Obituaries

Hazel Bendfeldt
B: 1923-07-02
D: 2017-06-18
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Bendfeldt, Hazel
Douglas Terry
B: 1942-05-01
D: 2017-06-15
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Terry, Douglas
Robert Smith
B: 1952-12-02
D: 2017-06-14
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Smith, Robert
Gary Wilson
B: 1941-04-09
D: 2017-06-12
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Wilson, Gary
Earl Sherwood
B: 1924-01-04
D: 2017-06-04
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Sherwood, Earl
Tina Merkys
B: 1956-02-06
D: 2017-06-03
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Merkys, Tina
Holly Wilner
B: 1966-10-18
D: 2017-06-02
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Wilner, Holly
Dale Barnhart
B: 1935-10-05
D: 2017-05-28
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Barnhart, Dale
James Jennings
B: 1927-03-15
D: 2017-05-27
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Jennings, James
Lois Henderson
B: 1926-09-18
D: 2017-05-22
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Henderson, Lois
Heirl Julian
B: 1943-08-08
D: 2017-05-18
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Julian, Heirl
Jocelyn Abplanalp
B: 1933-05-11
D: 2017-05-16
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Abplanalp, Jocelyn
Jerome Dell
B: 1936-05-04
D: 2017-05-15
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Dell, Jerome
David Meadows
B: 1954-02-05
D: 2017-05-14
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Meadows, David
Dorothea De Petris
B: 1921-07-30
D: 2017-05-12
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De Petris, Dorothea
Angeline Varketta
B: 1927-08-11
D: 2017-05-08
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Varketta, Angeline
Prith Juneja
B: 1942-08-15
D: 2017-05-08
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Juneja, Prith
Rev. Donald Leitch
B: 1936-03-31
D: 2017-05-06
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Leitch, Rev. Donald
Donald Russman
B: 1953-09-22
D: 2017-05-03
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Russman, Donald
Richard Stewart
B: 1924-07-16
D: 2017-05-01
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Stewart, Richard
Cindy Chrosniak
B: 1956-11-21
D: 2017-04-27
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Chrosniak, Cindy

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Mitch Babcock, Funeral Director and Owner
Email: dbfh@att.net
Toll Free Phone: 1 (888) 942-1122
Office Phone: (440) 942-1122
Fax: (440) 946-4800

Mitch has been in the funeral business for over 30 years.  He is a graduate of Mentor High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  After working at Davis Funeral Home for 20 years, he was able to purchase the business in 2007 marking the inception of Davis-Babcock Funeral Home.  Mitch enjoys volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America Troop #280 and traveling whenever possible in his RV.  Jimmy Buffett concerts are a favorite destination.  Mitch and his wife Laurie have two children.  Son Ted is a Delivery Orientation Specialist for Tesla Motors in Lyndhurst as well as the Director of Modern Worship and Acting Director of Digital Communication at Mentor United Methodist Church.  Daughter Cori is an Equestrian Major at Centenary University in New Jersey.

Laurie Babcock, Office Manager and Co-Owner
Toll Free Phone: 1 (888) 942-1122
Office Phone: (440) 942-1122
Fax: (440) 946-4800

Laurie is new to the funeral business.  She joined her husband at the funeral home after her retirement from teaching first grade for 30 years in the Chardon Local Schools.  Laurie grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio and is a graduate of Charles F. Brush High School, Mount Union College and John Carroll University where she earned her Master's Degree in Education.  Laurie is an active member of Mentor United Methodist Church where she enjoys singing with the choir and contemporary praise band.  She also serves as a Lay Leader and on the Children's Ministry Team.  Laurie enjoys volunteering through many of the mission opportunities at the church.

Tara Grano, Funeral Director
Toll Free Phone: 1 (888) 942-1122
Office Phone: (440) 942-1122
Fax: (440) 946-4800

Tara has been a member of our team since 2013.  She is a graduate of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  Tara earned her funeral director and embalmer's licenses in 2001.  Tara and her husband Nick live in Mentor with their three children, Nicholas, Charlie and Elizabeth, and a yellow lab named Duncan.  Tara enjoys running and working out, and is rarely without a good book.  She enjoys watching her kids' sporting events and other activities as well as spending time with family and friends.

Doug Lace, Service Assistant

Doug is a lifelong resident of Lake County and a graduate of Mentor Christian School.  He also attended Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.  Doug previously worked as a financial sales representative before joining our staff in 2008.  He considers it a privilege comforting families in their time of need.  Doug is the proud father of three beautiful daughters:  Amanda, Ashley and Alison.  He loves to travel anywhere he can find sunshine, water and sand.  He also enjoys cooking, fishing and gardening.  Doug attends Life Point Church in Mentor where he serves as a greeter and usher and is a member of the Leadership Team.  

Greg Grimm, Service Assistant

Greg is a lifelong resident of Willoughby and graduate of Willoughby South High School.  He retired from his job as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service here in Willoughby before joining our staff in 2015.  Greg and his wife Denise have a son, Nicholas and daughter, Holly.  Greg enjoys bowling and golfing and is a fan of all the Cleveland sports teams.  His favorite dinner is pizza and a cold beer plus anything on the grill.

Larry Pozza, Service Assistant

Larry joined our team in 2016.  He is a native of the Akron area and has lived in Lake County for over 25 years.  Larry earned his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and has served as a Senior Pastor locally as well as a Professor with the Moody Bible Institute.  He and his wife Este have two sons, Kevin and Brent.  Larry has a wide range of interests including sports, photography, hiking, guitar, ancestry research, and travel.

Bob Pinkerman, Service Assistant

Bob joined our staff in 2013.  He was born in Huntington, West Virginia, raised in Portland, Oregon and now lives in Willowick, Ohio.  Bob and his wife Dolly both served in the Marine Corps and are the proud parents of five children:  Bob (deceased), Vicki, Kathie, Charles and Steve.  Bob retired from Reliance Electric Company in 1994 after 38 years; part of that time he was assigned to assist in the startup of a new manufacturing plant in San Palo, Brazil.  Bob is active at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Willowick, serving as Eucharist Minister and Lector.  He enjoys camping, travel and casino bus trips.

Travis Torchik, Maintenance Supervisor

Travis joined us in the fall of 2016.  He is a long-time resident of Mentor and graduate of Mentor High School.  Travis and his girlfriend Tina have a beautiful baby daughter, Taylor.  He enjoys working on home-improvement projects and fishing when he has a chance.  Most of all, Travis loves spending time with his family.