History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity. We are proud to be an Order of the Golden Rule Funeral Home. Our Motto is " You take care of each other and let us take care of everything else".

Our History

Our History

Founded by Earl and Katharine Carlson, and operated by their two sons, Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. offers a tradition of a local family serving other local families, 24 hours a day- every day. With a solid reputation for family values, the Carlson family makes it a priority to serve their community with caring and compassion. This dedication to service has allowed the family business to expand across northeast Ohio to include three state-of-the-art funeral homes in Medina and Portage Counties.

For over 75 years, Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. has been serving the community with loyalty and integrity. The Carlson Family are folks who know you; folks who you can rely on; reinvesting in the community in which they serve. Their dedication to their church, local civic groups, youth activities, and the elderly is unequaled.

The Carlson Family takes pride in serving their community. The Carlson Family enjoy being active members in the Christian community.

Our Valued Staff

  • Dr. Michael E. Carlson

    Dr. Michael E. Carlson, Chairman of the Board ~ Funeral Director

    Dr. Michael E. Carlson has been associated with the Carlson Funeral Homes his entire life and is Chairman of the Board of K & E Carlson Inc. He is a graduate of Hiram College, received his Master Degree from Ohio University and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Akron. He has been very active in the community over the years. Mike was Superintendent of Highland Local Schools for 13 years and currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Hiram College. He enjoys golf and reading, and is longtime member of Medina Sunrise Rotary. Mike is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #0674 Windham Ohio and VFW Men's Auxiliary Post #5137 Medina. He is a member of St. Colette Church in Brunswick a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11801 in Garrettsville. His favourite quote is “You can accept mediocrity or you can pursue excellence”.

  • Patrick E. Carlson

    Patrick E. Carlson, President ~ Funeral Director/Master Embalmer

    Patrick E. Carlson, Master Embalmer, took an early interest in the family business. After attending Hiram College, he enrolled and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1972. He is the master embalmer for all of three funeral homes. He and his wife Patricia live in Brunswick and enjoy walking, the outdoors, and spending time with grandchildren. Patrick has four children, Trevor who is a Funeral Director and Embalmer and Vanessa who resides in Florida, Robert Turnick and Stephen Turnick who both reside in Medina County and 9 grandchildren. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Embalmers Assocation. He is active in many area group assocations and is a member of St. Ambrose Church in Brunswick.

  • Earl Carlson

    Earl Carlson, Never Forgotten Always Loved

    April 20, 1922 ~ February 19, 2000

  • Katharine M. Carlson

    Katharine M. Carlson, Never Forgotten Always Loved

    June 14, 1923 ~ November 23, 2015

  • Neil E. Carlson

    Neil E. Carlson, Never Forgotten Always Loved

    October 17, 1955 ~ September 23, 2015

  • Sean R. Carlson

    Sean R. Carlson, Never Forgotten Always Loved

    May 10, 1962 ~ December 31, 2012

  • Trish Danku

    Trish Danku, Pre-Need & After Care Specialist

    Trish joined the Carlson team shortly before losing her husband. Wanting to find a way to help others, she feels blessed to work as our Pre-Planning Specialist and in our Aftercare Program with families who have already suffered a loss. Enjoying time golfing with girlfriends, dancing, reading and supporting our First Responders, is where you will find her when she is not working. Trish is a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church where she is a Religious Education teacher, greeter and usher, she is also a proud member of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, Garrettsville Women in Business, Portage County Senior Services Network and Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce. Favourite quote “Love People, Not Things. Use Things, Not People”.

  • Roberta Neale

    Roberta Neale, Office Manager

  • Eva Wheaton

    Eva Wheaton, Executive Assistant

    Eva is the Executive Assistant for our Carlson Funeral Home in Medina.

  • Jami Collins

    Jami Collins, Executive Assistant

    Jami is the Executive Assistant for Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. She is a native of Windham, where she lives with her husband of 15 years, Kevin, and their son, Finn. Aside from spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys painting, arts and crafts, and reading. Losing her father, Jim Centric, has made her appreciate the kindness and care that is implemented with the funeral process, and she wanted to be a part of that care.

  • Kim Watkins

    Kim Watkins, Executive Assistant

    Kim is the Executive Assistant for our Carlson Funeral Home in Brunswick. She worked in the home health industry for over 16 years, Kim feels blessed to continue her career in a industry that allows her to help and care families. She lived in Columbus before returning to her home town of Amherst. Kim has two daughters, Tela and Katie, and a granddaughter, Jade. When not working besides spending time with her friends and family she enjoys cooking, camping, reading, and crocheting. Favorite Quote "The best things in life are not things."

  • Vic  Fackler

    Vic Fackler, Grounds and Facilities Supervisor

    Vic is the grounds and facilities associate for our Garrettsville location. He is a member of the Leavittsburg First Church of the Nazarene and Garrettsville Masonic Lodge #246 . Vic is a lifelong resident of Nelson and Garrettsville. He is also a bus driver for James A. Garfield school district. Vic enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

  • Randy Biedron

    Randy Biedron, Associate

  • Dana  Case

    Dana Case, Associate

    Dana is an associate with our Medina and Brunswick homes. He resides in Brunswick with his wife Cindy and their children. Dana enjoys golfing, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

  • Richard  Collopy

    Richard Collopy, Associate

    Rich is a life long resident of Garrettsville, Ohio. He and his wife Melanie and their two daughters, Abby and Miley are members of the United Methodist Church of Garrettsville. He is a member of Garrettsville Masonic Lodge #246 and Silver Creek chapter #144 Roayl Arch Masons of Ohio and O.E.S. Cresecent chapter #7. He is currently employed for (MRCG) Kraftmaid of Middlefield for 25+ years. His interests include anything fast and loud, hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor fun.

  • Brian  Coughlin

    Brian Coughlin, Associate

    Brian is an Associate for the Brunswick and Medina Funeral Homes. He and his wife Regina live in Medina with their children. Brian is active in the community and a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.

  • Michael  Davanzo

    Michael Davanzo, Associate

    Michael Davanzo is a retired School Teacher and athletic administrator from the Medina City Schools. He and his wife Judith live in Medina Township. He is active in the Medina Sunrise Rotary and has served as the District 6630 District Governor in 2014-15. He also enjoys gardening, travelling, and reading. He attends St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

  • Frank Gharky

    Frank Gharky, Associate

    Frank has been an Associate for the Garrettsville Funeral Home since 2012. He is a retired employee of the State of Ohio. He is a resident of Auburn Township in Geauga County where he lives with his wife of 20+ years. He is also a part time maintenance worker for the State of Ohio and enjoys spending time camping, bicycling, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

  • Jim Glanc

    Jim Glanc, Associate

  • Ed  Hrobak

    Ed Hrobak, Associate

    Ed celebrated 50 years working with the funeral home in July of 2020. He is a life time resident of Nelson/Garrettsville area. He and his wife Linda have two daughters, four granddaughters and one grandson. Ed enjoys gardening, yard work, working jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and spending time with family. He is a member of American Legion Post 0674 in Windham.

  • Harold  Kaufman

    Harold Kaufman, Associate

    Harold is an Associate with the Brunswick and Medina Funeral Homes. He and his wife Kay reside in Sharon Township. He has three children and seven grandchildren. Harold enjoys collecting stamps, gardening, and is a florist by trade. He attends First Christian Church of Medina.

  • John Masters

    John Masters, Associate

    John has lived his entire life in the Nelson/Garrettsville area. He and his wife Monica reside in Nelson Township and attend Delightful E. C. Church in Southington. Parents of two daughters, their daughter Detra, passed away in 2001 from Cystic Fibrosis, and daughter Ashley. They are grandparents to one grandson, Jayden. In March of 2015, John retired after 40 years with Ohio Aluminum Aerospace in Cleveland. With a desire to help families of the community, he joined the Carlson Family in October 2015.

  • Paul Milliken

    Paul Milliken, Associate

    Paul is an associate with our Medina and Brunswick homes. He lives in Medina with his wife Beth. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. He is a retired United Methodist Pastor and Chaplain in the U. S. Air Force Reserves. Paul enjoys playing racquetball and tennis, reading and doing puzzles.

  • Scott Morris

    Scott Morris, Associate

    Scott has been working for the Garrettsville location since 2014. He lives in Garrettsville with his wife Debi. Debi and Scott have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Scott is retired from the United States Coast Guard and later a civilian career with the Defense Department. He and his wife are full-time RV'rs who volunteer at America's National Parks during the winter. Scott enjoys riding motorcycles, American history, genealogy, wood working, hunting, fishing, and boating. He is a member of Collinwood Lodge #582 in Euclid, Mt. Olive Chapter No. 189 Royal Arch Masons, Coeur de Lion No. 64 of Knights Templar, American Legion Post #193 in Mantua, Travelers Woods Masonic Campground in Garrettsville, Widow Sons Masonic Motorcycle Riders Chapter 3-5-7, Quantrill's Raiders Camp #2087 Sons of Confederate Veterans and the SCV's Mechanized Cavalry motorcycle association in his spare time.

  • Jim Mottice

    Jim Mottice, Associate

    Jim is an associate with our Medina and Brunswick homes. He resides in Medina with his wife Barb. Jim enjoys golfing, the outdoors, and spending time with his family. He has been associated with Rustic Hills Country Club for the past 28 years.

  • Dave  Smith

    Dave Smith, Associate

    Dave is an Associate with our Garrettsville funeral home. He worked for Nestle for 36 years. Dave enjoys going to auctions, traveling and spending time with his family. He spends much of his free time boating and playing with his grandchildren, whom he adores.

  • Eric Thoren

    Eric Thoren, Associate

    Eric Thoren, affectionately known as Pappy, is an associate you will see in our Garrettsville location. He and his wife Renee are longtime Nelson residents. Pappy is the Assistant Chief for the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire Department and spends his free time helping his family, and friends with anything he can and supporting his local community as one of our First Responders.

  • David Vincent

    David Vincent, Associate

    David and his wife Cindy are life-long residents of Garrettsville. A member of St. Ambrose and a James A. Garfield School Board member, David is active in his parish and community. Recently retired, they enjoy traveling and the company of their 11 grandchildren!