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.
In association with Dostal Funeral Service we are committed to providing the best facilities with caring and compassionate service.
Choosing a final resting place for our loved ones is one of the most important - and often difficult - tasks we face. In our culture, cemeteries are not just the place where we bury our dead, but they house monuments that commemorate the lives of our ancestors. It's a tradition that is steeped in dignity and respect.
Sunset, in association with Dostal Funeral Services, offers a complete suite of services, including chapels for visitation and services and banquet rooms for gathering after the funeral.
We believe that the care a family receives when coping with grief will contribute to their healing. And Sunset feels privileged to provide care and comfort to the families that it serves.
Our Valued Staff
Candice Bertemes, General Manager
Candice joined the exceptional staff of Sunset Memorial Park in February of 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds a bachelor degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Candice has enjoyed her service and ministry in the funeral business for over 15 years as a funeral director, embalmer and certified funeral celebrant.
She and her husband, Will, reside in the Medina area with their four children Brett, Rhiannon, Chloe and Willow. Time spent together as a family is special and mostly spent outdoors at Chippewa Lake where they can be found walking, running, riding bikes, fishing, boating and sitting around a bonfire under the stars.
David Mehling, Sales Manager
Dolores Cruz, Office Manager
Dolly Cruz joined Sunset Memorial three years ago. Dolly is married with 3 grown children and enjoys taking motorcycle rides with her husband.
Natalie Berchin, Records Department Manager
Natalie joined Sunset Memorial Park in June, 2008. Her sales and management background aid her in providing cemetery services to families on a pre-need basis. She has been married for 32 years and has 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren. Her work with Sunset Memorial Park has been the most satisfying work she has ever done. It is an honor for her to be able to assist a family or individual complete pre-need services. She interprets this work as the last way in which a family can say, “I love you,” to their loved ones.
Wayne Jewell, Chief Gardener and Horticulturist
Wayne is a 1976 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received his B.S. in Agronomy (soil science) after previously having 2 years of vocational horticulture training at Strongsville High School.
Prior to coming to Sunset Memorial Park in August of 1992, he worked 5 years as a sales representative for LESCO-a major supplier to the green industry of seed, chemicals, and fertilizers. Before that spent a year as the General Manager of a Cleveland area lawn service company and had his own landscaping business.
Most of his 40 years after college have been in the green industry in one way or another except for the 6 years that he worked as a District Agent and later Sales Manager for The Prudential Insurance Company.
Two of his biggest accomplishments since being at Sunset was forming a close working relationship with the extension agents of Ohio State University Extension who regularly use the park as a training ground for area lawn care and landscape people and being the 2012 recipient of the Helmsman Award.
He has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. In addition, he has 6 step children from his late wife Joyce.
In his spare time, Wayne likes to fish and as he is fond of saying: "One can never have too much fishing equipment".
Wayne Collins, Superintendent
Carl Naulty, Assistant Superintendent
Jill Serrano, Family Service Supervisor
Jill Serrano joined Sunset Memorial Park in the sales department 7 years ago and is the Family Service Unit Manager. She is a member of First United Methodist Church grieving council.
When we asked what attracted Jill to this field, She said: “My sister passed from cancer at age 34 and so many people helped our family. I wanted a way to give back and this is exactly the right place for me.”
Jill is lucky enough to be a daughter, sister, and an aunt to 6 wonderful nieces and nephews. Her family, including her dog, Neko, are the joys in her life.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Jill said: “Every time a family tells me that I made the worst day of their lives a little bit easier and better.”
Victoria Rotz, Sales Assistant
Victoria Rotz joined Dostal Bokas in the administrative department 2 years ago and is a Sales Assistant.
When we asked what attracted Victoria to this field, She said: “I began as a temporary employee for Sunset Memorial Park and became very interested in the work and care that goes into giving a family the tools and compassion they need to get through a very tough time. I enjoy that I get to be a part of the process to lay a loved one to rest and place a family’s mind at peace, knowing they have been given the best after-life care they can provide for their loved one. I have also always been attracted to the beauty cemeteries hold, and the stories that are written for you to see on the memorials. It reminds me that everyone has a story that was told and still being seen.”
Victoria is married and is an avid softball wife, they also play on co-ed teams. She enjoys helping to run and participate in charity tournaments with her husband and son.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Victoria said: “The most rewarding moment I have had is the knowledge that I help people daily with what I do behind the scenes.”
Barbara Blankfeld, Family Service Advisor
Barbara Blankfeld joined Sunset Memorial Park in the sales department 7 years ago and is a family service advisor. She is a member of Job’s Daughters International, Bethel #13 and #11, is a past president of Blue Star Mother’s Chapter #26 Greater Cleveland and has a knowledge of Masonic Organizations throughout Ohio.
When we asked what attracted Barbara to this field, She said: “While being in the hospitality industry for over 25 years I realized that this can fulfill my purpose of helping and giving support for the person and families wishes to be honored and respected in any and all choices that they are making for themselves or their loved ones perhaps at a most uncertain time in their lives.”
Barbara has been married for 30 + years she is the mother of 5 (3 daughters, 2 sons), grandmother of 4 beautiful babes, 3 of her children are serving in the U.S. Army.
She and her husband have made their residence of Bay Village, Ohio for over 20 years.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Barbara said: “Of the many families that I have worked with, to assist during one of the most challenging times in their life, I’m able to provide many options for creating a beautiful tribute and legacy for their loved ones and themselves. While having their wishes honored, they have touched and impacted my life and my small part of the world. I am truly blessed by knowing these treasured families.”
Norma Clifton, Family Service Advisor
Norma Clifton joined Sunset Memorial Park as a family service advisor. When we asked what attracted Norma to this field, she said: “I am honored to be at Sunset Memorial Park, to have the opportunity to help families through a very difficult decision-making process.”
Edward Gottschick, Family Service Advisor
Ed Gottschick joined Sunset Memorial Park in the sales department 3 years ago and is a Family service advisor.
When we asked what attracted Ed to this field, he said: “I have family members laid to rest at Sunset and have been visiting since a child.”
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Ed said: “Helping families with their pre-arrangements and seeing what peace of mind the families had knowing their loved one had made their own selections prior to their passing.”
Andrew Janosek, Family Service Advisor
Andy Janosek joined Sunset Memorial Park in the sales department 7 years ago and is a family service advisor.
When we asked what attracted Andy to this field, he said: “I have family buried here at Sunset and, with my social work background, I wanted to help other families.”
Family is #1 to Andy. He has two sons and enjoys sports of all kinds.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Andy said: “There are many rewarding moments in serving families and developing relationships with them.”
James Schornik, Family Service Advisor
Married, father of five and grandpa to five. I love helping people in their time of need.
Debra Beckman, Family Service Advisor
Nicholas Pauley, Family Service Advisor
Rebecca Leiter, Community Service Supervisor
Rebecca Leiter has been with Northstar Memorial since 2012. She has been a Funeral Director/Embalmer since 2008 and truly loves her career. After graduating from Mount Union College with a degree in biology she attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where she received an associate’s degree in specialized science. To continue her education in restorative art she also attended the Fountain National Academy. After serving families for many years upon the death of a loved one she decided to start to help people before experiencing the loss. Working with the community and other resources, she has taken the time to educate the surrounding areas of the benefits of pre-arrangements. "I would see people with such burden at the time of a passing and now that I am able to help people ahead of time, it brings them comfort to know things are taken care of in advance." She really has passion for working with people, especially people in her hometown and will continue to serve her community for always.
Rebecca lives in Cleveland with her wonderful husband Nick, her amazing son Ivan and her dog Theodore Roosevelt. She is a member of Saint Angela Merici Parish and loves to volunteer with Catholic Charities. She enjoys cooking, baking, going to the movies and painting. She is so happy to be back in Cleveland and loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Kari Jennings, Community Service Advisor
Gwenn Geist, Community Service Advisor
Tina Marini Dovin, Community Service Advisor
Susan Mertus, Community Service Counselor
Corin Brinkman, Community Service Counselor
Nancy Huddleston, Administrative Assistant
Nancy Huddleston joined Dostal Bokas in the administrative department 2 years ago and is an administrative specialist on the memorial desk.
Nancy began at Dostal Bokas as a part-time administrative specialist for weekends, becoming full-time as the memorial specialist after 6 months. When we asked what attracted Nancy to this field, She said: “My interest in family genealogy has influenced my decision to join the profession.”
Nancy is married to to Jim Lamneck with 2 daughters and enjoys doing genealogies and has since she was 10-years-old.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Nancy said: “My most rewarding moments are whenever a family service advisor relays how pleased a family is with a memorial.”
Sandra Keys, Administrative Specialist
I started almost two months ago at Sunset Memorial Park. I am a native of Florida but our family resides here to be closer to my brother and his family. We have 2 sons and 3 pets. I have always helped others. Really enjoy volunteering with children at church. I especially love reading, music, and crafts.
Rustie Anderson, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Rustie joined the administration department at Sunset Memorial Park in October of 2017. She is a lifetime resident of Ohio and currently resides in Parma Heights. She enjoys swimming, golfing, singing, karaoke, and performing stand-up comedy.
I recently came to the realization that my purpose in life is to make people smile and make people's lives better. I feel honored to be a part of the team here at Sunset, and it is my goal to help provide a ray of light for the families we serve in their darkest days.