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.

The Jardine History

Jardine Funeral Home is a third generation, family-owned, full service funeral home. It was established in 1953 by Millar Jardine, who was the first generation. Millar was a "depression child" that spent almost all of his time nurturing the business, which barely made it in the beginning due to Strongsville's very low population in 1953. His persistence and dedication to Strongsville and to the business was so apparent, that his two sons, Jim and George, felt it was only natural to start in the family business at ages thirteen and fifteen. For years, Millar and his boys offered the Strongsville community an ambulance service and funeral services.

As the Jardine dedication to Strongsville grew along with the Strongsville population, George headed off to Pittsburg College of Mortuary Science, so that he could follow in his Dad's footsteps. In 1971, George married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Kaminski and they began to start a family. In 1972, George graduated college and became a licensed funeral director. After college, George Jardine returned to Strongsville and has been known as the face of the second generation and owner-operator of the community's local funeral home. His involvement in the business and in the city of Strongsville can best be described as dedicated and consistent.  George and Sandra raised their 2 children in Strongsville - Jason and Joni. The Jardine Family was growing in Strongsville and they were all involved in the community and its events, its schooling, and its sports.

As time went on, Jason determined that he too, was going to continue to serve the Strongsville community and he went off to Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director in 1996. In the next year, Jason married his high school sweetheart, Crystal, and they began to start their family in Strongsville. Jason and Crystal are the proud parents of 3 children- Jake, Julia, and Jesse. During the time of continuing to serve the community and raising children, Jason and Crystal continued their education and both received graduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Crystal, too, saw the importance of taking care of the Strongsville community, so she continued on to get her funeral directors license, which she received in April 2012.

In 2006, the Jardine Funeral Home made a move down the street to our new facility located at 15822 Pearl Road.

We felt it was time for a change and in order to be better caretakers for the Strongsville citizens, we built a home that is more inviting and comfortable for them.

As George starts to focus on slowing his involvement in the business, Jason Jardine, the third generation, has initiated the slogan "Keeping The Tradition" in efforts in upholding a 63 year old, three generation, family-owned reputation.

Our Valued Staff at Jardine's

George  Jardine

George Jardine, Funeral Director

My name is George Jardine, second generation of Jardine Funeral Home. My father, Millar Jardine, started the funeral home in 1953. In 1972, I received my funeral directors license and since then I have been serving the community. Over my forty year career, I have been present at monthly and annual events throughout Strongsville and its local organizations.

Jason Jardine

Jason Jardine, Funeral Director

My name is Jason Jardine. I have lived in Strongsville my whole life except for some of my college years. I have been licensed and dedicated to the family business for sixteen years now and I am heavily involved in the succession planning along with plans for the future success of my family business. The move to our new, state of the art facility was due largely in part to my awareness of the changing funeral industry. Because of the changes the funeral industry is faced with, I am continually trying to make sure that we adapt to those changes and have programs and services to offer families. I truly enjoy honoring the Veterans in our area. The stories and experiences they share with me and everyone in our office are priceless.

Crystal Jardine

Crystal Jardine, Funeral Director

My name is Crystal Jardine and I am a licensed funeral director as of April 2012. I have lived in Strongsville since I was 5 and am a graduate of Strongsville High School. I obtained my bachelors degree in Business from Baldwin Wallace College and earned my MBA in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

Jason and I are the proud parents of 3 children - Jake, Julia and Jesse and 2 fur babies. Jake is a sophmore at Ohio University, Julia is a sophomore at St. Joseph Academy and Jesse is a freshman at Holy Name.

At Jardine's, we honor Veterans every chance we can. My grandfather, Michael Phillips, was in the US Army during World War II. He was awarded a Silver Star for his heroic effort while under heavy German counterattacks in Mt. Rutundo, Italy on November 10th, 1943. Also, my dad served in the US Navy and I have an uncle who served in Vietnam.

It's an honor to help families through such a difficult time.

Karen Marron

Karen Marron, Funeral Director

My name is Karen M. Marron and I have had the pleasure of working with Jardine Funeral Home for 8 years as a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Pre-need Counselor. I grew up in Findlay, Ohio and relocated to Strongsville, Ohio after graduating from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science and an Associates degree in Applied Science.

I recently married my husband, Sean. We enjoy hanging out at home and taking our dog, Dottie, for long hikes through the Metroparks. I genuinely enjoy my job of caring for families during a time of need. I believe my integrity and sincere personality builds a personal relationship with each family while creating a more meaningful funeral experience.

At Jardine Funeral Home, we focus on serving our Veteran community. We are proud to engage our Veteran families and to have the opportunity to learn their loved one’s story. As a staff, we have all learned about the Veterans in our own families, closest to me being my husband, Sean. He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran – he served two tours overseas in Iraq. I am proud of him for his sacrifices he made to serve our country and I am honored to be his wife. I look forward to hearing more stories from our families and learning their military history.

Darrin DeCooman

Darrin DeCooman, Funeral Director

Darrin graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1994. He then began working for E. J. Bognar, Inc. as a laboratory specialist focused primarily in the steel industry. In 2006 Darrin began his pursuit of becoming a Funeral Director and Embalmer. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and received his Funeral Service Arts and Service & Associates in Specialized Technology Degree in 2006. While at PIMS he was awarded the William J. Musmanno Memorial award and obtained his State and National Funeral Directors Certification. He began his career in Pittsburgh and moved to Cleveland in 2008. Darrin became part of our staff in August of 2015. He resides in Olmsted Township with his dog Kasey. Darrin is very active in our local communities. He is involved with Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Darrin is an active member of the Cleveland Funeral Directors Association, Grace Christian Missionary Alliance in Middleburg Heights, Ducks Unlimited, the Danauschwaben German American Cultural Center in Olmsted Falls. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys hunting and going for walks along the beach or in the Metro Parks with his dog Kasey.

Bernie  Leatherman

Bernie Leatherman

My name is Bernie Leatherman and I was born in Wadsworth, Ohio. I graduated from Medina High School. For about 18 years, I worked in the printing industry and then decided to make a career change. My career change was into the death care industry where I worked at a crematory in the shipping division. Being more intrigued by this industry, I pursued a career at Jardine Funeral Home where I have been for over 5 years.

Tom Brubeck

Tom Brubeck

My name is Tom Brubeck and I have been a member of the Jardine Staff for ten years. As a Strongsville resident for the past 36 years, Charter member of St. John Neumann Parish, Former Councilman, and licensed realtor with Coldwell Banker in Strongsville, I am very familiar with many of the people who utilize our services.

I am the senior member (age-wise) of our highly qualified Staff. Having lost both of my parents,as well as all three of my siblings, I have an acute awareness of the emotional loss of a loved one.

Often I am the first person of the Jardine Funeral Home Team to meet with the family of a deceased person.This occurs at their home, hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility.Unlike many other funeral homes, Jardine's has chosen not to outsource this very important segment of our services, but entrusts that to me. The sensitivity that I provide at this difficult time is then perpetuated by me when the family comes to the funeral home for visitations.

Caring and Compassion are the most important contributions I make to the families we are proud to serve.

Diane Desmone

Diane Desmone, Pre-Need Planning Specialist

My name is Diane Desmone. I am single and own a home in Parma where I have lived most of my life with the exception of a 2 year stint in Los Angeles where I worked as a motivational speaker. I’ve spent 20 years in sales and obtained my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College in 2006. I am proud to be from a large Italian family of 9 with an extended family of Veterans. My father, John Thomas Desmone, was in the U.S. Army during WWII along with his brothers Lou and Tony. His other 2 brothers, Richard and William had joined the Navy. Dad fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. My Mothers 2 older brothers, Joe and Frank, also fought in WWII. Joe Costanzo was a Master Sargeant in the Marines, earning several medals including an engraved bronze star. Frank Costanzo was a private in the Army. Both of my Grandfathers fought in WWI. My mothers sister, Philomena, worked for the war effort as a civilian in general accounting.

I began my career in the Funeral Industry as a Pre-Need Specialist and Family Service Provider back in 2014. I got into this business shortly after my siblings and I experienced the trauma of planning a funeral for my mother who died unexpectedly at the age of 75. She had never shared her wishes with us. As a result, to this day, I still wonder if we had made the right choices for her.

As a Pre-Need Planning Specialist, I have been educating families on the importance of planning ahead of time to insure your financial and emotional needs are met at the time of the death of a loved one. Let me help create a personalized and meaningful life celebration without stress. I’m dedicated to providing helpful counsel that meets your needs and helps provide some peace of mind. You never know what life will bring. Being prepared can make all the difference in the world to your loved ones!