Sue Striffler Galaski, Funeral Director
Sue Striffler Galaski is a fourth generation funeral director, operating the oldest funeral home in the McKeesport/Mon Valley area. Since she was 16 years old, it has been her focus to perpetuate the family tradition of excellence. She attended McKeesport High School but then graduated from Serra Catholic in 1978. She went on to college receiving her Associates Degree in Business Administration in 1980 then graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1981. Sue served her internship with her father in the family business and earned her funeral director license in 1982. Since her father’s death, in 2006, she has served in the capacity as the firm’s president.
Aside from her daily duties at the funeral home, Sue gladly participates in many community functions. She sits on several Boards of Directors including Serra Catholic High School, Penn State-Greater Allegheny, the LaRosa Boys and Girls Club, the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, No-Kill Shelter and UPMC McKeesport. She is also a member of the White Oak American Legion Auxiliary Post #701, St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak and Angora Gardens. In addition, she is very involved with many community affairs including the different veterans events such as the SS McKeesport and Flag Day, as well as, the Festival of the Trees, Noah's Arch Community and the McKeesport Hospital Foundation Fashion Show.
Sue Ann is married to Steve Galaski and has a son, Adam Striffler Galaski. She hopes that Adam will commit to the tradition of funeral directors in the family business…since 1866.
Edgar Patrick Striffler, Funeral Director
D. James Heatherington, Supervisor
Mr. Heatherington founded the D. James Heatherington Funeral Home in McKeesport in 1962 and was owner and operator until 2003. He currently is the supervisor of the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler, Co. Funeral Home, an affiliate of Striffler Family Funeral Homes. Mr. Heatherington attended the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is the chair of UPMC McKeesport and a member of its board of directors; a member of the McKeesport Hospital Foundation board of directors; a member of the board of directors of Shenango Presbyterian Senior Housing, Inc.; and a consultant to TransCare, a Pittsburgh for-profit ambulance service. His memberships include the Penn State McKeesport advisory board, the Mon-Yough Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Care Partnership board, and the McKeesport Healthier Communities Partnership. Mr. Heatherington is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) board of directors and its committees on community health, insurance services division and physician services division.
A member of the Westmoreland County Fireman's Association, Mr. Heatherington is assistant fire chief of the Rillton Volunteer Fire Department of Sewickley Township. He is a member of the McKeesport Knights of Columbus, Council 955, and various antique automobile clubs, both regional and national.
Mr. Heatherington is former deputy coroner of Allegheny County; former two-term member of the McKeesport City Council, having served as the first president of Council (in 1976) under the city's new Home Rule Charter; former secretary/treasurer of the McKeesport Redevelopment Authority; and former member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport. He is the recipient of the 1992 Mon-Yough Chamber of Commerce Small Business Owner of the Year award and the 1995 Community Service Award. He holds honorable discharges from the United States Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
William Hartman, Supervisor
James J. Finn, Licensed Funeral Director
Mark Douglas Bradley, Licensed Funeral Director