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Mark J. Genda

Mark J. Genda
Funeral Director

A lifelong Clinton County resident, Mark was raised by parents Don and Thelma Genda, with two sisters, Becky and Candace.  He graduated from Frankfort Senior High School in 1981, rounding out his education by graduating from Worhsam College of Mortuary Sciences in 1984.

Mark started his funeral service career while still in high school, working for Wayne and Carol Frye.  After graduation from Worsham, he served his apprenticeship at Copher Fesler Funeral Home in Elwood, IN, returning home to Frankfort in 1989, to his roots at the Frye Funeral Home.

He purchased what is now Genda Funeral Home in 1991 and, most recently, the Bodine Funeral Homes in 2006 through a long-time association with David and Linda Bodine.  In March 2012, Mark and Genda Funeral Homes purchased a fourth location in Flora, Indiana, Reinke Funeral Home.  

Mark feels it is important to give back to the community in which he lives.  His memberships include St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Friends of Wesley Manor, Paul Phillippe Resource Center Board of Directors, Optimists, Mulberry Community Club, Masonic, Moose and Elks lodges, having held various offices in several.  Mark was also elected and served two terms on the Community Schools of Frankfort Board of Trustees.

Mark is honored to be a Funeral Director and licensed prearrangement specialist in his hometown.  He holds with great appreciation the trust of those he has served through the Genda Funeral Homes and former Bodine Funeral Homes and Reinke Funeral Home.

Tel: 1-765-659-3356


   
Rita J. Betts

Rita J. Betts
Certified Preplanning Consultant

Rita Betts has been employed with Genda Funeral Homes since April, 2006.  She is a life long resident of Frankfort and graduated from Frankfort High School.  Before coming to Genda Funeral Homes, Rita was employed at a local financial institution for 15 years and prior to that an air filtration plant for 5 years and a plastic manufacturer for 15 years.
Rita is active in the community and is involved in many service clubs and organizations.

Rita is married to Melvin and has two step-daughters and 4 step-grandchildren.  She attends Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mulberry, where she is involved with many things including being a Sunday School Teacher.

In October, 2007 Rita completed classes and was awarded the title of Certified Preplanning Consultant.  This means all requirements for being an ethical and compassionate preplanner have been completed. This certification is provided through the National Funeral Directors Association.    Rita is available to answer any questions that you might have and looks forward to serving you and your family.

Tel: 1-765-659-3356


   
Karli Manahan

Karli Manahan
Office Manager

Karli started her career in funeral service as a high school student.  After completing her education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, she became an Illinois licensed funeral director, continuing to serve her hometown of Watseka, IL, while helping with the family farm.

In June 2012, Karli, her husband, Nick, and their dog, Betty, moved to Frankfort.  Karli is currently the office manager for Genda Funeral Homes, aiding in the smooth operation of the day to day functions.  In May, 2013, Karli received her Indiana Funeral Directors license and is pleased to be able to further assist the families served through Genda Funeral Homes.

Tel: 1-765-659-3356


   

John Pontius
Funeral Director

John grew up in Blackford County, Indiana where he acquired over 20 years of experience in the funeral profession. In 2013, he and his family moved to southern Indiana where he enrolled and graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service.  John is now a licensed funeral director with Genda Funeral Homes.

John is married to his wife, Amy, and they have 5 children.  Their adult son, Andrew and his wife Allie, live in Indianapolis, Indiana and their adult daughter Mary and grandson, Lincoln reside in Frankfort.  They have 3 children still living at home; their daughters, Lauren and Jenna and son, Benjamin.

The Pontius’ are members of Faith Family Church in Frankfort and John is a member of the Kiwanis Club. They enjoy camping and spending time with friends and family.

Tel: 1-765-659-3356

Email: family@gendafuneralhome.com


   

Melvin Betts
Funeral Assistant

Tel: 1-765-659-3356


   

Jean Cuk
Bookkeeper

Tel: 1-765-659-3356


   

Don Hinesley
Funeral Assistant

Tel: 765-379-3411


   
Thelma Genda

Thelma Genda
Funeral Assistant - Retired

Thelma R. "GG" Genda, 88, of Frankfort, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017.  She was born in Indianapolis on January 24, 1929 to Lorren and Lucile (Carr) Osting.  She lived most of her youth in Burney and Anderson.  She graduated in 1947 from Anderson High School.  Thelma and Don met after he returned from WWII and were married on June 5, 1949.
They moved to Frankfort in 1950, where Thelma went to work at the A&P Grocery, later Mallory's, Wainscott Sewing Center, and JC Penney's.  She loved selling fabric and patterns especially to mothers and daughters planning a wedding.  But her most rewarding "job" was helping Mark at Genda Funeral Home, providing a warm and welcoming face at the front door.
Thelma was a Pink Lady volunteer for several years.  For several years, she was a member of the Friends of the Manor.  Thelma was a member and greeter of St. Matthew United Methodist Church where she had volunteered regularly, helped start the Young Mother's Circle, and was active with XYZ, Christmas Bazars, Vacation Bible School, funeral dinners, and decorating the sanctuary for the holidays.  Spring break trips with Rev. Ray Mills earned her the distinction of Mrs. Peanut Butter for her abundant peanut butter sandwiches.
Thelma sewed for her family even making Becky's wedding dress, Candy's bridesmaid dress, and later, Jill's baptism gown.  Many a chocolate chip waffles after prom.  Thelma and Don instilled in their children and grandchildren a love of camping, traveling, and family gatherings which continues today.  Always wanting a nickname growing up, Thelma was blessed with grandchildren and in turn, the nickname GG for Grandma Genda.
Thelma is survived by her children, Becky (Steve) Pedigo, of Spencer, Candy Genda, of Bloomington, and Mark Genda (companion, Erin), of Frankfort; grandchildren, Jill (John) Emmons, Ryan (Kate) Pedigo, Derrick (Lindsay) Potts, and Spenser Potts; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Alyvia, and Rosie; special nieces and nephews, and a handpicked sister, Susan Miller.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Don, in November 2016; and siblings; Helen Zieher, Harold Osting, Eleanor Westerfeld, Marcella Benefiel, Mabel Gavel, and Carl Osting.
Visitation was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.  Funeral service began at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Frankfort, with Pastor Grant Merrell officiating.  Burial followed at Bunnell Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Thelma’s name may be made to St. Matthew Preschool Program or Wesley Manor Employee Appreciation Fund.


   
Don Genda

Don Genda
Funeral Assistant - Retired

Donald W. “Don” Genda, 91, of Frankfort, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, at St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital.
He was born May 17, 1925, in Anderson, to Julius and Blanche Ethel Bagley Genda.  On June 5, 1949, he married Thelma Osting.
After graduation from Anderson High School, he proudly served in the United States Army during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge during five major battles in the European Theatre.  Don and Thelma moved to Frankfort in 1950.  Don worked at Genda Motor Sales Cadillac and Oldsmobile for nine years before starting work at the opening of Peter Paul in 1959 until 1983.  He retired from Zackary Confections on April 1, 1988.  In his “retirement,” Don dedicated his time and energy at Genda Funeral Home; you could always find him cleaning cars or parking them, out and about at the health departments, or picking up donuts. Pop was infamous for his made-up song lyrics and questionable jokes, and above all hitting the open road, rain or shine. Don attended St. Matthew United Methodist Church and was a member of Frankfort American Legion Post 12 and 40&8.  
Don is survived by his children, Becky (Steve) Pedigo, of Spencer, Candy Genda, of Bloomington, and Mark Genda (companion, Erin), of Frankfort; grandchildren, Jill (John) Emmons, Ryan (Kate) Pedigo, Derrick (Lindsay) Potts, and Spenser Potts; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Alyvia, and Rosie; and several nieces and nephews.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Paul, Pete, and Bob Genda.
Visitation was held on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral service began at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2016, at the funeral home.  Burial followed in Bunnell Cemetery.  Memorials in Don’s name may be made to Wesley Manor Employee Appreciation Fund.  
For those who knew Don or Pop, honor him by following his mottos, “Have a Coke and a smile” and “See the USA in your Chevrolet.”


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