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Thomas Blackstone

Thomas Blackstone

Funeral Director

Tom is a third generation funeral director of his family owned business. He is a graduate of Girard High School and became a licensed funeral director in 1962 after graduating form Pittsburgh Mortuary School.  He is retired from the Girard Fire Department as a part-time firefighter having served for thirty-seven years. Tom is a member of the Girard First United Methodist Church where he was a former member of the administration board, a member of the IFH and the Saxon Club and has been on numerous golf leagues. He enjoys golfing and spending his time in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida several months out of the year.  Tom is married to Dianna for over fifty years, they have three children, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


Kathleen Blackstone-Tomasino

Kathleen Blackstone-Tomasino

Funeral Director

Kathy is the fourth generation funeral director of her family owned business, working for the funeral home since 1981.  Kathy has lived in Girard all her life, graduating from Girard High School, Youngstown State University and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  She is a member of the Girard First United Methodist Church, trustee for the Girard Free Library, trustee for the Girard Historical Society, member of the Girard-Liberty Rotary, trustee for the former Girard Chamber of Commerce and former member of the Girard Junior Women's, and a Sunday School Teacher. Kathy is married to Frank and together they have four daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.

Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


Danielle L. Kovachik

Danielle L. Kovachik

Funeral Director Assistant

Danielle is the fifth generation in the business. She is a graduate of Girard High School and while working at the funeral home is currently attending Youngstown State University to obtain her bachelor's degree. Upon graduation, Danielle will start her apprenticeship and become a licensed funeral director. She has two daughters, Addison and Scarlett and lives in McDonald.


Candace N. Rivera

Candace N. Rivera

Funeral Director/ Embalmer Apprentice

Candace, daughter-in-law of Tom Blackstone Jr.,  is currently completing her funeral director/ embalmer apprenticeship . Candace is graduate from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (2002) a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Research (2005), and an Associates from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (2016). Prior to working at the funeral home, Candace worked as a Quality Assurance Manager for Corrections Corporation of America for over 10 years, where she served as the facility's Public Information Officer, and was named Employee of the Year in 2012.  Candace is a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown, Ohio. Candace has volunteered for various organizations throughout the Mahoning Valley, which include Hospice of the Valley, Boardman Soccer Association, Boardman Community Baseball, Stadium Drive Elementary School PTA (Boardman), Holy Family Home and School Association, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., and the Boy Scouts of America. She in a member of Boardman Civic Association , and has previously served as President and Secretary of the Boardman Soccer Association, Treasurer of Holy Family’s Home and School Association, Treasurer for Stadium Drive Elementary School’s PTA and Troop Leader for Troop #80071, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.  In 2014, Candace was honored as one of the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals 25 under 35.  Candace is married to Ralph and they have three children; Jaden, Jillian and Sophia. 

Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


Bucky Lewis

Bucky Lewis

Bucky has been with Blackstone's since 2004.  He is retired from N&S Railway working there for 37 years. Bucky is a member of First United Methodist Church, William Farr Masonic Lodge #672.  He enjoys golfing and traveling.  Bucky is married to Barbara, they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


Barbara Lewis

Barbara Lewis

Barbara Lewis - lived in Girard for many years and now resides in Niles. She is a member of Girard First United Methodist Church and enjoys traveling and reading. Barb is married to Bucky, they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


James Ruschman

James Ruschman

Jim resides in McDonald and has worked for Blackstone's since 2005.  He is retired from Otis Elevator Company after working there for 42 years.  He is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Knights of Columbus in McDonald and enjoys golfing and sports. Jim is married to Robin, they have two children and three grandchildren.

Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


Robin Ruschman

Robin Ruschman

Robin Ruschman resides in McDonald and has been a hairdresser for Blackstone's for 35 years.  Robin also works for us part-time for visitation services.  She belongs to the McDonald Literary Guild, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, where she is also a lecturer. She is a Yoga instructor and enjoys golfing and sewing.  She is married to Jim and has two children and three grandchildren.

Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


Tim Probst


Telephone: 1-330-539-5955


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