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Jefferson Memorial Cemetery

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Harry C. Neel President, CEO, CCFE

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Dagny Neel Fitzpatrick Vice President, Certified Celebrant dagny@jeffersonmemorial.biz

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Peter I. Johnson Director of Operations peter@jeffersonmemorial.biz

Peter I. Johnson has been proudly serving the residents of Western Pennsylvania with compassion and Dignity since the 1990's.  A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Peter has been a licensed funeral director since 1997.  He has experience in the funeral and burial customs and traditions of many nationalities and religious groups.  Not only does he have vast funeral experience, Peter also has many years of cemetery management experience as well.  Peter is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite, Syria Shriners, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and Teutonia Mannerchor.  Peter is married with two children and enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and watching his children's sporting events.

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Michael Kaczmarek Superintendent superintendent@jeffersonmemorial.biz

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Lee Benzenhoefer Family Services Manager lee@jeffersonmemorial.biz

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Karen Meszaros Family Services familyservice@jeffersonmemorial.biz

Karen joined our Family Services Staff in February of 2018.  She grew up in Murrysville and attended Franklin Regional Senior High School, then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Karen spent the last 20 years working in management in the senior care industry, where her compassion and empathetic nature helped to serve those in need.  Karen and her husband, George, have lived in Jefferson Hills for the past 21 years, and have 3 children, George Jr., Andrew and Elise. Karen is a proud military wife and mother, a pet parent to Riley, Roxy and Sam, a fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams, and enjoys traveling, painting and watching HGTV.

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Thomas Barefoot Burial Archivist tbarefoot@jeffersonmemorial.info

Thomas Barefoot is a Pittsburgh native and has worked for Jefferson Memorial Park since 2018. He holds an Master of Arts in History from the University of Akron and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer with service experience in Ukraine.

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Steve Maffei Pre-Arrangement Team steve@jeffersonmemorial.biz

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Mike Walker Pre-Arrangement Team michael@jeffersonmemorial.info

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John Olson Pre-Arrangement Team john@jeffersonmemorial.info

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Gary Ullom Pre-Arrangement Team gary@jeffersonmemorial.info

Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home

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Marianne L. Neel General Manager, RN, BSN, ABDA marianne@jeffersonmemorial.biz

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Jason L. Catalfu Supervisor, Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant jason@jeffersonmemorial.biz

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Angela L. Pinke Assistant Supervisor, Funeral Director angela@jeffersonmemorial.biz

She was born and raised in Livonia Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, with her husband they began their little family.  February of 2001, they moved to Pittsburgh, and built their families foundation. With her girls blossoming into strong, independent adults with futures bright.  Saige, her oldest will be attending the Vet Tech Institute in the Fall of 2018.  Lena, her youngest will be starting her Junior year in High School. Both are helping here at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home learning the importance of serving their community. 

As her children grew from babies to toddlers and now with their own lights shinning, Angela needed something more for her own personal own growth. At the time in 2013, she was a sales clerk working in the cheese department for a large grocery chain. It was then that she was hit with one of the biggest loses of her life. Angela’s Grandma - one of her biggest supporters died.

Standing next to her casket, not wanting to let her go a spark lit inside of her and the thought that she herself could help others in a way many could not, that she could learn this trade and give back the way the funeral director for her dearest Grandma gave back to her.

The fall of 2013 is when Angela’s life changed forever, she attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, earning an Associates in Specialized Business and continued on to Point Park University earning a Bachelor of Science in May of 2016.  Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home has been her home ever since.  Angela is grateful for the gift of being able to serve the families here and forever grateful to Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home for allowing her to learn, grow, and fulfill her inner soul with a meaningful life path.

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Kyra C. Mangold Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant kyra@jeffersonmemorial.biz

Kyra has been a Funeral Director with Jefferson Memorial since 2015. She grew up in Munhall and is a '08 graduate of Steel Valley High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh before attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Kyra currently resides in Port Vue with her significant other, Adam, their cat, Bella, and dog, Yoshi. She enjoys reading, cooking, playing video games and board games, and spending her free time with her family and friends.

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J. Harry "Corky" Johnston Funeral Director hjohnston@jeffersonmemorial.biz

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Derek Hines Funeral Intern, Certified Celebrant

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Lou Mangino Funeral Director Assistant

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Kelly Linn Administrative Assistant

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Susan McBee Financial Specialist

Susan grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Fairmont State University.  She has been with Jefferson Memorial since 2016.  Susan and her husband, Doug reside in Pleasant Hills and have 2 children, Amanda and Justin and recently welcomed their first grandchild Addison.

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Funeral Home Attendants

 

 

 

 

 

  • David Hruska - Lead Attendant
  • Gary A. Thieret - Lead Attendant
  • Tina Farine
  • Bernadette Furin
  • Debi Kaspereit
  • Lyric Koisor
  • Ron Kowalski
  • Cindy Shaffer
  • Betty Toth
  • Jeanie Ursetta
  • Rich Viggiano

Harry C. Neel

President, CEO, CCFE
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Dagny Neel Fitzpatrick

Vice President, Certified Celebrant
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Peter I. Johnson

Director of Operations
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Peter I. Johnson has been proudly serving the residents of Western Pennsylvania with compassion and Dignity since the 1990's.  A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Peter has been a licensed funeral director since 1997.  He has experience in the funeral and burial customs and traditions of many nationalities and religious groups.  Not only does he have vast funeral experience, Peter also has many years of cemetery management experience as well.  Peter is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite, Syria Shriners, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and Teutonia Mannerchor.  Peter is married with two children and enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and watching his children's sporting events.

Michael Kaczmarek

Superintendent
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Lee Benzenhoefer

Family Services Manager
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Karen Meszaros

Family Services
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Karen joined our Family Services Staff in February of 2018.  She grew up in Murrysville and attended Franklin Regional Senior High School, then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Karen spent the last 20 years working in management in the senior care industry, where her compassion and empathetic nature helped to serve those in need.  Karen and her husband, George, have lived in Jefferson Hills for the past 21 years, and have 3 children, George Jr., Andrew and Elise. Karen is a proud military wife and mother, a pet parent to Riley, Roxy and Sam, a fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams, and enjoys traveling, painting and watching HGTV.

Thomas Barefoot

Burial Archivist
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Thomas Barefoot is a Pittsburgh native and has worked for Jefferson Memorial Park since 2018. He holds an Master of Arts in History from the University of Akron and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer with service experience in Ukraine.

Steve Maffei

Pre-Arrangement Team
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Mike Walker

Pre-Arrangement Team
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John Olson

Pre-Arrangement Team
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Gary Ullom

Pre-Arrangement Team
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Marianne L. Neel

General Manager, RN, BSN, ABDA
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Jason L. Catalfu

Supervisor, Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant
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Angela L. Pinke

Assistant Supervisor, Funeral Director
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She was born and raised in Livonia Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, with her husband they began their little family.  February of 2001, they moved to Pittsburgh, and built their families foundation. With her girls blossoming into strong, independent adults with futures bright.  Saige, her oldest will be attending the Vet Tech Institute in the Fall of 2018.  Lena, her youngest will be starting her Junior year in High School. Both are helping here at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home learning the importance of serving their community. 

As her children grew from babies to toddlers and now with their own lights shinning, Angela needed something more for her own personal own growth. At the time in 2013, she was a sales clerk working in the cheese department for a large grocery chain. It was then that she was hit with one of the biggest loses of her life. Angela’s Grandma - one of her biggest supporters died.

Standing next to her casket, not wanting to let her go a spark lit inside of her and the thought that she herself could help others in a way many could not, that she could learn this trade and give back the way the funeral director for her dearest Grandma gave back to her.

The fall of 2013 is when Angela’s life changed forever, she attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, earning an Associates in Specialized Business and continued on to Point Park University earning a Bachelor of Science in May of 2016.  Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home has been her home ever since.  Angela is grateful for the gift of being able to serve the families here and forever grateful to Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home for allowing her to learn, grow, and fulfill her inner soul with a meaningful life path.

Kyra C. Mangold

Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant
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Kyra has been a Funeral Director with Jefferson Memorial since 2015. She grew up in Munhall and is a '08 graduate of Steel Valley High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh before attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Kyra currently resides in Port Vue with her significant other, Adam, their cat, Bella, and dog, Yoshi. She enjoys reading, cooking, playing video games and board games, and spending her free time with her family and friends.

J. Harry "Corky" Johnston

Funeral Director
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Derek Hines

Funeral Intern, Certified Celebrant
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Lou Mangino

Funeral Director Assistant
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Kelly Linn

Administrative Assistant
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Susan McBee

Financial Specialist
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Susan grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Fairmont State University.  She has been with Jefferson Memorial since 2016.  Susan and her husband, Doug reside in Pleasant Hills and have 2 children, Amanda and Justin and recently welcomed their first grandchild Addison.

Funeral Home Attendants

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  • David Hruska - Lead Attendant
  • Gary A. Thieret - Lead Attendant
  • Tina Farine
  • Bernadette Furin
  • Debi Kaspereit
  • Lyric Koisor
  • Ron Kowalski
  • Cindy Shaffer
  • Betty Toth
  • Jeanie Ursetta
  • Rich Viggiano