Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Ericka Ficken Assistant

Ericka was born and raised in Absecon.  She has worked closely as an associate with Parsels Funeral Home since July of 2017.  She entered the funeral industry at the age of 20, when she met Steve and Heather Matis and instantly found ardor in the work and involvement that was demanded of her, day to day.  Since then she has enrolled in the mortuary program with American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, located in New York.  With a passion for helping the community which she's grown up in, Ericka will soon become a licensed funeral director in New Jersey and become more closely involved with families and assist them as they move through the funeral process and also learn and grow from her experiences.

 

*Ericka Ficken is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals

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Steven Matis Funeral Director/Manager, N.J. Lic. No. 4129

Steven began his career in funeral service in 1987, working part time for several funeral homes in the surrounding communities where he grew up in northern New Jersey. He continued working in various capacities during his college career, including while in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended mortuary school. Steve is a 1993 graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating with a bachelor degree. Steve became a licensed funeral director in 1994. He began his career in Ocean County, working and managing funeral homes in Toms River, Lakewood and Manahawkin. In 2005, he and his wife, Heather moved to Galloway Township, while he continued to work in Ocean County. In 2010, they were able to continue family ownership of Parsels Funeral Home, by purchasing the funeral home from Heather's parents. They are now residents of Absecon and enjoy living and participating in the community events Absecon and surrounding communities have to offer.

Currently, Steve is a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, The National Funeral Director Association, the Rotary Club of Absecon and Galloway Township, Lion's Club of Absecon, the 9/11 Memorial Committee of Abseocn and through the funeral home, Absecon Business and Commercial Development. He is a third degree knight with the Knight of Columbus, Council 6342, Absecon. As well, he and his family are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon.

 

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Heather L Matis Office Manager

I have grown up in the funeral business as my father, Larry Scott, was a long time funeral director and previous owner at Parsels Funeral Home.  I began working with Parsels in 1998 and primarily handled administrative duties.  In 2001, I had an opportunity to transfer to a position within the company which owned Parsels, and worked with accounts receivable for all New Jersey funeral homes owned by the company, as well as handing numerous special projects, primarily in New Jersey and New York.  In 2004, I left the funeral industry and began working in the financial industry, again in administrative positions and eventually earning positions as assistant to financial advisors.  I continued in the financial industry until 2012, when I joined Steven, my husband, working in the day to day operations of Parsels Funeral Home.  I enjoy working with families in a supportive role, assisting them to make each funeral a personalized and lasting memory for each family we serve.

In my free time, I am involved with community groups that provide information to the public about senior living and resources available to our community as a whole.  I also enjoy volunteering at my daughter's school, Assumption Regional Catholic School, on several fund-raising projects.  I spend numerous hours with my daughter, Alexandra, as she competes on a local dance team.  This includes being present for dance practices and competitions, fund-raising, costume preparation, and supporter of all the dancers on Alexandra's team.

 

Heather is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals

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Maria (Mia) MacDonald Assistant

I have been working with Parsels Funeral Home since 2014.  I grew up in Absecon and attended Holy Spirit High School and graduated from there in 1992.  I obtained my Medical Assistant Certification from Atlantic County Vocational School in 1995 and later an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Atlantic Cape Community College, in 2003.  My previous employment incudes working for the State of Maine an an investigator for the Board of Licensure in Medicine as well as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, as a Death Investigator.

After returning to my hometown of Absecon, I enjoy spending time at the beach mroe than ever.  My free time is spent with family and friends. 

Maria is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals.  

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Jessica Romanowski Assistant

Jessica has been with Parsels Funeral Home since 2016.  She graduated with honors, earning her A.A.S. in Funeral Service Technology from East Mississippi Community College, and passed the International Conference of Funeral Service Examing Boards, in 2009.  She has worked for funeral homes, serving families in Alabama, Wisconsin and Mississippi, before moving to New Jersey.  Her specialties include restorative art and cosmetic work.  

She resides in Galloway with her dog and in her free time enjoys running trails in the Pine Barrens.

 

Jessica is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals

 

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Leigha Juraszik Assistant

Leigha is from Dorothy, NJ and has been as associate at Parsels Funeral Home since the summer of 2017.  She is going in to her senior year of mortuary school, having completed the first 3 years at Mount Ida College in Newtown, Massachusetts and finishing the last year at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey.  Leigha has extensive experience working in a funeral home and working along side funeral directors at the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death.  With a desire to work in funeral Service since she was a child, she looks forward to becoming a licensed funeral director in the near future and continuing to work closely with families, guiding them through the funeral process.

 

Leigha is not a funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals 

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Bill Wilson Assistant

Bill had worked with Parsels Funeral Home for several years.  He and his wife Stacey raised their family in Absecon.  Bill was very involved with the community of Absecon, including serving as a councilman.  Bill worked with Parsels Funeral Home in several capacities and continues to work in the funeral industry in Florida, where he currently lives.  Bill's children still live in New Jersey and when he visits, is always available to assist Parsels when he may be needed.

 

Bill is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funeral.

Ericka Ficken

Assistant
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Ericka was born and raised in Absecon.  She has worked closely as an associate with Parsels Funeral Home since July of 2017.  She entered the funeral industry at the age of 20, when she met Steve and Heather Matis and instantly found ardor in the work and involvement that was demanded of her, day to day.  Since then she has enrolled in the mortuary program with American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, located in New York.  With a passion for helping the community which she's grown up in, Ericka will soon become a licensed funeral director in New Jersey and become more closely involved with families and assist them as they move through the funeral process and also learn and grow from her experiences.

 

*Ericka Ficken is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals

Steven Matis

Funeral Director/Manager, N.J. Lic. No. 4129
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Steven began his career in funeral service in 1987, working part time for several funeral homes in the surrounding communities where he grew up in northern New Jersey. He continued working in various capacities during his college career, including while in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended mortuary school. Steve is a 1993 graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating with a bachelor degree. Steve became a licensed funeral director in 1994. He began his career in Ocean County, working and managing funeral homes in Toms River, Lakewood and Manahawkin. In 2005, he and his wife, Heather moved to Galloway Township, while he continued to work in Ocean County. In 2010, they were able to continue family ownership of Parsels Funeral Home, by purchasing the funeral home from Heather's parents. They are now residents of Absecon and enjoy living and participating in the community events Absecon and surrounding communities have to offer.

Currently, Steve is a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, The National Funeral Director Association, the Rotary Club of Absecon and Galloway Township, Lion's Club of Absecon, the 9/11 Memorial Committee of Abseocn and through the funeral home, Absecon Business and Commercial Development. He is a third degree knight with the Knight of Columbus, Council 6342, Absecon. As well, he and his family are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon.

 

Heather L Matis

Office Manager
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I have grown up in the funeral business as my father, Larry Scott, was a long time funeral director and previous owner at Parsels Funeral Home.  I began working with Parsels in 1998 and primarily handled administrative duties.  In 2001, I had an opportunity to transfer to a position within the company which owned Parsels, and worked with accounts receivable for all New Jersey funeral homes owned by the company, as well as handing numerous special projects, primarily in New Jersey and New York.  In 2004, I left the funeral industry and began working in the financial industry, again in administrative positions and eventually earning positions as assistant to financial advisors.  I continued in the financial industry until 2012, when I joined Steven, my husband, working in the day to day operations of Parsels Funeral Home.  I enjoy working with families in a supportive role, assisting them to make each funeral a personalized and lasting memory for each family we serve.

In my free time, I am involved with community groups that provide information to the public about senior living and resources available to our community as a whole.  I also enjoy volunteering at my daughter's school, Assumption Regional Catholic School, on several fund-raising projects.  I spend numerous hours with my daughter, Alexandra, as she competes on a local dance team.  This includes being present for dance practices and competitions, fund-raising, costume preparation, and supporter of all the dancers on Alexandra's team.

 

Heather is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals

Maria (Mia) MacDonald

Assistant
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I have been working with Parsels Funeral Home since 2014.  I grew up in Absecon and attended Holy Spirit High School and graduated from there in 1992.  I obtained my Medical Assistant Certification from Atlantic County Vocational School in 1995 and later an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Atlantic Cape Community College, in 2003.  My previous employment incudes working for the State of Maine an an investigator for the Board of Licensure in Medicine as well as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, as a Death Investigator.

After returning to my hometown of Absecon, I enjoy spending time at the beach mroe than ever.  My free time is spent with family and friends. 

Maria is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals.  

Jessica Romanowski

Assistant
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Jessica has been with Parsels Funeral Home since 2016.  She graduated with honors, earning her A.A.S. in Funeral Service Technology from East Mississippi Community College, and passed the International Conference of Funeral Service Examing Boards, in 2009.  She has worked for funeral homes, serving families in Alabama, Wisconsin and Mississippi, before moving to New Jersey.  Her specialties include restorative art and cosmetic work.  

She resides in Galloway with her dog and in her free time enjoys running trails in the Pine Barrens.

 

Jessica is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals

 

Leigha Juraszik

Assistant
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Leigha is from Dorothy, NJ and has been as associate at Parsels Funeral Home since the summer of 2017.  She is going in to her senior year of mortuary school, having completed the first 3 years at Mount Ida College in Newtown, Massachusetts and finishing the last year at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey.  Leigha has extensive experience working in a funeral home and working along side funeral directors at the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death.  With a desire to work in funeral Service since she was a child, she looks forward to becoming a licensed funeral director in the near future and continuing to work closely with families, guiding them through the funeral process.

 

Leigha is not a funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals 

Bill Wilson

Assistant
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Bill had worked with Parsels Funeral Home for several years.  He and his wife Stacey raised their family in Absecon.  Bill was very involved with the community of Absecon, including serving as a councilman.  Bill worked with Parsels Funeral Home in several capacities and continues to work in the funeral industry in Florida, where he currently lives.  Bill's children still live in New Jersey and when he visits, is always available to assist Parsels when he may be needed.

 

Bill is not a licensed funeral director and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funeral.