Visitors can still see the outside siding, windows and doors of the original home (which is now over 90 years old) in the grand hallway of the funeral parlor where guests are greeted.
The Hempels struggled in the beginning like all new business owners do. From running the ambulance service to washing windows, caring for the lawns, the building and the clients, it was all personaly taken care of.
As time has passed and relationships with families of Lorain County have grown so has their business. With Gods blessing and a commitment to excellence the business has conducted over 4,400 funerals, tripling its annual size. In 1987 their son Eric and his wife Deborah joined them in the tradition of caring for the families of Amherst. Their daughter Heidi married locally Steve Morrow and they chose to make Amherst their residence as well.
Bill and Betty have slowed down their engagement with the funeral home and leave the management to their son and the amazing staff at the funeral home. They prefer these days to spend their time enjoying extended family; particularly their four grandsons who have become their new passion in life.