History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. was started in 1946 by Robert L. and Louise Smith Olthof. When they first started, Robert worked at other area funeral homes, and Louise taught kindergarten at the Pennsylvania Avenue School. Robert Leon Olthof, their son, assumed the Licensed Manager position around 1965, when his father became ill. 

Over the years, the size of the facility has grown as the business has prospered. The first addition in 1950, the second in 1955 and throughout the following years the Olthof family has purchased various properties surrounding the funeral home for future expansion. In 1980, the final expansion was completed, which has enabled Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. to handle multiple calling hours and funerals at one time. The facility also has a parking lot with spots available for 100 vehicles. 

Today, the funeral home is managed by Robert Lawrence Olthof, a third generation funeral director. For over 60 years, Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. has served families of all faiths in both New York and Pennsylvania.

Our Valued Staff

  • Robert L. Olthof

    Robert L. Olthof President and Licensed Manager and Funeral Director

    Rob is the third generation Robert L. Olthof, licensed funeral director and owner of Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. Born and raised into the family business, he has the experience necessary to keep families at ease at their most delicate time of navigating, after a loved one has passed away. After his father unexpectedly passed in 1991, Rob took over the business and has been helping to honor memories for others ever since.

    In 1990 he graduated from Life Appreciation Training and in 1991 from SUNY Canton. He is a member of Union-Cooley Masonic Lodge #95 and Kalurah Shrine since 2001, where he helped transport children in need of medical care to Shriner's Hospitals throughout the Northeast. He loves being a father to his two daughters, Lucianne (16) and Seneca (6). Rob is proud to be married to his loving wife, Keitha Duran who is a veterinarian at Broadway Animal Hospital. In his free time he is often found on the water with his family or running his many dogs.

  • John P.  Knapp

    John P. Knapp Licensed Funeral Director and Lay Pastor

  • Jody-Ann Foster

    Jody-Ann Foster Licensed Funeral Director

    Jody Ann is a native of Kingston, Jamaica where she lived until the age of 19. She migrated to the United States in 2010 and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a funeral director. She moved to Syracuse where she attended Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. She went to school full-time, worked two part-time jobs and, during the little free time she had, she volunteered at the Ronald McDonald's House of Central New York. Jody Ann graduated Simmons in 2013 with a 3.92 GPA.

    Jody Ann now resides in Elmira with her loving fiancé Christopher. She is an active member of the Elmira Rotary Club and volunteers at the Diven Elementary School. She loves going to the gym and visiting family and friends out of town.

    “I get asked the same questions over and over: 'Why this? Why funeral service?' I have had some bad experiences with loved ones passing. I was still very young but old enough to know that it shouldn't be this way. I have a passion to serve all of my families with the love and honor I would want for my own. This is much more than a career for me but a calling, a way for me to make a difference”.

  • Christin B. Greven

    Christin B. Greven Licensed Funeral Director

    Christin B. Greven, a native of Elmira, NY is a first generation funeral director. She is a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame High School and went on to Keuka College obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in HR Management in 2009. She then went on to pursue a Mortuary Science degree from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY and became licensed in 2012.
    Christin is an active volunteer firefighter with the Southport Fire Department, she is a member of the Finger Lakes Funeral Director's Association, and is a member of Saint Mary's Church on the Southside serving as a Eucharistic Minister.

  • Brock Greenlaw

    Brock Greenlaw Assistant Funeral Director

  • Peter Hartman

    Peter Hartman Office Manager

  • Katrina A. Olthof

    Katrina A. Olthof Secretary