History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, 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 integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Haverstock Funeral Home, an independently owned and family operated funeral home in LaPorte, Indiana, was founded by O.M. Haverstock in 1928 upon the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and service, and third generation grandson, Norman B. Juday, continues with that philosophy today.
Haverstock Funeral Home, believes each service should be a personal reflection of a life well lived, and we do so by memorializing through memory boards, eulogies from family and friends, and video tributes. Because we think service should begin before the need arises, we are here for you before the service, during, and after.
Our Valued Staff
Norman Juday, Funeral Director / Owner
Following the philosophy of service established by my grandfather and continued by my father, is my commitment to our community. Having a support, service oriented team is essential to fulfill this commitment to excellences. Together - we are able to support families and our community better than either of us could do individually.
Our commitment to do whatever a family needs and wants. Tailoring a service to meet each family's individual requests is the cornerstone of the personal service we provide.
Another important commitment for both Ginny and myself is to maintain an updated facility. We recently completed a significant renovation that we are proud to provide to our community.
Ginny Juday, Funeral Director / Owner
My commitment to help in funeral service began early. My Dad died when I was 14 years old and my Mom openly discussed his death. This allowed me to also openly share. I began to realized I wanted to help others during this difficult time. When old enough, I worked during the summer at the funeral home that served our family.
As an owner, Norm and I have the opportunity and responsibility to carry on the tradition of excellence that Norm's grandfather started. I enjoy being able to implement new concepts that better serve our families and the community. Personal, quality service is the cornerstone of all we do. My personal commitment is to help during one of the hardest times in a person's life.
Danny Cracknell Jr., Manager / Funeral Director
I have been committed to the Haverstock Funeral Home Team since 2004. I am a graduate of La Porte High School and have been a member of the community since childhood. I graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science and also attended Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills; specializing advanced post mortem reconstructive surgery. I am a funeral director with a goal to provide caring and compassionate service to every family. I take great pride in helping families plan a final tribute fitting to the memory of their loved one. I honor the requests of every family I serve and provide a meaningful service for their loved one. I am committed to your family from beginning to end and promise to exceed your expectations.
Melissa Bennett, Support Services Coordinator
Years ago, I can remember sitting in the back room reading a book in the evenings while my grandparents worked a night visitation. It may seem odd to some, but Haverstock has always been a comforting place to be for me.
As with most of our clients, coming to Haverstock is a family tradition. When my father died, it was nice to know that the service would be completely taken care of. It’s a difficult time in anyone’s life, and it makes it easier to be able to focus on family during that time.
I was very excited when the opportunity arose to work for Haverstock. It seems as if I was destined to return to the place I once found so comforting. Working with a compassionate team of individuals to make things as easy and smoothly for a family is very rewarding. By joining this team, I hope to continue the tradition of quality service.
Teresa Bluhm, Administrative Assistant
Being a part of another little family has been very rewarding. Since my husband died, I know what people are going through - loss and grief are tough hurdles to handle. That is just one of the reasons I enjoy being a part of the Haverstock team. Helping with the phones, answering questions, preparing memorial books, and the important paperwork tasks are ways that I can help families we serve. I worked visitations at the Funeral Home for several years when the opportunity became available to help administratively. I consider the responsibilities I handle to be the dream job.
J.R. McNeal, Funeral Assistant
Wilbur Dadlow, Funeral Assistant
I started working at Haverstock's in 1984. For 10 years I worked full time and am now pleased to serve in a part time role. As an assistant, I help with visitations, drive vehicles during a service and deliver flowers afterwards.
I enjoy every minute of helping families and being a part of the caring staff at the funeral home. My reward comes when a family shares that everything is fine with the services we provided.
Norm and Ginny Juday are honest and hard working. It is a pleasure to work with such a nice group of people.
Dan Ford, Funeral Assistant
Mark Baker, Funeral Assistant
Sandy Trueblood, Greeter
Roger Wolff, Funeral Assistant