Our Story

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

We invite you to discover who has made  us the communities indisputable choice for creating healing experiences. This section contains the heritage, vision, and the people behind our reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust.

Learn the legacy.

Johnson County Chapel & Memorial Gardens 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.




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 1995 D.W. Newcomer and Sons opened a state of the art funeral home and mausoleum on the cemetery grounds at 112th and Metcalf Avenue.  The funeral home was aptly named Johnson County Funeral Chapel.  Today the funeral chapel 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.

As the most unique chapel and mausoleum combination in the region Johnson County, is able to provide life celebration services and permanent memorialization all under one continuous roof.  The indoor Mausoleum, adorn with granite crypt fronts, bronze lettering and glass front, back lit niches is an escape from the traditional marble detached mausoleum.  Fully climate controlled and staffed during visiting hours 7 days a week it also boasts natural light and beautiful water features.  The grounds of the 45 acre memorial park are meticulously maintained by our in house grounds team and offers garden mausoleum, private estates, traditional burial and preset lawn crypts.   We invite you to come see why the Healing Begins Here. 



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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Russ Clingenpeel

Russ Clingenpeel

Grounds Maintenance
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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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
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

Administrative Assistant/Asst. Funeral Director
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Russ Ewy

Russ Ewy

Funeral Ambassador
Kenne Kuttler

Kenne Kuttler

Assistant Funeral Director/Administrator
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Emma Thayer

Emma Thayer

Funeral Ambassador
Linda Sloan

Linda Sloan

Administrative Assistant
Fay Beasley

Fay Beasley

Assistant Funeral Director/Ambassador
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