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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.

As the owners and directors of this firm, 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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Steve Peterson

Steve Peterson

Funeral Director

Steve is licensed as a funeral director and embalmer and has been with the funeral home since 1973, and serves as president of the firm. 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.

Telephone: 1-574-293-6411

Email: slpfh1531@gmail.com


Luanne Peterson

Luanne Peterson

Family Service Counselor

Luanne has been with the funeral home since 1991 working with families on prearrangement and aftercare. 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.

Telephone: 1-574-293-6411

Email: slpfh1531@gmail.com


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

Email: slpfh1531@gmail.com


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

Email: slpfh1531@gmail.com


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.

Telephone: 1-574-293-6411

Email: slpfh1531@gmail.com


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.

Email: slpfh1531@gmail.com


Philip Fought

Philip Fought

Pre-planning Consultant

Phil has been helping families through aftercare and preneed arrangements since 2000 and is a licensed insurance agent.

He and his wife, Kathy, have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. They attend Grace Community Church in Goshen. Phil is very community minded and has served on many boards and organizations. He has lived in the area his entire life.

Telephone: 1-574-518-0999

Email: philip.fought3@gmail.com


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