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Vernon G. Geisel

Vernon G. Geisel

The Founder of the family business moved from Windber to Alum Bank in 1918 and opened a garage and gas station. Vernon graduated from Eckels College of Embalming in Philadelphia.  He opened the Pleasantville firm in 1919.  He and others established the first bank in Alum Bank, known then as Bedford County Bank.  He served on the bank's board of directors, the Chestnut Ridge School board, and as Bedford County Coroner, retiring from the post in 1955.  Vernon passed away in 1981. 


Louis V. Geisel

Louis V. Geisel

A second generation funeral director, Louis graduated from The American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research of New York city in 1938. receiving his license in 1941, Louis worked with his brother Fred, also a funeral director, until opening a funeral home in Bedford 1947.  In 1952, he moved his funeral home to its current location on East Pitt Street.  Louis was a member of the Bedford Lions Club, Flickers Club, and a member of St. John's United Church of Christ. he passed away in 1995.


Jack H. Geisel, Sr.

Jack H. Geisel, Sr.

Also a second generation funeral director, Jack graduated from from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1943 and received his license in 1948.  He served with the United States Army in Europe from 1943-1945. Jack purchased the funeral home from his father in 1974. He was the Bedford County Coroner for sixteen consecutive years. 


Jack was a member of the following organizations: Charter member of the Alum Bank Lions Club, Bedford Masonic Lodge 320, Harrisburg Consistory, Jaffa Shrine, American Legion, VFW, Gideon's International, and the Alum Bank United Methodist Church.  Jack passed away in January of 2013.


Jack H. Geisel, Jr.

Jack H. Geisel, Jr.

Funeral Director / Owner

A third generation funeral director, Jack earned his college credits from Shenandoah College, graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1971, and received his license in 1972. He was a Bedford County Deputy Coroner from 1977 to 1996. 

Jack is currently a member of the following organizations: National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral directors association, a life member of the Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company, and The United Church of Schellsburg. 

He Bought the Mickle-Geisel funeral home from Ralph Mickle in 1973. Jack currently lives in Schellsburg with his wife Sandee. 


Russell W. Styer

Russell W. Styer

Funeral Director / Supervisor

Rusty is a fourth generation licensed Pennsylvania funeral director who has been employed at our firm since October 1996. He earned his college credits from Allegany College of Maryland and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in September 2000. 

Rusty and wife Pam (Geisel) live in Bedford with their three children, Justin, Jarrod, and Jacob.  Rusty is active in the Bedford Fire Company, serves on the Board of Directors for the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, and is currently Chief Deputy Coroner of Bedford County.


Alison Jane Shinall

Alison Jane Shinall

Funeral Director / Supervisor

Alison graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in November of 2011. She has been working in the funeral industry since 2004 and has been with the Geisel Family since 2008. 

Born and raised in Everett, Alison was a 1998 graduate of Everett Area High School. After high school, she attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where she studied media communications.   

Alison currently resides in Everett with her husband Matthew and their rescue kitties, Pippi & Gerty.


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