Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

We invite you to discover who has made Memorial Events of Johnson County the communities indisputable choice for creating healing experiences. This section contains the heritage, vision, and the people behind Memorial Events of Johnson County's reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust.

Learn the legacy.

Memorial Events of Johnson County was established years ago, and respect for the family has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.




The Overland Park Chapel and the Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens

Johnson County Memorial Gardens was established by the Newcomer Family in 1951 at the corner of College Blvd. & Metcalf Avenue. In 1963 D.W. Newcomer and Sons Overland Park Chapel was built at the corner of 82nd and Metcalf Avenue to serve the growing Overland Park community. For decades the funeral home served families experiencing loss as the community continued to grow south.  In 1995 D.W. Newcomer and Sons opened a state of the art funeral home and mausoleum on the cemetery grounds at College and Metcalf.  The funeral home was aptly named Johnson County Funeral Chapel.  Over the years the funeral chapels and memorial gardens would see 2 generations of the Newcomer family and 2 publicly traded companies own and operate the business.  In May of 2014 a small, private company of funeral and cemetery professionals acquired the business and assumed operations.  As part of the purchase agreement the Signature Group would not be allowed to use the Newcomer Name.  The Signature Group dedicated itself to becoming the leading provider of memorial events in the area.  Today the funeral chapels and memorial gardens are a community business, serving and supporting greater Johnson County and Kansas City.  Through our core values of Respect for the Family, Respect for the Individual, and Respect for the Profession we have returned the business to its grass roots while also evolving to the ever changing needs of today's consumer.  We serve families with quality, compassionate care, all the while creating memorial events that help begin the healing process of grief.

In the spring of 2016 Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Overland Park Chapel and the Johnson County Chapel unveiled a new name for the business group.  Memorial Events of Johnson County consists of the 2 chapels and memorial garden cemetery.  With a staff of more than 30 dedicated and caring professionals Memorial Events of Johnson County is changing the way families memorialize and celebrate lives.  Through our unique engagement with families we develop a relationship built on respect, value, care and compassion.  We custom tailor events just as elaborate or simple as our clients wish.  No two people are the same and nor should their life’s celebration be.  We have the courage to take the hands of the families that trust in us and guide them to let the healing begin here.  We invite you to visit us at one of our two locations in beautiful Overland Park, KS. 



Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Mathew P. Forastiere

Mathew P. Forastiere

Vice President, Operations - Kansas & Missouri
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John Frownfelter

John Frownfelter

General Manager - Johnson County Chapel & Memorial Gardens
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Johnnie Lomonte

Johnnie Lomonte

Funeral Home Manager - Overland Park Chapel
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Adam Knarr

Adam Knarr

Care Center Supervisor
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Kylie Newsom

Kylie Newsom

Funeral Director
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Carina Berthusen

Carina Berthusen

Office Manager - Memorial Events of Johnson County
Edwin Donelson

Edwin Donelson

Embalmer
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Ray McBee

Ray McBee

Embalmer
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Mark  Snavely

Mark Snavely

Superintendent
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Andre Murray

Andre Murray

Grounds Maintenance
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Raymond Cowley

Raymond Cowley

Grounds Maintenance
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Patricia  Schonacher

Patricia Schonacher

Family Service Specialist
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Iris Menezes

Iris Menezes

Family Service Specialist
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Kay Lopez

Kay Lopez

Former Manager, Overland Park Chapel ~ Funeral Ambassador ~ Organist
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Jackie  Clark

Jackie Clark

Funeral Ambassador
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Ann Corcoran

Ann Corcoran

Funeral Ambassador
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Richard Delventhal

Richard Delventhal

Funeral Ambassador
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Frank Morley

Frank Morley

Funeral Ambassador
William  O'Brien

William O'Brien

Funeral Ambassador
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Robert Yannuzzi

Robert Yannuzzi

Funeral Ambassador
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Barbara Schneider

Barbara Schneider

Funeral Ambassador
Don Watkins

Don Watkins

Funeral Ambassador
William Hemmen

William Hemmen

Funeral Ambassador and Assistant Funeral Director
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Thomas James

Thomas James

Assistant Funeral Director/Ambassador
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Brinkley Ann Zavala

Brinkley Ann Zavala

Funeral Home Administrator
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Russ Ewy

Russ Ewy

Funeral Ambassador
Kenne Kuttler

Kenne Kuttler

Assistant Funeral Director/Administrator
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Gina Baldauf

Gina Baldauf

Funeral Director
Jamie McCamish

Jamie McCamish

Family Service Specialist
Emma Thayer

Emma Thayer

Funeral Ambassador
Russ Clingenpeel

Russ Clingenpeel

Grounds Maintenance
Alana Schneider

Alana Schneider

Student Funeral Director and Embalmer
Linda Sloan

Linda Sloan

Administrative Assistant
Fay Beasley

Fay Beasley

Assistant Funeral Director/Ambassador
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