History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Dostal Bokas, in association with Sunset Memorial Park, offers a complete suite of services, including chapels for visitation and services and banquet rooms for gathering after the funeral.
We believe that the care a family receives when coping with grief will contribute to their healing. And Dostal Bokas feels privileged to provide care and comfort to the families that it serves.
Our Valued Staff
Candice Bertemes, General Manager
Candice joined the exceptional staff of Dostal Bokas Funeral Services in February of 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds a bachelor degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Candice has enjoyed her service and ministry in the funeral business for over 15 years as a funeral director, embalmer and certified funeral celebrant.
She and her husband, Will, reside in the Medina area with their four children Brett, Rhiannon, Chloe and Willow. Time spent together as a family is special and mostly spent outdoors at Chippewa Lake where they can be found walking, running, riding bikes, fishing, boating and sitting around a bonfire under the stars.
David Mehling, Sales Manager
Shelia R. Wilson-Gnagy, Office Manager
Sheila joined Dostal Bokas in the administrative department in July 2014.
Sheila is married to Mike and has four children, five step children, eight grandchildren and loves spending time with them! She and her husband enjoy long rides on his Harley and weekends on Kelleys Island on Lake Erie. In her spare time, she loves reading, cooking, baking and her side business with Tastefully Simple.
Terri Trombino, Chapel Manager
A resident of Olmsted Falls since 2006, Terri has been employed with Dostal-Bokas Funeral Service since 2006. She has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 14 years, graduating Summa Cum Laude from both SUNY Canton with an AAS in Mortuary Science and Devry University with a BA in Technical Management. She is a member of the Embalmer's Association of Cleveland. Her free time is spent with her daughter enjoying the Cleveland Metro Park Zoo, area museums, and the Metro Park System.
Adam Gibson, Funeral Director / Embalmer
A native of Tiffin, OH, Adam joined our staff in January of 2015. He is a 2014
graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
Adam was inspired to pursue his vocation to funeral service through the example
of the funeral directors who have served his own family over the years. "Whenever
my family suffered a loss, we were always fortunate to be served by a funeral director
who made a very difficult time so much easier to deal with. It is my hope that I can
do the same for the families entrusted into my care."
John Bokas, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Ryan Varndell, Funeral Director / Embalmer
Being a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Ryan was welcomed to our team at Dostal Bokas Funeral Services in September of 2016. He was a 2001 graduate of Ashland University before graduating Cum Laude in 2010 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a Bachelor’s degree of Mortuary Science. Ryan is a member of Embalmer Association of Cleveland and has been a certified crematory operator since the spring of 2015. In his free time, Ryan enjoys going to Cedar Point with his wife and six sons, and coaching volleyball.
Trevor Edwin Carlson, Funeral Director / Embalmer
Corin Brinkman, Community Service Counselor
Alan Keberdle, Staff Associate
Alan Keberdle joined the staff at Dostal Bokas 4 years ago and is a staff associate. He is a Vietnam Veteran.
Alan was previously with Plain Dealer for 43 years. When we asked what attracted Alan to this field, He said: “A former director suggested I should try it out. I wish I would have done this forty years ago!”
Alan has been married to Judy for 40 years with 5 grown boys and 7 grandchildren and enjoys boating, fishing, skydiving, being with the grandkids and vacations at Hilton Head. He and Judy have loved in Bay Village since 1982.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Alan said: “When people hug me after the service is over , thanking me for helping them get through this.”
Bernie Toorish, Staff Associate
One of the original members of “The Four Lads,” a group that enthralled audiences worldwide back in the 50’s. The Four Lads were awarded five Gold Records as well as selling over 50 million records. I composed many of the hit songs the Lads recorded as well as being the musical arranger of the group. I have been employed with Dostal Bokas Funeral Service for 14 years.
Dan O'Neil, Staff Associate
Dan O'Neil joined the staff at Dostal Bokas 7 years ago and is a staff associate. He was a member of toastmasters from 1998 to 2003.
Dan had lived and worked in a funeral home on the east side while going to college from 1958 to 1959. When we asked what attracted Dan to this field, He said: “I was looking for a retirement time job and was hired by Corrigan Berry in 2001. I also started with American Limousin. I was at Corrigan Berry until 2001. I enjoy working with families in a difficult time.”
Dan is married to Sue with 2 married daughters and 5 grandchildren and enjoys music and live theater.
Jerry Coleman, Staff Associate
Originally from Sandusky, Ohio, Jerry has lived in the Strongsville, Ohio area since 1989.
While most of his career has been spent as a Lead Programmer/Analyst for large banking facilities in the Cleveland area, Jerry has been associated with Dostal Bokas Funeral Service since 2001, and continues to serve in a variety of roles as a Staff Associate.
Jerry retired from Bridgestone/Firestone in 2011 and still lives in Strongsville with his wife Deb. They have two grown children, Nathan and Abigail. When not working at the funeral home, Jerry enjoys biking with his wife, golf, and running.
Paul Picone, Staff Associate
I have been employed with Dostal Bokas Funeral Service for the past 8 years. I have been involved in the funeral business since 1960. I enjoy caring for our families and assisting them in any way I can. My hobbies are cooking, gardening and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym three times a week.
Tammy DeMitchell, Staff Associate
I have found working with Dostal Bokas Funeral Service to be a great learning experience in helping people through difficult times. I have been a part of the team since 2012. In my spare time I enjoy woodworking, gardening and creating new living space in my home. Most important to me is spending time with my Mom and my dog Skippy.
James Leist, Staff Associate
James (Jim) Leist was born in Columbus, OH. He's married and has 2 sons. In 1971 he started Creative Studio's Inc., which supplied freelance illustrations for greeting cards, gift wrap, children's books, and many other products throughout the world. He retired after 37 years and joined Dostal Bokas Funeral Services in October of 2011.
Petrina Paige, Staff Associate
I have worked for Dostal Bokas Funeral Service as a Staff Associate for two years. I enjoy boating, motorcycling, and gardening. I have been married to my husband Ken for 40 years. I have two beautiful daughters and a Mamaw of three handsome young boys. I enjoy being a Staff Associate as it gives me great pleasure to help and be with the families in their time of need.
William Wagner, Staff Associate
Bill Wagner has been an associate of Dostal Bokas Funeral Services since October 2011.
Bill Wagner has been married to his high school sweetheart, Joan, since 1960. Together, they raised four daughters, and their family has grown to include five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bill and Joan also have two “furry” kids, who are very much part of their family-their dogs, Kosmo and Scout.
Bill grew up in Parma, OH and after high school graduation in 1955, joined the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served as a Rescue Swimmer and Signalman aboard the Destroyer USS BEARSS D-654. Bill feels honored to have been able to serve his country and remains a proud US Navy Veteran!
Bill is a devout Christian, and has been a member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God church for over 35 years (and counting!) as Director of Bethel’s Brown Bag Ministry, which is a community outreach endeavor involved with feeding the homeless every Sunday in downtown Cleveland. He has served five terms as an Elder at Bethel Temple and served as Commander of Royal Rangers (boys youth group).
Prior to his employment at Dostal, Bill retired after 34 years as a semi-truck driver. Bill also was employed at the Waste Water Treatment Facility for the City of North Royalton, and retired in 2001.
Bill is a “man-in-motion” and loves to stay active, be it mind and/or body, by partaking in his favorite hobbies-he loves the outdoors, and is an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoys reading. Bill also finds pleasure in tinkering with things, and studied auto mechanics at one time; He became a GM Certified Auto Mechanic in 1977, specializing in 10 different areas.
Of all his travels over the years, Bill’s most favorite place to spend time has been in Alaska, where he has enjoyed vacationing every summer for the last five years.
Leon Zawicki, Staff Associate
Leon Zawicki is a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated with honors from The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc., as funeral director and embalmer, and is a member of the Embalmer’s Association of Cleveland.
Leon joined the Dostal Bokas staff June of 2016, after retiring in 2013 from working as a funeral director with the Corrigan Craciun Berry funeral homes, as an advanced planning insurance agent for 18 years.
He is a former commander of the Civil Air Patrol who enjoys flying, amateur radio, swimming and photography as a member of Cleveland Photographic Society.
Leon enjoys many activities with his wife, Sandra, such as traveling, healthy cooking, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Leon says, “It has been a rewarding career in helping people at their time of need.”
David Tadych, Staff Associate
I began working at Dostal Bokas Funeral Service over 12 years ago in 2006. That was before the name change when it was simply Dostal Funeral Service.
The funeral business is a solemn calling offering comfort and care to people during difficult times. I have found this meshes well with other factions of my life.
After college I served six years as a Hospital Corps resident in the US Coast Guard working at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital. That service decision has allowed me to help family and friends again and again, over the years when help is called for.
I worked until retirement at age 51, as Vice President of Information Technology at Mr. Coffee, Inc., the coffee brewer manufacturer here in the Cleveland area. I then traveled heavily both abroad and in all of the states except for Oregon. Then I began the most meaningful part of my life – helping folks when a need presents itself.
I became active and volunteered in PBS TV and other community and county organizations. I was a member of the Cuyahoga County Auditors Advisory Board, appointed by Mayor Jelepis to the Senior Center Community Advisory Board in Bay Village, served three times on St. Raphael’s Parish Council and I was active in an on-going city community caring and sharing program, which is a program to help the less fortunate in Bay. I chaired the Bay Village Bi-centennial two-day celebration, a two-year planning effort, and am still active after 25 years in the IRS sponsored tax program by AARP assisting folks with State and Federal income tax preparation and problems. I was a 12-year Board Member in the Arts group known in the county as Bay-Arts and have served three terms as the Vice President of Bay’s Historical Society.
Through these and other organizations I became active in local politics and in 2001, I ran and was elected to Bay Village’s City Council representing the city’s Ward I.
In 2006, Mr. Tony Dostal asked me to lend a hand in his successful and caring funeral home. I did and found this opportunity as rewarding as anything I have ever done. I care deeply about this job.
Dostal Bokas has allowed me to feel complete by taking part in assisting families during very trying times. The organization has helped to complete a circle in my life – giving back to people in a quiet and loving way.
I enjoy my days here. It is a blessing.
Alan C. Jenkins, Staff Associate
Robert Overfield, Staff Associate
Kelsey Hofer, Apprentice
A resident of Brunswick, Kelsey joined the Dostal Bokas team in 2013 as a staff associate when she learned that she had an interest in pursuing a career in the funeral industry. She has since gone to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she earned her Bachelors of Mortuary Science and graduated with the honor of Summa Cum Laude (2016). Kelsey is now serving as an apprentice, working towards dual licensure as a funeral director and embalmer. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her niece and nephew, whom she gets to see grow every day. Her hobbies include swimming, watching her favorite TV shows and attending country concerts.
Icela Hernandez, Receptionist
Randi Hood, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Holly Deihl, Receptionist
Gloria Tressa, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Long time associate of Dostal Bokas Funeral Services. When I am not working I enjoy crafting, sewing and helping at church.
Tina Campbell, Housekeeper
I have been employed with Dostal Bokas Funeral Service for 5 years. I began part-time in housekeeping and began full time in 2016. I enjoy being part of the team at Dostal. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 19 years. Our daughter is a senior in high school and will pursue a career in engineering. Our son is in junior high and is very active in travel baseball. The whole family loves to attend his games. When I am not working or busy with family activities I enjoy snuggling with my dog and watching movies.