Our Staff

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Left to right seated: Stephanie Zelt, Sara Hoeffel, Casey Miller, Mary Didier, Gloria Miller

Left to right standing: LaReta Beckman, Naomi Nichter, Bill Hopkins, Monte Freeze, Kim Wiseman, Todd Busick, Kelly Nusbaum

CASEY MILLER

CASEY MILLER

Executive Director

Casey began his career in cemetery management in 1982 and has been actively involved in managing all areas of cemetery and funeral home operations.  In addition to his role at Catholic Cemetery and Divine Mercy Funeral Home, Casey is the Executive Director of the Indiana Cemetery Association and in 1992 he was appointed to the State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service in Indianapolis by then Indiana Governor Evan Bayh where he served as Chairman for two years.  Casey is honored to serve the families that rely on Catholic Cemetery and Divine Mercy Funeral Home.  Casey is married to Gloria Miller and they have two children Neal and Lauren. 


MONTE FREEZE

MONTE FREEZE

Funeral Director

Monte is originally from the South Bend / Mishawaka area. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife of 17 years and two sons, Owen and Evan. He graduated from the college of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, OH in 1996. He then moved to Fort Wayne where he has been a funeral director in Fort Wayne for over 20 years. Monte is very dedicated to the families he serves and will ensure your family is taken care of and that you have a person that can help you organize and celebrate your loved one’s wishes.


STEPHANIE ZELT

STEPHANIE ZELT

Funeral Director

Born in Fort Wayne, Stephanie and her family moved to Phoenix in 1985.  Soon after moving to Phoenix, Stephanie entered Mortuary Science training at Mesa Community College and completed her degree with emphasis on Mortuary Science. 

Stephanie received her licensing as a cremationist, embalmer and funeral director from the state of Arizona and is fully licensed in Indiana as well.  In September 2017, Stephanie returned to the Fort Wayne area to be with her family.  Divine Mercy Funeral Home is truly blessed to be associated with someone as qualified as Stephanie.

Serving Divine Mercy families at their time of need is what Stephanie truly finds most rewarding.


LARETA BECKMAN

LARETA BECKMAN

Funeral Director

Originally from Paulding, Ohio, LaReta has lived in Fort Wayne since 2013. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from IVY Tech and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Management from Indiana Tech.

Beginning in 2012, LaReta began working in funeral homes and has been serving families in the Fort Wayne area since 2015. She is passionate about helping others, especially during a time that many people find to be the most difficult.


GARY OUSLER

GARY OUSLER

Funeral Director

 Gary was born in Seymour Indiana and grew up Jennings County Indiana. He graduated from Jennings County High School in 1973.  During his high school days, Gary served on his county’s rescue squad. Upon graduation from high school, Gary began attending the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating in September 1975 with an Associate’s Degree in mortuary science. Gary received his Indiana Funeral Directors and Embalmers License in May of 1980 and in 2020 received his 40-year service pin award from the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. Gary has also served as the Coroner for Jennings County, Indiana. Gary has served the families of Fort Wayne, Indiana since May 1999. Gary began his funeral career working at Boultinghouse Funeral Home in Rockport, IN where he worked for before enlisting in the US Navy. Gary served as an Operations Specialist aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Independence CV-62 from 1976 to 1979.  Gary was privileged to be among an elite few, Operations Specialists, to attend Air Intercept Controller School.

Gary, wife Marlene and daughters Amanda and Abby reside in  Ft. Wayne and is a member of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Father Solanus Casey Council # 11276.

He enjoys serving the community by helping families and will take any opportunity to give back to those Communities as well.



BILL HOPKINS

BILL HOPKINS

Funeral Director

William “Bill” Hopkins began his career in funeral business in 1980 assisting families in several capacities while pursuing his passion of caring for families loved ones.  He is a graduate of Northrop High School, Ivy Tech East Chicago Mortuary Science program and received his MBA from Indiana Tech.  Additionally, he is a member of Grace Brethren Church where he serves on the executive board and trustee committee, Miami Indian Alliance for Miami Indians serving as a council member,  the Fort Wayne Radio Club, Allen County ARES team, Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society and of the former American Society of Embalmers. Bill enjoys playing golf, fishing, amateur radio, ARDF “foxhunting”, Skywarn spotter and camping with his wife Dj and his faithful dog Joe.


KELLY NUSBAUM

KELLY NUSBAUM

Funeral Director Intern

Kelly was born and raised in Fort Wayne, and grew up in the St. Vincent De Paul parish. She is now a member of St. Jude's parish, together with her three daughters and her son. She lost her husband to cancer several years ago, and this awakened in her a desire to help families in this time of grief. While raising her children she studied mortuary science at Vincennes University and has been at Divine Mercy for the past two years. She is honored to walk with families on this part of their journey as they lay their loved ones to rest, caring for them with attention and devotion.


MARY DIDIER

MARY DIDIER

Pre-Planning Advisor

Mary has devoted her life to loving, giving and caring for people God brings into her life. She is a Fort Wayne life-long Catholic parishioner with a passion for people. Mary is grounded in her faith and understanding of the sacred Catholic teaching with reverence toward holy grounds for final resting place. Her commitment to the Catholic Cemetery is an extension of her parish community to give witness that the community of faith is unbroken by death. Mary is married to Tom Didier and is blessed with three children, Paul, Paige and Lauren.


SARA HOEFFEL

SARA HOEFFEL

Pre-Planning Advisor

Sara graduated from Vincennes University in 1984 with a degree in mortuary science. During her 30 years in the funeral industry, Sara has gained unique insight into the needs and desires of families during one of the most difficult times of their lives. Sara loves what she does and is looking forward to having the opportunity with Divine Mercy Funeral Home and Catholic Cemetery to serve you and your family.

Sara is married to Nate and they have three sons Nathan, Nicholas and Noah. They are members of St. John the Baptist Fort Wayne and her sons attended St. John the Baptist grade school and Bishop Luers High School.


TODD BUSICK

TODD BUSICK

Pre-Planning Advisor

Todd joins the staff with five years of funeral and cemetery planning experience. Todd is also a life-long Catholic parishioner and enjoyed being active coaching, serving on the School Board and HASA, while his three sons (Connor, Barrett and Parker) attended St. Joseph Catholic School – Decatur. His desire to assist families through the most difficult time in a family’s life, drives him to strive for excellence with compassion, daily here at the Catholic Cemetery.


GLORIA MILLER

GLORIA MILLER

Translation Services Greet Staff Coordinator

Gloria was born in Manizales, Colombia and assists both Divine Mercy and Catholic Cemetery families with English translation when requested.  Gloria also is responsible for assuring a welcoming experience for those attending visitations at Divine Mercy Funeral Home.   

Divine Mercy is her calling as she has been involved with the funeral home since approval was given by our Diocese to proceed with making Divine Mercy Funeral Home a reality. A devout Catholic and member of Saint Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Gloria loves to spend time with her family and friends. Bowling is a passion as she was the Women’s National Champion in Colombia in 1997, and in 2015 she won the High Actual Series 630 at Indiana State Senior USBC Women’s Class E.


SCOTT GUERRERO

SCOTT GUERRERO

Director of Maintenance

Scott has been responsible for the overall appearance of our Catholic Cemetery for over eight years. Scott’s additional responsibilities includes monument installations, performing burials, turf management and overseeing full time and seasonal maintenance employees. Scott’s life centers around his wife and their four children. He enjoys participating in basketball, football, fishing and camping activities with his family.


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