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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Michael W. Gardinier, CFSP, CPC Supervisor/Owner mike@gfh1315.com

Michael is the Supervisor and Owner of the funeral home. Mike moved to Franklin in 1973 and has been a resident since that time. He is a 1977 graduate of Franklin High School and attended Penn State University (1977-1979). He is a 1981 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.   Michael earned his designation of Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) from The National Funeral Directors Association in October 2009.  In 2012 he earned his CFSP designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Mike is married to the former Lynanne Thomas. Mike and Lynanne have two sons, Ryan and Kyle. 

Michael's memberships include:  Order of the Golden Rule; National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA);  Member of  Myrtle Lodge #316; Valley of Oil City; Valley of New Castle; Zem Zem Temple Shrine; Sandy Creek Conservancy; Loyal Order of the Franklin Moose #83; Franklin BPO Elks #110; Social member of V. F. W., Jesse G. Greer Post #1835; Member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Franklin; Franklin Kiwanis; Oil City Isaac Waltons; and St. Johns Episcopal Church (Former Vestry Member, Treasurer). 

Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, stamp collecting, and traveling.

Mike was also a former Distinguished President of the Franklin Kiwanis; a former Board Member and Chairman of the Venango VNA Foundation; a former President of the Franklin Salvation Army; and was a former Vice President and Board Member of VAHRA.

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Beth A. Fisher Insurance Benefits Coordinator beth@gfh1315.com

Beth has been the working for the funeral home since March of 2007.   She is a 1979 graduate of Punxsutawney Senior High School and a 1983 graduate of Slippery Rock State College. Beth has a B.S.B.A. degree in Business Administration/Marketing.   


Beth has many responsibilities at the Funeral Home.  Her main role is that of Client Benefit’s Coordinator.  She carries insurance licenses with the States of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.  In addition to being a licensed insurance agent, Beth is also a Notary Public, a Certified Pre-Need Counselor Associate, a Certified Life Celebrant and is in charge of the Funeral Home’s Continuing Care Ministry Program.


She is responsible for the Pre-Planning Sector of the Funeral Home and assists families who wish to pre-plan/pre-pay their funeral expenses in advance.


Beth has three daughters.  She is a member of the Emlenton Presbyterian Church, where she serves as a Deacon; serves on the Advisory Council for the Venango County Area Agency on Aging; and also serves on the Venango VNA Foundation Board. 
In her spare time, Beth enjoys fishing, gardening, spending time with her grandson, and going to the beach.

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Heather J. Brown Funeral Director heather@gfh1315.com

Born and raised in Titusville, PA, Heather is a 1991 graduate of Titusville Area High School. She is also a 1998 graduate of Erie Business Center with an Associate Degree in Accounting.


Heather graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2005, earning her Specialized Technology Degree (Funeral Arts and Sciences). She is also a Notary Public, Certified Aftercare Specialist, and is currently working on her Certified Funeral Service Practitioner credentials. She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), and is a Social Member of the VFW Jesse G. Greer Post 1835 in Franklin.


Heather serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and volunteers at Venango Area Riding for the Handicapped Association and is a member of the Franklin Rotary Club. She also volunteers at the youth bereavement camps held by the Venango VNA Foundation and for the Our Community Salutes program, that honors graduating students who are joining the military. She plans to further her volunteer efforts with the future hopes of becoming a staple in the Franklin community with her husband, Curt.


In her spare time, she enjoys working with her husband with his trucking company and working on their small farm, kayaking, camping, hunting and spending time with their family.

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Laura Stump Social Media Coordinator / Marketing Design laura@gfh1315.com

Laura is a member of the Support Staff and also manages the Social Media accounts, designs all the print materials, and organizes the marketing materials for the funeral home. She was raised in Emlenton and was a 2011 graduate A-C Valley High School in Foxburg.

After graduating from Thiel College (2011-2015) in Greenville with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Business Administration, Laura moved to Pittsburgh to attend The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh (2015-2016), where she received a Certificate in Culinary Management.

After moving to Franklin in 2018, Laura has found her niche in the community. She is a member of the Franklin Garden Association, loves to visit the local coffee shop, and was the 2019 Winner of the AppleFest logo design contest.  She is also a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, baking and cooking for her friends and family, playing video games, and taking photos of flowers and her male tuxedo cat, Erma.

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Samuel Saeli, Jr. Maintenance Supervisor

Sam is the Maintenance Supervisor of the funeral home. Born and raised in the Franklin Area, Sam is a proud member of the Rocky Grove community. He is a 1979 graduate of Franklin High School; Sam later attended Penn State University (1979-1981), where he earned an Associate Degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and also attended Clarion University (1986-1987), to study Psychology.

Sam is married to the former Brenda Bordell, whom he shares his beloved children, Samuel Saeli, III, OD and Stephanie Saeli, DO. He also has four pets: two West Highland Terriers, Comet and Blaze, and two cats, Jack and Stark.

Sam enjoys golfing in the summer, bowling in the winter, visiting his children, going on cruises, and gambling at the casino.

Michael W. Gardinier, CFSP, CPC

Supervisor/Owner
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Michael is the Supervisor and Owner of the funeral home. Mike moved to Franklin in 1973 and has been a resident since that time. He is a 1977 graduate of Franklin High School and attended Penn State University (1977-1979). He is a 1981 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.   Michael earned his designation of Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) from The National Funeral Directors Association in October 2009.  In 2012 he earned his CFSP designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Mike is married to the former Lynanne Thomas. Mike and Lynanne have two sons, Ryan and Kyle. 

Michael's memberships include:  Order of the Golden Rule; National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA);  Member of  Myrtle Lodge #316; Valley of Oil City; Valley of New Castle; Zem Zem Temple Shrine; Sandy Creek Conservancy; Loyal Order of the Franklin Moose #83; Franklin BPO Elks #110; Social member of V. F. W., Jesse G. Greer Post #1835; Member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Franklin; Franklin Kiwanis; Oil City Isaac Waltons; and St. Johns Episcopal Church (Former Vestry Member, Treasurer). 

Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, stamp collecting, and traveling.

Mike was also a former Distinguished President of the Franklin Kiwanis; a former Board Member and Chairman of the Venango VNA Foundation; a former President of the Franklin Salvation Army; and was a former Vice President and Board Member of VAHRA.

Beth A. Fisher

Insurance Benefits Coordinator
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Beth has been the working for the funeral home since March of 2007.   She is a 1979 graduate of Punxsutawney Senior High School and a 1983 graduate of Slippery Rock State College. Beth has a B.S.B.A. degree in Business Administration/Marketing.   


Beth has many responsibilities at the Funeral Home.  Her main role is that of Client Benefit’s Coordinator.  She carries insurance licenses with the States of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.  In addition to being a licensed insurance agent, Beth is also a Notary Public, a Certified Pre-Need Counselor Associate, a Certified Life Celebrant and is in charge of the Funeral Home’s Continuing Care Ministry Program.


She is responsible for the Pre-Planning Sector of the Funeral Home and assists families who wish to pre-plan/pre-pay their funeral expenses in advance.


Beth has three daughters.  She is a member of the Emlenton Presbyterian Church, where she serves as a Deacon; serves on the Advisory Council for the Venango County Area Agency on Aging; and also serves on the Venango VNA Foundation Board. 
In her spare time, Beth enjoys fishing, gardening, spending time with her grandson, and going to the beach.

Heather J. Brown

Funeral Director
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Born and raised in Titusville, PA, Heather is a 1991 graduate of Titusville Area High School. She is also a 1998 graduate of Erie Business Center with an Associate Degree in Accounting.


Heather graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2005, earning her Specialized Technology Degree (Funeral Arts and Sciences). She is also a Notary Public, Certified Aftercare Specialist, and is currently working on her Certified Funeral Service Practitioner credentials. She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), and is a Social Member of the VFW Jesse G. Greer Post 1835 in Franklin.


Heather serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and volunteers at Venango Area Riding for the Handicapped Association and is a member of the Franklin Rotary Club. She also volunteers at the youth bereavement camps held by the Venango VNA Foundation and for the Our Community Salutes program, that honors graduating students who are joining the military. She plans to further her volunteer efforts with the future hopes of becoming a staple in the Franklin community with her husband, Curt.


In her spare time, she enjoys working with her husband with his trucking company and working on their small farm, kayaking, camping, hunting and spending time with their family.

Laura Stump

Social Media Coordinator / Marketing Design
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Laura is a member of the Support Staff and also manages the Social Media accounts, designs all the print materials, and organizes the marketing materials for the funeral home. She was raised in Emlenton and was a 2011 graduate A-C Valley High School in Foxburg.

After graduating from Thiel College (2011-2015) in Greenville with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Business Administration, Laura moved to Pittsburgh to attend The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh (2015-2016), where she received a Certificate in Culinary Management.

After moving to Franklin in 2018, Laura has found her niche in the community. She is a member of the Franklin Garden Association, loves to visit the local coffee shop, and was the 2019 Winner of the AppleFest logo design contest.  She is also a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, baking and cooking for her friends and family, playing video games, and taking photos of flowers and her male tuxedo cat, Erma.

Samuel Saeli, Jr.

Maintenance Supervisor
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Sam is the Maintenance Supervisor of the funeral home. Born and raised in the Franklin Area, Sam is a proud member of the Rocky Grove community. He is a 1979 graduate of Franklin High School; Sam later attended Penn State University (1979-1981), where he earned an Associate Degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and also attended Clarion University (1986-1987), to study Psychology.

Sam is married to the former Brenda Bordell, whom he shares his beloved children, Samuel Saeli, III, OD and Stephanie Saeli, DO. He also has four pets: two West Highland Terriers, Comet and Blaze, and two cats, Jack and Stark.

Sam enjoys golfing in the summer, bowling in the winter, visiting his children, going on cruises, and gambling at the casino.