Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your pet's memories.

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Kara C. Groff President/Pet Care Specialist GroffPetLoss@gmail.com

Kara C. Groff, third generation funeral director, is the owner and president of Groff Pet Loss Services. In addition she works as the Executive Director at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory and Meadow Green Memorial Park. She is a 2003 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Sandusky. Kara received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Xavier University in 2006 and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in management from John Carroll University in 2011. She received her Funeral Director's license in 2013. When Kara joined the family business in 2010, she and her father, Leon Groff, saw the great need our community had for a local pet cremation service. Kara's love of animals, along with her entrepreneurial spirit, ensure that Groff Pet Loss Services offers the very best care to pets in the Erie County Ohio area.

Kara grew up with beautiful goldren retreivers as part of her family, and loves to watch her children play with their Miniture Australian Shepherd, Major.  She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Sandusky Rotary Club, Plum Brook Country Club, Ohio Cemetery Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and the Pet Loss Professional Alliance. Kara resides in Sandusky, with her children, Macie and Drew.

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Jacquelyn Williams Pet Care Specialist and Crematory Technician GroffPetLoss@gmail.com

Jacquelyn R. Williams joined our team in Janaury 2020 and works as a Pet Care Specialist at Groff Pet Loss Services, as well as an administrative assistant for our cemetery grounds crew at Meadow Green Memorial Park.  In addition, she shares her talents by assisting part time at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory as a staff associate. She is a 1994 graduate of Elyria West High School, and attended LCJVS in Wellington, OH her senior year for Administrative Services.   She went to LCCC in 1996 to become a certified dental assistant, and worked in the dental field for 22 years. 
 
Jacquelyn has always had a passion for the funeral industry, and her caring personality is a light for the families she serves.  She is an excellent fit for our pet division as her empathy and compassion for pets and their owners runs deep.  Jackie has had pets her whole life, from cats and dogs, to bird and turtles. She currently resides in Huron with her 12 year old maltese/shihtzu dog, Ms. BabyGirl. If she's not at work, you can guarantee they are spending their quality time together!  

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Geoffrey A. Cleveland Pet Care Specialist & Crematory Technician

Geoffrey A. Cleveland is part of the Groff Pet Loss Services team, working as a Pet Care Specialist and Crematory Technician, as well as being on the Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery Grounds Maintenance Crew. He is a 1998 graduate of Huron High School and attended Bowling Green State University where he studied sociology and communications. He is also a Certified Peer Recovery Supporter. He began working for Groff Pet Loss Services and Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery in 2018.

Geoff has always been an animal lover. As a child, his family included huskies, beagles, three cats and a bearded dragon. As an adult, one of his best buddies was his westie, Dexter. His compassion and connection with families brings comfort to those who work with him. Geoff is active in the recovery community. He resides in Sandusky.

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BabyGirl Williams Comfort Specialist

BabyGirl is the loving, sweet little lady of our Pet Care Specialist, Jacquelyn R. Williams. She is a 12 year old Malteszu who loves sqeaky fries and cheeseburgers, and going bye byes, especially in big trucks!!

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Major Mesenburg Human Resources Manager

Major Mesenburg is a miniature Australian Shepherd who takes care of his humans, Funeral Director Kara Groff Mesenburg and family. Major is a protective ladies man, always snuggling up to the women in his life. He loves walks, napping in the sunshine, and going outside to receive a treat, even when he doesn’t do “his business”. Major generally works after hours because he barks loud orders, especially when meeting new people!

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Bodhi Phillips Accounting Manager

Bodhi is an Australian cattle dog, and although he has a serious side, he loves running wild on Kelley's Island! He is a momma's boy, and his momma, Kathleen Phillips, who is currently enrolled in mortuary science school, couldn't be more proud. Bodhi enjoys playing fetch with any and all toys, especially with his Dad, Pete, at the dog park.  Bodhi also has to be watched very closely because he has a bit of a mischievous side.

Kara C. Groff

President/Pet Care Specialist
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Kara C. Groff, third generation funeral director, is the owner and president of Groff Pet Loss Services. In addition she works as the Executive Director at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory and Meadow Green Memorial Park. She is a 2003 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Sandusky. Kara received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Xavier University in 2006 and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in management from John Carroll University in 2011. She received her Funeral Director's license in 2013. When Kara joined the family business in 2010, she and her father, Leon Groff, saw the great need our community had for a local pet cremation service. Kara's love of animals, along with her entrepreneurial spirit, ensure that Groff Pet Loss Services offers the very best care to pets in the Erie County Ohio area.

Kara grew up with beautiful goldren retreivers as part of her family, and loves to watch her children play with their Miniture Australian Shepherd, Major.  She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Sandusky Rotary Club, Plum Brook Country Club, Ohio Cemetery Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and the Pet Loss Professional Alliance. Kara resides in Sandusky, with her children, Macie and Drew.

Jacquelyn Williams

Pet Care Specialist and Crematory Technician
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Jacquelyn R. Williams joined our team in Janaury 2020 and works as a Pet Care Specialist at Groff Pet Loss Services, as well as an administrative assistant for our cemetery grounds crew at Meadow Green Memorial Park.  In addition, she shares her talents by assisting part time at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory as a staff associate. She is a 1994 graduate of Elyria West High School, and attended LCJVS in Wellington, OH her senior year for Administrative Services.   She went to LCCC in 1996 to become a certified dental assistant, and worked in the dental field for 22 years. 
 
Jacquelyn has always had a passion for the funeral industry, and her caring personality is a light for the families she serves.  She is an excellent fit for our pet division as her empathy and compassion for pets and their owners runs deep.  Jackie has had pets her whole life, from cats and dogs, to bird and turtles. She currently resides in Huron with her 12 year old maltese/shihtzu dog, Ms. BabyGirl. If she's not at work, you can guarantee they are spending their quality time together!  

Geoffrey A. Cleveland

Pet Care Specialist & Crematory Technician
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Geoffrey A. Cleveland is part of the Groff Pet Loss Services team, working as a Pet Care Specialist and Crematory Technician, as well as being on the Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery Grounds Maintenance Crew. He is a 1998 graduate of Huron High School and attended Bowling Green State University where he studied sociology and communications. He is also a Certified Peer Recovery Supporter. He began working for Groff Pet Loss Services and Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery in 2018.

Geoff has always been an animal lover. As a child, his family included huskies, beagles, three cats and a bearded dragon. As an adult, one of his best buddies was his westie, Dexter. His compassion and connection with families brings comfort to those who work with him. Geoff is active in the recovery community. He resides in Sandusky.

BabyGirl Williams

Comfort Specialist
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BabyGirl is the loving, sweet little lady of our Pet Care Specialist, Jacquelyn R. Williams. She is a 12 year old Malteszu who loves sqeaky fries and cheeseburgers, and going bye byes, especially in big trucks!!

Major Mesenburg

Human Resources Manager
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Major Mesenburg is a miniature Australian Shepherd who takes care of his humans, Funeral Director Kara Groff Mesenburg and family. Major is a protective ladies man, always snuggling up to the women in his life. He loves walks, napping in the sunshine, and going outside to receive a treat, even when he doesn’t do “his business”. Major generally works after hours because he barks loud orders, especially when meeting new people!

Bodhi Phillips

Accounting Manager
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Bodhi is an Australian cattle dog, and although he has a serious side, he loves running wild on Kelley's Island! He is a momma's boy, and his momma, Kathleen Phillips, who is currently enrolled in mortuary science school, couldn't be more proud. Bodhi enjoys playing fetch with any and all toys, especially with his Dad, Pete, at the dog park.  Bodhi also has to be watched very closely because he has a bit of a mischievous side.