John C. Sullivan, Deceased 1949-2015
In 1983, John Sullivan believed that he could provide the East Pennsboro community with a superior service at a reasonable price. He ventured on his own by establishing the Sullivan Funeral Home… and the rest is history. John became well known in the community as a leader and supporter of township events. John Sullivan, our founder, passed away on March 16, 2015. John was a U. S. Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. His caring nature and emphasis on providing the best possible service to the families he served was a testament to the funeral home’s mission statement: “Treat others as we would like to be treated.” John’s wife, Nancy Sullivan is responsible for many facets of our success as a funeral home. Currently she assists our funeral home with managing our website and social media pages.
Mario A. Billow, Supervisor
As the Sullivan Funeral Home continued to grow, John and Nancy realized they needed to add a partner to their business as well as a successor to the firm. They wanted to add a funeral director who lived in the community and was also a well established owner as well. They chose Mario Billow from Enola and he has become a perfect fit. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and is a Knight in the 4th Degree. Mario is also actively involved with the Capitol City Sons of Italy Lodge, Northeast Fire & Rescue, West Shore Elks, East Pennsboro Stormwater Authority, East Pennsboro Industrial & Economic Development Board, LeTip of the West Shore, National Funeral Directors Association, PA Funeral Directors Association, the Capital Area Funeral Directors Association, and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice where he achieved the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (C.F.S.P.). He is a graduate of West Perry High School and a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the 6/29 Field Artillery 8th Infantry Division, Germany. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Pennsylvania College and a degree in Mortuary Science from Catonsville Community College in 1994. Mario was also a hospital mortician for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center assisting families at the hospital as well as the pathology staff with the daily activities of this prestigious trauma center. Locally he is known as an expert embalmer, and many funeral homes in the area contact Mario to assist them. Mario is also an award winning amateur winemaker and has entered many of his homemade wines in national competitions. Mario is married to Windy Juliana (Bohensky) Billow and they are proud parents of their daughter, Maribella Dawn Billow.
Charles E. Bihl, F.D.
Charles has been with our firm since 2013 and is a graduate of East Pennsboro High School and Community College of Baltimore County’s Mortuary Science Program. He served his internship with our funeral home and obtained his license in 2018. He is a member of the West Shore Baptist Church in Camp Hill.
Josh and Leslie Matter
Josh and Leslie joined our funeral home in 2017. Leslie is our Secretary at the funeral home and Josh assists us with funerals, viewings, and when we bring your loved one into our care. Josh is the Fire Chief for Northeast Fire and Rescue as well as the Assistant Fire Chief for East Pennsboro Township. Leslie is also actively involved in the fire company. They have 2 children, Bree and their most recent addition, Landon. We are truly blessed to have this husband and wife team as part of our staff.
Joseph and Maria Penkala
Joseph and Maria Penkala are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and are actively involved in the community as well.
Both Joe and Maria help us with funeral services and community events.
Kelly Law, GC-C, CISM
Kelly is a Certified Grief Counselor and has been working for Hospice for over 20 years. She has also been certified in Critical Incident Stress Management which focuses on trauma, suicide and sudden death.
Spiritual Counseling has been Kelly’s passion and “calling” for as long as she can remember. Her sessions are grounded in a holistic approach to healing. She provides insight and opportunities to grow in the mind, body and spirit. Her intention is to help each person acknowledge their pain and provide them with ways to move through it. She is interactive, personable and dedicated to the healing process. All sessions are done in the convenience of your home or a location of your choice for a reasonable fee. 717-919-4520 (text/call) or [email protected]
Jim and his wife Carol are also valued members of our staff. They are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and are very active in the community as well. Jim and his wife serve our funeral home as assistants and provides a caring service to our families.
Continuing John C. Sullivan’s Legacy…..
On behalf of the Sullivan family, I would like to thank everyone who expressed their deepest sympathies to us while we mourn the loss of our founder, John C. Sullivan. A special thanks to all of our fellow funeral directors who so willingly offered to assist us during this difficult time. Throughout the years, John’s commitment to dignified, professional, and affordable funeral service was quite evident. He cared so much for the business that he started; consequently, he wanted to ensure the community that it would thrive even after he retired.
In December of 2009, John approached me to help him at the funeral home. He knew that I was an Enola resident and cared about the community as well. As the years passed by, I learned many lessons from him as he mentored and groomed me to someday take his place. In August of 2013, John and Nancy sold the funeral home to my wife, Windy, and myself. He wanted to enjoy his retirement and spend as much time with his family as possible. We were hoping that we would have many years together with him; however, God had other plans for him.
Each and every day, I think about John and what his presence in our lives meant to our community. He has set a very high standard that I hope to live up to. You have my solemn promise to treat your family the same way John did. When you read an obituary that we place in the newspaper, you will notice that we mention, “The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.” We are honored that you call upon us at your most difficult time, and we place your needs above our own, just like John did.
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