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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Steve Shoemaker

Steve Shoemaker

Funeral Director



Ken Shoemaker

Ken Shoemaker

Funeral Director

I married Marty on November 5, 1977, and started working for my father-in-law, Bill Clifford on October 1, 1979. Therefore, I did not marry the boss's daughter, but it was close.

After serving Cuyahoga Falls area families for nearly 40 years, I retired at age 66 on March 11, 2014. My retirement has freed me up for some volunteering, boating in the Portage Lakes, and traveling. I do occasionally help out at the funeral home if my son, Steve needs an extra hand.


Marlene 'Marty' Clifford Shoemaker

Marlene "Marty" Clifford Shoemaker

Funeral Director

(I know - too many names! But that's the way it is!)

I was born and raised in the funeral business, truth be told that is called a "Funeral Brat". When I was 6 years old, my dad, Bill Clifford bought our funeral home.  We lived upstairs for a few years. When my friends would come over we would actually play in the funeral home and they all thought that was pretty fun and a little bit scary, but to this day they still remember it. During all of my school years, I was teased about the funeral business.

After marrying Ken Shoemaker, who joined my father in our funeral business, and our 2 kids,  Tracy and Steve were in school, I was talked into getting my funeral director's license by my dad. I am so glad I did!

Serving and helping families is what I like most about being in our business.


Kristen Carbary

Kristen Carbary

Funeral Director

I was raised in a rural area of north central Ohio, and a graduate of Willard High School.  I received a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2010, going on to receive my licensure as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. 

In 2012, my career brought me from Sandusky, Ohio to Cuyahoga Falls, and I have loved this area ever since.  I enjoy all aspects of helping grieving families and feel blessed to be part of the team at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home. 

Outside of work, I relish my time as a new mom, and enjoy being a “dog mom” to two senior rescue dogs.


Floyd Wimer

Floyd Wimer

Funeral Director Apprentice



Jan Bethel

Jan Bethel

Administrative Assistant

I have been the administrative assistant here at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home for 15 years and have so loved helping our families with all the details of their services.

I love being married for 45 years to Gary, we try to live life to the fullest every day, and are “owned” by two West Highland Terriers, Ned and Whittaker

We are members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, local chapter Righteous Riders in Akron, where I am the secretary. I’m a “Harley” girl at heart, and also in my spare time love to knit, read, organize, and love to have fun with friends and family. 




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