Support Staff

 These members of our staff are vitally important toward the operation of our firm. These individuals make it possible for us to professionally coordinate funerals with the quality of service our community has come to expect from us.

Rev. Gerald Kalb, Director of Post Service Care
Office Phone: 440-357-7544

Rev. Gerald Kalb joined the Johnson Funeral Home in March of 2016.  He recently retired after 29 years of ministry with the Painesville United Methodist Church.  He has been very active in the community and is currently serving as our Director of Post Service Care.  Rev. Kalb calls on the families after the services to check on them and their family members, offering support and care.

In Memory Of

Thomas Anderson, Associate (1943 - 2021)

Member of Painesville Church of the Brethren, Temple Lodge #28 F&AM, Painesville Chapter #46 Royal Arch Masons, Mt. Olive Chapter #189 Royal Arch Masons, Painesville Council #104, Eagle Commandery #29, Urania Chapter #284 Order of Eastern Star, 32 Degree Masons Valley of Cleveland, Walter E. Drake Council #145 Allied Masons Degrees. Retired Dispatcher of Ohio State Highway Patrol - Chardon Post.  Tom was a 27 year employee of ours, doing all kinds of duties including being our main hearse driver and assistant.  He will be greatly missed by all.  

Melissa Tekavic, Associate

Melissa is the daughter of Richard and Carol.  She assists with visitations and funeral services when needed.  She is a graduate of Harvey High School and Lakeland Community College with her degree as a Registered Nurse.  She currently works at Tri-Point Medical Center in the Critical Care Unit.  She and her husband Chad have a son, Nicholas and reside in Concord Twp., Ohio.

Chad TekavicChad Tekavic, Associate

Chad is the son-in-law of Richard and Carol and the husband of Melissa.  Chad serves as a full time firefighter/paramedic with the Painesville Township Fire Department.  On his days off he assists with day-to-day operations of the funeral home and assists with visitations and funeral services when needed.  He is a graduate of Riverside High School and Auburn Career Center where he received his certification for firefighting and paramedic.  In his free time, Chad enjoys spending Saturday nights at Painesville Speedway where he competes in Figure 8 Racing.  He and his wife Melissa have a son, Nicholas and reside in Concord Twp., Ohio.

The next generation of funeral directors? 

Chase Johnson (son of Charles and Jennifer), Nick Tekavic (son of Chad and Melissa), Caitlin Johnson (daughter of Charles and Jennifer), Adam Johnson (son of Ben and Christina), Nathan Johnson (son of Ben and Christina) and Audra (daughter of Ben and Christina).These six kids enjoy spending time at the funeral home, helping "set-up flowers, dusting of furniture, and greeting people at the door".  One or more of them could be the fourth generation of Johnson's to continue in funeral service.

Caitlin Johnson,  Associate

Caitlin is the son of Charlie and the granddaughter of Richard and Carol.  She is considering being the 4th generation of family to enter the funeral profession.  She is a graduate of Riverside High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity Girls Lacrosse team and was active with the yearbook staff.   She assists with visitations and funerals as well as day to day duties when school is not in session.  Caitlin is attending the University of Cincinnati majoring in Psychology with a minor is Sociology. 

Nick Tekavic, Associate

Nick is the grandson of Richard and Carol Johnson and the son of Chad and Melissa Tekavic.  He is a graduate of  Riverside High School where he was a member of the Varsity Lacrosse Team and Football Team.  Nick assists with visitations and funeral services when not attending classes.  He is attending the University of Cincinnati majoring in Business Management and is considering being a 4th generation family member to enter the funeral profession.  

William H. Slabe III, Associate

William has been involved with many aspects of funeral service since 2009.  He assists with nearly all duties on a day to day basis.