Our Staff


Matthew J. Stitzel

Matthew J. Stitzel

Funeral Director

Matthew,  Third Generation Funeral Director, was born and raised in Berks County. He was a Lincoln Park resident for 21 years until getting married. Along with his wife, Rebecca J.(A former physical therapist assistant with St. Joseph Medical Center), Matthew also has four children: Sarah J., Jacob T., Ethan M., and Matthew. Matthew is a 1988 graduate of Holy Name High School, Rdg., 1992 Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and 1993 Simmons Institute, Syracuse, NY. Along with being a full time funeral director and father, Matthew takes an active roll in his community; he has coached Little League Baseball for Spring Township for a number of years and was an active firefighter and engineer for Spring Township and the Goodwill (Muhlenberg Township) Fire Companies. Matthew was also the past Vice-President of the Lincoln Park Lions Club, a member of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Whitfield, and a board member of the Berks County End-Of-Life Care Coalition. 

Matt is co-owner, with his wife, Rebecca, of Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., in Laureldale and Oley. His father, Richard Stitzel, is the president of the company. 


Telephone: 1-610-929-3693

Email: matt@stitzelfh.com


Elizabeth K. (Gilbert) Simmons

Elizabeth K. (Gilbert) Simmons

Funeral Director - Supervisor of Laureldale Location

Elizabeth, born and raised in Muhlenberg Township, resides in Temple.  She is a 2005 graduate of Muhlenberg High School.  Elizabeth earned her degree in Funeral Services from Northampton Community College in 2007. While in college, Elizabeth was employed with Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem for 3 years.  

Upon returning to Berks County, Elizabeth completed her internship with Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Inc., Laureldale and was hired as a funeral director in 2008.  Named Supervisor of the Laureldale location in 2015, Elizabeth also serves families at the Oley facility.  She works primarily with at-need families.

Elizabeth is a life member of Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, Hyde Park.  


Telephone: 1-610-929-3693

Email: Elizabeth@StitzelFH.com


Melissa A. Sommers

Melissa A. Sommers

Funeral Director

Melissa was born and raised in Summit Hill, Carbon County.  She is a 1996 graduate of Marian Catholic High School, Tamaqua, Schuylkill County.  After high school, she attended Alvernia College for two years. Subsequently, she earned her associates degree in funeral services from Northampton Community College, having graduated in 2000. She also obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse from the Schuylkill Health School of Nursing.

Melissa served her internship at the Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home in Weatherly, Carbon County, where she was then hired as a funeral director.  Melissa worked for various funeral homes in the Carbon/Schuylkill County area for a number of years until getting hired at Stitzel Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. in 2014.  A full-time funeral director, Melissa serves at-need families in both Laureldale and Oley. 

Melissa and her husband Robert Breslin have two daughters, Caroline and Kathryn. They reside in Summit Hill, Carbon County.

Telephone: 1-610-929-3693

Email: melissa@stitzelfh.com


Jerry Wojciechowski

Jerry Wojciechowski

Family Services Counselor / Pre-need Advisor

A licensed insurance professional, Jerry serves families who reach out to our Funeral Home seeking sincere guidance with their funeral planning.  With a professional, yet very caring, personal approach, Jerry always puts families at ease throughout this sometimes confusing planning process, reviewing every option, from direct cremation to more traditional funeral services.    

A lifelong resident of Berks County, Jerry graduated from Holy Name High School and Penn State University, and has worked in various personal service industries for over 40 years.  He resides in Wyomissing Hills with his wife, Alexa.  They have three children, Nick, husband of Susan, Jana and Cara, and a grandson Benjamin.   Jerry has served as an elected official in the Boroughs of Wyomissing Hills and Wyomissing, where he also served on the Borough Recreation Board for 10 years and as Chairman of the annual Wyomissing Hills Memorial Day Commemoration for 14 years.  

Email: jerrysffh@gmail.com


Lisa Ricci

Business Manager


Telephone: 1-610-929-3693

Email: ricci@stitzelfh.com


Lisa Gursky

Administrative Assistant


Telephone: 1-610-987-6231

Email: lgursky@stitzelfh.com


Lee Reiniger

Lee Reiniger

Funeral Attendant

Lee retired from teaching music in the Muhlenberg School District in 2001 and has been working as a funeral assistant since that time.

As a lifelong resident of Muhlenberg Township, Lee has remained active in the community, as a schoolboard member, past President and active member of the Muhlenberg Lions Club, Vice President of the board of directors of the Muhlenberg Ambulance Association and teaching private music lessons.

He is married to PeggyAnn (Oxenreider) for 48 years and they have three children: Matthew, Jeffrey and Cara, and six grandchildren.

Lee's full-time job is currently attending the many activities of the grandchildren and keeping the grounds of the funeral home beautiful.

Telephone: 1-610-929-3693


John McHale

John McHale

Funeral Attendant


Telephone: 1-610-929-3693


Edward Unger

Edward Unger

Funeral Attendant

Eddie serves as a funeral attendant.  He is the friendly face you're more than likely to see when entering the funeral home, as he is our main greeter.  Eddie was employed with The Crystal Palace, Reading for 45 years.  Since retiring, he continued his work as sexton at Good Shepherd U.C.C., Tuckerton.  Edward enjoys working with the public and working at the funeral home enables him to do just that.  

Edward is the widower of Joanne who died in 2007.  He is the father of two children and currently resides in Muhlenberg Township with his fiancée, Christina.  They have been fortunate enough to successfully merge their two families into one large family.  When Eddie is not working, he enjoys traveling, especially cruising the world.  

Telephone: 1-610-929-3693


Mariano Gaspari

Funeral Attendant


Telephone: 1-610-929-3693


William Sandel

William Sandel

Funeral Attendant


Telephone: 1-610-929-3693


Brandon Hilbert

Brandon Hilbert

Decedent Transporter and Funeral Attendant



Bill Mahon

Funeral Attendant


Telephone: 1-610-929-3693


Jim Coker

Jim Coker

Funeral Attendant



Mark Hoch

Mark Hoch

Funeral Attendant



Dennis Snoke

Dennis Snoke

Funeral Attendant



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