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Staff members of Heritage Funeral Homes are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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Stan Stobierski Owner, Licensed Funeral Director

Stan graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in NY. He holds a New York funeral director license, an Arizona funeral director license as well as an Arizona Life Producer Insurance Agent license and Arizona Cremationist license. Stan is past president of the Arizona Funeral Directors Association and served on the first Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two daughters, Tara and Sherri, who are both involved in the family business.

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Tara L. Kimzey President, Licensed Funeral Director tara@heritagefuneralchapels.com

A third generation Funeral Director, Tara joined the family business as a Licensed Funeral Director upon graduation from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 1995. She also holds an Arizona Insurance License to fulfill pre-arranged funeral plans. Tara is Past-President of the Arizona Funeral Director’s Association and an active member of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce.

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Sherri Deck Office Manager and Administrator sherri@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Sherri joined the family business serving as Administrator for the Heritage Funeral Chapel located in Peoria. She currently is the Human Resource Officer for the company. 

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Deane A. Senn General Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer deane@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Deane was born in Michigan and raised in Bowling Green, OH. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati,  Ohio.  Deane has been with the Heritage family since 2002. He holds his funeral directors license in both Arizona and Ohio, as well as an insurance license in both states. Deane is Manager of the Heritage Funeral Chapel in Peoria and assists in General Management for the company. Deane is a member of the Arizona Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Deane and his son Julian currently reside in Litchfield Park, where in his free time, he enjoys golfing.

Chino Valley Funeral Home

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Linda Mendoza Family Service Counselor linda@heritagemortuary.com

Linda, an Arizona native, Linda joined the Heritage family in 2014, as a family service counselor at the Chino Valley location.  Linda is a source of comfort to the many families she serves and guides them through their time of loss.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

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Dean McFall Funeral Director and Embalmer dean@heritagemortuary.com

Dean began his funeral service in 1983 and has never left the profession.  He is a 1985 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science of the Chicago area.  He is a funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist and has served throughout Arizona since 1989.  Dean and his family attend The Heights Church in Prescott.  He serves families in Chino Valley and neighboring communities.

Heritage Casa Grande Funeral Home and Cremation Society of Arizona

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Maureen Schirmer Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer mschirmer@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Maureen Schirmer grew up in Peoria and moved to the city of Maricopa with her husband. She studied Psychology at Arizona State University and upon completing her degree she enrolled in the Mortuary Science program at Mesa Community College. In her free time Maureen enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her several adopted aminals. Maureen holds an Arizona Funeral Directors, Embalmers, Cemetery and Cremationist License.

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Susan Sumpter Office Administrator ssumpter@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Susan was born in Fresno, California and raised in Indiana. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 48 years and together they have a son, daughter and 6 grandchildren. Susan has been an office manager for a variety of corporate businesses in Indianapolis. Upon moving to Casa Grande in 2005, she came to work for Simes Mortuary. She has returned to what she finds most rewarding, which is helping people in their time of need.

Heritage Coolidge Funeral Home

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Joseph A. Kunish Funeral Director and Embalmer joe@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Joseph A. Kunish.  Born in St.  Louis, Mo, raised in Dayton Ohio.  Graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1980.  Worked in Metro Denver area in funeral service as an Embalmer, Funeral Director and Manager for 30 years. Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Arizona.     Married to wife Brenda for 25 years.  Spend time fishing, hiking, and hanging out with Grandkids.

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Roxanne Hosino Administrative Assistant roxanne@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Roxanne grew up in Youngtown, Arizona and moved to Coolidge in 1991.  She has worked in the funeral industry since 1999.  Having lived in the community for 24 years, she is quite frequently helping one of her neighbors or members of the community with whatever their needs may be at the moment.  Roxanne has two adult children and 5 grandchildren.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and small getaways.  She holds an Arizona Cemetery License.

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Erik Cache Cemetery Grounds Superintendent

Erik is a native of Taft, CA. He graduated from Florence High School and has been a member of the Heritage family for over five years. Erik has one daughter and enjoys fishing and hiking.

Heritage Florence Funeral Home

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Eddie Ortega Funeral Assistant and Arrangement Counselor eddie@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Eddie is a native of Florence. He received his degree in Mortuary Science in 1994. Active in the community, Eddie is a member of the Florence Rotary Club, Florence and Coolidge Chamber of Commerce and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Florence where he is a Eucharistic Minister. He and his wife have two children. In his free time, Eddie enjoys camping, hunting, golfing and fishing.

Heritage Funeral Chapel

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Benjamin Benefiel Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer benjamin@heritagefuneralchapels.com

 

Benjamin was born and raised in the Chicago area, but moved to the Phoenix area in 1999 after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies/Comparative Religion at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He graduated with honors with a degree in Mortuary Science from Mesa Community College in 2004, and joined the Heritage family in early 2008.    Benjamin holds Arizona licenses as a funeral director, embalmer, and cremationist. He currently lives in Phoenix with this wife, one daughter, and several pets.

 

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Kelsey Kurtz Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Kelsey@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Kelsey joined the Heritage family in 2015. Kelsey graduated from Mesa Community College with an Associates degree in Mortuary Science. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She is an Arizona native residing in Phoenix with her Rottweiler Zona.

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Jan Radzieta Funeral Director Assistant

A native from Poland, Jan currently resides in Buckeye. He is an active member of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

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William "Bill" C. Gabriel Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer bill@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Bill has been a part of the Heritage family since 2008. Bill graduated from the Cypress College School of Mortuary Science in California. He has held a Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist License in California, Washington and currently holds all three licenses in Arizona along with his real estate license for selling cemetery property. Bill is proud of his time served in the United States Marine Corps. Bill and his wife, Susan, live in Peoria and have six adult children and one granddaughter. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, running and skiing with his wife.

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Karen Davis Administrative Assistant karen@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Karen graduated from Brooks College in Long Beach, CA with a degree in Fashion Merchandising before making the transition into the Funeral Service industry in 2001. She helps families to pre-plan their funeral arrangements and is the office administrator. Karen currently resides in Phoenix with her husband, Marcus, and their children, Jackson and Ariel.

Heritage Memory Mortuary

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Clent Walker Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer clent@heritagemortuary.com

A native of Georgia, Clent graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta. He also holds an Arizona Funeral Directors and Embalmers License, Arizona Life Producer Agent License and an Arizona Cremationist License. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Arizona Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Association. He also holds both a Georgia Funeral Director and Embalmer License. Clent and his wife, Pamela, and their son Joshua live in Spring Valley, Arizona.

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Charlene Weaver Office Manager charlene@heritagemortuary.com

Charlene joined the Heritage Family in 2008, and is serving as Office Manager for our facilities in the Prescott Area. She also assists our families at Mt. View Cemetery with Plot sales, Interments, and Marker sales. She is a 30 year resident of Prescott.

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Richard Prince Funeral Home Assistant richard@heritagemortuary.com

 

Richard came to the Heritage family as a company IT tech. His interpersonal skills quickly allowed him to become a valued Funeral Service Assistant.  Richard is a veteran of both the Navy and Army, and is a member of American Legion Post #6 in Prescott. He regularly attends the Nishkam Seva Gurdwara of Phoenix.  Richard and his wife reside in Prescott have two children and one granddaughter.  

Sunwest Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematory

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Justin Strippelman Cremationist justin@heritagefuneralchapels.com

Justin began his career with Heritage as a grounds keeper until receiving his Cremationist License in 2011. He is the primary cremationist for all of the Heritage locations in the Valley, as well as Casa Grande, Florence, and Coolidge.

Stan Stobierski

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director
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Stan graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in NY. He holds a New York funeral director license, an Arizona funeral director license as well as an Arizona Life Producer Insurance Agent license and Arizona Cremationist license. Stan is past president of the Arizona Funeral Directors Association and served on the first Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two daughters, Tara and Sherri, who are both involved in the family business.

Joseph A. Kunish

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Joseph A. Kunish.  Born in St.  Louis, Mo, raised in Dayton Ohio.  Graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1980.  Worked in Metro Denver area in funeral service as an Embalmer, Funeral Director and Manager for 30 years. Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Arizona.     Married to wife Brenda for 25 years.  Spend time fishing, hiking, and hanging out with Grandkids.

Linda Mendoza

Family Service Counselor
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Linda, an Arizona native, Linda joined the Heritage family in 2014, as a family service counselor at the Chino Valley location.  Linda is a source of comfort to the many families she serves and guides them through their time of loss.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

Dean McFall

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Dean began his funeral service in 1983 and has never left the profession.  He is a 1985 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science of the Chicago area.  He is a funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist and has served throughout Arizona since 1989.  Dean and his family attend The Heights Church in Prescott.  He serves families in Chino Valley and neighboring communities.

Roxanne Hosino

Administrative Assistant
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Roxanne grew up in Youngtown, Arizona and moved to Coolidge in 1991.  She has worked in the funeral industry since 1999.  Having lived in the community for 24 years, she is quite frequently helping one of her neighbors or members of the community with whatever their needs may be at the moment.  Roxanne has two adult children and 5 grandchildren.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and small getaways.  She holds an Arizona Cemetery License.

Benjamin Benefiel

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Benjamin was born and raised in the Chicago area, but moved to the Phoenix area in 1999 after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies/Comparative Religion at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He graduated with honors with a degree in Mortuary Science from Mesa Community College in 2004, and joined the Heritage family in early 2008.    Benjamin holds Arizona licenses as a funeral director, embalmer, and cremationist. He currently lives in Phoenix with this wife, one daughter, and several pets.

 

Kelsey Kurtz

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Kelsey joined the Heritage family in 2015. Kelsey graduated from Mesa Community College with an Associates degree in Mortuary Science. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She is an Arizona native residing in Phoenix with her Rottweiler Zona.

Tara L. Kimzey

President, Licensed Funeral Director
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A third generation Funeral Director, Tara joined the family business as a Licensed Funeral Director upon graduation from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 1995. She also holds an Arizona Insurance License to fulfill pre-arranged funeral plans. Tara is Past-President of the Arizona Funeral Director’s Association and an active member of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce.

Sherri Deck

Office Manager and Administrator
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Sherri joined the family business serving as Administrator for the Heritage Funeral Chapel located in Peoria. She currently is the Human Resource Officer for the company. 

Deane A. Senn

General Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Deane was born in Michigan and raised in Bowling Green, OH. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati,  Ohio.  Deane has been with the Heritage family since 2002. He holds his funeral directors license in both Arizona and Ohio, as well as an insurance license in both states. Deane is Manager of the Heritage Funeral Chapel in Peoria and assists in General Management for the company. Deane is a member of the Arizona Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Deane and his son Julian currently reside in Litchfield Park, where in his free time, he enjoys golfing.

Eddie Ortega

Funeral Assistant and Arrangement Counselor
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Eddie is a native of Florence. He received his degree in Mortuary Science in 1994. Active in the community, Eddie is a member of the Florence Rotary Club, Florence and Coolidge Chamber of Commerce and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Florence where he is a Eucharistic Minister. He and his wife have two children. In his free time, Eddie enjoys camping, hunting, golfing and fishing.

Erik Cache

Cemetery Grounds Superintendent
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Erik is a native of Taft, CA. He graduated from Florence High School and has been a member of the Heritage family for over five years. Erik has one daughter and enjoys fishing and hiking.

Maureen Schirmer

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Maureen Schirmer grew up in Peoria and moved to the city of Maricopa with her husband. She studied Psychology at Arizona State University and upon completing her degree she enrolled in the Mortuary Science program at Mesa Community College. In her free time Maureen enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her several adopted aminals. Maureen holds an Arizona Funeral Directors, Embalmers, Cemetery and Cremationist License.

Susan Sumpter

Office Administrator
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Susan was born in Fresno, California and raised in Indiana. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 48 years and together they have a son, daughter and 6 grandchildren. Susan has been an office manager for a variety of corporate businesses in Indianapolis. Upon moving to Casa Grande in 2005, she came to work for Simes Mortuary. She has returned to what she finds most rewarding, which is helping people in their time of need.

Justin Strippelman

Cremationist
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Justin began his career with Heritage as a grounds keeper until receiving his Cremationist License in 2011. He is the primary cremationist for all of the Heritage locations in the Valley, as well as Casa Grande, Florence, and Coolidge.

Jan Radzieta

Funeral Director Assistant
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A native from Poland, Jan currently resides in Buckeye. He is an active member of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

William "Bill" C. Gabriel

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Bill has been a part of the Heritage family since 2008. Bill graduated from the Cypress College School of Mortuary Science in California. He has held a Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist License in California, Washington and currently holds all three licenses in Arizona along with his real estate license for selling cemetery property. Bill is proud of his time served in the United States Marine Corps. Bill and his wife, Susan, live in Peoria and have six adult children and one granddaughter. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, running and skiing with his wife.

Karen Davis

Administrative Assistant
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Karen graduated from Brooks College in Long Beach, CA with a degree in Fashion Merchandising before making the transition into the Funeral Service industry in 2001. She helps families to pre-plan their funeral arrangements and is the office administrator. Karen currently resides in Phoenix with her husband, Marcus, and their children, Jackson and Ariel.

Clent Walker

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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A native of Georgia, Clent graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta. He also holds an Arizona Funeral Directors and Embalmers License, Arizona Life Producer Agent License and an Arizona Cremationist License. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Arizona Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Association. He also holds both a Georgia Funeral Director and Embalmer License. Clent and his wife, Pamela, and their son Joshua live in Spring Valley, Arizona.

Charlene Weaver

Office Manager
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Charlene joined the Heritage Family in 2008, and is serving as Office Manager for our facilities in the Prescott Area. She also assists our families at Mt. View Cemetery with Plot sales, Interments, and Marker sales. She is a 30 year resident of Prescott.

Richard Prince

Funeral Home Assistant
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Richard came to the Heritage family as a company IT tech. His interpersonal skills quickly allowed him to become a valued Funeral Service Assistant.  Richard is a veteran of both the Navy and Army, and is a member of American Legion Post #6 in Prescott. He regularly attends the Nishkam Seva Gurdwara of Phoenix.  Richard and his wife reside in Prescott have two children and one granddaughter.