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David Anthony - Funeral Director, Embalmer, & Cremationist
David 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, considering a career as a Physicist, and spent his time working at the funeral home to pay for college.
However, on February 26, 1974, Paul and Patricia were abducted and murdered in Firestone Park. David was named guardian of his 4 siblings and took on the responsibility of maintaining the funeral home. He quit college and left for The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in March 1975, graduated in 1976, served a one year apprenticeship, and became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in May of 1977.
A.J. Kucko died in 1976. The management of the funeral home was taken on by Mark Hayden, who unfortunately died in October of 1976, and so the management was passed to James Burtchin who oversaw David's apprenticeship.
By June of 1977, David realized he 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 a third of the staff. Amidst this whirlwind, David realized that staff morale made a huge difference in the prosperity of the business. Earl was unable to secure financing to purchase the home, so it was taken off the market. David and his fiancée, Diane, realized this career was truly a vocation. So 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 was able to make crucial changes to the ways things had 'always been done' but maintained his rich family history of service and commitment to the families. He continues adjusting the business to accommodate the changing needs of families, and has reinforced a reputation of honesty and devotion to the families he serves. Integrity is a value Dave is defined by.
When Dave is not at the funeral home (which is rare), he spends time with his 7 grandkids, attending their sports games and events, and having an absolute blast.
Currently, Dave is a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Green, but has also attended St. Francis de Sales, St. Paul, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Churches. He serves as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Usher. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degrees.
Eric Anthony - Funeral Director, Embalmer, & Cremationist
Eric is a fourth generation licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He’s worked at the funeral home since 1995. Eric graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School in 1997 where he played football, and graduated from Xavier University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business. From there, Eric attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Illinois, and graduated in 2002. Eric is currently a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and licensed Cremationist.
Since 2005, Eric has been married to Jackie Schiavone. They raise three children, Matthew, Grace, and Mary, in Cuyahoga Falls. He and his family are parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where Eric is a member of the Parish Pastoral Council and Knights of Columbus #13517. In his spare time, Eric dedicates many hours as a coach for CYO.
David R. Pascu - Funeral Director
David is a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Ohio, and has been with Anthony Funeral Homes since 1992. He graduated from Ellet High School in 1978, and the University of Akron in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass-Media Communications and Public Relations, and an Associate’s degree of Applied Science in Social Work. 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 the church choir director. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys music, history, and the great outdoors. Dave is a proud father of three and grandfather of two.
Katherine Anthony Clapp - Funeral Director & Funeral Celebrant
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.
Katherine Nypaver - Director of Communications
Kate joined Anthony Funeral Homes in May of 2017. She attended Ss. Philip and James Elementary School, and then graduated from Northwest High School in 2013. Following, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Akron with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a minor in creative writing, in 2017.
Kate is a member of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church and lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her fiancé, Nate, and their three pets, Charlie, Geoffrey, and Ezra. Outside of work, she can be found reading, writing, or practicing yoga.
Mark Scullen - Funeral Assistant
Paul Thomas - Pre-Needs Specialist
Paul joined the staff of Anthony Funeral Homes in 2016 and serves our families as the funeral home's Pre-Need director.