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John Leppert Sr.
John 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.
Bill Minges comes from a long family line of funeral directors that dates to 1860 in Cincinnati. Bill was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado. His first job in funeral service came in 1990 at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greely, Colorado while attending college there. He then traveled to the Midwest, graduating from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1995. Bill soon returned to Colorado to develop his career, eventually managing funeral homes for Dignity Memorial in Littleton, Golden and Denver, Colorado. In 2002, Bill transferred to Indianapolis where he met his wife Sarah and settled in Fishers.
Today, Bill enjoys adventures with his wife and two young children, coaching youth baseball, cycling, cooking and reminiscing with family and friends. In 2017, Bill was honored to join Leppert Mortuaries, and looks forward to a continuation of his 27 years of service to those in need.
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 is a native of Pendleton, Indiana where she graduated from Pendleton Heights High School. She graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She continued her education with another Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science graduating Valedictorian from Mid-America College of Mortuary Science 2010. She served her apprenticeship at Robert D. Loose Funeral Home in Anderson, Indiana. She now enjoys living in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood with her dog, Max and cat, Lukie. Lisa is also a Rotarian and a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, Madison, and Marion County Funeral Directors Association.
Michelle Haslock, Sales Manager.
Michelle was born and raised in from Mishawaka, Indiana, and is proud to be the first United States citizen in her family. She earned degrees in Travel & Tourism Administration, and Sales and Marketing from Davenport University. Michelle has two sons, Dylan, age 25, and Gabriel, who died in 2005 when he was eight, and would now be 20-years-old. Michelle had an in-home licensed daycare for 12 years when her sons were young, and worked for 10 years in various roles in the hospitality industry until 2012; including human resources, payroll, accounting, and front desk management.
Michelle chose to work in the death care industry to serve others, and believes that having death so often on her heart can be motivating and inspiring, as it serves as a simple reminder to appreciate each moment that she is alive, each moment that she is blessed to spend with her loved one, and each time that I am given the honor of assisting a family preplan their final arrangements.
Michelle now enjoys doing volunteer work, being outdoors, reading, cooking, crafting, and resides in Westfield, Indiana, with her son, Dylan, their two dogs, Liesel and Heidi, and their two cats, Willow and Maude.
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.
Abby is a native of Delphi, Indiana where she graduated from Delphi Community High School. After graduation, Abby studied political science at IUPUI.
In 2011, Abby lost her father unexpectedly. After having gone through the motions of saying goodbye to a loved one and the difficulty she experienced, she knew she had a calling to help others who were going through the same thing. In 2013, Abby joined the Leppert team and enrolled in mortuary science classes. She is now a full time team member at our Smith Carmel Chapel. Abby enjoys spending her free time running the historic trails in her hometown, spending time with friends, and most importantly her family. She has a Pomeranian/Chihuaha mixed dog named Orlean whom she loves dearly.
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!