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Funeral Director
Certified Celebrant,
CFSP, CPC,CCO

Laurence F. "Larry" Spiaggi

 
 

Larry has been working in the funeral profession since he was 16 years old. He came to work at Morrissett as an apprentice and student in 1979. He became a co-owner of the funeral home in November 1996. On January 1, 2016, Larry and his wife, Sue, became sole owners of the funeral home upon the retirement of his business partner and friend, Dick Booker.

Larry is an active member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, serving on various committees and the Board of Directors. He served as President of the Central District Funeral Association and serves on the advisory boards for the funeral program at John Tyler Community College and LifeNet.

Sue Danielson

Sue is a retired procurement officer with Chesterfield County. A native of Richmond and the oldest daughter of Robert G. and Dorothy P. Danielson, the former owners of Morrissett. She currently helps in the day to day operation of the funeral home and is available for special projects.

Larry and Sue were married in Richmond, VA on November 18, 1986, they reside in the Matoaca District of Chesterfield County, on their property which they lovingly refer to as Labrador Acres. They serve as the parents to Morrissett's two grief therapy dogs, Hope and Peace.

Larry enjoys traveling, Harley Davidson motorcycles and the company of his wonderful friends. Sue enjoys traveling, her sorority, reading and the serenity of the house when Larry is is off on one of his motorcycle adventures.

 

Dick Booker (retired)

Funeral Director/Embalmer, CCO

Richard M. Booker (Dick) started working part time for Morrissett Funeral Home while in High School. Upon graduation, Dick began full time and worked here for 47 years. He acquired his license in 1972 for both the Funeral Director and Embalmer.

He is a graduate of John Tyler Community College Funeral Services Program, and a lifetime member of Branch’s Baptist Church.

Dick and his wife, Linda reside in Chesterfield. They have two children and five grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, golf and the outdoors.

After more than 47 years of amazing service to the families that we have served, Dick retired on December 31, 2015. Fortunately, you may still see Mr. Booker around the funeral home once in a while.

 

Larry Corey

Funeral Director/Embalmer
Certified Celebrant, CPC, CCO

Larry Corey "LC", joined our firm in May 2008. He is the Executive Manager of the funeral home. He has an extensive business and customer service background. He achieved his Mortuary Science Degree through John Tyler Community College in Chester.

He and his wife, Debra, a native Virginian born in Petersburg, live in Chesterfield County after extensive worldwide business travel.

"LC" serves on the Board of Directors for the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield. He is the past President of the Virginia Central District Funeral Directors Association.

His hobbies include reading, board games, spectator sports and assisting at his church, Heritage Baptist in Chesterfield.

 

Krystina Diman

Funeral Director/Embalmer
Certified Celebrant, CPC, CCO

Krystina is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She arrived in Richmond via her service in the US Army. She was stationed at Ft. Lee. Upon returning from a tour in Iraq, she decided to go to college to study Funeral Service.

She has her Associates of Applied Sciences Degree from John Tyler Community College. Krystina and her husband Joseph and their son Joseph, Jr. are residents of Chesterfield county.

She is the President of the Kiwanis Club of Central Chesterfield and is also the Vice President of the Virginia Central District Funeral Directors Association.

She also enjoys caring for animals, scrapbooking, sport shooting, and spectator sports.

 

Daniel Woodfin

Funeral Director/Embalmer
Certified Celebrant, CPC, CCO

Daniel has been a resident of Chesterfield County his entire life until recently when he and his wife built their dream home in Amelia. He graduated Manchester High School in 1997 and holds a degree in Business Management and also graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science from the Funeral Services Program at John Tyler Community College. He previously worked in the insurance industry for over 10 years and still holds his license in all lines of insurance.

He and his wife Lindsie are previous lifelong members of Swift Creek Baptist Church and are new members at Grace Harvest Baptist Church in Amelia. They have 4 boys, Carter, Levi, Landon, and Parker. Daniel is a member of the Tomahawk Ruritan where his dad and grandfather were founding members. He also is a member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Daniel is a veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard and in their spare time, Daniel and Lindsie enjoy baseball, biking, camping and raising chickens with their children.

 

Curtis Sink

Funeral Director/Embalmer,CCO

Curtis brought 17 years of experience when he joined our firm in April of 2016.

He graduated from Meadowbrook High School in 1985 and became a full-time member of the Chesterfield Fire & EMS Department in 1989. Curtis currently serves in emergency operations as a Firefighter Specialist/Medic assigned to Phillips Station 13.

In 1999, he entered the funeral business and served an apprenticeship with a local Richmond firm. He attended John Tyler Community College, graduated and became licensed in 2003.

Curtis has been married for the last fifteen years to his best friend, Mary. They have three daughters ranging in age from seven to eleven. They are known as the three J girls: Julia, Jessica and Joanna.

Their family is an active member of Bethia United Methodist Church and enjoys swim team, scouts and camping.

Every year they travel to Arizona to visit Mary’s family and stay at the family cabin in the White Mountains of Eastern Az.

Curtis talents include woodworking. He enjoys building a variety of items for family, friends and local businesses.

 

Veridiana Santiago

Funeral Intern
Certified Celebrant

Veridiana started with Morrissett as a funeral assistant in 2013 while attending John Tyler in the Funeral Services Program. Now that she has her degree in Mortuary Science, she is now our senior Funeral Service Intern.

Veridiana is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, and service as our Spanish translator, She has made Richmond her second home, were she lives with her three sons, Karlos, Paul and Darryn. She previously worked in the health care industry.

Veridiana is an active member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God where she serves as a greeter and a Sunday School teacher, which is also another one of her passions. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, dancing and most importantly, spending time with her three sons.

 

Kaylinn Bezenar

Funeral Intern
and VP of Pop Culture

Kaylinn started with Morrissett early in 2016 while attending John Tyler’s Funeral Services Program. She expects to graduate Spring 2017.  In March of 2017 she became a full time Intern with our firm and is expected to be fully licensed by May 2018.

Kaylinn is originally from Long Lake, Minnesota. She came to Richmond to attend the University of Richmond where she graduated with a degree in Russian Studies in 2014. During her time at Richmond, she studied abroad in Denmark and St. Petersburg and interned for the Department of State in Moscow.

Kaylinn enjoys dancing, rock climbing, and reading when she is not busy with school and work.

 

Mary Lou Marple

Aftercare/
Community Care Coordinator
Certified Celebrant

Mary Lou is a long time resident of Chesterfield County. She is a graduate of VCU and hold a BA in Religious Studies.

She has been a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church since 1978. She is a Lector and the Funeral Coordinator for the church.

Her hobbies include reading, travel, music & theater, gardening and caring for her dog Delila.

 

 

 

Jennifer Bittner

Certified Celebrant/
Tribute Designer

Jennifer is a longtime resident of the Richmond area, and graduated from Manchester High School. She then attended Radford University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in psychology, music, and speech. She has also taken classes at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and previously served on the staff of several local churches.

Jennifer grew up as part of the Morrissett family, and joined the staff in 2015 after receiving training from the InSight Institute. She is now a Certified Funeral Celebrant and Life Tribute Specialist, and considers it an honor to help memorialize loved ones through the telling of their life stories.

Jennifer and her husband, Mark, are the proud parents of two boys. In their free time they often go fossil-hunting together as a family. Jennifer also enjoys singing, writing, and gardening. She is a proud member of the autism support community and is an advocate for neurodiversity acceptance.

 

JoAnne Edwards

Certified Celebrant/
Tribute Designer
Licensed Hairstylist

JoAnne has been a hair stylist for Morrissett for over 20 years.

She is an entrepreneur for 45 years with 12 beauty salons and one barber shop in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and retirement communities.

JoAnne is also a certified celebrant.

She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, lives in Urbanna, VA on the Rappahannock River with her beloved Maltese dog, “Rhett Butler” and her cat, “Millie”.

JoAnne is a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Matthews, VA.

She is a avid volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the Hospitality House at VCU and participates annually with RAM a free medical clinic in Wise County, VA.

 

Leslie Alsing

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Hospice Liaison
and Wish Facilitator

Leslie came to Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Services in 2014 as the Hospice Liaison and Simple Wish Coordinator, the non-profit foundation that grants wishes to local hospice recipients.

She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in psychology and counseling.

Her career has included many aspects of healthcare from adolescent counseling, nursing home social work, hospital case management, and hospice liaison for community education.

She has spent the last 15 years in hospice providing community education to physicians, hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living homes and churches.

She is married, has two children and two grandchildren.

She also facilitates our support groups in the community.

 

Tina Whitby

Receptionist and Video Specialist

Tina joined our firm in 2013 as our full-time receptionist.

She is a long-time resident of Chesterfield County. Tina took early retirement from DuPont in 2009.

Tina is a member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Midlothian and resides in Chester with her son.

She loves spending time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

 

Bert Olson

Weekend Receptionist

Bert Olson started at Morrissett in 2014 as a part-time receptionist, mainly covering the weekends.

She is employed full-time at CJW Medical Center at the Johnston-Willis Campus in the Medical Records department.

Bert is a born and raised Nebraskan who moved to Virginia in 2007 to be near her daughter, son and their families. She also has 3 grandchildren.

Bert is a member of Grove Avenue Baptist Church.

She enjoys playing billiards, reading and watching volleyball and football.

 

Sharon Pittman

Part time Receptionist

Sharon joined the Morrissett team in 2015

She graduated from Meadowbrook High.

Retired from Chesterfield County Government Human

Lives in Chesterfield County- [long time county resident]

Husband: Raymond

2 sons, Raymond & Jason , 2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 1 great-granddaughter

Enjoy traveling, beach, racing and spending time at Lake Gaston with family and friends.

 

Jackie Williams

Licensed Hairstylist

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Williams, aka “Lollipop” joined our staff as a hairdresser in 1971 and has been here ever since.

She is a member of Clowns of America Int and Clown Alley #3.

A life time resident of Richmond, VA and a graduate of John Marshall High School.

Jackie is a widow and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

Her hobbies are her clowning and spending time with her family.

 

Verta Blake

Organist Extraordinaire

Verta joined the Morrissett team in 1998.

She is a native of Wilmington , North Carolina.

She and her Husband, Donald , have lived in Virginia since 1961, where he was employed with Dupont.

She attended University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she majored in music. She taught piano and organ, privately for thirty two years, and was an Organist for several churches over a period of fifty five plus years.

She and her husband are members of Chester Baptist Church where they are Deacons, and Verta substitutes for the Organist there.

She also plays the piano for Companion Suppers at Chester Baptist , which is a Ministry Outreach to the Community.

Verta and Don , have two sons, Don, Jr. and wife Kimberly, Tim, and wife Rhonda, four grandchildren, Donald Ray ( Kim ), Alyssa Jordan, Meredith Erin, and Elizabeth Houston, and one great grandchild, Samuel Colton Blake.

They enjoy being with their family and traveling to their home in the mtns; of North Carolina. Their lives are full , with doing for others and serving God,

Verta considers her position as Organist at Morrissett as a Ministry in helping those in need.

 

Nancy Jean Roberts

Organist and Vocalist

Nancy Jean has been an organist for Morrissett now for many years.

She has lived in the Richmond area all of her life, except for the four years she served as an Air force officer in Rome, NY.

She has served as a musician in many area churches.

Nancy Jean loves what she does and refers to herself as "Songbird".

She loves to travel and loves to make applesauce to give to her friends.

 

Barney Robbins

Funeral Assistant

H. E. “Barney” started with Morrissett Funeral Home in March, 1999.

Barney is a North Carolina native, who moved to Virginia in 1968.

He and his wife, Lucille, attend Webber Baptist Church where he serves as an usher and teller. She has been a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years at Webber.

Barney has worked as a deputy sheriff for Chesterfield County and is a retired Chesterfield County Magistrate.

Barney enjoys Deep Sea Fishing, traveling overseas, gardening, woodworking, and reading.

 

Dave Hunt

Funeral Assistant

David started with the company in 2000. He is always eager to assist the families with any concerns they might have.

David is an Air Force Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War Era.

He completed classes at Ferrum Junior College and also at several other schools while working at Reynolds Metals Can Division, R&D, where he later retired.

David and his wife, Marie live in Chesterfield. They have two children and one granddaughter who also live close by.

His hobbies include golf, yardwork and writing.

 

Ven Barnes

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Assistant to the CEO

He joined the Morrissett team in 2001.

Ven retired from W.O. Grubb as a crane operator after 43 years of loyal service.

Ven gave back to the community as a Chesterfield Volunteer Fire Fighter for 13 years.

In his spare time Ven likes to ride his motorcycle and loves to stay busy tinkering and being a Mr. Fixit.

 

Edward Sasser

Funeral Assistant

Ed has been affiliated with our funeral home for over 25 years.

Originally from Cleveland, OH he has had ties to the greater Richmond, VA since 1964, less his time serving in the United States Marine Corps. Ed is an honorably discharged Vietnam era Marine and received numerous decorations for his service in the Republic of Vietnam.

Upon his discharge in 1976 Ed returned to the area and has dedicated many hours serving his community as a volunteer member of The County of Henrico, VA Division of Fire Station 5, The West End Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. and The County of King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Inc...

He is a retiree of The Commonwealth of Virginia Supreme Court having served as a Magistrate in the 13th Judicial District, City of Richmond, VA. Other organizations that Ed is involved with, as a life member are The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Inc., The National Rifle Association, Inc., The Harley Owners Group, Inc., and The Professional Car Association, Inc... Also he is a member of The Virginia Magistrates Association, Inc...

Ed resides in The Meadowbrook Country Club Neighborhood.

Hobbies that Ed is interested include restoration of vehicles including motorcycles, home and garden activities and serving when people are in need.

 

Jerry Critcher

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Funeral Assistant

Jerry joined the Morrissett team in 2005

Jerry was born in Chesterfield County and has been a steady resident for 77 years.

He is a retiree of Chesterfield County where he was vehicle maintenance facility supervisor. Prior to that he was service manager at Ross Ford.

Jerry has attended Colonial Heights Nazarene Church for over 27 years. He was a Sunday School Attendant and currently serves as Song Leader.

His hobbies include vintage cars and singing with the Lamplighter Gospel Group.

 

Doug Corrada

Building and
Grounds Supervisor

Doug joined the Morrissett team in 1997.

Doug is retired from the Chesterfield County Fire Dept. He has also been employed at Dixie Sporting Goods and the YMCA.

A long time resident of Chesterfield County, he graduated from Meadowbrook High School and John Tyler Community College.

He now spends his time with family and his dog Max enjoying the outdoors.

His interests include motorcycles, boating and the beach

 

Mike Beard

Funeral Assistant

Mike joined our firm in 2011.

He previously worked at Dupont as a Class A Insulation Mechanic, where he retired after 31 years.

Mike is also an Air Force Veteran. He served as a Staff Sergeant in Inventory Management.

He is a graduate of Midlothian High School class of 1962.

Mike and his wife, Marjorie, live in Chesterfield County and are active members of Kingsland Baptist Church. They have three children who also live close by.

His hobbies include riding his motorcycle, reading, cooking and fishing.

He also teaches his senior Sunday school group at his church.

 

Larry "LW" Dickerson

Funeral Assistant

Larry "LW", started with the company in 2011.

He is always willing to help others with anything he can.

"LW" is a Veteran Army Officer, serving most of time at Ft. Eustis, VA.

He was a Transportation Engineer during his time in the service as well as for the Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT), where he medically retired.

"LW" lives in Chester, VA with his dog Bo, and attends McGuire Veterans Hospital Chapel.

He also works at American Family Fitness and in his spare time he likes to work out.

 

Wendell Smith

Catering Coordinator
and Funeral Assistant

Wendell joined our team in 2013.

He retired from the Department of Defense Commissary Agency after 37 years of loyal service as a GS 12 Store Operations Manager.

His areas of expertise are Event Planning , Sanitation, Grocery ,Deli, Meat, Seafood and Sushi.

Wendell is an active member of Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond where he is a Shepherd Staff member and a member of the Adult Choir.

Wendell is a licensed Ordained Minister and earned his Bachelor of Art Degree from the American College of Theology Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2003.

Wendell is the Founder and Pastor Emeritus of the Solid Rock Baptist Church Heidelberg, Germany, where he served for 8 years.

Wendell has been happily married to Colleen for over 35 years.

They have one daughter, Natacha, and two sons, Wendell Jr. and Daniel, three granddaughters and two grandsons.

Wendell is a veteran of US Army, and in his and Colleen's spare time they love singing, fishing, cooking, canning and catering 5-course dinners. Wendell is known as the Gumbo King.

 

William “Bill” Knapp

Funeral Assistant

Bill joined Morrissett in 2015.

He is a retired salesman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Smith

Funeral Assistant

Steve joined our firm in 2015.

Steve has resided in Chesterfield County since 1958.

He retired from multiple agencies in Chesterfield County Law Enforcement after 41 years of service.

He and his wife of over 45 years, Marie, enjoy "RV-ing" and spending time with their grandchildren.

 

 

 

Doug Malaspino

Funeral Assistant

Doug joined the Morrissett in 2016.

Doug is a United Stated Marine Corps Veteran who served during the Viet Nam War Era.

He is a retired Senior Captain of 26 years with the Chesterfield County Fire Department. After retiring from the Fire Department, he served as a Security Specialist with Chesterfield County Security Management Office for 11 years.

Doug has two children and 4 grand children. His son is a California Firefighter Paramedic and his daughter is a Chesterfield County Deputy Sheriff.

Doug and his wife Betty reside in Chesterfield County and attend Second Branch Baptist Church. They enjoy cruises and others travels every chance they get.

 

David Williams

Transfer Specialist
and Funeral Assistant

David joined Morrissett in 2014.

David was raised in Powhatan.

He graduated from Powhatan High School in 1976.

He also graduated from Ferrum College.

Living in Chesterfield since 1980.

David was a Dispatcher with Chesterfield Police from 1979 to 1984. He worked at Estes Trucking for almost six years. He is now a Dispatcher with Virginia State Police for 24 years.

David and his wife Judy have two sons and four grandchildren.

David likes reading, old tv shows, football, baseball and trivia.

 

Katia Tilman

Part Time Recptionist

Katia began with Morrissett early Spring 2016 and is currently in the Funeral Service program at John Tyler. She hopes to graduate Fall 2017.

Katia is an "Army Brat" whose parents were born and raised in Richmond, where her father decided to retire near family. She was born in Regensburg, Germany and wishes to move back there someday.

Her activities include spending time with her family and petting every animal she comes in contact with.

 

Teddy Robbins

Special Projects

Teddy joined the Morrissett team in 2016.

Teddy has been a resident of Chesterfield County his entire life.

He graduated from Matoaca High School in 2014 and is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University working on his major in Theater. After he finishes at VCU, Teddy would like to be accepted into the John Tyler Community College Funeral Service Program and earn his degree in Mortuary Science as well as earn his Funeral Directors License. He has worked a few jobs and internships in high school, but he is now working in his dream career field.

Teddy currently lives with his parents, Ed and Nancy, his younger brother Michael, and his younger sister Ashley. His family are also members of St Ann's Catholic Church and are quite involved in their faith.

In Teddy's spare time, he is involved in local film work and community theater. Teddy has appeared in two seasons of the PBS series ''Mercy Street''. Teddy loves attending live theater and has seen many Broadway shows as well as local productions.

His family and friends are very important to him and he loves to spend as much time with them as possible.

 

Eleanor White

Part Time Receptionist
and Funeral Assistant

Eleanor joined the Morrissett family in August 2016.

A California native, Eleanor's father was in the Navy, and her husband, Carl was in the United States Army.

Happily married for 31 years, Eleanor and Carl are proud parents of four children, eleven, yes eleven grandchildren and 4 great granddaughters!

Eleanor and her husband are members of Zion Baptist Church. Reverend Doctor Robert Lee Pettis is their Pastor.

Eleanor and Carl serve as a Deaconess and a Deacon respectively.

Eleanor is very much a people person who never meets a stranger.

In her spare time, Eleanor enjoys studying Black History, reading biographies, and cooking.

 

Walter Edward Mittelstadter, Jr. (In Loving Memory)

 

Walter and his wife, Dorothy were stock holders in the funeral home and he worked part time for the Morrissett team beginning in 1974 and was an active employee until his death on December 29, 1994.

Walter resided in Chesterfield.

He was an active Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed working in his garden and tinkering in his shop.

Walter retired from Phillip Morris as a machinist supervisor.

 

Howard "Elwood" Jenkins (In Loving Memory)

 

Elwood joined the Morrissett team in 1974 after the funeral home opened on Iron Bridge Rd. He was an active employee until his death on July 10, 2006

Elwood resided in Chexsterfield with his wife, Dorothy "Dot".

He retired as a maintenance supervisor at E.I. DuPont

He was a very active member of Branch's Baptist Church and was awarded the status of Deacon Emeritus.

 

Bernard Lee Dyer (In Loving Memory)

 

Bernard joined the Morrissett team in 1981and was an active employee until his death on March 29, 2002.

Bernard resided in Chesterfield with his wife, Virginia.

He was retired as a Postmaster for the US Postal Service.

He was active in his Masonic Lodge and a faithful member of Branch’s Baptist Church.

 

 

 

 William "Bill" Lane , Jr. (In Loving Memory)

 

Bill joined the Morrissett team in 1997 as the first employee hired after Larry & Dick became the owners and was an employee until his death on November 30, 2015.

Bill resided in Midlothian, VA.

He retired from the Richmond Times Dispatch as a Staff and Feature photographer.

He loved doing photography, music, writing and church (Weatherford Memorial Baptist, Swift Creek Baptist, Bethany Place Baptist, Tomahawk Baptist.)

Bill will be remembered for his conversations and creative ideas.

 

O.E. “Buster” Greene (In Loving Memory)

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Buster joined the Morrissett team in 2002 and was an active employee until his death on June 21, 2013.

Buster resided in the Winterpock area of Chesterfield.

He was a deacon and the Financial Chairman of the Epiphany Baptist Church.

Buster retired from the Chesterfield Police Department. He is also a life member of Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad and Virginia Association Volunteer Rescue Squads.

Buster is a charter member of the Masonic Lodge # 253 and a member of Chesterfield Chapter # 139 O.E.S. He is also a member of the F.O.P. Lodge #47.

Buster is also an inductee into the Chesterfield Volunteer Hall of Fame, and the Rescue Hall of Fame.