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Our Staff


Mission Statement

Genda Funeral Home is committed to“Putting Family First” in a loving and genuine environment. We strive to understand and share in each journey with compassion and integrity. Our aspiration is to achieve the highest level of quality service.

Mark J. Genda

Mark J. Genda

Owner

A lifelong resident of Clinton County, Mark was raised by parents Don and Thelma Genda, with two sisters, Becky and Candace.  He graduated from Frankfort Senior High School in 1981 and subsequently graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1984.
Mark started his funeral service career while in high school, working for Wayne and Carol Frye.  After graduating from Worsham, he served his apprenticeship at Copher Fesler Funeral Home in Elwood before returning to his roots in 1989 in Frankfort with Frye Funeral Home.
He feels it is important to give back to the community in which he lives.  His memberships include St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Paul Phillippe Resource Center Board of Directors, Optimist Club, Mulberry Community Club, Masonic Lodge, Moose Lodge, and holding various offices in several organizations.  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 Home and former Bodine and Reinke Funeral Homes.

Patrick Day

Patrick Day

Funeral Director/ Certified Pre-Need Consultant

Pat Day, native of Frankfort and resident of Flora, is the son of Richard and Donna Day, and grandson of Curt and Mary Helen Day.  He is a 1997 graduate of Frankfort Senior High School and attended Purdue University, majoring in Communications, where he also sang in the Purdue Varsity Glee Club.  He then went on to study at Worsham College of Mortuary Science near Chicago.  

Pat’s funeral service career started while in high school working with Mark at Genda Funeral Home.  After graduating from Worsham, he worked in Lafayette at Soller-Baker Funeral Home and then at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer before coming back home to join Genda Funeral Homes in 2018.  He has also been involved at the state level as an Indiana Funeral Directors Association District 6 Director from 2016-2018.

He truly believes we all must play a part in making our community great.  He has participated in many organizations and community activities through the years including being one of the first “Frankie the Hot Dog” mascots with Frankfort Main Street and acting in Clinton County Civic Theatre productions.  His current activities include attending Flora Christian Church where he sings in the choir, Flora Lions Club, Flora Community Choir, Flora Community Club, coaching youth soccer for Carroll County Youth Soccer League and Frankfort Horseshoe Club.  

Patrick is married to Frankfort native, Sara (Davey), and they share five children, Tyler, Cameron, Amya, Ruby, and Sophie.  Pat enjoys playing basketball, singing, hiking, traveling, experiencing new things, cheering on his Boilermakers and Cubbies, and spending time with his friends and family.

He is grateful to be serving families where he has grown up and giving back to the communities that have helped form the foundation for who he is today.  He is honored to be working with the wonderful people of Clinton and Carroll Counties.



Karli Manahan

Karli Manahan

Funeral Director

Karli Manahan grew up on a farm south of Watseka, Illinois.  She began her career in funeral service while working for the local funeral home during high school.  She went on to graduate Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science and was a member of Sigma Phi Sigma Professional Fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  She became a licensed funeral director in Illinois continuing to work in her hometown and help on the family farm. 

In 2012, she and her husband, Nick, moved to Frankfort along with their Weimaraner, Betty.  She began working for Genda Funeral Home as the office manager and received her Indiana Funeral Director license in May of 2013.  

She is a member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and Mulberry Community Club and enjoys being outdoors, golf and tennis.

Karli is pleased to call Clinton County home and counts it a great privilege to be able to work with and serve the families of Carroll and Clinton Counties.



John Pontius

John Pontius

Funeral Director

John Pontius, a member of the Genda Funeral Home family since 2015, grew up in Blackford County where he acquired over 20 years of experience in the funeral profession working the majority of his years with Glancy Funeral Home.  He is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Science.  

He is a member of Faith Family Church and the Kiwanis Club.  

John and his wife Amy have five children, Andrew and wife Allie of Indianapolis, Mary, Lauren, Benjamin, and Jenna and one grandson, Lincoln, all of Frankfort.  They enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends.



Rita J. Betts

Rita J. Betts

Certified Pre-Need Consultant/ Aftercare Specialist

Rita J. Betts was born and raised in Clinton County.   She was employed at an air filtration plant for five years, a plastic manufacturer for 15 years, and a local financial institution for 15 years.  She joined the Genda Funeral Home Family in April of 2006.  Rita obtained her Certified Pre-Planning Consultant designation in 2007, becoming the first certified pre-planner in Clinton County. 

She is currently active in the Frankfort Optimist Club, The Zonta Club of Frankfort, and Rossville Business Association, Flora Main Street and Paul Phillippe Resource Center Board.  In the past Rita has served with Frankfort Main Street, Clinton County Chamber Board, Wesley Manor Board of Directors, and as a member of COACH Kids. She attends Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mulberry and is involved with several activities, including serving as Financial Secretary.  

She is married to Mel and has two step-children, four step-grandchildren, and a special fur baby, Mandy.



Chris Lesley

Chris Lesley

Office Manager

Chris Lesley, a lifelong Clinton County resident, graduate of Frankfort Senior High School, and proud Hot Dog worked for over thirty years in the insurance industry, the last twenty as an HR Representative.  She holds her Professional in Human Resources designation and is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.  She joined the Genda Funeral Home Family in January of 2018.  

She and her husband, Jerry, have been married 25 years and have a puggle, Opie.  They joyfully share Jerry’s two adult daughters, Jenelle and Kimberly, along with their extended families.  

Chris is the director of the Chancel Choir for St. Matthew United Methodist Church and serves as a Trustee.  She is a board member and actress for the Clinton County Civic Theatre, volunteer coordinator for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, board member of the Frankfort Midwest Rail Heritage, and volunteer at Redbird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky.


Melvin Betts

Melvin Betts

Funeral Assistant

Melvin “Mel” Betts has been employed with Genda Funeral Homes since 2006.  He was born and raised in Grant County and moved to Clinton County in 1984.  Before coming to work with Genda Funeral Homes, Mel was employed with AT&T where he retired in June 2006 after almost 39 years of service.  

Mel gives of himself for the betterment of others which began with the Frankfort Optimist Club where he has served as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Board member.  He also served at the district level as Lt. Governor and Governor, and the international level as Foundation Board member and President of the Board.  He has also served with the Clinton County Boys and Girls Club, Clinton County Foundation for the Youth Board, Frankfort Main Street, Frankfort Airport Authority, Frankfort Utility Service Board and is currently serving as President of the Rossville Lions Club.  Mel attends Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mulberry where he is involved with many activities, including President of the Church Council.  

Mel is married to Rita, has two children, four grandchildren, and a special fur baby, Mandy. 



Atlee Olyer

Atlee Olyer

Funeral Assistant

Atlee Oyler is a resident of Flora and has been a member of the Genda Funeral Home Family since June of 2013.  Atlee, son of the late Glenn and Mary Oyler, grew up on the family farm and farmed with his dad and brother.  After farming, he worked in the banking industry for 25 years, and retired from Lafayette Bank & Trust as the Sr. Vice President of Carroll County Market.  

He has been active in the community his adult life serving in several clubs and organizations and is a member of Living Faith Church of the Brethren.  

Atlee has been married to his wife Doris since March 25, 1961.  He has three children, Alan and wife Debbie of Noblesville, Mike and wife Caroline of Louisville, and Julie and husband Dean Orem of Dalton, Georgia.  His family also includes eight grandchildren, two sisters, Sarah Orem and Betty Hufford Sander, and brother Ed Oyler.  

Atlee currently works for the Flora Park and volunteers at Maple Lawn Cemetery.  He enjoys going to Florida in the winter, spending time with children and grandchildren, especially their sporting events, and golfing as time allows.



Don Hinesley

Don Hinesley

Funeral Assistant

Don Hinesley is a lifelong resident of Clinton County.  He graduated from Rossville High School in 1958.  Don worked for Chrysler Transmission Plant in Kokomo and retired after 35 years.  He started with Bodine Funeral Home in 1999 and has continued working with Genda Funeral Homes.

He is a member of Rossville United Methodist Church, has served on the Rossville Town Counsel, Rossville Area Transit Board of Directors, Rossville Volunteer Ambulance Service for 14 years as an E.M.T., and served on their Board of Directors.  

He and his wife, Connie, have lived in Rossville for 56 years, and have two sons, Mark and Robert.  Don enjoys golfing, working on his cars, and spending time with his family in his free time.



Deb Walker

Deb Walker

Office Assistant

Deb Walker, a lifelong Frankfort native, is the daughter of Omer and Ramona Sears.  She is a 1975 graduate of Frankfort Senior High School.  She has been employed with Community Schools of Frankfort, Manpower, and Subaru of America.  

Deb has served families of Genda Funeral Home for 22 years through assisting with special details for families, Senior Olympics, Grandma’s Cook-off, serving the community, and supporting the staff here at the funeral home. 

She has two sons, Aaron and wife Erin Walker of West Lafayette, and Brock Walker of McCordsville, and is the proud “Mimi” of three granddaughters, Lolly, Kaylee, and Stevi.  Deb enjoys going to the YMCA, DIY projects, craft time with her granddaughters, going on walks, and spending time with her family and friends.



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