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Billings Funeral Home
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812 Baldwin Street
| Elkhart, IN 46514
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Tel: 1-574-264-2425
| Fax: 1-574-264-3336
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Our Directors

Brad Billings

Brad Billings

Licensed Funeral Director

30 Year Pin Recipient, 2013
Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) 

The Billings family has served the greater Elkhart community for over seventy-six years in care- giving capacities, and we intend to continue for many years to come. Our vision at the funeral home is to continue building lasting relationships with families. After twenty two years, I am increasingly grateful for the new family and friends that walk through our doors. We become so involved at such a critical and sensitive time in people’s lives, that true friendships are formed between us all. 

Since my mother and father passed away, I have a greater respect of the sacrifices they made and what he as a physician accomplished in his lifetime. What an honor and privilege I have serving my families, in the city I love, and the many neighbors and friends I care about.  Every single day I am enriched by these life stories.  I have one-on-one and face-to-face contact with amazing people; people who are stronger than they realize. People who possess conviction and a desire to remain on course. That’s where we come in - I want Billings to be known for being fair, honest, and having a can-do attitude. There is nothing that we won’t do to go the extra mile in providing service and treating you as we would our own family.

We pride ourselves on being one of the most reasonably priced funeral homes in the area, although many expect our charges to be much higher given our level of professionalism, the quality of our facilities, and our ethical standards. Consumers and families finally can learn first hand that there is a difference in the service we provide and they do not need to fall into the trap of traditional loyalty many funeral homes attempt to count on. Today, being good is not good enough.    

In addition, we are so proud to be chosen a Veterans Funeral Care provider; to be able to serve our veterans, our heroes, is an honor!

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: brad@billingsfuneralhome.com


Jo B. Johnston

Jo B. Johnston

Licensed Funeral Director

It is hard for me to believe that more than twenty years have gone by since I became a licensed funeral director graduating from Franklin College and Mid-American College of Funeral Service after my early years at Culver Military Academy. I am originally from southeastern Indiana and have lived in Elkhart since 1990. It is my calling day in and day out to be attuned to the sensitive needs of a family suffering the loss of a loved one and be responsive when they turn to us.   

One of the positive attributes of being a director at Billings is that we have the freedom to do whatever it takes to address the unique needs of each and every family, both emotionally and financially. This higher standard of care is much easier to achieve with a family-owned and operated funeral home rather than a larger corporation. Each family has specific needs and expectations, and it’s easier to fulfill their requests when you’re not restricted by corporate guidelines. Billings’ families are cared for on an individual basis, and the celebration of a life lived is paramount to the Billings’ philosophy.   

I am blessed to have a family of three children and have found an even greater respect and admiration for our men and women in uniform having a son now in the U.S. Army. To serve our veterans with an honored last service is such a privilege.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: jo@billingsfuneralhome.com


Carla Forgey

Carla Forgey

Office Manager

As the Office Manager, I typically am the first person people see when they enter our funeral home. In this position, I have found that my love for people is even deeper than I had ever experienced before. It is partly the environment of the funeral home, but mostly the people coming to us in their time of need or for pre-planning. If they need a wink, a hug or just someone to listen, I am there for them. I am an extension of the business and the services provided by Billings and so glad to serve in this capacity! 

Sadly to say, several years ago Billings Funeral Home took care of my fiancé’s death. Brad Billings and his staff helped me every step of the way with their attention to detail, and they were exactly what I needed to lift many burdens. 

I reside in Elkhart, and graduated from  Elkhart Memorial High School. 

I cannot tell people enough how happy I am to be here!

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: carla@billingsfuneralhome.com


Brad McIntire

Brad McIntire

Altera Cremation Manager

I have followed Brad Billings over the years of what he has accomplished here at Billings Funeral Home. I like what I see in terms of their relationship with all those who come to them at a time of loss.  He has served the community and given back and continues to expand and change the business for the better. The environment is respectful, professional, and friendly focused on a mission that every funeral service deserves to be truly personal and memorable, affordable and dignified. 

My new role, after working as a Pre-Need Counselor and At-Need Counselor in other area funeral homes for 12 years, is Altera Cremation Manager. Altera  is a subsidiary of Billings for those preferring cremation - some 38% of Indiana residents. I'm a compassionate person offering services that are needed to people who gather together at this time. As of July, 2014, I am happy to announce that I have successfully completed the CCO Program™ of The National Funeral Directors Association of Brookfield, Wisconsin. I am a designated Certified Crematory Operator and can better serve the needs of families that desire cremation. 

I was born and raised in nearby Shipshewana and graduated from International Business School in Fort Wayne. I have spent the last 30 years happily married to Pam, and we have raised two children and enjoy our four lovely grandchildren.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: bradmac@billingsfuneralhome.com


Donna Alwine

Donna Alwine

Receptionist

I have lived in Elkhart for most of my life and consider myself blessed to be part of such a wonderful caring community.

Two years ago, my brother Dave had a massive heart attack and died. It was totally unexpected and turned my world upside down. I was beside myself with pain and grief, and there were so many things that needed to be done…I had no idea where to begin.

The funeral home staff caring for my brother’s remains stepped in and guided me through the process of putting Dave to rest, their caring and sympathetic support helped me find the path toward inner peace and acceptance.

That is the reason I was drawn to Billings, because of the way they go above and beyond to help families who are suffering from the pain and grief over the loss of a loved one. 

I find it very rewarding to be a small part of that process…a warm kind voice on the phone, a caring ear to listen or may a hug and a tissue.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you and your family during such a challenging time.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425


Julie Hinzmann

Julie Hinzmann

Family Follow-Up

I have recently joined Billings' staff in the Family Follow-up position and I am pleased to be able to offer some assistance and solace to family members who are grieving. I am a life-long Elkhart resident, graduating from Concord High School and then attaining my bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Ball State and Indiana Universities.

In 2016 I retired from the Elkhart Community Schools, where I had served as a school social worker for 28 years in two elementary buildings. While working there, I became involved in a crisis-response team that developed protocol for responding to deaths and serious illnesses affecting students and staff, and trained teams from each of the school buildings. Along with this I participated in numerous educational opportunities involving the grief process and was committed to providing bereavement counseling to students.

I have always been impressed by Brad Billings and his staff, who have cared for many of my family members and acquaintances. They were very compassionate and helpful when my late husband died unexpectedly in 2001, and most recently, my mother in 2015. When I saw this position advertised I felt it was a perfect for me and I am proud to be a part of the Billings "family".

My husband and I live in Elkhart and enjoy spending time at our family lake cottage with our three grandchildren and extended family.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: julie@billingsfuneralhome.com


Elizabeth Ruff

Elizabeth Ruff

Family Service Advisor

Brad and Billings Funeral Home have an outstanding reputation in Elkhart and the surrounding areas. When the opportunity to join this family became available, I knew I had to be a part of it.

I have a passion for the elderly and worked for many years as a caregiver in South Bend. Since 2015, I have been assisting families with making their final arrangements.

This is something that is near and dear to my heart. I strongly believe that every life matters and we all have a story that needs to be told. My calling is to ensure that every person I sit down with has the opportunity to tell their story and ensure their legacy lives on for future generations.

When I'm not serving families here at the funeral home, I enjoy reading, cooking and spending quality time with my family. My husband Adam and I live in Mishawaka and have two beautiful daughters, Evelyn and Arielle.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: elizabeth@billingsfuneralhome.com


Tony Cinelli

Tony Cinelli

Associate / Maintenance

Tony Cinelli has been around Billings Funeral Home for many years. Mr. Brad Billings refers to him as the “Go to Guy,” as does everyone else when they get to know him. There’s nothing he can’t seem to do or figure out. He’s done about everything thing there is to do when asked.

Tony retired from the Elkhart Fire Department after 25 plus years in 2001, with 5 years as Deputy Chief.

He’s a real people person and very compassionate in a family’s time of need and prayer.

Tony takes so much pride in producing Celebration of Life slide-show videos for families. Armed with professional software and self-taught, his videos are second to none. He has said to have prayed over every project before he begins, asking for prayers for the family and guidance to produce this video.

Even though just a part timer these days, he still gives it his all and FIRMLY believes…FAMILY FIRST.

Tony and his wife, Susan have been married over 35 years and have two children together. Tony continues his Give Back motto by volunteering at The Lerner Theater, Elkhart Jazz Festival and other city venues.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: tccinelli@gmail.com


Danny Rust

Danny Rust

Maintenance / Groundskeeper

Danny E. Rust has been with Billings Funeral Home full time as the funeral home’s groundskeeper for a little over a year after serving 27 years as an Osolo Township Firefighter. He is responsible for keeping the funeral home and property up to date and in good repair.

Danny is married with four children and 10 grandchildren and enjoys woodworking, golfing and being outdoors. He loves spending time with his family and attending Riverview Baptist Church, where he has always felt that he is amongst friends.

Helping others has always been a priority for Danny and the ability to assist families through providing them with clean, updated place in which to celebrate a loved one’s life makes him proud that he is a part of the Billings family.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425


Gary Sheets

Gary Sheets

Associate

Growing up the son of Elkhart’s beloved Pastor Oscar Sheets, it was instilled early on in our home the importance of caring for people. Daily I witnessed compassion and understanding toward people in all types of situations. 

I am proud of the fact that I eventually followed in the footsteps of my father as well as my two brothers and became a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene back in 1994. I followed a calling that seemed only natural to also become professionally involved within the funeral industry. 

As a pastor, I have had the chance to help many local families during their time of loss, and now working with Billings Funeral Home will give me added opportunities to be of service. Brad Billings and Jo Johnston have been personal friends of mine for many years. They, along with the entire staff at Billings, hold to a very high spiritual, moral and ethical standard, one of many positive reasons I choose to fulfill my calling here. 

When you come into our funeral home, you can count on me to greet you with a smile, handshake, and hot cup of coffee. I will also do my very best to offer you words of encouragement and direction no matter what your faith background. 

I reside in Middlebury with my wonderful wife and three children. We love to fish on Lake Michigan in our boat when we have some spare time. I have served as a police officer for the town of Bristol and am currently proud to serve as Bristol Police Chaplain.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425


Beryl Billings

Beryl Billings

Beryl Billings Stone, sister to owner Brad Billings, has resigned from the business at the end of 2014, after 16 years. She wished to put more of her time to focus on and support Faithful Friends Pet Aftercare Services, with her husband Randy Stone.  We will miss her, and wish her well in growing her business.

Telephone: 1-574-389-9900

Email: info@faithfulpetfriends.com


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