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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-seven 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 three 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. 

 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 & Family Memorial 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 two grandchildren and have found an even greater respect and admiration for our men and women in uniform having a son who served 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


Dorinda Brito

Dorinda Brito

Funeral Director

I am a newly licensed funeral director, as of September 2018, and I look to serve each of my families with the upmost respect and care. I have always had a passion for helping others as well as being a servant leader. I originally wanted to become a medical surgeon but after much prayer and consideration, I felt the strong calling to become a funeral director and actively pursued that ministry.

I graduated in 2017 with high honors from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis with an associate degree in mortuary science. Later, I went on to receive my associate degree in Business Administration from Ivy Tech in 2018 with high honors and was an active member in my college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society chapter. I attend St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen where I have been a second grade first communion teacher’s assistant, eucharistic minister, and choir member. I will occasionally help the high school youth group at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Elkhart.

I look forward to serving each of my families equally regardless of their race, religion, background, or lifestyle. I have always enjoyed being a servant leader and helping those in need. I take the verse Matthew 25:40 – 45 to heart, ‘whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Working at Billings has allowed me to access my full potential as a funeral director and I am very blessed and honored to be serving the families of Elkhart County.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: dorinda@billingsfuneralhome.com


Carla Forgey

Carla Forgey

Office Manager

As the Office Manager, I will do just about anything that needs to be done. From working closely with the funeral directors to doing the books, I keep pretty busy. 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. I am an extension of the business and the services provided by Billings and so glad to serve in this capacity! 

Sad to say, several years ago, Billings Funeral Home took care of my fiancé’s death. Brad Billings, Jo Johnson and 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 role is Altera Cremation Manager. Altera  is a subsidiary of Billings for those preferring cremation - some 55% 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


Jeremy Sarber

Jeremy Sarber

Pastor

Twelve years is long enough to preach more than a thousand sermons, pastor two churches, and plant a third. Jeremy Sarber knows because he’s done it. He served as a Christian pastor and Bible teacher for twelve years until the time seemed right to begin an indefinite sabbatical from that particular role and pursue a different kind of ministry—namely, assisting families after the loss of a loved one.


Trading the tobacco fields of North Carolina for Indiana corn, Jeremy and his family returned to their hometown of Nappanee in the summer of 2019. Soon after, God’s providence united him with the Billings Funeral Home family where he can use his humble gifts to serve the wonderful people of Elkhart County. Mortality can be an unpleasant, albeit necessary matter, but he’s thankful for every opportunity to help others grieve, remember, and even celebrate the life of one who has passed.


Equipped with experience in funeral service, preaching, counseling, community outreach, writing, and web development, Jeremy is thrilled to play a part in the thoughtful, compassionate, personalized service provided by Brad, Jo, Dorinda, and the entire staff of Billings Funeral Home.


On a personal note—he’s not always working, after all—Jeremy loves spending quiet evenings at home with his beautiful wife, Danae, and playing with his baby girl, Norah. Otherwise, you’ll likely find him reading a book, watching an Atlanta Braves game, listening to a Bob Dylan album, or writing (for the pure enjoyment of the craft).

Email: jeremy@billingsfuneralhome.com


Stephanie Anderson

Stephanie Anderson

Family Service Advisor

Every sunrise invites us to join its purpose, that is, to brighten someone’s day. Stephanie Anderson answers that call each morning by helping the families of Elkhart County prepare for the future. While pre-planning one’s funeral may not be the lightest matter, it is always a wise decision which Stephanie’s tender care makes easier.


Stephanie has known adversity throughout her life. Inflicted with rheumatoid arthritis from the age of two, she overcame the challenges of multiple surgeries and intense physical therapy to rise from her wheelchair and lead a healthy, happy life. Maybe a blessing has been disguised as an autoimmune disorder because her genuine empathy for others is a gift. She listens. She wants to learn more about the people she serves. She connects and builds real friendships. She strives to eliminate everyone’s burdens.


After graduating from Columbia College Chicago where she studied journalism, Stephanie worked as an insurance agent before joining our family at Billings Funeral Home. They say what happens to us doesn’t matter compared to what we do with what happens to us. If so, Stephanie is making the most of everything she has learned and experienced, using it all to help our community.


Stephanie is passionate about her family: Justin, her fiancé, Adelynn, her daughter, and Owen, her son. Her evenings and the largest part of her heart belongs to them, of course, but she offers her days and an abundance of loving concern to any family here who needs it.


If you have considered making pre-arrangements, please give Stephanie a call. For many reasons, you’ll be thankful you did.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: stephanie@billingsfuneralhome.com


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


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 videos for our 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. I have three great 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-Stone

Beryl Billings-Stone

Faithful Friends

http://www.faithfulpetfriends.com

Telephone: 1-574-389-9900

Email: info@faithfulpetfriends.com


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