About Us | Sunset Memorial Park

About Us

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.

Our History

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

Candice Bertemes, General Manager

Candice joined the exceptional staff of Dostal Bokas Funeral Services 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

David Mehling, Sales Manager


Gina Turella

Gina Turella, Office Manager

Gina Turella joined Dostal Bokas in the administrative department 2 years ago and is the office manager.
Gina enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, and riding her motorcycle.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Gina said: “There is no one most rewarding moment for me. I am grateful each day for the opportunity to spend my days with such a wonderful group of people.”


Natalie Berchin

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

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

Wayne Collins, Superintendent


Carl Naulty

Carl Naulty, Assistant Superintendent


Rebecca Leiter

Rebecca Leiter, Assistant Manager of Seminars & Events


Victoria Rotz

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.”


Jill Serrano

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.”


Barbara  Blankfeld

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

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

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

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.”


Bryce Rapp

Bryce Rapp, Family Service Advisor


James Schornik

James Schornik, Family Service Advisor

Married, father of five and grandpa to five. I love helping people in their time of need.


Debra Beckman

Debra Beckman, Family Service Advisor


Jason Brayton

Jason Brayton, Family Service Advisor


Tina Marini Dovin

Tina Marini Dovin, Funeral Director


Gwenn Geist

Gwenn Geist, Community Service Advisor


Susan Mertus

Susan Mertus, Community Service Counselor


Nancy  Huddleston

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.”


Dolly Cruz

Dolly Cruz, Administrative Specialist

Dolly Cruz joined Sunset Memorial in the administrative department 3 years ago and is an administrative specialist. Dolly is married with 3 grown children and enjoys taking motorcycle rides with her husband.


Luis Miranda

Luis Miranda, Cemetery Caretaker


William Young

William Young, Cemetery Caretaker


Carl Gallo

Carl Gallo, Cemetery Caretaker


Thomas Dutkofski

Thomas Dutkofski, Cemetery Caretaker

Tom Dutkofski attended classes at Polaris Career Center for horticulture. He was involved in the funeral industry immediately out of high school. In his leisure time, he enjoys mountain biking, fishing, and traveling.


Ken Mayer

Ken Mayer, Marker Specialist


Don Drazil

Don Drazil, Special Projects


Ricky Ross

Ricky Ross, Chief Mechanic


Bruno Cruz

Bruno Cruz, Cemetery Caretaker


James Lamneck

James Lamneck, Cemetery Caretaker