History

1st Generation...

Brunner Funeral Home in Mentor, Ohio, was established in 1949 by Raymond V. and Helen L. Brunner. The original home was built in 1845 and has attained distinction as a local landmark. 

2nd Generation...
In 1992, Ray & Helen sold the funeral business to James E. Sanden, Martha Brunner Deitrick, Nancy Brunner Sanden and Charles M. Brunner. 

3rd Generation...
1999 saw Martha's son Brian Deitrick join the funeral home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In 2012, after 47 years of service, Jim proudly sold his shares to his sons, Jason and Adam Sanden. In 2016, Martha sold her shares to her son Brian.

Today, we are the funeral service professionals of choice for Lake County residents. Our responsiveness, attention to detail and ability to create a special experience on any budget is why Brunners are considered the finest funeral service professionals in our community. First class service is the hallmark of our business.


Nancy Brunner Sanden

Nancy Brunner Sanden, President / Funeral Director / Partner

Nancy Brunner Sanden is President of Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center and has been with the company for over 40 years. Her days are filled with coaching and training staff, assisting and directing funerals, directing the prearrangement department, overseeing the operation at Ohio’s one-of-a-kind funeral and cremation retail store and gift shop, overseeing the reception center, conducting in-services, and directing tours of their Mentor campus. She also serves as presenter of public speaking engagements.

Nancy holds an Associate’s Degree in Business from Lakeland Community College and is a Licensed Funeral Director. Nancy is the recipient of Distinguished Service Award from Mentor Shore Jr. High, the Friend of Education Award from Mentor Teachers Association and was inducted into the Mentor High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Lakeland Community College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015. Nancy is a graduate of the Leadership Lake County Class of 2012 and was appointed Grand Jury Foreman in the winter of 2013.

She remains an active participant in the community and is involved in Mentor Rotary, Mentor High Alumni, Lakeland Community College Alumni, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce and St. Bede Church.

Nancy spends her personal time at her home on the shores of Lake Erie, where she enjoys water sports and quiet time on the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her two sons, Adam & Jason, both partners in the firm, and their families. She takes pride in her family owned business and the community that has supported them since 1949.

Nancy can be contacted at nancy.sanden@brunners.com.


Adam J. Sanden

Adam J. Sanden, CPA, MBA, Partner

Adam J. Sanden is a Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center and has worked in the family business since 2007. He is responsible for Controllership duties, Treasury duties, Economic Strategy and Forecasting of the business, and manages HR responsibilities for his staff of 23 employees.

Prior to joining the family business, Sanden spent 3 years in private and public accounting, most recently as an Assurance Associate at Grant Thornton, LLP in downtown Cleveland.
Adam grew up in Mentor, Ohio where he attended Lake Catholic High School. Sanden earned his BSBA in Accountancy and MBA from John Carroll University. He also attended Lakeland Community College.

Adam is actively involved in community events, and sits on the boards of Leadership Lake County and The Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce. He was recently profiled as “One2Watch” by Inside Business Magazine for his work in the community. He is also a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Adam enjoys golfing, watching football, and spending time with family and friends. Adam resides in Mentor, Ohio with his wife Reneé, son Leo and their Yorkshire Terrier, Gracie.

Adam can be contacted at adam.sanden@brunners.com.


Charles (Chuck) M. Brunner

Charles (Chuck) M. Brunner, Funeral Director and Embalmer / Partner

Charles M. “Chuck” Brunner is a Funeral Director, Embalmer and Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. He has worked for the business for over 38 years meeting with families and making the arrangements for their loved ones.
Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he was awarded by the Ohio Embalmers Association a Lester W. Wakeham Award for demonstrated excellence in the combined theory and practice of embalming. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Lakeland Community College and is a 1983 graduate of Mentor High School.

Chuck and his wife, Roberta Milko-Brunner, have been married for over 25 years, have two children, Morgan and Nathan, and are lifelong residents of Mentor. He has been actively involved with St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Sigma NU Fraternity and has served on the board of directors for the Mentor School Foundation and the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce Board.

He enjoys cross-training and bicycling and has participated three times in the Pan-Ohio Bike Ride, a 328 mile bike ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati to support the American Cancer Society. He has also completed RAIN (Ride across Indiana), a one day 162 mile bike ride across Indiana and ODRAM (One day ride across Michigan) a 151 mile bike ride across Michigan. Chuck is an avid snow skier, and has enjoyed skiing all over the Western United States.

Chuck can be contacted at chuck.brunner@brunners.com.


Jason R. Sanden

Jason R. Sanden, Funeral Director and Embalmer / Partner

Jason R. Sanden is a Funeral Director, Embalmer and Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center and has been with the family business for eleven years. He manages the sale and installation of the firm’s custom cemetery memorials, gravestones, grave markers, monuments and headstones. Jason also supervises the maintenance staff, grounds and upkeep of the company’s nearly two acre campus located in the heart of Mentor, Ohio.

Jason earned his Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science after attending Youngstown State. He is a 2000 graduate of Lake Catholic High School.

Jason enjoys spending time with friends and family and is a resident of Mentor.

Jason can be contacted at jason.sanden@brunners.com.


Brian P. Deitrick

Brian P. Deitrick, Funeral Director and Embalmer / Partner

Brian P. Deitrick is a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. With 16 years of experience in the family business, he helps in the planning and management of funeral services and cremation operations and finds it most fulfilling to be able to assist a family in honoring a loved one that has passed away.

Brian is a 1993 graduate of Mentor High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and received an Associates of Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He obtained his license as a Cremation Operator from Cremation Association of North America (CANA).

Brian has served the community with his role as a past board member and executive board member for the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the committee for the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Brian enjoys sports and lives in Mentor with his wife and three daughters.

Brian can be contacted at brian.deitrick@brunners.com.


Martha Brunner Deitrick

Martha Brunner Deitrick, Service Representative

Martha Brunner Deitrick is a Service Representative at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Her experience with the company spans 47 years and today she oversees the scheduling and coordination for over 500 funerals and events that take place at the firm each year, which includes staffing, vehicle use, transfers of loved ones, body care and retail store assistance among other services. Martha also provides support during funerals, visitations and receptions.

A lifelong resident of Mentor, Martha graduated in 1968 from Mentor High School and attended Lakeland Community College. She has been involved in community activities and clubs at St. Mary of the Assumption School, Memorial Junior High School and Mentor High School.

Martha loves spending time with her five children, Brian (Jill), Mary, Anne, Joe (Lindsay) and Lucy and six grandchildren, Kara, Emma, Cameron, Addison, Tyler and Brady. She enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants.

Martha can be contacted at martha.deitrick@brunners.com.


Jeffrey T. Hathy Jr.

Jeffrey T. Hathy Jr., Funeral Director and Embalmer

Jeffrey T. “Jeff” Hathy Jr. is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. He is the main Embalmer for the company and is responsible for decedent care, including transferring loved ones to our funeral home. Jeff also provides a helping hand in all tasks around the Brunner Campus.

After completing his apprenticeship, he received his dual license and began work at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center in 2012. Jeff graduated from Riverside High School in 2006 and then earned an Associates of Arts degree from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He holds an Associate of Science and Bachelors in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

At a young age Jeff was involved in small tasks around a funeral home, which sparked his interest in becoming a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Jeff volunteers and is involved in several organizations including Knights of Columbus, Our Lady’s Rosary Makers International and the Embalmers Association of Cleveland.

Jeff lives in Mentor with his cat, Buddy and enjoys reading, music and going to the gym. He is a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Jeff can be contacted at jhathy@brunners.com.


Heath E. Gromek

Heath E. Gromek, Prearrangement Director

Heath E. Gromek is a Prearrangement Director at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. His responsibilities include helping families make prearrangements for funerals so that their families don’t have to make the decisions for them, providing everyone with a greater peace-of-mind. Heath helps families pre-plan and/or prefund their end of life arrangements through well thought out action plans that can be kept on file at a person’s home and the funeral home for reference when needed.

Heath holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Dayton and is a licensed Life Insurance Representative.

Heath lives in Mentor and enjoys running, volleyball, and reading.

Heath can be contacted at hgromek@brunners.com.


Nick  Eskew

Nick Eskew, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Nick Eskew is Funeral Director and Embalmer at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home and Cremation Center and has been in the business for about 4 years. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he also was Vice President of his class.

Nick planned on being a firefighter, but a project in high school changed that when he had to interview someone in a biology field. After interviewing a funeral director & embalmer, he decided to pursue a career in the funeral industry and never looked back.

Nick and his wife Kris reside in Novelty, where they enjoy working on their new home, spending time together, and spending time with their families.