Counselors


The certified counselors at Cedar Memorial make the funeral planning process simple and affordable. Our counselors are specially trained through a national certification program to serve the best interests of you and your family.


Michelle Behnke

Director of Business Operations - Family Service Counselor

Michelle joined Cedar Memorial in 2006 and has been instrumental in making the experience of the families we serve as stress-free as possible by stream-lining processes and developing best practices.

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Brent Miller

Family Service Counselor

Brent has been a Family Service Counselor for more than 17 years. When he came to Cedar Memorial, the newly created Family Service department was a new way to serve as an ambassador between families and the cemetery.

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Jill Japenga

Family Service Counselor

Jill began her career at Cedar Memorial in February of 2009. Her role as a Family Service Counselor involves helping families secure their cemetery and memorialization needs, as well as planning funeral services before death occurs. She received her Certified Planning Consultant accreditation in October 2011.

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Jim Swain

Family Service Counselor

Jim has served as a Counselor since joining Cedar Memorial in 1993. He assists the funeral directors with at-need families, representing the cemetery. He follows up with these families to help them in any way possible.


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Julie Freese

Family Service Counselor - Certified Celebrant

Julie is a Family Service Counselor specializing in the design of fine bronze memorials. She is also one of two staff celebrants at Cedar Memorial. For those families who are more spiritual than religious, Julie helps create a personalized service that focuses on the individual’s life and legacy.


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Shelbie Irish

Family Service Counselor

 


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