Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
Learn the legacy.
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 pittsburgh 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.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
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.
Being a funeral home owner, I am dedicated to serving our community in the best ways possible. We strive to make sure families are as comfortable as they can be and receive the care they need though the difficult time they are experiencing.
I am very involved in the community and enjoy working with other business organizations in town to better our community.
Jason and I are the proud parents of 3 children - Jake, Julia and Jesse and 3 fur babies. Jake graduated from Ohio University in 2020 , Julia graduated from Strongsville High School in December 2019 and Jesse is a senior at Strongsville High School.
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.
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 twenty six years now.
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 48 year career, I have been present at monthly and annual events throughout Strongsville and its local organizations.
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.
My husband, Sean, and I currently reside in Strongsville. We have one daughter, Eleanor, and we enjoy hanging out at home and taking our dog, Bear, 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.
Funeral Director & Embalmer
My name is Myles Kalina- Hammond and I have had the pleasure of working with Jardine Funeral Home for 9 months as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. I grew up in Painesville, Ohio and relocated to Lakewood, Ohio after being a funeral director in the Washington D.C. area. I attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science and an Associate’s degree in Applied Science.
I currently reside in Lakewood Ohio with my cat Rocky. I enjoy running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I have had a passion for serving families during their time of need since I was in the 8th grade. I believe it is important to create a meaningful and personal service for those who have lost a loved one.
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 staff, we have all learned about the Veterans in our own families, closest to me being my dad and brother. My dad served in the U.S Military during the time of the Gulf War. My brother currently serves in the U.S Air Force. I look forward to hearing more stories from our families and learning their military history.
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.
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.
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.