Our Staff

J.P. Ducro IV

~President/Owner/Funeral Director

J.P. Ducro is a fifth-generation funeral director/embalmer with his family business.  A Certified Pre-Planning Consultant and member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, he is the President of Ducro Services and co-owner along with his mother, Sue. A 1992 graduate of Miami University, Oxford, OH, he then earned his degree in Mortuary Science from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1994.   

Devoted to the community and the families of Ashtabula County, he has been honored to help in their time of need.  J.P. has served as Ashtabula City Council President and is currently serving Ashtabula County as one of its three Ashtabula County Commissioners, while assisting at the funeral home as time allows. His service to the community has included the Ashtabula Elks, Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Ashtabula County, and the Ashtabula/Harbor/Lakeside Alumni Association to name a few.

He is grateful for his wonderful and professional staff that allows him the freedom and flexibility to do so, as well as for the support of his mother, wife Peggy, and daughters, MaryCate, Lizzie, and Sara.

Sue Curtis Ducro

~Vice President/Owner/Funeral Director

Sue Curtis Ducro, psychologist and funeral director, having focused on educational and developmental issues, has worked with the court, schools, and as a lecturer at several Kent State University campuses in addition to bereavement and grief support programs and issues.

She and her late husband, J. Peter, have a long history of community service, including coordinating the original county-wide Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine Program. Other board memberships and support include: Organizing the first Earth Day Program locally, Board of Mental Health Association, United Appeal, Ashtabula Arts Center, Ashtabula County District Library, and a founder of the Women’s Service League and Crisis Intervention Teams.

Conservation is of special interest to Sue,  as well as writing professional articles and poetry.  As a conservationist, Sue has encouraged her family and friends to understand the value of our Planet Earth.  She believes our environment should be protected and cultivated for future generations in which to live and work. Her dedication to our planet is to be admired and emulated.  Sue has also over the years developed the funeral home's bereavement  library, many of the books having been donated to the public libraries, hoping to provide resources to a wider range of readers.

Sue is also a Life Member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and a Certified Grief Management Specialist.

Jennifer Blanchette

~CFO of Ducro Services / GM of Greenlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery

Jennifer is a lifelong Ashtabula county resident and graduate of Edgewood High School.
She began her career with Ducro Services in 1999 as an Administrative Assistant. After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Business from Lake Erie College, Jennifer was promoted to CFO. 

Jennifer is a graduate of Leadership Ashtabula, Class of 2002 and grateful for the experience. During her year of learning about Ashtabula County, she met many wonderful people both as fellow students and as presenters to the class.

In 2010, Jennifer was asked to be General Manager of Greenlawn Memory Gardens, and she has done a remarkable job in effecting positive change  and progressive ideas for Greenlawn.  Her willingness to learn and pass that information to other  staff members is commendable. She also assists with families when they have questions or concerns.

Jennifer has two sons, Owen and Lucas and when she is not busy with their many activities she likes to work in her garden and enjoy the sunshine.

Jennifer enjoys being a daughter, sister, and mom and views her family as her greatest accomplishment.

Eric A. Nesbitt

~General Manager/ Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Eric graduated from Springfield High School in Akron, Ohio in 1997. He attended Walsh University in Canton, Ohio and graduated in 2000 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he was awarded his Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Science. Eric has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Ohio since 2002.

At the age of 16, Eric began his career in funeral service, as a grounds-keeper, courier and funeral director’s assistant at the Hopkins-Lawver Funeral Home. His passion for the  funeral profession has led him to  creating a funeral service that is meaningful and personalized. Eric will often be heard saying, “I want to help ease the burden in some small way.” He has assisted the Ducro Family since 2004, serving in a PRN role and providing support to the funeral home as a funeral director and embalmer. In June of 2017, he and his wife, Stephanie Hall-Nesbitt, stepped up into a full-time role to assist with managing the day-to-day operations for Ducro Services.

In addition to their duties at Ducro Funeral Home, Stephanie and Eric fulfilled a long-time dream of funeral home ownership in 2012 with the purchase of the Thompson-Smith Funeral Home in Conneaut, Ohio. He serves as the President of the now Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home in addition to his duties as the managing funeral director and embalmer.

Eric and  Stephanie M. Hall-Nesbitt,  have been married since 2005, together they have two sons, Gavin and Zadyn.  Eric is a very active member of the Conneaut Lions Club, chairing the eye-glass collection and sight-saving committees. He is also the past-president and former member of the Conneaut Library Board of Trustees and past member of the Conneaut Port Authority. The Nesbitt's  are members of New LEAF United Methodist Church in Conneaut. In his spare time, you can find him out at his camp or on the shores of Lake Erie, where he loves spending time riding jet-skis and walking the beach.

Stephanie M. Hall-Nesbitt

~General Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Stephanie was born and raised in Conneaut, the daughter of Ernest and Sheila (Mosier) Hall. She graduated from Conneaut High School Class of 1999. At the age of 12, she felt the calling of becoming a funeral director. 

After graduation from high school, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati, and then went on the graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2003.

She and her husband Eric, have owned and operated Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home in Conneaut since 2012. Stephanie is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, pre-arrangement counselor, crematory operator and is currently managing the day to day operations for Ducro Services.

Stephanie has two children, Gavin and Zadyn. She is a member of the New LEAF United Methodist Church in Conneaut, The Conneaut Lions Club, former President of the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Ashtabula Class of 2018. In her spare time she enjoys bowling, camping and spending time with her family.

Bernard B. "Bud" Williams

~Former owner of Childs-Williams Funeral Home, Ashtabula &Pierpont                                             Funeral Director-Embalmer

Bud was born in Ashtabula, the son of Bernard and Anna (Mello) Williams and graduated from St. John High School in 1973 where he lettered in track and football. He received his Associates Degree from Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus and graduated with his Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1989. 

In 1980, Bud married Paula Matson and they have three daughters, Marleah, Madeline and Margaret and they all currently reside in Concord, Ohio.

For twenty years, Bud was the owner of Childs-Williams Funeral Home in both Ashtabula and Pierpont, Ohio. While serving the families of Ashtabula and Pierpont, Bud realized the need for a new funeral home in Pierpont and with help from Cameron Wright and JP Ducro the realization came to fruition as the former Pierpont Elementary School is now home to Williams-Ducro Funeral Home. 

Bud got his start in funeral service working with Peter Ducro and was came full circle as he merged his business with the the Ducro Family of Funeral Homes in January of 2012 where he has remained an important part of their professional staff ever since.

Kathleen Shaffer, CFSP

~Funeral Director/Embalmer/Celebrant

Kathleen has  been with Ducro Services since 2008. She is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration. While attending ITT,  she was nominated and accepted into the National Technical Honor Society. Kathleen is a graduate Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where  she served as treasurer for the Delta Gamma Pi Sorority. She has certifications in Crematory Management and as a Certified Pre-Planning Consulatant and Certified Celebrant.

Kathleen has worked in the health care profession for many years, first as a nurse's aide and then Business Office Manager for Senior Living Communities. It was a natural transition from healthcare to becoming a funeral director.

She and her husband, Mike and granddaughter, Athena are residents of Ashtabula Township and enjoy all that this area has to offer. They are the parents of six children and six grandchildren. Athena is a freshman at Lakeside High School and participates in a number of activities. Mike drives bus for Buckeye School District and they are active members of Messiah Lutheran Church.

Kathleen currently serves as  President of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, where she serves on the  Scholarship Assistance Committee and Marketing and  Membership Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary for the Foundation of her alma mater, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

She feels truly privileged to meet and care for families in Ashtabula County and the surrounding areas. The people have become more like family and  she considers them her friends. Many things have been said about being a funeral director in today’s world, but there is one thing she knows: that for her there is no more honorable profession than that of a funeral director.

Jeff Payne

~Facility Operations Manager
Jeff is a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County and is a 1993 graduate of Ashtabula High School.
Jeff manages all of our funeral home properties regarding building maintenance and other issues. He also manages our livery vehicles as well as scheduling the limousines for special occasions such as, weddings, wine tours, girl’s night out, birthdays, anniversaries, and proms. Jeff takes the time to ask questions about your upcoming event to ensure your trip is everything you expected. 

His creativity in art and design led to his becoming an Architectural Designer working with his dad, David Payne in his firm, Designs of Distinction. Jeff’s skills were used in the design of the new addition to the garage on Elm Avenue, the updating of our Zaback-Williams-Ducro location, and several changes at our Pierpont location.

He assists the funeral directors with funerals and memorial services.  He is our go-to person when we need extra help.
Jeff and his wife, Michele, are the proud parents of two children, Josh and Jenna, who are both active in their schools in Jefferson. Michele is a Registered Nurse in Ashtabula County.

When time allows, the family enjoys camping and attending car shows. Michele also has horses that have been a big part of her life. Jeff has a penchant for meticulously finding and restoring older vehicles to their original splendor. His attention to detail is why Jeff is our Facilities Manager. 

Sandra Reed, CPLP

Administrative Secretary/Certified Pet Loss Professional

Sandy has been with Ducro Services since 2007 and is the Office Manager and Certified Pet Loss Professional.

In 2013, she obtained her Certified Pet Loss Professional (CPLP) designation by completing a twelve-hour management education program. In order to maintain her certification, she is required to have five hours of continuing education each year. To assist our pet families at a higher level in 2014, Sandy obtained her Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certification. Both of these certifications allow Sandy to help our pet families during their time of loss.

Our pets are family members and their passing is a difficult time for everyone. Sandy has attended the Pet Loss Professional Alliance (PLPA) Pet College and is a member of the Pet Loss Professional Alliance (PLPA) and a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. 

Her continued education in the area of Pet Loss allows Sandy to keep up with the latest trends in Pet Loss and share them with our pet families and our staff.

In 2016, Sandy was privileged to be a member of the enlightening and informative Leadership Ashtabula program and she enjoyed learning about Ashtabula County and the surrounding areas.

Sandy is  married to Bill Reed. They have six children and twelve grandchildren who keep them very active. When they are not spending time with them, Bill and Sandy enjoy fishing on Lake Erie on their boat, “The Local Hookers”. They  have recently purchased a motorcycle and enjoy taking weekend trips. 

Paige Campbell-Woodburn

~ Pre-planning Counselor / Licensed Insurance Agent and Aftercare Coordinator

Paige began her career with Ducro Services in April of 2016,and  is a lifetime area resident and a graduate of Lakeside High School class of 2010. While in school, she participated on the swim team and began her swimming career at the Ashtabula YMCA.
A graduate of Kent State, she is also a licensed insurance agent. Paige can be contacted to assist you in pre-planning your funeral.  To have the peace of mind knowing that your family will not have to make decisions regarding your final wishes is one of the most satisfying feelings. Your family will be thankful for your thoughtfulness.  Paige is available to speak to your group organization without a fee. 

The perfect headstone that represents your individuality can be designed by Paige and she can help you arrange to have it placed at your final resting place.

Paige believes in giving back to the community that has supported her. She is a member of Ashtabula County Business Exchange and the Ashtabula Lions Club. She believes in the Ashtabula Community and supports our local business. She is our Aftercare support specialist and contacts our families after services to see if we can be of further assistance. Paige is the owner of Kevin’s Auto Service having assumed ownership after the death of her father, Kevin Campbell.

Paige is married to Kevin and they are newlyweds having been married on August 18, 2017. They have a dog named Izzi and are fostering dogs until they are ready for their forever family. She also likes to host parties for family and friends and traveling where her heart takes her. 

Thomas Kane, Jr.

~Funeral Assistant/Crematory Operator/Courier

Tom is a lifelong resident of Ashtabula. His family has a rich history of serving the community and Tom continues that tradition.

Tom is a graduate of St. John High School and member of Our Lady of Peace - Mother of Sorrows Church. He is oldest of eight children of Thomas and Teresa (Gouhin) Kane, Sr. Tom is familiar with the history and traditions of Ashtabula and is especially knowledgeable about the fire department as his grandfather, Thomas Kane, served as captain for forty-one years, and his dad, Thomas Kane, Sr., served twenty-six years and retired as a Lieutenant from the Ashtabula Fire Department.  

In January of 2018, Tom celebrated his thirtieth year with Ducro Services. Since his first day with Ducro's, Tom has been a valuable employee. Tom’s knowledge about the ancillary functions of the funeral home is diverse. He has a crematory operator’s license and was our first crematory operator. He is able to share his knowledge of the operations with the other staff members.  Tom is the Ducro courier and can be seen at the local health departments and many doctors offices gathering paperwork for death certificates. He also helps with funerals and airport trips for our local families.

Tom is an antique car buff and enjoys going to car shows. He is always on the lookout for his next acquisition. 
Tom’s two dogs, Quincy and Isabella, are his constant companions. They keep him busy with their daily walks. 

Nick Slayton

 ~ Administrative Assistant

Nick has been with Ducro Services since November of 2017.  Not only does he work in the office, he also assists families who have lost their beloved pets, works as a funeral attendant, and helps with our livery service.  

A graduate of Conneaut High School and resident of North Kingsville, Nick has a quiet, assured presence.

He is the son of Rob Slayton and Jodi Slayton and has two brothers Eric and Jake. Nick enjoys watching and participating in sports. He played football for Conneaut High School and has coached his younger brothers CLYO football team for six years. He has coached Conneaut Recreational League basketball for three years.

Active in the Conneaut community, Nick was a Safety Town Volunteer for three years. He feels that giving back to the community where he grew up is important as the community supported him in his youth.

When he is not working or coaching, Nick enjoys playing basketball, weightlifting and fitness training.

Greenlawn Memory Gardens Staff

Linda Nerad

~ Administrative Assistant

Linda has been a member of our staff since 2013. Her knowledge of payroll and H.R. is invaluable.

Not only does Linda work at our Elm Avenue location, but she also lends her expertise to Greenlawn Memory Garden Cemetery in North Kingsville.   At Greenlawn, Linda is a Family Service Coordinator, meeting with families and helping them with their many questions and concerns.

Linda and her husband, Ed, who works at Cristal are residents of North Kingsville. They have two children, Christopher and Emily, and a grandson, Jax. 

Ed and Linda enjoy cooking and gardening in their free time.  Linda enjoys crafting for her family and friends and is already busy for her new granddaughter. She is also the secretary for the Ashtabula Lighthouse Preservation Society and was the C.C.D. Coordinator for St. Andrews Church in Sheffield Township.

Patti Magada

 ~ Family Service Coordinator 

Patti has been employed with the Ducro Family since 2001. She began her career at Greenlawn Memory Gardens and transferred to Flowers on the Avenue, then returnong to Greenlawn  as one of our Family Service Coordinators.

As a Family Service Coordinator, Patti meets with the family regarding the burial of their loved one. She also updates files and assists with the designing of markers and selling cemetery spaces. Patti also assists with the day-to-day office duties.

Patti is the proud mother of two daughters, Amber Julia and Mariah Faith, and also the grandmother of her most precious Aubree Marie, who happened to be born on Patti’s birthday.

When not at work, Patti enjoys reading, movies, and baking.  She and her kitten, Maxwell, listen to country music while babysitting her granddaughter, Aubree. 

Jessica M. Masirovits

~Family Service Coordinator 

Jessica has joined Greenlawn Memory Gardens’ staff in October of 2017. As a Family Service Coordinator, Jessica assists families in arranging the burial of their loved ones, as well as maintaining files and assisting with day to day office activities. 

Prior to joining  the staff of Greenlawn Memory Gardens , Jessica advocated for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her patience, compassion and concern for her clients make her a perfect choice to be a Family Services Coordinator. During the time of loss of their loved ones, families need those skills that Jessica possesses to assist them with their decisions.

Jessica is the proud mother of Emily Anne and Lauren Elizabeth who are both active in band and sports through Buckeye Local Schools and other various community programs. 

When not working, Jessica enjoys reading, baking, and working with essential oils to create her own household products and natural remedies. 

Jeff Cottom

~ Greenlawn Cemetery Grounds Superintendent

Jeff has been with Greenlawn Memory Gardens for thirteen years and has done an excellent job of grounds-keeping.

He understands that keeping the grounds in order is critical to our families. They want the location of their loved ones maintained, and Jeff and his crew are always busy caring for the cemetery.

When people come to visit their loved ones and are not sure of the location, Jeff can usually pinpoint the grave for them. 
His pride in dressing the grounds for Memorial Day and Flag Day can be seen when you drive along Route 20 or are coming to place flowers.

Jeff graduated from St. John High School. He and his wife Kelly live in Saybrook and they have two sons, Jeffrey and Casey.
Jeff enjoys baseball and cheers for the Indians. 

Carl Thompson

~ Cemetery Caretaker

Carl has been employed with Greenlawn Memory Gardens since 2013. 

During the spring and summer, he can be seen on the mowers and cleaning around the grave markers to keep the cemetery looking its best.

Carl likes to spend time with his family and friends. He is also a great Ohio State Football fan.  As he says, “Is there any other team?"

Michael Gregory

~ Cemetery Caretaker

Mike has been employed with Greenlawn Memory Gardens since 2016. His eagerness to learn is an asset to Greenlawn.

Mike is married to Amber and they have a son, Michael, and are expecting the next member of the Gregory family in the near future. Mike also spends a great amount of time on the mowers and caring for the grounds. 

Ducro Staff