Staff

We are proud of our highly qualified staff who provide the service that our communities need and expect. All of our Funeral Directors are licensed and experienced in all aspects of funeral and cremation services. 


 

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Leon J. Groff President & Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Ann S. Groff Licensed Funeral Director
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Kara Groff Mesenburg Executive Director & Licensed Funeral Director
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Kurt M. Kresser Manager & Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Kyle P. Brubaker Preplanning Consultant & Licensed Funeral Director
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Richard T. Wappner Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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E. Annie Birli Office Manager
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J. Allen Jenkins Crematory Operator and Maintenance Manager
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Carol A. Zieigler Remembrance Center Store Manager
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Sherry L. Bolton Remembrance Center Sales Associate
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Cynthia M. McClung Cemetery Administrator and Sales Manager
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Joseph M. Fantozzi Cemetery Superintendent and Pet Care Specialist
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Geoffrey A. Cleveland Cemetery Grounds Maintenance Crew
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Lori A. Roth Legacy Center Event Hostess
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Mary Ann Hutchins Greeter
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Norma J. Scally Greeter
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Marqueta L. Reedy Greeter
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Pastor Wally Gilbert Staff Associate
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Rev. Richard L. Babcock Staff Associate
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John M. Masterson Staff Associate

Leon J. Groff

President & Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Leon J. Groff, second generation funeral director and embalmer, is President and CEO of Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory in Sandusky, Huron and Milan, and Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery in Huron. He is a lifelong resident of Sandusky, and is an active funeral director and embalmer. Leon sets the high standard for excellence in funeral service. He graduated from the St. Mary’s Catholic High School and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

He began working at Groff Funeral Home in 1972, and developed Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery in 1988. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Plum Brook Country Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, National Funeral Directors Association, Current member and past president of Ohio Funeral Directors Association, the Firelands Funeral Directors Association, Knights of Columbus, Sandusky Elks and Exchange Club. Leon resides in Sandusky with his wife, Ann, and their son, Ashton.  They also have two daughters, Kelly and Kara.

Ann S. Groff

Licensed Funeral Director
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Ann Groff, licensed funeral director, operates The Remembrance Center & Gift Gallery, which is a gift store that offers unique gifts and tributes for any occasion.  Ann graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School and the University of Dayton.  She obtained her funeral directors license in 1989.

Ann is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Plum Brook Country Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and the Firelands Funeral Directors Association.  Ann resides in Sandusky with her husband, Leon, and their son, Ashton.  They also have two daughters, Kelly and Kara.

 

Kara Groff Mesenburg

Executive Director & Licensed Funeral Director
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Kara Groff Mesenburg, third generation funeral director, is the Executive Director at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory, Meadow Green Memorial Park and Groff Pet Loss Services. She is a 2003 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Sandusky. Kara received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Xavier University in 2006 and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in management from John Carroll University in 2011.  She received her Funeral Director's license in 2013.

She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Sandusky Rotary Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, Plum Brook Country Club, North Coast Young Professionals, Sandusky State Theatre Board of Directors, Ohio Cemetery Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and Pet Loss Professional Alliance. Kara resides in Sandusky with her husband, Josh, their children, Macie and Drew, and their miniature Australian Shepherd, Major.

Kurt M. Kresser

Manager & Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Kurt M. Kresser, funeral director and embalmer, serves as the Manger of the Groff Funeral Home in Sandusky.  Kurt is a highly valued member of the Groff team.  He began working for Groff Funeral Homes in May of 1990.  Kurt coordinates the day to day operations at our Sandusky location, and is highly skilled in the art of embalming and cosmetology.  Kurt graduated in 1985 from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Sandusky.  He received his Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1994.

He is a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sandusky, the Sandusky Lions Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, Sandusky Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and The Firelands Funeral Directors Association.  Kurt resides in Sandusky with his wife, Kelly, and step-son, Jordan.

Kyle P. Brubaker

Preplanning Consultant & Licensed Funeral Director
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Kyle P. Brubaker is a licensed funeral director, licensed insurance agent, and Family Services Advisor for Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory.  He operates the advanced funeral planning department, assists families in after-care follow up, and is an excellent resource for any other services requested by our families. Kyle is a 2011 graduate of Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting. Shortly after graduation, he began his professional career at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory. In 2015, Kyle was awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).  The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for  individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.  He received his funeral director's license in 2016.


He is a member of the Sandusky Yacht Club, American Legion Post #83, Sandusky Elks Lodge #285 and Holy Angels Catholic Church. He resides in Sandusky with his wife, Jen, their daughters, Baylie and Zoey, and their German shepherd, Rocky.

Richard T. Wappner

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Richard "Rick" T. Wappner, licensed funeral director and embalmber, joined Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory in 2017. 

E. Annie Birli

Office Manager
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Elizabeth "Annie" Birli is the office manager and began working for Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory in August 2013. Annie is often the first person families speak to, and her pleasant phone greeting and warm personality assures that the staff at Groff is here to help.  Annie is a 2002 graduate of St. Mary's Central Catholic High School and received her bachelors degree of Health and Human Services in Criminal Justice from BGSU in 2007. She resides in Sandusky, and enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews. You can also see Annie at Marconi's Italian Restaurant in Huron where she is a server on weekends.

J. Allen Jenkins

Crematory Operator and Maintenance Manager
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Allen Jenkins is a Certified Crematory Operator and the Maintenance Manager for all of the Groff Family Services Divisions.  He has been with the company since 2011 and can be seen working at the funeral home, or with the cemetery grounds maintainance crew.  He is a 1981 Sandusky High School graduate.  He retired from Public Service.
 
He is a member of the American Legion.  He has 3 children and 2 grandchildren, and resides with his wife Kristin in Sandusky.

Carol A. Zieigler

Remembrance Center Store Manager
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Carol A. Ziegler is the store manager at The Remembrance Center and Gift Gallery.  Carol was born and raised in Sandusky.  She is a 1969 graduate of St. Mary's High School.  After marrying her husband, they moved to Huron to raise their family.  She and Wally have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Elizabeth.  When the kids left the nest they purchased a condo and moved back to Sandusky.

Carol began working at The Remembrance Center in 2001 at its inception.  She oversees the daily operations of the store and always privdes customers with an amazing shopping experience along with her fellow worker, Sherry Bolton.

Sherry L. Bolton

Remembrance Center Sales Associate
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Sherry Bolton enjoyes working with customers as a sales associate at The Remembrance Center and Gift Gallery.  She and her husband, Bill. have been in the Sandusky area since 2000.  She worked at Curves as a fitness before joining Carol Ziegler at The Remembrance Center in 2014.  

Sherry enjoys spending time with her two childrens and five grandchildren in Louisiana and Illinois whenever possible.

Cynthia M. McClung

Cemetery Administrator and Sales Manager
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Cynthia M. McClung is the Cemetery Administrator and Sales Manager at Meadow Green Memorial Park and Groff Pet Loss Services.  She is a 1982 graduate of Perkins High School in Sandusky.  Cindy received an Associate of Liberal Arts degree from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Science from Heidelberg College.  She is also a graduate 1998 of LEADS (Leadership, Enrichment and Development Sandusky).

As an accomplished sales professional, event planner and small business owner, Cindy is a recipient of the American Red Cross Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership, the Providence Hospital Women of Excellence, the National Public Relations Achievement Award and the National Grassroots Lobbying Award.  One of her true passions is agritourism.  She operates a seasonal farm market which has been featured on Fox8, New Day Cleveland.  Her farm to table signature recipes qualified her as a 2016 Finalist in the Ohio Signature Food Contest.

Cindy is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, past member of the Sandusky Rotary Club and numerous community boards; such as the American Red Cross, American Lung Association and Easter Seals of Erie County.  She began working at our Huron location in August 2018.

Joseph M. Fantozzi

Cemetery Superintendent and Pet Care Specialist
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Joseph M. Fantozzi  is the Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery Superintendant.  He is a 1967 graduate of Huron High School and received his BS in psycology, business administration, and speech from Adrian College in 1972.  He retired from the Tire Industry after 38 years.  In the Spring of 2012, he began working at Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery.
 
He is a member of St. Peter’s Church in Huron, Port Clinton Elks, Port Clinton Elks, Port Clinton Moose Lodge, Port Clinton Kiwanis, Port Clinton Colonial Club, Huron H Team, Huron Athletic Booster Club, and a former IAB Club member.  He resides in Huron with his wife of 45 years, Diane. 

Geoffrey A. Cleveland

Cemetery Grounds Maintenance Crew
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Geoffrey Cleveland is on the Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery Grounds Maintainance Crew.  He is a 1998 graduate of Huron High School and attended Bowling Green State University where he studied sociology and communications.  He is also a Certified Peer Recovery Supporter.  He began working for Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery in 2018.
 
He is an active member of the Artisans Recovery Community Center and the recovery community.  He resides in Sandusky. 

Lori A. Roth

Legacy Center Event Hostess
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Lori A. Roth is an event hostess and has been working with families to coordinate events of all ocassasions at The Legacy Center since October 2016.

Mary Ann Hutchins

Greeter
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Mary Ann Hutchins has been a greeter at our Sandusky Chapel since August of 1995.

Norma J. Scally

Greeter
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Norma J. Scally has been a greeter at our Sandusky Chapel since June 1998.

Marqueta L. Reedy

Greeter
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Marqueta L. Reedy has been at a greeter at our Milan Chapel since January 2014.

Pastor Wally Gilbert

Staff Associate
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Wally Gilbert is the Pastor of NorthPointe Baptist Church in Sandusky.  He has been a part of the cemetery maintenance crew and worked as a staff associate at our funeral homes since 2012.

Rev. Richard L. Babcock

Staff Associate
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Rev. Richard "Ric" L. Babcock has been a staff associate at our funeral homes since January 2017.

John M. Masterson

Staff Associate
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John M. Masterson has been a staff associate at our funeral homes since August 2017.