral Home team in 2005 and works as our south group manager, funeral director, and embalmer. Originally from Graytown, OH, Tracy graduated from Oak Harbor High School. He and his wife Sara have a Goldendoodle named Cooper. In his free time, Tracy enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife.

Kimberly Perkins

Director of Finance
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Kimberly is the controller and finance director at Walker. More importantly, she is the staff "Mom" and makes sure all of her "Kids" have what they need to succeed in their service to families. Kimberly's keen eye, accounting experience and unmatched work ethic make her an invaluable asset in the finance department. Her compassion, care and concern for her family at both home and work make her nothing less than a wonderful mother. Kimberly can often be found outside of work sipping a nice glass of cabernet or at a local restaurant enjoying time with her husband, Jim. It is in spending time with her grandchildren, however, that she is at the height of her glory.  

Jennifer Waldron

Pre-Need Team Manager and Pre-Arrangement Advisor
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Jennifer has been an Advanced Funeral Planning Advisor for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of families create meaningful and memorable funeral services. She has been recognized numerous times by various insurance companies as a leader in the Pre-Need Insurance Industry. More recently, Jennifer was promoted to Pre-Need Team Manager at Walker Funeral Homes.

In her free time, Jennifer loves to spend time with her husband, Corey. They enjoy spending time with family, friends, and their two Golden Retrievers, Sunny and Buster. They enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, and Michigan football.

Kelly Talmage

Chapel Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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A native of Oak Harbor, Kelly is manager of our Sylvania funeral home. She is an animal lover and diligently cares for chickens, peacocks, dogs and cats at her home. Kelly also loves spending time with her family and friends, especially over tacos or macaroni and cheese. Kelly and her husband, Derek, reside in Ottawa County.

Terrence Andryc

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Terrence Andryc joined the Walker team in 1980 and serves as a funeral director and embalmer and is our senior staff member. Originally from Rossford, OH, Terrence is a 1975 graduate of Rossford High School, a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in communications, and a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife, Karen, have been married since 1980 and have two children and two granddaughters. In his free time, Terrence and Karen enjoy traveling to visit their children in Pennsylvania and Florida and venturing to the Caribbean.

Shawn Diller

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Shawn has served at our Maumee location for his entire career. He is a fixture in the Maumee community and is well-known and respected for his compassion and kindness as a funeral director. Shawn also has a heart for dogs and cares for our grief dog (and several others) in his home. He has three grown children and two grandchildren with whom he loves spending time and caring for.

Andrea Isenbarger

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Andrea joined our Walker family in January 2021. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, Ohio.

Andrea graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Business. In August 2016, she and William moved to Middle Tennessee with their cat to further their educations. Andrea then graduated from John A. Gupton College with an Associate of Arts in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. She began her career at Hendersonville Funeral Home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the final resting place of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

In August 2020, she and William moved back to Northwest Ohio with their cats and her gecko where they welcomed their son, Arlie. In her spare time, Andrea loves watching movies with William, taking naps with Arlie, visiting with her parents, hanging with her brothers, and cleaning!

Michael Pirolli

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer; Care Center Manager
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Mike is a lifelong resident of Oregon, Ohio and is one the primary embalmers at Walker Funeral Homes. He has established a shining reputation for his meticulous work in the preparation of those who have died. Mike has provided many families with healing memory experiences with his unique skills. He is also known for his quiet, sneaky sense of humor and is an animal lover.

Matthew Oddo

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Care Center Specialist
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Matthew grew up in Fremont, Ohio where he graduated from St. Joseph Central Catholic high school with the class of 2003. He continued his education at Terra State Community College, obtaining an Associate of Graphic Arts. Matthew attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating with a bachelor degree in Mortuary Science. As a licensed Funeral Director in Michigan and Ohio, he takes great pride in being a funeral director and truly appreciates assisting families that have lost a loved one, finding it very rewarding to serve others. Matthew and his wife Melissa make their home in Bedford Twp along with their two children. As a family they spend a lot of time outdoors, on the water and camping. Cherishing time spent with family and close friends.  

Brian Sujkowski

Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Care Center Specialist
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Brian is a life-long resident of Rossford, a 1983  graduate of St. John's Jesuit High School a 1986 graduate of Madonna College and a 1987 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He is a 5th generation funeral director.  He, his wife Wendy and Brother Mark owned and operated the former Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford until partnering with Walker Family Funeral Homes in late 2018.  Brian is a caring and compassionate funeral director and a skilled embalmer with great attention to detail.  He is proud of his Polish heritage and enjoys spending his free time at his cottage on Cub Lake in Hillsdale, MI with his family.

Mark Sujkowski

Care Center Specialist
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Mark is a life-long resident of Rossford and is a 1984 graduate of St. Rita's School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, Ohio where his excelled in football.  He has worked in the funeral business since graduation in many capacities.  He and his brother Brian were the former owners of the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford until they partnered with Walker Family Funeral Homes in late 2018.  He is currently a specialist working out of the Walker Care Center.  Mark is hardworking with attention to detail.  In his free time he enjoys spending time at Cub Lake in Hillsdale, MI.

Molly Johnson

Chapel Manager/Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Molly Johnson was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. She graduated from CCMS in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. She started her apprenticeship at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home in Perrysburg in 2007 and has been there since and is the location manager. She is lives in Perrysburg with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time at the lake, spending time with her family and attending her children’s sporting events.

Jada Hoover

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Jada Hoover was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from St. Ursula Academy, Owens Community College and continued her education at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 2007. She has been employed with the Witzler Shank Funeral Homes since 2010. Jada and her family have been living in Perrysburg since 2008. She enjoys camping, spending time outdoors, and being with her family and friends.

Nick Hummer

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Mick Merz

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Mick was born and raised in the Walbridge community. He’s a graduate of Rossford High School, Bowling Green State University, and The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He began his career at Witzler- Shank and has proudly served the Walbridge community for 38 years. Mick and his wife, Bethany, live in Walbridge along with their West Highland terriers.  When he has a chance to get away, he enjoys spending time with his wife at their cabin on a lake in Michigan.

Mitchell E. “Mitch” Hoyles

Genoa Chapel and Crematory Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Mitch has been with Walker since 1985, and now serves as a funeral director, embalmer, and chapel and crematory manager at our Robinson-Walker location. Originally from Attica, OH, Mitch earned a Mortuary Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1982 after his pre-study was completed at Bowling Green State University. He and his wife, Denise, have two children: Tyler, who is a pharmacist, and Mackenzie, a registered nurse. In his free time, you can find Mitch spending time with family, traveling, and working on his home and yard. He’s also involved in his church, state and local funeral associations, local politics, and the Kiwanis Club.

Christine "Tina" Burris

Licensed Funeral Director
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Christine “Tina” Burris joined the team in April of 2019. She is a funeral director at our Gerner-Wolf-Walker location in Port Clinton. Tina was born in Port Clinton and attended near-by Danbury High School. She went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Toledo. Tina enjoys spending time with family and friends, but her parents live in Marblehead, OH, and her brother lives in Westmoreland, TN. Tina enjoys the company of her cat, Owen, and in her free time, she likes traveling, going to concerts and the theatre, shopping, and golfing.

Kaitlyn Bull

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Kaitlyn A. Bull, originally from the Columbus area, became part of the group following her graduation from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2009, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. Before graduating from CCMS, she also attended The Ohio State University. Her desire to help people motivated her to become a funeral director as well as some inspiration from a high school project and a director from her hometown. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, watching movies and playing guitar. 

Dave Derr

Transfer Care Speciaist
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Marty Patrilla

Facilities Manager
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Kristen Walker-Crandall

Office Manager - Sylvania
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Kristen is the prototypical "hockey mom" and the office manager at the Sylvania Avenue location. She is married to local hockey legend, Matt Crandall, and has two children, Maizey and David. In her free time Kristen loves spending time with her family and friends. She can usually be found at whatever hockey arena her kids are playing in. She is appreciated for her sharp mind and generous heart.

Kelsey Saddoris

Office Manager
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Kelsey Saddoris joined our team as office administrator at Maison-Dardenne-Walker in 2018. Originally from Houston, Kelsey has graduated from the Culinary Institute LeNotre in Houston specializing in baking and pastry, the Vet Tech Institute in Houston, and Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH specializing in Science. She and her lifelong sweetheart live in their very own “zoo” complete with their dogs, cats, and chickens. They welcomed their daughter in 2020. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys working on her home, binge-watching Netflix, traveling to new destinations, craft beer and trying new restaurants.

Paula Kleinfelter

Office Administrator
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Paula grew up in Perrysburg, graduated from Perrysburg High School continued to Owens Community College for Business Administration. She joined the Witzler-Shank team in 2007 as an administrative assistant and has been running the office ever since. Paula has a 20-year background in market research data analytics and coding.

Paula is known for her keen attention to detail, being very well organized and a caring compassionate person. She’s enjoyed volunteering at the Perrysburg Senior Center to arranging day outings for the community. In her free time, Paula is outdoors gardening, swimming, and biking. She loves being with her family especially her grandson Brody.

Wendy Sujkowski

Office Administrator
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Wendy is a 1984 graduate of Perrysburg High School. She has lived her adult life in Rossford with her husband Brian where they owned and operated the former Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford until partnering with the Walker Family Funeral Homes in late 2018.  She is a dedicated funeral professional who takes pride in her community and values the opportunity to help families cope with the loss of a loved one.  When not working she enjoys spending her time at Cub Lake in Hillsdale, MI, cruising in the Caribbean or spending time with her children, Dane, Ashley and son in-law Trevor.

Carrie Greer

Office Administrator - Genoa & Oak Harbor Chapels
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Carrie Greer joined the Walker team in December of 2019 as the office manager of the Genoa and Oak Harbor locations. She was born and raised in Fremont and a 2000 graduate of Lakota High School. Currently, Carrie resides in Elmore with her son, Ethan and their dog, Maximus. In her spare time, she enjoys their summers at Cedar Point, watching the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh Steelers football games and taking naps.

Cori Mangold

Office Administrator-Rossford
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Cori joined our team in July 2020. She is the Office Administrator for our Rossford location. Cori spends most of her free time with her family including her husband, Kevin; and three children, Adarrra, Aaliyah, and Emmitt, whether going to family events or just hanging out. She is a huge Ohio State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Derek Leck

Pre-Planning Advisor
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Derek was born and raised in Toledo. He entered into the family business, Toledo Printing Company, after graduating from E.L. Bowsher High School until it's closure and then continued his career in printing upon joining the Metzgers Printing and Mailing Team. As a 30+ year member of The Rotary Club of Toledo and former board member, Derek has served the local  community in many different and creative ways. Throughout his career and Rotary affiliation Derek has fostered many long standing professional and personal relationships. His desire to combine his passion for serving others and have a fulfilling career is what let him to his current position of Preneed Advisor with Walker. Derek is engaged to Andrea Ohrt who is also a Toledo/Rossford native. Combined they have 4 outstanding young men, Connor, Simon, Keller & Kamden, who are all St. Francis de Sales High School alum. When not helping others, you will find Derek sailing his boat on Lake Erie, downhill skiing or cycling. 

 

Tana Ohneck

Director of Community Outreach and Aftercare
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Tana is a longtime resident of the Toledo area and has extensive experience with community outreach. Her out-going personality and desire for human interaction make her a natural for her position. Tana makes sure our fellow caregivers, first repsonders, local church staffs and our Walker families are being cared for by Walker Funeral Homes. She always has a smile and has been known to offer a Walker cookie to anyone at any time. Tana enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband, Mark.

Charla Bracken

Accounting Office Manager
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Charla is the Office Manager for Witzler-Shank Funeral Homes.  She graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Business Services, as well as, Associate Degrees in Marketing & Sales and Business Management Technology.   After a 16 year career in banking, she joined the funeral home in 2006.  Charla lives in Holland, Ohio and enjoys attending her church, traveling to Amish country and visiting the local metro parks.

Reggie Smith

Administrative Assistant - Oregon Chapel
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Reggie has been with the company since 2013 as a funeral attendant and now also as an administrative assistant. She finds that helping families in their time of need very rewarding and enjoys hearing the stories regarding a family’s loved one. In her spare time, Reggie enjoys time with her family, especially the grandkids, gardening and playing bingo.

Zoey

Comfort Dog
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Zoey is a 5 year old Goldendoodle. She enjoys spending time with families when they visit our Maumee location, a good belly scratch, playing catch with tennis balls (even if she isn't the best about bringing them back) and relaxing at home with her 2 brothers (Diego and Marley) and 1 sister (Katie) with our Funeral Director, Shawn.