February 2019

Page A17 FEBRUARY 2019 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A Waterside Urns Water Scattering Biodegradable Urns Proventosink in7-20minutessubjecttoconditons Approximately20”widex41/2”deep WaterSideUrns.com / 561-640-9009 Our exciting and popular floating/sinking biodegradable urns are perfect for scattering cremated remains Ferncliff Cemetery Adding Services and Staff Shelley Baker Lesley Heatherman Rob Jones spending time outdoors with her friends and family. Lesley Heatherman, Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer runs day-to-day operations at Ferncliff Funer- al Home. Following high school, she pursued a degree in Criminal Justice, and in 2012, achieved her lifelong dream from six to nine. Stanley Spitler, superintendent of Ferncliff Cemetery and president of Ferncliff Funeral Home, is excit- ed about the changes. “We are thrilled to now offer all the re- membrance options that families’ desire. From pre-planning to aftercare, we provide the unique combination of one-stop arrangements most meaningful to Springfield area families.” Joining the Ferncliff team: Shelley Baker, family services director, comes to Fern- cliff with over 25 years of experience in the death care profession. She graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, and is an Ohio licensed funeral director. Shelley specializes in cemetery services, cremation and funeral pre-planning, sales management and training, and all aspects of family services. She has two grown chil- dren: Christopher and Caroline. She resides near Dayton with her husband Jeff and their dog Lacy. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys travel- ing, cooking, attending sporting events and concerts, and of obtaining a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. When not at Ferncliff, she enjoys kayaking and at- tending concerts. Rob Jones, an Ohio li- censed funeral director and embalmer and Ferncliff Fu- neral Home general man- ager, has experience in the funeral and cemetery pro- fession dating back to 1983. He is a graduate of the Cin- cinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS), where he obtained his Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. While at CCMS, he was elected student representa- tive and received a scholar- ship from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. He is also a Certified Crematory Operator, and has served as adjunct CCMS instructor. S P R I N G F I E L D, O H— Springfield’s historic Fern- cliffCemetery andFuneral Home now offers compre- hensive Time of Loss servic- es. Offerings now include a funeral home, crematory and pet cemetery, as well as pre-planning, monuments and markers, and a wide range of funeral and inter- ment options. To provide excellent ser- vice in every area, Ferncliff has also expanded its staff Rob is a published author on topics pertaining to his profession, and has written and conducted numerous state-approved continuing education programs for others in death care. Much of Rob’s career has focused on helping people plan ahead for their funeral and/or cremation. In his spare time, he is an avid bicyclist and community volun- teer, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Since 1863, Ferncliff has been a premier choice for the burial of loved ones in Clark County. As the needs of families and the community have grown, Ferncliff has continually added services. With affordable pricing and a caring staff, Ferncliff offers direct burial, memorial ser- vices, cremation Celebrations of Life services and full ser- vice funerals, in addition to numerous interment choices. Loyless Funeral Home, Florida Mortuary, Edwards Memorial and Angel Valley Funeral Home join Foundation Partners Group ORLANDO,FL— Founda- tion Partners Group has an- nounced the acquisitions of Angel Valley Funeral Home & Old Pueblo Crematory in Tucson, AZ, Loyless Fu- neral Homes in Land O’ Lakes, FL and Tampa, FL and Florida Mortuary Fu- neral & Cremation Ser- vices in Tampa, FL as well as Edwards Memorial Fu- neral Homes, Chapels and Crematories in University Place, WA. The acquisitions expand FPG’s presence in Florida to 21 locations and to seven locations in Wash- ington’s South Sound area. “We see in these busi- nesses the culture and val- ues we promote as a com- pany. This is demonstrated in their strong commitment to offer affordable and com- passionate care to burial and cremation families who have suffered a loss,” said Bob Bu- kala, president and CEO of FPG. “This represents an ex- cellent addition for FPG as it allows us to build on our presence in the Tampa met- ro area and the South Bound community as well as the Tucson market.” “Angel Valley aligns with our vision to expand our net- work of funeral homes de- livering the types of services that the local community is looking for. With the trend of families looking for high quality cremation services, firms like Angel Valley are more important to the lo- cal community. Since Mike and Dee Dee Orcutt pur- chased the business in 2007, they have consistently deliv- ered superior services at af- fordable prices while nurtur- ing strong relationships with their local community.” Mike has a long history in funeral service having started his career in Coeur d’Alene, ID in the early 80’s. When they decided to strike out on their own, Mike and Dee Dee spent several years look- ing for the right business and found a perfect match with Angel Valley and the Tucson community. “I had spoken to Founda- tion Partners several years ago, but we were not quite ready to retire at that point,” stated Mike. “When Dee Dee and I decided it was fi- nally time, we knew we would call FPG first because they really understood the cremation business.” “As we grew, human re- source issues and the admin- istration of running the busi- ness became very draining for us,” added Orcutt. “Founda- tion Partners offered us a way to ease that burden along with ensuring our employees would be taken care of going forward. Foundation Part- ners demonstrated repeatedly that they care not only about our business but our staff and community as well.” “With this firm, we have found a great partner who Continued on Page A26