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History & Staff

Our History

In 2013, the Bogner Family marked 50 years in Funeral Service

In 1963, Harold and Kathy Bogner opened the first funeral home in North Ridgeville in the former Snyder century home.  The Bogner Family has been proud to serve the community for over 50 years and have established a reputation of personal, compassionate service at reasonable cost.

In 1997, as Harold and Kathy slowed their pace, David and his wife Mary Beth, built a new 7000 Sq. Ft. more modern funeral home at 36625 Center Ridge Road, now known as Bogner Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services. From this location they could accommodate much larger funeral and memorial services. This facility was designed and built as a funeral home, so it is all on one level with no steps for visitors to traverse. David and Mary Beth Bogner have continued the tradition of personal, compassionate service at a reasonable cost. Because of this, the business has continued to grow. In addition to the Bogner family, the funeral home employs full time licensed funeral director and Embalmer, Joseph Erni and Funeral Director Apprentice Kenneth Lutke.

David states: We would like to thank the many families we have had the privilege to serve.  We appreciate them faithfully thinking of us in their time of need.  We would also like to thank the many people that have recommended us to others, for there is no greater compliment.  Our family feels blessed and we look forward to serving the community for many years to come.

Our Valued Staff

David  Bogner

David Bogner, Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Crematory Operator

David began his career in funeral service in 1983, while working with his parents in North Ridgeville. He has owned and operated the Bogner Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 1996. He grew up in North Ridgeville and is a graduate of North Ridgeville High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, and a degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Spring of 1991. He has received many awards including the Charles Dhonau Memorial Award for highest excellence in Embalming technology. David enjoys serving his community in many ways. In addition to working at the funeral home, he volunteers his time with several community organizations. He has served as president of the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, the North Ridgeville Lions Club and is active with the Knights of Columbus. He currently serves as a trustee North Ridgeville Community Care. He also volunteers as manager of St. Peter's Cemetery.

Mary Beth  Bogner

Mary Beth Bogner, Licensed Funeral Director

Mary Beth Bogner received her Bachelors degree in Education from Ashland University. Mary Beth grew up in North Ridgeville and is a graduate of North Ridgeville High School. Mary Beth became a licensed funeral director in 1999. She enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering her time with several community groups. She is currently serving as Secretary of North Ridgeville Arts Council. She and her husband David are blessed with two children, Samantha and Nicholas

Harold and Kathy  Bogner

Harold and Kathy Bogner, Licensed Funeral Directors

Harold and Kathy Bogner started the first funeral home in North Ridgeville in 1963. They both are truly committed to serving others and continue to be licensed funeral directors. Harold and Kathy have been very active in many community groups and continue to give back today. Kathy especially enjoyed becoming involved in the first renovation of the Olde Town Hall Theater. She recognized the need for support for the arts in the community and schools and with a committee of civic minded citizens founded the North Ridgeville Arts Council. This organization has been serving the city for over thirty years. Harold was instrumental in establishing the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, and more recently co-chaired the major fund raising committee to build the Community Care Building to serve the less fortunate of the city. In 2011, Harold was honored to be recognized by the Ohio Funeral Director's Association for 50 years as a licensed funeral director and Embalmer.

Joseph  Erni

Joseph Erni, Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Crematory Operator

Joseph Erni is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with over 20 years in funeral service. Joseph grew up in Brooklyn, Ohio and graduated from Brooklyn High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University and his Associate of Applied Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Joseph had been a licensed funeral director for the past 14 years in a Cleveland area funeral home before joining the Bogner Family Funeral Home in 2011. He is a member of the Embalmers Association of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Funeral Directors Association and the Greater Lorain Funeral Directors Association. Joseph and his wife Allison have two daughters at home, Anika and Tavinore.

Kenneth Lutke

Kenneth Lutke, Funeral Director Apprentice and Certified Crematory Operator

Ken grew up in Strongsville and is a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He has worked in sales and manufacturing for over 28 years and has recently joined the Funeral Home as an apprentice. He is a Certified Crematory Operator. Ken is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and is active in many church and community organizations including Helping Hands and Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Patricia have two children, Courtney and Ryan.