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. 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 Licensed Funeral Director/Manager
John is a native of Elmira and graduated in 1976 from Elmira Christian Academy. He has been involved in the funeral industry since 1986 and graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1989. In February of 1990, he became a licensed funeral director with New York State. He has worked for the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, Inc., Carpenter's Funeral Home, Inc., the former Beilby, Hill's and Ballard and Lindgren Funeral Homes. John proudly serves families at Olthof Funeral Home where he is currently the Manager. John and his wife Lesley Ann reside in Elmira and have three daughters: Amanda Lynn (Caleb) Drake, Allison Marie Knapp and Ashley Elizabeth Knapp; and two precious grandsons Joshua and Logan Drake. John calls the Elmira Christian Center his home church and assists families as a Lay Pastor in their time of need. John enjoys watching sports with the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys being his favorite teams. He is a huge NASCAR fan, enjoys watching various car shows, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. Above all else, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, grandkids and family.
Jody-Ann Morgan 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 husband, Christopher. She is an active member of the Elmira Rotary Club and curently serves as the president for the 2018-2019 year. 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”.
Brock Greenlaw Assistant Funeral Director