Staff

George  Eastman

George Eastman

A lifelong New London resident, George graduated from New London High School in 1972. He then graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1977 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. Since 1978, George has been serving the New London and Greenwich communities with humility and compassion. George is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.

George maintains the New London Community Clock located in the Methodist Church Tower and is a past president and member of the New London Rotary Club. He and his wife, Denise, live in New London and have three children, Jay, Jordan, and Hannah and grandsons, Finley, Dempsey and Ezra.


Don  Eastman

Don Eastman

Don was born and raised in New London. He graduated from New London High School in 1977. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University in 1982.

Don, and his wife Celeste, owned and operated Eastman Landscaping in Port Clinton for several years. In 1989, they decided to return to the family business and moved to Cincinnati. Don graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with honors in 1990. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1991. He is also an Ohio licensed insurance sales representative.

Don and Celeste live in Greenwich. They have two daughters, Rachel and husband, Sam Heydinger, of New London and Robin and husband, B.J. Harvey, of Ashland. Grandsons Mason and Tyler Heydinger and Liam Harvey help keep life interesting.


Denise  Eastman

Denise Eastman

Born in Michigan, Denise lived there until moving to Ohio in 1969. She graduated in 1975 from South Central High School in Greenwich and went on the Mansfield Beauty College. Denise worked as a beautician in Greenwich and Mansfield for several years. She still maintains her cosmetology license and serves as the primary cosmetologist for the funeral home. She is an integral part of the daily operations of the funeral home, from working in the office, answering phones and working funerals.

Denise is a member of the New London United Methodist Church where she has served on many committees and was a charter member of the New London Day Care Board and the former New London Kiwanis Club.

Her family includes son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Sara, of Wellington; son, Jordan, of Anchorage, AK; and daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Cody Granneman, of Ashland and a grandsons, Finley, Dempsey and Ezra.


Celeste  Eastman

Celeste Eastman

Celeste grew up in Norwalk and was a 1978 graduate of Norwalk High School. She continued her education at North Central Technical College. She received her Associate Degree in Retail Management in 1980.

Celeste and Don married in 1983. They owned and operated Eastman Landscaping from 1983 to 1989 in Port Clinton, Ohio. They moved to Cincinnati while Don attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She has lived in Greenwich since 1990. Celeste has been a licensed funeral director since 1993.

Don and Celeste have two married daughters, Rachel and Sam Heydinger, and grandsons, Mason and Tyler Heydinger of New London and Robin and B.J. Harvey and grandson Liam Harvey of Ashland.


Jay  Eastman

Jay Eastman

Jay represents the third generation of Eastman in the family business. Jay was raised in New London and graduated high school in 2000. He then attended Heidelberg College. At Heidelberg, Jay received a Bachelor's Degree in Religion. Jay continued his education following his Heidelberg graduation at Emory University Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, working toward a Master's in Theology.

Jay then decided to return to the family business and attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with his wife, Sara. The couple graduated with honors in September of 2006. Jay and Sara welcome a baby boy, Finley David Isaiah, into their family on Thanksgiving Day in 2010 and a second son, Ezra Wesley Reed, in July of 2013.

Jay enjoys living in Wellington and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellington.


Sara  Eastman

Sara Eastman

Sara is from Fredericktown, Ohio, where she graduated in 2000. She then attended Heidelberg College and double majored in child and adolescent psychology and religion and graduated with honors. Sara met her husband, Jay, at Heidelberg and the couple married in 2005.

Shortly following their marriage, Sara and Jay moved to Cincinnati to attend Mortuary School. She graduated summa cum laude in 2006. Sara also received the Leadership Award from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. In November of 2010 their family expanded with the addition of a son, Finley and expanded again in July of 2013 with the birth of son, Ezra.

Since moving to Wellington in 2006, Sara has become active within the community and is a board member and secretary for both Main Street Wellington and the Friends of the Herrick Memorial Library. She also belongs to the First United Methodist Church of Wellington.


Sam  Heydinger

Sam Heydinger

Sam grew up in Shelby and was a graduate of Shelby Senior High School. He graduated with honors from West Virginia University with degrees in Business and Sport Management in 2000.

Sam and Rachel (nee Eastman) were married in 2008. They and their sons, Mason Webster Heydinger, born in 2010, and Tyler Donald Heydinger, born in May 2013, have lived in New London since 2010. They enjoy being back in the area and getting to know the local community. Sam graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2012 and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in February of 2014.

The family attends The Foundation Church in Norwalk, Ohio. Sam also enjoys watching and following sports and spending time outdoors with his family and their dog Dolly.


Holly  Beach-Barber

Holly Beach-Barber, Administrative Assistant

Holly is from New London, and graduated from New London High School. She received a degree in Medical Office Technology and is a CPHT.

Holly joined the Eastman tradition in February 2008, and currently works full-time as the Administrative Assistant for the New London and Greenwich funeral homes. She has a passion for serving families, and is proud to be a part of the Eastman family tradition of service excellence.

When Holly isn't working at Eastman's, she can be found spending time with her family and attending her children’s school events. Holly also enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling.



Dave  Porter

Dave Porter

Dave was born and raised in the New London area where he presently lives with his wife, Chris, on the family homestead which as been in the family for six generations. Dave had been employed by many of the area post offices and retired from the Nova Post Office in 2005, where he served as Postmaster for 17 of his 34 years of service. Upon retiring he began working for the Eastman's.

Dave gave many years of service to the New London Boy Scouts as Scoutmaster. He was very proud of the large number of boys who reached the rank of Eagle Scout under his guidance, two of them being Jay and Jordan Eastman. Dave received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Knights of Columbus for his work with the scouting program.

He spends his spare time in the yard, gardening and traveling to North Carolina to visit is daughter, Melissa, son, Brandon and his grandchildren.


Fran  Simonson

Fran Simonson

Fran is a friendly face often seen at visitations and funerals. Fran grew up in Ruggles and graduated from Ruggles Troy High School.

She currently lives in Huntington. Fran and Junior have three adult children, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is an active member of the United Church of Huntington and enjoys stamping in her spare time.


Ted Hyde

Ted Hyde, Funeral Assistant

Ted is a lifelong resident of Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School in 1966. Right after graduation, Ted attended Lorain County Community College; majoring in Business Management. In 1968 Ted married the former Linda Hilliker. Ted and Linda have four grown married children: Dave, Jeff, Mike and Stefanie and fourteen grandchildren. Ted and Linda have been lifelong members of The First Baptist Church in Wellington.

In September 2014, Ted retired from Fifth Third Bank in Wellington after a 46-year career in banking. Immediately following retirement from the bank, Ted began working at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home.

Ted enjoys golf, bowling and is an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians. Ted still continues to play slo-pitch co-ed softball. Ted enjoys watching Andy Griffith reruns and westerns on TV.


Tim Butti

Tim Butti, Funeral Assistant

Tim is a 1968 graduate of Elyria High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1969-1973 and did a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1972. He then studied electrical engineering at Lorain County Community College. In November of 2003, Tim retired from Verizon. He worked for RNR Systems for nine years as an Audio Video Contractor before joining the Eastmans in 2014.
He and his wife, Laura, live in Wellington, where they are members of the First United Methodist Church. A father of 6, Tim enjoys spending time with his family and attending his children’s sporting events. He also enjoys being active in the community and is a past member of the Wellington School Board. When the Ohio weather is cooperative, he’s likely to be found camping, playing his guitar around the campfire or working outside.


Danielle Lobertini

Danielle Lobertini, Administrative Assistant

Danielle was born and raised in Wellington and graduated from Wellington in 2002. After graduation, Danielle attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and then received her Associates of Art from Lorain County Community College. She has joined the Norton-Eastman Funeral Home staff as an administrative assistant and is honored to be a part of the team. She has a desire to help families in any way that she can. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.