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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Jason H. Wilson, Sr.

Jason H. Wilson, Sr.

Managing Funeral Director

Jason, who also represents the fifth generation, returned to the family business to run the family furniture store in 1992. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the Ohio State University and earned his M. B. A. in business from Wheeling Jesuit University. He became a licensed funeral director in 2000, serving his apprenticeship under longtime employee, Allan Ketzell. 

Following in his father's legacy of public service, Jason currently serves as the Director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia for the State of Ohio. Previously, he served for several years in the Ohio Senate representing Belmont, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas Counties. 

Jason and his wife, Leah reside in North-Eastern Ohio, with their children, Jason, Jr., Ava and Maria


Jarrett Wilson

Jarrett Wilson

Funeral Director - Vice President

Following the death of Charlie Wilson in 2013, Jarrett, joins his brother, Jason, in representing the 5th generation of ownership of Wilson Funeral Home. He earned his B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University and is a licensed funeral director.

For over 20 years, Jarrett worked outside of the family business in the Communications, Software and Technology Industries, most notably with Verizon Communications as a Director. He is honored to join his brother in continuing the important work of providing support and guidance for the families at a most difficult time in losing a loved one. 

Jarrett and his wife, Jill reside in Central Ohio with their two daughters Abigail and Katherine.


Jerry Fiutem

Jerry Fiutem

Embalmer - Funeral Director - General Manager

Jerry Fiutem has returned to the staff of Wilson Funeral Home. Jerry had done his apprenticeship with Wilson’s in 1975, becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1976. “The opportunity to have Jerry return to his roots is great for both of us. He is an exceptionally dedicated funeral director and to have his experience and knowledge on our staff takes us to another level,” Wilson said. 
Jerry graduated from Bridgeport High School, Ohio University and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is the founder and past president of the Belmont County Funeral Directors Association where he currently serves on the Board and is also past president of the Bridgeport Alumni Association. Fiutem is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He resides in Colerain with his wife Kathy.

Erin Hough

Erin Hough

Embalmer - Funeral Director

Erin has worked in the funeral industry since the age of 15. She is the 4th generation in her family to work at Crummitt & Son Vault Corporation in Martins Ferry, Ohio.  She is now a licensed funeral director and embalmer.    Erin is a 2006 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where she was awarded the Champion Award for Mortuary Science Excellence. Erin resides in Martins Ferry with her husband Mike, and two children Brody and Ella.


Scott J. Kaminiski

Scott J. Kaminiski

Embalmer - Funeral Director

Scott was born and raised in Adena, Ohio,  a son of the late Edmund and Dorothy Kaminski. He is a member of St Casimir’s Catholic Church and attended grade school at St Casimir’s grade school. In 1983 Scott graduated from St Johns Central High School and in 1988 graduated from The Ohio State University.  After graduation, Scott was thinking about the influence of one of his parent’s good friends, Mr. Charles Wilson Sr. of Dillonvale, where as a young boy Mr. Wilson would talk with him on the front porch of his funeral home about what it was like to be a funeral director.  In 1995,  Scott went to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Sciences and after graduating in 1996 began working as a funeral director in the Columbus area. Because of his mother’s failing health,  he returned to the valley and found he was happy to be back home.  Wilson's is pleased to have Scott on staff serving the families of the Ohio Valley.


Missy Chieffalo

Missy Chieffalo

Administration

Missy Chieffalo , our newest employee in office administration. She brings nearly 20 years of funeral home/cemetery experience with her from Holly Memorial Gardens. 

She graduated in 1991 from Martins Ferry High School and from Belmont College in 1996 with a degree in mental health. Missy lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband Shawn. She has one daughter, Tara, recently married, who resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband Judd. 

Missy has a love for life, family, and cannot forget her animals who mean the world to her.


Marcy Tennant

Marcy Tennant

Community Relations Specialist

Marcy joined Wilson’s staff in 2007. She is a graduate of St. Clairsville High School and attended Kent State University. She is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wolfhurst, Ohio, where she is a member of Parish Council and a Eucharistic Minister. Marcy enjoys gardening, playing softball and helping coach her daughter’s team. She and her husband Jeff have been married since 1985 and reside in Bridgeport with their two children, Jeffrey and Kaity.


Jim Brothers

Jim Brothers

Funeral Attendant

Im has spent most of his life in Bridgeport area and attended Bridgeport High School, graduating in 1956. He married Shirley, who he dated through high school and they have three children: Chuck who lives near Savannah, GA., Rich who lives near Atlanta, GA., and Bonnie who recently moved back to Bridgeport. Jim has two granddaughters: Erin and Keri who both live in the Atlanta area. 

Jim is a member of the Bridgeport First United Methodist Church and volunteers at the Heartland Nursing Home. He owns two antique cars that he keeps busy with and he loves to fish. 

Jim was employed at AT&T until retiring after 33 years of service. During that time, he and Shirley lived for 3 years near Huntington, W.Va. then 14 years in the Washington, DC area before moving back to Bridgeport in 1997. Jim became a member of the Wilson Funeral Home staff in August of 2001.


Kathy Fiutem

Kathy Fiutem

Funeral Attendant

Kathy has been with Wilson Funeral Home for 29 years as a hair dresser and a lady attendant. She and her husband Jerry reside in Colerain. They are the parents of a son Damon and a grandson Gavyn. Kathy remained in the area after graduating from Bridgeport High School. Formerly she was a department manager with JC Penny Co. and assisted with the opening of the St. Clairsville Mall Store.


Norman Sempirek

Norman Sempirek

Funeral Attendant

Norman was born August 1st, 1935 to the late Frank and Mary Sempirek. He graduated from Dillonvale High School, and worked 34 years at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. He and his wife Veronica “Ronni” reside in Dillonvale. They had two children, a daughter Terri (deceased) and a son Karl Joe. He has 3 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 1 great-grandson. Norm has been with Wilsons since 1995.

Tony Niekro

Tony Niekro

Funeral Attendant

Anthony “Tony” Niekro is a lifelong resident of Blaine, Ohio where he lives with his wife Darla. They are member of St. Joseph Church in Wolfhurst, Ohio and serve as extraordinary ministers. Tony is a third degree member of St. Anthony’s Council #2262 Knights of Columbus and a fourth degree member of Commodore Jack Berry Assembly #802. 

Tony is a graduate of Bridgeport High School. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, and retired from the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Follansbee Coke Works with 42 years of service. He worked as a production foreman for many years and was the production manpower scheduler at his retirement. 

Tony enjoys volunteering with the Bridgeport Food Pantry. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, music, spending time with family and most of all fishing with his grandchildren.


Jim Hoff

Jim Hoff

Funeral Attendant

Pastor Jim Hoff is a graduate of Ravenna High School, Ravenna, Ohio. He attended Ohio University Eastern for two years and became an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church in 1995. 

Jim worked throughout the Ohio Valley in full time ministry for 28 ½ years, before retiring in December of 2008. He is currently ministering at the Hopewell United Methodist Church on a part time basis and resides in Bridgeport with his wife Metta.


Paul West

Paul West

Funeral Attendant

Paul West was born in Wheeling, W.Va. He was a 1966 graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School and a 1972 graduate of West Liberty State College. Paul was a teacher and a coach for 14 years. He also worked Retail Sales and Management for 30 years. Paul is retired and lives with his wife Cora in Brookside, Ohio. He enjoys golf and spending time with his 2 grandsons Chad and Garrett.


Jake Kafana

Jake Kafana

Funeral Attendant

Jake (Jack) grew up in Connerville, Ohio. He graduated from Warren Consolidated High School in 1960. In 1963, he married his wife Linda Veres and have four children: Jacquie who lives in Maynard, Ohio, Scott who lives in Washington, Pa., Tami who lives in Kentucky and Jay from Pleasant Grove. Jake has eleven grandchildren two great-grandchildren. 

Jake attends Colerain Presbyterian Church where he is also a member of the choir. He enjoys golfing, fishing and has played Santa Claus since 1966. He was employed by Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry Plant, where he retired from after 34 years of service as a truck driver. Jake joined the Wilson staff in 2010.


Karen Rinkes

Karen Rinkes

Funeral Attendant

Karen is a 1964 graduate of Bridgeport High School and a 1967 graduate of the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing. She currently works part time as an R.N. at OVMC in the Social Services – Discharge Planning Department. She serves as an Elder for Grace Presbyterian Church, in Martins Ferry and lives in Floral Valley.

Karen has two children; Chuck (Kelly) Rinkes of Coshocton and Shelley (Dr. Robert) Crake of Wheeling. Two grandchildren complete her family, Jaxon and Sydney. She’s an avid sports fan, especially for the Ohio State Buckeyes.


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