Staff

Joseph P. McDonald — Licensed Funeral Director

Joseph McDonald is the owner/founder of McDonald Funeral Home. He was born in nearby Sterling, IL, and is a graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Joseph is very active in his community. He is a member of the Illinois Coroner and Medical Examiners Association, the Professional Car Society, and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11874. He is a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls.

Scott A. Sheets — Licensed Funeral Director

Scott Sheets has been with the funeral home since 1995. Scott was born in Davenport, IA. He is a third generation funeral director, and a graduate of Tipton High School and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Scott is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11874 and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling.

Thomas A. Luther — Licensed Funeral Director

Thomas Luther joined our staff in February 2004. Thomas was born and raised in Ottawa, IL. He is a 1988 graduate of Ottawa Township High School, attended Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1996. Thomas has been a licensed funeral director since 1997. He is a member of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church, where he serves on the Memorial Committee and a church organist.  Thomas currently resides with his family in Morrison, Illinois.

Lori C. Kenney — Licensed Funeral Director

Lori Kenney joined our staff in January 2005, having served with the former Allen-Grennan Funeral Homes. Lori has worked as a funeral director since 1998. Lori was born and raised in Polo, Illinois, and is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling.

Carl L. Conover — Licensed Funeral Director

Carl Conover joined our staff in April 2008. Carl was born in Cordell, OK, and is a graduate of Knoxville, IL High School; Carl Sandburg Community College, Galesburg; and Southern Illinois University - College of Mortuary Science. Carl has worked as a funeral director since 1985. Carl is active in his community of Fulton. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Days Festival and a member of the Second Reformed Church in Fulton.

Kayla Grennan Brown — Licensed Funeral Director

Kayla Grennan was born in Sterling, IL. She graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Kayla is a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls.

Patricia Young — Administrative Assistant

Patricia Young joined our staff in 1995, as a support staff member and became the Adiitrative Assistant in 2000.  Patty was born in Sterling, IL.  She is a graduate of Sterling High School and Sterling School of Beauty.  Patricia is a member of First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ in Sterling.

Shirley Barta — Administrative Support Staff / After Care Group Facilitator

Shirley Barta was born in Decorah, IA. She graduated from School Sisters of St. Francis St Joseph Girls Academy in Milwaukee, WI. She has lived in Sterling, IL for 47 years. She is retired from National Manufacturing in Sterling, IL. She is a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling.

Sally Hendricks — Administrative Support Staff

Sally was born and raised in Prophetstown, IL. She now lives in Rock Falls. She graduated from Prophetstown High School and was employed by General Electric in Morrison, IL for 30 years. She is a member of Abiding Word Church in Sterling, IL.

Lori Kurtz — Administrative Support Staff

Lori Kurtz joined our staff in the Fall of 2011.  Lori was born in Sterling, Illinois.  Lori graduated from Stering High School and St. Mary's of Notre Dame, Indiana.  Lori worked as a paralegal in the area and was also a long time substitute teacher in Sterling schools.  She has also been very active in many area community serivce projects.  Lori attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling, Illinois.

Elizabeth Stauffer — After Care Group Facilitator - Coordinator

Elizabeth Stauffer was born in Brook, IN.  She has been with the funeral home since 1995 as a funeral support staff.  In 2000 she became the After Care Group facilitator - coordinator. She has lived in Sterling since 1969.

Emily Habben — After Care Group Facilitator / Support Staff

Emily Habben joined our staff in September 2011.  Emily was born in Sterling, IL.  Emily is a graduate of Twin City Nazarene School, Sterling, IL.  Emily attends the Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, IL.

Silvana McDonald — Support Staff

Virgle Onnen — Support Staff

Justin Sigel — Support Staff

Doris Smith — Support Staff

Larri Dirks — Support Staff

Lyle Dirks — Support Staff

Ronald Timmons — Support Staff

Alex Rios — Support Staff

Beverly Franque — Support Staff

Jan Hammes — Support Staff

Elma Sterenberg — Support Staff

Tom Hartman — Support Staff

Ruth Hartman — Support Staff

Ryan Schoaf — Funeral Director / Embalmer Apprentice

Ryan Schoaf was born in Sterling, IL.  He graduated from Newman Centeral Catholic High School and Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  Ryan is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Sterling, IL.