From our humble beginnings over 180 years ago, the Sharer Funeral Home has been a family owned & locally operated firm, guiding families in creating a meaningful ceremony to honor the life and memory of a loved one. From all walks of life, each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest levels of integrity.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
1850's - 1860's
Philip Sharer’s third and fourth sons, George Sharer and Frank Sharer, go on to open other undertaking and furniture establishments in the area.
George and Frank, opened a second furniture and undertaking business in Alliance, known as the Sharer Brothers Furniture and Undertaking, a highly respected business. George later sold it in 1881 to Joshua and William Cassaday. Today, the undertaking business is still in operation, known as Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral and Cremation Service.
George and Frank then opened another furniture and undertaking business, this time in Canton, Ohio. The Sharer Brothers operated this for several years and sold this business in 1889 to J.L. Arnold. Today, that undertaking business is still in operation, known as Arnold Funeral Home.
After the Sharer Brothers sold their Canton business, Frank remained in Canton for the remainder of his life and George went to Cleveland where he opened yet another Sharer Funeral Home, located in Shaker Heights. That funeral home later became Bennett-Sharer Funeral Home and was subsequently purchased by the Brown-Forward Funeral Home, which is also still in operation.
John “J.H.” Sharer formed the Ohio Funeral Director’s Association, the National Funeral Director’s Association and the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
Philip Sharer retired in 1882 and died in 1889 at the age of seventy-nine.
1890's - 1900's
1940's - 1950's
By the mid 1960’s, Hazel Sharer makes the decision to close the furniture store and sell the funeral home.
2000 and Beyond
Today, the funeral home is still operated by Daniel Skivolocke, continuing the funeral home's tradition of family ownership. He has been employed by the Sharer Funeral Home for 50 years and has been the owner for the past 35 years.
Throughout Dan's career as the owner of the funeral home, his vision to offer the finest in service and in facilities, has driven him to continually educate his staff and make renovations to the funeral home and property surrounding the facility. The most recent project was his planning and construction of the largest expansion in the funeral home's history, with the new "Planning Center ".
These improvements to the facility and a well experienced staff are here to serve the community with the same high standards that were set by Philip Sharer so many years ago.