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Christopher J. Silva

Christopher J. Silva

Funeral director

Chris was born in Ashtabula, Ohio and is a 1993 graduate of St. John High School.  He attended Kent State University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science Degree.  He has been a licensed funeral director since 2000 and has lived in Barberton since 1999.  He worked at the former Hahn Funeral Home in Barberton where he was a manager.  He started the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home in 2005 with the same intentions that Carl Hahn ran his funeral home with for so many years.  Family Owned and Operated is something that Chris is proud to say that his funeral home is.  Chris and his staff do not have to answer to some "Big Bosses."  The only people they answer to are the families they are serving.  Chris is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Magic City Kiwanis and is a former Board Member for the Barberton Chapter of the American Red Cross.  He is also a former city councilman for the city of Barberton serving from 2006-2010.  He volunteers for numerous activities throughout the community including Mum Fest and the various activities that Kiwanis does.  He has also been a volunteer coach for youth basketball.  He is a member of the Ohio Funeral Director's Association and Ohio Embalmer's Association.  Chris currently lives in Barberton with his wife Frances and children Mia and Marco.

Stephen R. Best

Stephen R. Best

Funeral director

Steve was born in Ashtabula, OH and is a 2002 graduate of Sts. John and Paul High School. He graduated in 2007 from The University of Akron with a Bachelors of Science in Accountancy and is currently enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science to earn his Associate of Specialized Technology Degree in Funeral Arts and Sciences. He recently received his funeral directors license in January 2010.  Steve is a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Magic City Kiwanis and the Ohio Funeral Director Association.  Steve currently lives in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Dwane Hostetler

Funeral director

Embalmer for over 40 years.

William Savage

Funeral assistant


Rebecca Kail

Office Manager



Julie Silva

Office Staff


Mike Macko

Funeral Assistant


Thomas Gardner

Funeral Assistant


Pat Pramik

Funeral Assistant


Paul Keller

Funeral Assistant


Richard Symanski

Funeral Assistant


Rich Elliot

Funeral Assistant


Jeff Smith

Funeral Assistant


Andy McClung

Funeral assistants


Mike Groom

Funeral Assistant


Jayce Dippel

Funeral Assistant



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