Our Staff


Russell J. Eckard

President / Owner

Russell, the third-generation owner of the funeral home, is married to Kelly (Plickert) and has three daughters, Jaden, Natalie, and McKenna. He is a 1989 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in the spring of 1994, and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1996. He is a State of Ohio licensed embalmer and funeral director, has his State of Ohio Insurance License, and is also a Series 7 licensed financial advisor under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).   He is also a member of the Wedgewood United Methodist Church, where he serves on the finance committee, and is a member of the Coventry-Akron Masonic Lodge #83. He is an active supporter of many local charities, including the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hospice, FOP and the Special Olympics.

Telephone: 1-330-535-7141


J. Stewart Monihon

Funeral Director / Pre-Planning Specialist

Stewart grew up in North Augusta, SC and joined the Eckard Baldwin team back in 1983. He is a graduate of both Xavier University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a State of Ohio licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Insurance Agent. Stewart feels it is deeply rewarding assisting families in their time of need and also thinks planning one's future wishes in advance is a loving gift to survivors. In addition to serving families, he also enjoys animals, cars, high-rise architecture and college football (Go Buckeyes!). He resides in Akron with a French Bulldog named Sadie.

Telephone: 1-330-535-7141


Stephanie Stuhldreher

Office Manager

Stephanie was born in Akron, has been a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio, and is a Cuyahoga Falls High School graduate. She married her husband Troy in 1998 and they have two children, Stacey and Michael. She worked 15 years for a local manufacturing company before joining the Eckard Baldwin team in May of 2010. She is a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.

Telephone: 1-330-535-7141


Gregory G. Sunyak

Retired Funeral Director

Greg was born in Cleveland and has lived in Ellet for over 30 years. He is a US Army veteran and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1973. Married over 40 years to his late wife Linda, he has one son, Chris (Carla) and one daughter, Becky (Kevin), and grandchildren Mitchell and Sophia. He is a State of Ohio licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director, as well as a licensed insurance agent. He is member of the MAPS Air Museum and of St. Matthew Catholic Church.   


Telephone: 1-330-535-7141


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