John Krumm has longevity with Catholic Cemeteries that spans almost 30 years. While he has seen many changes and positive developments in cemetery services, what he values most is the ministry dimension of his job. As a family service counselor, he strives to be available to help people during these difficult times in their lives. “This truly is a job where you can make a difference,” he said. “You have the opportunity to be there when tough decisions have to be made quickly.” John is a member of St. Ann’s Parish, Prairie Village, Kansas, where he serves as a Eucharistic minister and an usher.
Karen Ohde joins other family service counselors in assisting people with important decisions about pre-arrangements and at the time of a death in their families. She follows the “Golden Rule” in her work—treating others the way she wants to be treated. Karen has worked at Catholic Cemeteries since 1991. Prior to that, she had worked with other cemeteries and had co-owned a small cemetery in Kansas. She has knowledge of all aspects of cemetery management. She’s a firm believer that people have a calling in their lives and that she found hers when she began working in family services for cemeteries.
Charlie Owens joined the Catholic Cemeteries staff as a family service counselor in July 2005. He had worked 30 years for Knight-Ridder newspapers, retiring from his position as a sales and marketing executive with nationwide responsibilities. Charlie also spent five years as director of marketing for the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company. Charlie said that he likes being able to help families think, talk about and pre-arrange burial plans. “It leaves them and me with a feeling that we’ve accomplished something good and helpful,” he said. Charlie is a member of Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa, Kansas.
Carla Yarnell has extensive customer service experience and communication skills that she focuses on helping and assisting families with their needs and concerns. She began her career with Catholic Cemeteries as the receptionist and advanced to her role as a family service counselor. Her job involves informing people of the emotional, spiritual and financial benefits of pre-need planning and encouraging them to make decisions to achieve peace of mind and to relieve burdens for their loved ones. Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Carla is a member of St. Therese Parish, Parkville, Missouri.
Doug Holmes, community service counselor/family service counselor, makes his home in Topeka, Kansas. Doug has a degree from Washburn University in Topeka. For 20 years, he was a chef. He was with a Knights of Columbus field agency for four years and for that same length of time served as an administrator and financial advisor for Holmes & Associates, Chtd.
Teresa K. McGuire
Teresa K. McGuire believes that two of the most important things in life to many people are death and their money. Over the 30 years she spent in retail banking as a teller, branch manager, district manager and vice president, she met with families about their financial needs. Now, in her role as a community service counselor/family service counselor with Catholic Cemeteries, Teresa is meeting with people to discuss end-of-life plans and needs. Teresa believes every person should have a say in how he/she is laid to rest – not leaving this up to those that are left behind. She considers making these plans ahead of time a gift to loved ones and a decision couples can share. Teresa is a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, Lawrence, Kansas.
Chris Slater has honed his skills at helping people, problem-solving and trouble-shooting through a variety of professional and personal experiences. He has worked in claims and underwriting in the insurance agency. From 1989 to 1998, he served with the U.S. Military Police nationally and abroad. Chris has a degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. The member of Prince of Peace, Olathe, Kansas, is currently a candidate for Diaconal Ordination in the Archdiocese on June 3, 2017. In his role as a community service counselor, Chris takes satisfaction in the peace and relief he sees on customers’ faces after they have completed their burial plans.
Peggy Cox joined Catholic Cemeteries in fall 2014 after a long career in real estate as a new homes specialist. She has a degree in marketing from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Peggy values that she has been blessed throughout her life. Through her role with Catholic Cemeteries, she believes that she can share her faith and be of service to other Catholics. Serving as a Community Service Counselor, Peggy says, “This is a perfect fit to use my career skills and spread the word about God’s love displayed so beautifully in burial liturgies and traditions of our Catholic faith.” Peggy is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee, Kansas.
Bill McMahon, Manager Community Service, has background as a financial advisor and president of a retail company. This practical experience prepared him to facilitate provision of outstanding and suitable products for those being assisted. “I love helping members of our Catholic community accomplish their plans for final rest in sacred space and with a fitting liturgy,” he explains. Bill views Catholic Cemeteries as a ministry that provides valuable and necessary information and solutions that are delivered in a caring manner and without pressure. Bill has a degree in finance from Oklahoma State University. He is a member of Nativity Parish, Leawood, Kansas, where he is active in a number of organizations including the Pastoral Council.
A fifth generation Catholic, Pauline Jung embraces serving the Church and Catholic families. Pre-planning our cemetery and funeral are often difficult, but through our ministry, she serves families with information on the teachings of the Church and our Catholic Rites. Feedback from our informed families are of appreciation and a sense of relief. These families inspire her to stay true to her own faith and this ministry. After 20+ years in marketing and sales for major companies, Pauline finds this is by far the most meaningful position. She is a member of Cure’ of Ars parish, Christ Renews His Parish, Faith in Action Team (FIAT), Faith and Reason KC, and St. Ignatius Prayer Exercise Program.
Bob DeHaven brings extensive customer service skills to his position as a pre-need counselor with Catholic Cemeteries from his past work in business and retail sales. Bob worked several years with the Jenkin’s Music Store in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. His love of music carries over to his church where Bob has been active as a choir director and cantor in the past. He currently is a choir member at Holy Cross Parish, Overland Park, Kansas. Busy in his roles as husband, father and proud grandfather, in his spare time, Bob enjoys woodworking, restoring antiques and fly fishing.