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Our Caring Staff

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The staff at Busch Funeral and Crematory Services offers comfort, compassion and kindness to every family Busch serves. Learn more about our team.

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Jim Busch

Owner and president of our firm. Fourth generation funeral director and certified crematory operator, Jim is guided by his principles in faith, family and friends. He loves to hear feedback from our families.

Proudly serving Busch families since 1986. 

jhbusch@buschcares.com

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James H. Busch

Owner and President

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John M. Busch was a third generation funeral director and former owner of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services. He was also the proud father of Jim and Mark Busch. He's remembered by those he served. 

John M. Busch

June 2, 1932 - February 23, 2020

Mark Busch
After nearly 40 years, Mark retired from Busch Funeral and Crematory Services. He served alongside his brother Jim as a co-owner, passionate about preplanning and personalizing services. 

J Mark Busch

Former Co-Owner

Meghan Burmeister

Skillfully and compassionately manages our Avon and Avon Lake locations. Meghan and her husband, Bill, enjoy vacations with their son Otto, while also supporting community, church and school events.

Graciously serving Busch families since 1998.

mburmeister@buschcares.com

Meghan Burmeister

Location Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer

William M. Burmeister

Lifelong resident and community participant of Avon, and funeral director since 1992. Bill is one of our longest-standing Busch employees. Bill is a skilled artist who paints and draws what he observes in the beauty of our woods, Lake Erie and gardens.

Honorably serving Busch families since 1990.

wmburmeister@buschcares.com

William M. Burmeister

Operations Manager and Funeral Director, CCO

Amy Geisman

Ensures that each family’s expectations are met every step of the way as they honor their loved one. Amy and her fiancé’, Vinnie, enjoy outdoor activities year-round, especially cheering on our local teams to victory.

Proudly serving Busch families since 2012.

ageisman@buschcares.com

Amy Geisman

Funeral Director

Jeff Hogan

Passionate about service and community involvement, and one of Busch's longest-standing employees. Jeff is involved in several Elyria-area organizations, churches and schools. He also enjoys serving the diverse cultural and religious Cleveland community.

Proudly serving Busch families since 1990.

jhogan@buschcares.com

Jeff A. Hogan

Location Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Ted Kirsh

Compassionate funeral director and embalmer with nearly 30 years of experience. Highly respected by his peers, Ted is also an active member of his church. He, his wife and their five children enjoy exploring Northeast Ohio. He provides genuine care, compassion and direction to a person or family planning services.

Honorably serving Busch families since 1999.

tkirsh@buschcares.com

Ted Kirsh

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Alan Laumer 2019

Funeral industry veteran of 44 years. Appreciates the opportunity to help families with funeral arrangements for their loved ones, both locally and internationally.

alaumer@buschcares.com

Alan Laumer

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Megan Lewis

After more than 15 years in funeral service, Megan is honored to serve every family she meets. She and her family are new to the Avon – Avon Lake area, and they enjoy exploring all it has to offer. They spend time walking by the lake, hiking at the local Metroparks and sampling the great variety of cuisine in Greater Cleveland.

mlewis@buschcares.com

Megan Lewis

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Lauren Shumaker

I got into funeral service initially for my deep connection to the sciences, but I stayed for the meaningful connections I’ve made with the families I’ve served. As a director since 2016, I’ve truly found a career that rewards me every day by allowing me to support and give back to my community, and add so many special, personal touches to the celebrations I help create.

svmorgan@buschcares.com

Scarlett Morgan

Funeral Director and Embalmer

David Napoli

David has been in funeral service for over 10 years as a second career, leaving behind seminary life and working in the Catholic Church for a decade. He enjoys all things family, especially exploring the greater Cleveland area and Metro Parks with his wife, two children and their white shepherd.

dnapoli@buschcares.com

David Napoli

Location Manager and Funeral Director

Joseph Sciuva

Enjoys meeting people and guiding them through the best options for honoring their loved one. Joe is an avid gardener, creating tropical landscapes for friends to enjoy.

Proudly serving Busch families since 2006.

jsciuva@buschcares.com

Joseph R Sciuva

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Robert Solich

Thirty years of experience helping people on the hardest day of their lives, and one of Busch's longest-standing staff members. Bob provides valuable guidance to families with his expertise and compassion. He serves on two non-profit boards in the greater Cleveland area, promoting healthcare and the arts.

Proudly serving Busch families since 1983.

rsolich@buschcares.com

Robert Solich

Location Manager and Funeral Director

Marie Tomaro

Promises an economically elegant memorialization of your loved one with care and compassion. Going on six years with Busch, this is Marie's second career. You may remember her on Cleveland radio and TV as "Marie Manzo."

Honorably serving Busch families since 2015.

mtomaro@buschcares.com

Marie Tomaro

Funeral Director

Kathleen Bloesinger

Believes that one of the greatest gifts we can leave behind is to put a plan in place now, to guide those we love into the future. It’s Kathleen’s privilege to give you sincere and honest information on the many end-of-life choices available to you.

Honorably serving Busch families since 2002.

kbloesinger@buschcares.com

Kathleen Bloesinger

Funeral Director, Preplanning Advisor, Insurance Agent

Julie Graf Skinner

Funeral director, embalmer and licensed insurance agent helping families make wise decisions about preplanning for nearly 30 years. Photography and crafting are just some of Julie’s creative outlets.

Graciously serving Busch families since 1999.

jgskinner@buschcares.com

Julie Graf Skinner

Funeral Director, Embalmer, Preplanning Advisor, Insurance Agent

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With compassion and years of experience, Skip guides individuals in establishing detailed end-of-life plans, so families can feel confident that their loved ones’ wishes are being honored.

skip@skolnikretirement.com

Skip Skolnik

Independent Preplanning Advisor and Insurance Agent

Brooke Baker

Proudest moments include graduating from seminary and being ordained. As a talented musician, Brooke loves picnics at Blossom and enjoying wonderful music with good friends. She combines her gifts of listening and her love of music to create unique personalized tributes.

bbaker@buschcares.com

Brooke Baker

Certified Celebrant

Dan Barfell

Privileged to serve the Parma Heights community as a former pastor and honor loved ones with meaningful tributes. Dan and his wife, Elena, enjoy spending time riding bikes and attending local theater productions.

Proudly serving Busch families since 2013.

danbarfell@hotmail.com

 

Dan Barfell

Certified Celebrant

Amy Boyd-Kirksey

Interested in what makes each one of us unique and special. Amy says she is privileged to have the opportunity to help families and friends honor those qualities in their loved one. She has a passion for music and words, and enjoys using these tools to remember and celebrate a life.

abkirksey@buschcares.com

Amy Boyd-Kirksey

Certified Celebrant

Jim Longsworth

Carefully listens to the memories and stories of loved ones. Jim designs services that celebrate and pay tribute to each unique life. He and his wife participate in many of their church's programs, frequently leading small groups and assisting with worship on a regular basis.

Honorably serving Busch families since 2008.

jlongsworth@buschcares.com

Jim Longsworth

Certified Celebrant

Cathy-Nichols-2021

Considers it an honor as a Certified Celebrant to listen to life stories, and then design and conduct meaningful tributes. Cathy also trains celebrants nationally, equipping them to share those legacies in ways that comfort and enlighten.

Honorably serving Busch families since 2004.

cnichols@buschcares.com

Cathy Nichols

Certified Celebrant Coordinator

Heidi Thimke

Creates personalized and meaningful celebration of life services. Heidi’s calling is helping families pay tribute to their loved ones in meaningful ways. As a lifelong Lorain County resident, she has been involved with her hometown church, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and schools.

Proudly serving Busch families since 2012.

hthimke@buschcares.com

Heidi Thimke

Certified Celebrant

Jan Hart

Privileged to share legacies as a Certified Celebrant since 2011. With a background in teaching, Jan also leads and trains several groups in her church. An avid golfer, swimmer and Bridge enthusiast, but time with her grandchildren is her favorite.

Proudly serving Busch families since 2011.

jtraxler@buschcares.com

Jan Traxler

Certified Celebrant

Kent Berkheimer

Highly skilled and well versed in crematory and embalmer techniques and care of the deceased. Kent is extremely proud of his Cleveland roots, and enjoys attending Playhouse Square, Severance Hall, downtown restaurants and local museums.

Honorably serving Busch families since 2005.

kpberkheimer@buschcares.com

Kent P. Berkheimer

Funeral Director and Embalmer, CCO

Tom Bukszar

Since 2005, Tom has exceeded families’ expectations as he skillfully transfers loved ones into our care. Reliable expertise and dependable care have been his trademarks for 15 years as a crematory operator with Busch.

Proudly serving Busch families since 2005.

tbukszar@buschcares.com

Tom Bukszar

Certified Crematory Operator, CCO

William C. Burmeister

Admired restoration expert, lifelong funeral industry professional and one of Busch's longest-standing employees. Bill grew up in the industry alongside his father, helping with all aspects of the profession starting at age 15. He is an avid car enthusiast, attending auto shows, restoring vehicles and researching vintage models.

Proudly serving Busch families since 1986.

wcburmeister@buschcares.com

William C. Burmeister

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Dana Ivins

Dedicated to serving families and their loved ones, Dana is passionate about embalming and restoration. When she is not working, Dana enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephew.

divins@buschcares.com

Dana Ivins

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer, CCO

Eric Jones

Prior to joining Busch in 2020, Eric was in law enforcement and funeral service. Currently apprenticing to become a funeral director, Eric enjoys working out, cooking and cheering on our Cleveland sports teams.

ejones@buschcares.com

 

Eric Jones

Funeral Director Apprentice, CCO

Jamie Kobylski

Jamie is a proud Lorain County native and graduate of Lorain County Community College. Additionally, Jamie graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Jamie enjoys spending time with her two dogs and husband, doing arts and crafts, and spending time in nature.

jkobylski@buschcares.com

Jamie Kobylski

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Brannon Mencke

In addition to working diligently in our Care Center as a licensed crematory operator, Brannon provides care to our families as part of our highly skilled transfer team. In their spare time together, he and his wife, Liz, enjoy hiking and home renovation.

bmenke@buschcares.com

Brannon Mencke

Certified Crematory Operator, CCO

Liz Mencke

Trained in restorative and embalming arts, as well as funeral arrangements, Liz strives to ensure that every family has the opportunity to say goodbye in the most meaningful way for them. Liz is an avid reader across many disciplines with a special interest in foreign affairs.

Honorably serving Busch families since 2015.

Ememke@buschcares.com

Liz Mencke

Funeral Director, Embalmer, CCO

Rachel Stasek

Following graduate school and with a passion for serving others, Rachel has set a goal to become a funeral director. Rachel is privileged to assist families in a myriad of ways, from administrative assistance to supporting them on the day of their service. She is an amateur makeup artist, and loves to work out and discover new documentaries.

rstasek@buschcares.com

Rachel Stasek

Funeral Director Apprentice

Randy Van Hove

With more than 30 years in the funeral industry, Randy has a genuine care for the deceased and is a skilled embalmer and crematory operator. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking and spending time with his family and dogs.

rvanhove@buschcares.com

Randy Van Hove

Funeral Director, Embalmer, CCO

Sharon Geisman

Started her career in public accounting helping clients with their financial needs. As one of Busch's longest-standing employees, Sharon feels like she's part of the family! She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Proudly helping the Busch staff since 1991.

sgeisman@buschcares.com

Sharon Geisman

Vice President of Finance

Ron Schuerger

Ron keeps our facilities, vehicles, and grounds attractive and welcoming, and is one of Busch's longest-standing staff members. We appreciate his commitment to safety, as his team mows lawns, clears leaves, removes snow and ice, and maintains our interiors. Ron and high school sweetheart, Cindy, enjoy time with their family and especially grandkids!

Proudly caring for Busch's faciltiies since 1983.

rschuerger@buschcares.com

Ron Schuerger

Plant Operations Manager

Melissa Steele Steeber

Designs and implements processes and tech that keep our organization running smoothly to better serve customers. Melissa loves going on adrenaline-inducing adventures and spending time with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, two rats and ball python.

Graciously assisting the Busch staff since 2015.

msteele-steeber@buschcares.com

Melissa Steele-Steeber

Business Process Manager

Kim Currie

Passionate about recruiting, hiring and training highly qualified individuals in order for Busch to continue to provide families with the highest level of care. Kim assists our staff in fulfilling their professional goals and promotes healthy lifestyles in our monthly newsletter.

Proudly helping the Busch staff since 2012.

kcurrie@buschcares.com

Kim Currie

Human Resources

John Shook, Funeral Director and Location Manager

John graciously served the community and Busch family for 22 years. We will always remember John's compassion and warm smile.

In Memory of John Shook

1964 - 2018

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All of us here at Busch Funeral and Crematory Services are honored to have had Roger Berry work closely with us serving our families. Roger was a legend.

In Memory of Roger Berry

1929 - 2011