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.
The Rodenberger Funeral Home has been owned and operated by the Rodenberger family since 1958. Over the years, C.C. “Bud” Rodenberger and his wife, Evelyn have gathered around them a staff of caring, compassionate funeral professionals, dedicated to serving local families in their time of need. Since Mr. Rodenberger's passing in 2005, the business is now owned and operated by his daughter, Jerrie.
Our Valued Staff
Jerrie Rodenberger Gray, President and Licensed Funeral Director
Jerrie strongly believes in giving back to the community that has made her the woman she is today. Although most of her time is spent with the family business, she is dedicated to her community. She is on the CASA Symphony of the Tree's board, National Funeral Director Association and the Ohio Funeral Director Association. She graduated from Napoleon High School and Findlay College . She is married to Kenny Gray, who retired from at GM Powertrain in Defiance . Together they have two children, Brent and Brooke. Brooke is involved in the current operation of the funeral homes, and Brent works for as a Construction Analyst for Mel Lanzer Construction in Napoleon. She spends most of her free time with her five grandchildren and Mother, Evelyn.
Jerrie takes great pride in the fact all three funeral homes continue to carry on a great tradition of service while maintaining independent ownership. With a tremendous support staff, the Rodenberger Funeral Home is able to provide services unmatched by any others.
Brooke Gray, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Brooke began working with his mother in 1995, and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1999. He has lived in Henry County all his life, graduating from Napoleon High School and receiving his degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1998. Active in the community and in his profession, Brooke is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Director's Association, and the National Embalmer's Association. He is a current member of the Henry County Volunteer Cancer Leadership Committee, Northwest State Community College Charitable Giving Foundation, Henry County Community Foundation Trustee, and former member of the Rotary Club of Napoleon and the Henry County United Way . Brooke has been involved in the funeral business since he was in college, when he worked with his mother, Jerrie, part-time. It was during this time that he became interested in the business as a possible career for himself. As he continued to work he realized that working with families and ministering to people in need was very rewarding for him personally and he has been here ever since. He considers working with the people of Henry County to be a family tradition, and one he is proud to continue…and looks forward to many generations of his family serving this community. Brooke was married in April '06 to Cathy, who is a Science teacher at Holgate Local Schools, and they reside next to the funeral home in Napoleon, Ohio with there children, Jaxson and Lilah.
Mark Feehan, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Mark Feehan is a native of Custar, Ohio and a 1992 graduate of Bowling Green High School. He attended the Bowling Green State University and graduated Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1995 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and a Bachelor Degree of Mortuary Science. At graduation he received the Ohio Embalmers Association Lester W. Wakeham Award for demonstrated excellence in the combined theory and practice of embalming. While in college, Mark served as a class representative and also obtained his Ohio Insurance license to serve families with pre-arranged funeral plans.
In 1997 he joined the Rodenberger Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association; Ohio Funeral Directors Association; National Funeral Directors Association; member and past president of the Deshler Chamber of Commerce; past member of the Henry County Relay for Life Committee; past Board Member of the Henry County United Way and a lifelong member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Custar, Ohio. His hobbies include playing golf and staying in touch with his family and friends.
Mark has worked in funeral service since he was 16 years old and has always felt the most important thing is to serve families as if they were your own. The friendships he has made has been the biggest rewards. He feels very fortunate to be able to serve so many families and knows Rodenberger Funeral Home will continue to strive to earn the opportunity to serve them in the future. Mark and his wife Raechel, live in Deshler, Ohio with their three children, Clayton, Faith and Whitney.
Ruth Ann Gray, Greeter
Ruth Ann (Schuette) Gray is more than a Greeter, she is family! Ruth Ann was married to Charles "Chuck" Gray, who died on May 30, 2000. Chuck was a one of eleven Gray boy's and is a brother to Ken. Ruth Ann worked for 21 years in the Farm Service Agency in Napoleon, retiring in 1998. She has three boys, Tom (Charlene), Jerry, and Tim; and 2 grandson's, Chad & Jacob. She is a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon and is the Treasurer for Fulton-Henry NARFE. Ruth Ann can always be found at the front door with a smile on her face!
Keith Sonnenberg, Greeter
Keith has been working as a greeter since 1998. He and his wife, Judy were born and raised in Henry County. He had 3 sons, Barry (Deceased), Mark, and Dan, and daughter, Jennifer. He is a life member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, where he is a usher and helps on the funeral services. He is also an active member of the Bert G. Taylor American Legion post.
Jan Seemann, Greeter
Jan Seemann, is a native of Deshler, Ohio and graduated from Deshler High School. She is a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Housing & Zoning Administrator for Deshler, works with Salvation Army, Treasurer of Deshler Alumni, and Mentor at School. She and her husband, Dave are in charge of the Veterans Memorial Field in Deshler. They have three sons, Kevin (Kris) Seemann, Kirk (Carla) Seemann, and Kent (Jill) Seemann, and seven grandchildren.
Lester Kruse, Greeter
Lester "Les" Kruse is from the big village of Florida,Ohio. He worked at Woods Auto Supply for 42 years, retiring in 2001. He and his wife, Marilyn (Dickman) Kruse are members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where they were married over 62 years ago. They have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Shelly Boehm, Office Manager
Shelly (Drummond) Boehm is a graduate of St. Paul Lutheran School, Napoleon High School, and University of Toledo. She is married to Brian Boehm and have two wonderful children, Karly and Kody. They are members of Christ United Methodist Church in Napoleon. She spends her free time with her family and children. She is the newest member of the Rodenberger family, but has built a strong relationship with the community at her prior job in long term care at Lutheran Home and Alpine Village. She is honored to be a part of the team and looks forward adding to the level of service that Rodenberger's provide to the area.