Staff

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Get to know the Leppert staff, dedicated to helping families celebrate a life lived. We provide peace of mind, available 24/7 for your convenience.


John Leppert Sr.

John LeppertJohn Leppert, a native of Indianapolis, founded Leppert Mortuary & Crematory Services, Inc. in 1973, then known as Leppert & Copeland Mortuary, at the 740 E. 86th Street location. John attended St. Gregory’s College in Oklahoma and received his degree from Indiana School of Mortuary Science in 1964. John was the second son of William and Mary Lou Leppert, of Indianapolis and briefly worked in the insurance business under his father at the Herman C. Wolff Insurance Agency. As a child, John was curious as to how the funeral business was conducted as he served funerals as an alter boy at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He later followed his intuitions and discovered he had a knack for the business. After receiving his funeral directors license, he developed a vision and business plan for a funeral home of his own which John worked into a mission statement that is still intact to this day:

The philosophy of Leppert Mortuary & Crematory Services, Inc. is to always be courteous and kind to the needs of those we serve. Our goals are to serve families individually, professionally, yet with the utmost dignity, as is the way we treat our departed loved one. We will always be timely in every detail treating the family in a professional yet personal manner.

Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel is the only mortuary serving the Nora north side area. An additional location was acquired in May of 1999, Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel located at 900 N. Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana. John is dedicated to his work and his community. John’s community involvement is extended to and includes: a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, serves on the Advisory Board at the Little Sisters of the Poor, member of Junto of Indianapolis, Gyro Club and a member of Legatus.


John Leppert Jr.

John Leppert JrJohn Leppert, Jr. grew up around the funeral industry and as a teen helped plant flowers on the property. He began work at Leppert Mortuary with his father in September of 2004 as an intern and currently works as a full time licensed Funeral Director. John serves families today as Funeral Director and as Nora Chapel Leppert Manager.

John Leppert Jr attended Cathedral High School, Xavier University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. John is the son of John and Joy Leppert of Indianapolis. John and his wife are the proud parents of 4 children. He is a member of Penrod Society, Junto of Indianapolis, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.


Marcia Shields

Marcia Shields is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis graduating from Chatard H.S. and Purdue University. Born a twin, she was raised in a loving family with her three sisters and one brother. She has been married to Ewing Shields over thirty years and is blessed with two grown children, Elizabeth and Chip; a sweet fifteen year old border collie, named Lilly, and a precocious wire fox terrier “grand-dog”, named Maggie.

After starting married life in Guyana, Marcia’s husband’s work took their family to Saudi Arabia during most of the 80’s; the 90’s were spent enjoying raising her children back home in Indiana. In 2002, Marcia joined Leppert Mortuary as a part time employee after being introduced to the company when they handled her father’s funeral. In 2004, a full time opportunity arose at the Nora location and in 2008 she moved to her present position as office manager at the Carmel location.

Marcia lives on the Northside of Indianapolis and is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church where she volunteers with the food pantry and soup kitchen ministries. When not busy caring for her elderly mother, Marcia enjoys gardening, biking, taking walks with her dog, attending concerts and eating out with her husband, collecting PEZ dispensers, and talking to her twin sister on the phone.


Tara Wright

Tara was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. Tara graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1997 and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois in 2003. She served her apprenticeship at Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She continued her career as a funeral director and embalmer at Kuiper Funeral Home in Highland, IN and Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Schererville, IN, where she was involved in many community projects which included a children’s safety program and numerous career days. She also taught Restorative Art and Embalming Theory for the mortuary science program at Ivy Tech Community College in East Chicago, Indiana. Later on, she ventured out to Indianapolis where she continued her career as a funeral director at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers before settling in at Leppert Mortuary.


Lisa Heath-Baker, Funeral Director

Lisa Heath-Baker is a native of Pendleton, Indiana where she graduated from Pendleton Heights High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science from Mid-America College of Mortuary Science. She was married in 2008 to Michael Baker. They both enjoy living in Pendleton with their English Mastiff. Lisa and her husband are active members of Huntsville Good Shepherd Church. Lisa is also a Rotarian and a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and Madison County Funeral Directors Association.


Bereavement Dogs

We are proud to offer a certified bereavement dog for all our families upon request, through the Healing Paws Chapter of Love on a Leash. If you see one of our four-legged friends at our locations, stop and say hi!