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David Anthony - Funeral Director
He was born in 1955 in Columbus, Ohio to Dr. Paul and Patricia (Kucko) Anthony. The second of six children he was raised in Wadsworth, Ohio, where he attended Sacred Heart Grade School (and is forever grateful to the Vincentian Sisters of Charity for their love and patience) and graduated in 1973 from Walsh Jesuit High School. He began at the University of Akron and was seriously considering a career as a Physicist and was working at the funeral home to pay for college.
On February 26, 1974 Paul and Patricia were abducted and murdered. The task of caring for his family and the family business became mostly his responsibility. He was named guardian of his 4 siblings. He left for The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in March 1975, graduated in 1976, served a one year apprenticeship and became a Funeral Director and Embalmer licensed by the State of Ohio in May 1977.
A.J. Kucko died in 1976. The management of the funeral home was taken on by Mark Hayden, who died in October 1976 and was subsequently managed by James Burtchin who continued as manager and oversaw David's apprenticeship.
By June of 1977 David realized never had the opportunity consider what dedicating his life to a career actually meant. He and his future wife, Diane, decided to sell the business to explore other career options. Several parties expressed interest and Earl Stampfle signed a contract to purchase the funeral home. When Mr. Burtchin and staff discovered the business was for sale and that it had not been offered to them for purchase, they resigned Thanksgiving weekend. That December the home did 50% more funerals with 1/3 the staff. Amidst this whirlwind, David realized the problem was the staff not the business of funeral directing. Earl was unable to secure financing, the funeral home was taken off the market and both David and his wife Diane realized this career had turned into a vocation. David and Diane (nee Harouny) married in January of 1978. They never looked back.
David used the tragedy in his own life as a basis for his relationship to families. He enjoyed being young enough to make changes to the ways things had 'always been done' and yet had a rich family history of service and commitment to the families he served. He continues that history making it up to date and responsive to the changing needs of these families. His absolute commitment to honesty and the well being of those he serves, his staff and most importantly himself has served to establish a reputation based on trust and unwavering commitment. He is by no means perfect yet his awareness his own short comings and that of his staff allows him to correct mistakes and to try insure that they do not happen again. The firm's ability to perceive and admit mistakes has allowed them the freedom to correct them in a way that restores a family's confidence and insures against injuring other families.
He is a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Green and had attended St. Francis de Sales, St. Paul and St. John the Baptist Catholic Churches. He serves as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Adult Server and member of the Finance Commission at QOH. He is a member of the Knight of Columbus Third and Fourth Degrees.
David has been a member of the Thursday Morning Men's Bible Study currently meeting every Thursday at 6:45 Am since the early eighties. The group has met continuously for over thirty years, is unaffiliated with any church and has become the model for many bible studies. New members are always welcome.
Eric is a fourth generation funeral director, and he has worked at the funeral home since 1995. He graduated from Walsh Jesuit high school in 1997 and from Xavier University in 2001, with a bachelors degree in business. Eric graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2002
Eric married Jackie Schiavone since 2005 and they have three children: Matthew, Grace, and Mary. They live in Cuyahoga Falls and are parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where Eric is a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, Knights of Columbus #13517, Cub Scout Den Leader, and CYO coach. He is certified as a Cremation Arrangement Specialist and Crematory.
David R. Pascu
David is a Licensed Funeral Director. He graduated from Ellet High School and the University of Akron. He lives in Barberton with his wife Karen and is a member of Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church where he serves as a reader and is the church choir director. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys music, history and the great outdoors. He is a proud father and grandfather. David has been with the Anthony Family since 1992.
Katherine Anthony Clapp
Katie Anthony is the latest member of the Anthony family to join the business. Katie went to St. Francis de Sales elementary school, graduating in 2003. She is a 2007 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School. Katie graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and majored in Theology, which naturally lends itself to the funeral directing profession.
Katie began working towards her Ohio funeral directors license in March, 2013 and after passing her State board exams in May of 2015, she officially received her Ohio Funeral Directors License in August of 2015.
Katie and her husband Gabriel welcomed their first child in January 2017, and Katie has been part-time since she returned to work over the summer.
Paul joined the staff of Anthony Funeral Homes in 2016 and serves our families as the funeral home's Pre-Need director.
Full bio to come.