Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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John A. Leonhard Licensed Supervisor and President

John was born and raised in Lancaster, PA. John's father, the late Eugene Leonhard immigrated to America from Germany in 1928 and met and married the late Frances Cramer Leonhard. John's mother Frances was a lifetime resident of Lancaster County. John grew up on N. Plum Street in Lancaster and helped in his parents' home-based bakery business with his brother, Albert and sister, Fran. He graduated from J. P. McCaskey High School in 1962 and then worked for several years with his father at Holsum Bakery until the Spring of 1966 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. John served aboard the U.S.S. Hunley and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. He was honorably discharged in May of 1970.

Upon returning to Lancaster County, he worked at Lancaster County Marine in Akron. It was during this time that he met Karen A. Gravenor, and they were married on November 22, 1972. In March of 1974, John joined the staff of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals.

While John worked, he attended Millersville University in PA and Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science Program in Maryland. He attained his Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Licensure in October of 1980 and is currently the President and Licensed Supervisor of the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals.

John and Karen have two children, Paul Andrew Leonhard and Polly Suzanne, wife of Carl Longenberger; and three grandchildren, Hayden Kenneth Leonhard, Piper Suzanne Leonhard and Caleb John Leonhard. They are also members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata.

John is a member and past-president of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association, member of the Pennsylvania and National Funeral Directors Associations, member and past-president of the Ephrata Lions Club, member of Post 429 American Legion in Ephrata and is a 32° Mason and member of the Ephrata Blue Lodge #665, Lancaster County Shrine Club, Reading Consistory and Rajah Temple Shrine.

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Paul Andrew Leonhard Licensed Funeral Director and Vice President

Paul Andrew Leonhard was born and raised in Ephrata, PA. He is the son of John A. and Karen A. (Gravenor) Leonhard. At an early age, his parents started calling him “Andy” and he still goes by that name today.

He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1996 and from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000. He attended the Funeral Service Education Program at Northampton Community College where he was awarded the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Award at graduation on May 1, 2001.

Andy was licensed as a funeral director in September of 2002 and joined the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals as a third-generation funeral director with his grandfather, Paul and father, John.

Andy married Kristi Sweigart Leonhard on October 26, 2002. They have three children, Hayden Kenneth and Piper Suzanne and Caleb John. They are members of Mellingers Lutheran Church in Schoeneck.

Andy is a member of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association (President – 2009), Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association.

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John Keller Lead Support Staff Member

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Don Kinnier Chaplain and Support Staff Member

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Dale Hertzog Support Staff Member

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Vernon Bear Support Staff Member

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Dan Auker Support Staff Member

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Tony Hachkowski Support Staff Member

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Michelle Cisney Support Staff Member

John A. Leonhard

Licensed Supervisor and President
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John was born and raised in Lancaster, PA. John's father, the late Eugene Leonhard immigrated to America from Germany in 1928 and met and married the late Frances Cramer Leonhard. John's mother Frances was a lifetime resident of Lancaster County. John grew up on N. Plum Street in Lancaster and helped in his parents' home-based bakery business with his brother, Albert and sister, Fran. He graduated from J. P. McCaskey High School in 1962 and then worked for several years with his father at Holsum Bakery until the Spring of 1966 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. John served aboard the U.S.S. Hunley and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. He was honorably discharged in May of 1970.

Upon returning to Lancaster County, he worked at Lancaster County Marine in Akron. It was during this time that he met Karen A. Gravenor, and they were married on November 22, 1972. In March of 1974, John joined the staff of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals.

While John worked, he attended Millersville University in PA and Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science Program in Maryland. He attained his Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Licensure in October of 1980 and is currently the President and Licensed Supervisor of the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals.

John and Karen have two children, Paul Andrew Leonhard and Polly Suzanne, wife of Carl Longenberger; and three grandchildren, Hayden Kenneth Leonhard, Piper Suzanne Leonhard and Caleb John Leonhard. They are also members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata.

John is a member and past-president of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association, member of the Pennsylvania and National Funeral Directors Associations, member and past-president of the Ephrata Lions Club, member of Post 429 American Legion in Ephrata and is a 32° Mason and member of the Ephrata Blue Lodge #665, Lancaster County Shrine Club, Reading Consistory and Rajah Temple Shrine.

Paul Andrew Leonhard

Licensed Funeral Director and Vice President
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Paul Andrew Leonhard was born and raised in Ephrata, PA. He is the son of John A. and Karen A. (Gravenor) Leonhard. At an early age, his parents started calling him “Andy” and he still goes by that name today.

He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1996 and from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000. He attended the Funeral Service Education Program at Northampton Community College where he was awarded the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Award at graduation on May 1, 2001.

Andy was licensed as a funeral director in September of 2002 and joined the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals as a third-generation funeral director with his grandfather, Paul and father, John.

Andy married Kristi Sweigart Leonhard on October 26, 2002. They have three children, Hayden Kenneth and Piper Suzanne and Caleb John. They are members of Mellingers Lutheran Church in Schoeneck.

Andy is a member of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association (President – 2009), Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association.

John Keller

Lead Support Staff Member
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Don Kinnier

Chaplain and Support Staff Member
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Dale Hertzog

Support Staff Member
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Vernon Bear

Support Staff Member
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Dan Auker

Support Staff Member
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Tony Hachkowski

Support Staff Member
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Michelle Cisney

Support Staff Member
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