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Our Staff

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Our employees are like family 

We feel a genuine and abiding compassion for each and every client we serve who is experiencing such a personal loss and grief. At such a time, you should not be worried about details and coordination. On your behalf, we take care of everything according to your wishes. From coordinating the most appropriate overall service, to making sure the flowers are delivered to the graveside. From being there the moments you need us, to allowing you your times of privacy.

Here at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Center, we take personal care of and responsibility for your loved one throughout the entire process.

We personally walk that final journey with them.

Each of one of us has a personal calling to this ministry of care. We continuously study and train for it, are licensed in it, and dedicate our lives to it.

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Donna Adkins

Donna Adkins

Funeral Director

Donna is a licensed funeral director/ embalmer. Donna is licensed in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. She is married to David and they have a daughter EmmaLee. They attend Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka. She is a member of the Elkhart Moose Lodge #599 and the Penn Neighbors Homemaker Association.

Telephone: 1-574-293-6411

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Steve Peterson

Steve Peterson

Funeral Director

Steve is licensed as a funeral director and embalmer and has been with the funeral home since 1973. He is married to Luanne. They have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. He is a member of Faith United Methodist Church and active on numerous committees. He also is a member of Kane Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and York Rite. He enjoys walking, biking, golf and pickleball.

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Luanne Peterson

Luanne Peterson

Luanne has been with the funeral home since 1991. She is active in the choir and a member of different boards at Faith United Methodist Church. Married to Steve they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren and live in Elkhart.

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Ray Freed

Ray Freed

Assistant

Ray began working for Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home in March of 2010. He is an integral part of the day to day management of the funeral home and a licensed insurance agent and helps with our pre-arrangement program. He was born and raised in the Elkhart area and currently resides with his wife Judy in Bristol. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. He attends St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bristol.

Telephone: 1-574-293-6411

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Jay Shaffer

Jay Shaffer

Assistant

Jay began assisting the funeral home in April of 2014 working part-time with visitations, funerals and other various tasks. He is married to Linda. He is a busy retiree having spent most of his life in serving capacities. Jay is an active member of McCoy Memorial Baptist Church. He sings tenor with Quartet plus ONE and enjoys gardening. He initiates conversations with almost everyone around him with his humor and friendly disposition.

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Rosanne Misener

Rosanne Misener

Greeter

Rosanne joined the funeral home staff in September of 2018. She recently retired from Elkhart General Hospital as a unit secretary.

She is married to Mike and enjoys spending time with grandchildren, family and friends as well as boating and traveling. She is active in her condo community and is a member of the Catholic faith.

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Sally Nielsen

Sally Nielsen

Advance Planning Counselor

Sally is a licensed Advance Funeral Planner. Originally from Chicago. Sally now resides in Elkhart with her husband Bill. She is very active in the community educating residents on the importance of planning ahead. She also works with veterans and local senior  care facilities.

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Steve Herendeen

Steve Herendeen

Regional Director of Sales with Precoa

Say hello to Steven Herendeen. He was born and raised in Elkhart, IN and graduated from Concord High School. He met his wife of 36 years, Lynn Herendeen, while attending Ball State University. Together they have three children and one granddaughter. He has been in the funeral business for 37 years and is currently our regional director of sales through Precoa. He is also a past master of Tyrian Lodge #718. He is a past Commander and Chief of the consistory line of the ancient accepted Scottish Rite 32nd degree. He is also a member of the Mizpah Shrine, York Rite, and St. Hillary Conclave Red Cross of Constantine. Additionally, he is a member of the Rosicrucian and is a 33rd degree Mason. Lastly, he attends and is part of the worship team at Bristol United Methodist Church.

Telephone: 1-574-293-6411

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Scott Kocher

Scott Kocher

Funeral Assistant

Scott Kocher joined the team in the spring of 2020 as a funeral assistant.  He is married to Gladys, they moved to Elkhart in 2018 to be closer to their son Christopher, his wife Heather and their 3 Grandchildren.  Scott loves to serve others and is most cheerful when helping, whether by doing the dishes, shoveling the snow, or lending a helping hand.  He is an active member at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church, and volunteers in different ministries in the area.  

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