Our Staff


Our staff is the backbone to our success. We are committed to a high standard of professional qualifications, integrity, and personality. Whether it is our licensed funeral directors, office personnel, maintenance staff, grief counselors, or our part-time funeral associates, each and every person that works at Becker Funeral Homes takes pride in what they do and they genuinely care about our mission and the families we serve.

Meet the family of Becker Funeral Homes… 

Daniel H. Becker

Daniel H. Becker

CFSP

Dan Becker, CFSP, was educated in Struthers City Schools, Mercersburg Academy, Youngstown State University and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Dan Becker began working in funeral service as a teenager and became full time with his father Hazen in 1961, upon his return from the Army as a Paratrooper Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division. He has been a licensed Ohio funeral director and embalmer since 1967. He holds an Ohio Insurance Sales license to sell pre-need funeral insurance.

In 2001, he became the first person in the three county area to complete the continuing education requirements of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice to be awarded the designation of a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.

In 1967, he was the founder of the former Gold Cross Ambulance and Medical Service, which brought paramedic service to the area. He retired from the ambulance service in 1995 with the sale of Gold Cross to the Rural Metro Corporation.

He is a past president of the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Funeral Directors Association, a member of the Ohio and National Funeral Directors Associations, where he has served on many committees, and the Selected Independent Funeral Homes. He is a founding member of the Cremation Operators Association of Ohio, where he served on the committee that established legislation for the regulation of crematories in Ohio in 1998.

Dan Becker served on the Struthers City Board of Education for twelve years, three of which were as president. He has been a volunteer with the American Heart Association since 1964, serving in most positions locally including chairman of the board. In 1975, he was the representative of the Heart Association sent to Miami to learn to be an instructor-trainer for the then new procedure of CPR and charged with bringing it to and instituting the training in this area. He was a long time board member of the Ohio Affiliate of the American Heart Association serving as chairman during a critical time of reorganization. He has served on many National Heart committees and projects. He continues on the local board, where he is one of three (two living) Life Members.

He is a member of the Struthers Rotary, where he served as a past president and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow. He was Vice President of the board of trustees of the Mahoning County and Youngstown Library, retiring in 2004. He serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Youngstown. He was a founding board member of the former Dyslectic Learning Center of the Youngstown Scottish Rite. He was a founding member and the first president of the Struthers School Foundation for Educational Excellence. He is a former member and Assistant Chief of the Volunteer Section of the Struthers Fire Department. He is a former scout master of Troop 16. He is a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley.

He is a member of Poland Lodge F & AM #766, the Scottish Rite, Valley of Youngstown, where he was elected a 33rd degree member for his community service. He was also a member of Al Koran Shrine, the Youngstown Shrine Club, Aut Mori Grotto, where he volunteered as the director of the former annual Circus, Jesters Court #14, Poland Masonic Breakfast Club, the Base Community Council of the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Base, the Struthers Athletic Club and the ROMEOs.

He is a member of the Struthers Parkside Church formerly known as the Struthers Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a deacon, elder and chairman of the congregation.

Dan Becker was married to the former Margaret (Margy) Trucksis for almost 54 years before her death in July 2009. They have five children, Kim Horyn of Nantucket, Mass., Kandace Becker-Hagendorn of Poland, Kelly Becker of Poland, Kate Becker of Washington, DC and Daniel H. D. Becker of Cleveland. They have nine grandchildren.


Kelly L. Becker

Kelly L. Becker

CFSP

Becoming President of Becker Funeral Homes in 1999, Kelly has been with the firm since 1986. From 1979 to 1986, she was Assistant Director of Communications with the former Gold Cross Ambulance.

Kelly is a Licensed Ohio Embalmer and Funeral Director, and holds an Ohio license for pre-need funeral insurance sales. She is a graduate of Struthers City Schools, Youngstown State University with an Associate Degree in Business, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

In 1996 and 1997, Kelly served as president of the Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Funeral Directors Association. She is a member of the Ohio and National Funeral Directors Associations, and the Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

In 2003, Kelly completed the curriculum of continuing education to be awarded the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation, CFSP.

Kelly is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Mahoning Valley American Red Cross, CASTLO Community Improvement Corp, Hospice of the Valley, and the Poland Historical Society. She is an active member of the Struthers Rotary Club, where she served as past president and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Kelly was a member and past secretary for the former Struthers Business Association and is a member of the Lowellville Business Association and the Poland Village Business Association. She is a former member of the Youngstown Symphony Guild and Poland PTA. Kelly is an Alumni of LEADERSHIP Mahoning Valley 2000. 

Kelly is a member and elder of the former Struthers Presbyterian Church now known as Struthers Parkside Church. She resides in Poland with her two sons, Robert and Fritz Rumberg.


Shelby L. McDanel

Shelby L. McDanel

Funeral Director

Shelby McDanel was born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She was a 2002 graduate of Shenango High School. After graduation, she attended Youngstown State University for two years to receive her general requirements before entering mortuary school. 

In 2004, Shelby moved to Cincinnati and enrolled in the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She graduated in December of 2006, earning her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude. She was the recipient of the Dr. George M. Sleichter Award, which is the class salutatorian award, and the Ohio Crematory Operators Association Award. Shelby also was Secretary/Treasurer of her class and a member of the Delta Gamma Pi Professional Sorority. 

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Shelby served her one-year apprenticeship at Becker Funeral Homes and now is employed as an Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer with the funeral home. She also holds an Ohio Insurance Sales License to sell pre-need funeral insurance.

Shelby is a member of the Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Embalmers Association. She volunteers her time working at the Struthers V.F.W. Post #3538 spaghetti dinners. 

She makes her home in Struthers.


Daniel P. Madden

Daniel P. Madden

CFSP, Funeral Director

Daniel P. Madden was born and raised in the Greater Youngstown area. He was a 1998 Graduate of South Range High School. After attending Youngstown State University he went on to Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he received a B.M.S. in 2001.

Dan is a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in both Virginia and Ohio; as well licensed to sell Preneed Insurance.

In October of 2011 he became a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner through The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Dan is a member of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, The National Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Embalmers Association. He is also a member of the Poland Rotary Club.

Dan is an active member of Trinity Fellowship Church where he is a Deacon. Dan is married to his wife, Claudia and they reside in Canfield.


Alfred H. (Fred) Davis Jr.

Alfred H. (Fred) Davis Jr.

Funeral Director

The Davis Funeral Home was founded by Alfred Davis Sr. and Paul Velker in 1955. Alfred (Fred) Davis Jr. joined his father in 1980. Fred is a life-long resident of Boardman and a 1975 graduate of Boardman High School. Fred received his Bachelors’ degree from Adrian College in 1979, and went on to graduate from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1980. 

Fred is a member of the Boardman United Methodist Church, where he has served as an usher and is a member of the Board of Trustees. Fred is currently a member of the Boardman Board of Education and is a member of the Four Square Club.

He is a former member of the Boardman Boosters, Boardman Community Foundation and the Boardman Civic Association.

Fred and his wife Buffy have three sons, A.H., Kyle and Jay Davis. 


Kathy Schmitt

Kathy Schmitt

Office Manager

Kathy was born in Cleveland and raised in Wickliffe, Ohio and was a 1968 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Chardon, Ohio. 

Kathy came to this area in 1977 and worked in retail while raising her family. In 1992, she joined the Davidson-Becker group as a part-time secretary. Twenty-two years later, and now full time, Kathy has been present to witness the funeral home's growth into a four location firm. 

Kathy is a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown. She is a proud mother of four children, Robert, Karen, John and Jason; and three grandchildren, Braydin, Kayleigh and Bryce.

Kathy makes her home in Struthers.


Paty Asher

Paty Asher

Bookkeeper

Paty was born in Ohio and raised in Kansas.  Being the daughter of a college football coach, she lived in several states before returning to Ohio and the Youngstown area in 1991.  She graduated from Wichita Southeast High School and received her B.S. in Business Administration from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS.  She worked in banking and the auto industry before joining the funeral home as the bookkeeper in 2000.  Paty has three children and lives in New Middletown with her twins, Drew and Devon, who attend Springfield Local High School.  Her daughter, Courtney, lives in Pittsburgh.


Bonnie Leck

Bonnie Leck

Insurance Claims

Bonnie was born in Youngstown and raised in Struthers. A 1977 graduate of Struthers High School, Bonnie spent 37 years of her life working in retail for B. Daltons and later Borders. 

In 2012, Bonnie joined the staff at Becker Funeral Homes. Her office is located at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland. Bonnie's initial responsibility of processing insurance claims has grown into a full time receptionist and assisting with bookkeeping responsibilities. 

Bonnie makes her home in Poland.


Brenda Herron

Brenda Herron

Administrative Assistant

Brenda gained over seventeen years of corporate and office management experiences in the funeral industry. These experiences include her time as the office manager and assistant to the funeral director at Wasko Funeral Home, Herron Funeral Home and Mortuary Associates, a funeral trade service. Herron Funeral Home and Mortuary Associates were both owned and operated by her loving husband of 27 years, the late Todd Herron. Shortly following the conclusion of Todd’s courageous year and a half battle with glioblastoma brain cancer, Brenda joined the Becker Funeral Homes in May of 2013. Her office is located at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman. 

Brenda is the proud mother of two sons, Steven (Crystal) and Samuel, and two grandsons, Anthony and Gannon.


Mary Juliene Morrone LSW

Mary Juliene Morrone LSW

Grief Counselor

A life-long resident of Lowellville, Mary was a 1974 graduate of Lowellville High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Youngstown State University in 1978 with a Major in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology. In 1994, she received her license in social work. Mary served her internship with the Mahoning County Children Services and later was employed as a social worker for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

In 1998, Mary joined the staff at Becker Funeral Homes as a grief counselor. She counsels both children and adults and was instrumental in implementing Becker Funeral Home's grief counseling in the Struthers and Lowellville School Systems. Mary works closely with the funeral home staff in coordinating the Annual Celebration of Remembrance, which has grown from its initiation in 1991 from 20 family members in attendance to 375 family members in attendance. She also conducts, along side Jolene Schiedel, the Annual Holiday Help Program, which assists families with tips on how to get through the Holidays when dealing with the loss of a loved one. 

Mary is a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville.

She and her husband Chris Morrone are the proud parents of four sons, Chris, Ralph, Matthew and Ross; and seven grandchildren, Taylor, Chris, Isabella, Ralphie, Matthew, Irelynn, and Ave. 


Jolene Schiedel

Jolene Schiedel

Grief Counselor

Jolene Schiedel was raised in Struthers, where she currently resides with her husband Matthew and two children Kylie and Braydan. After graduating from Struthers High School in 1999, Jolene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Social Work from Youngstown State University. She completed a six month internship at Assumption Village Nursing Home, and also has been active in the Struthers School System as a substitute teacher and cheerleading coach. Outside of work, Jolene has participated in multiple charitable events, which includes the Relay for Life.  

Jolene joined the Becker Funeral Home Staff in 2014. Her primary responsibility is counseling children through young adults. She also works closely with students in the Struthers and Lowellville School Systems. Jolene assists in coordinating the Annual Celebration of Remembrance Program that is held prior to the Holiday Season and along with Mary Morrone, conducts the Annual Holiday Help Program, which offers tips to families dealing with a loss of a loved one during the Holidays.


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