History & Staff

In 1962, we began as an independent cemetery on farmland in Cedar Hill, Missouri known as Chapel HIll Memorial Gardens.
By 1968, Chapel Hill Mortuary began operating at this same location in Cedar Hill, representing the relocation of the
original Brimmer Funeral Home from downtown House Springs, Missouri.

In 2010, we began operating Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirkwood, Missouri which has an extraordinary history dating to 1835.
  At this same time, we began operating the funeral home on-site at this Kirkwood location which represented
the original funeral operations of Pfitzinger Funeral Home, from downtown Kirkwood, Missouri.
By 2014, we purchased both the cemetery and funeral home operations at this Kirkwood location.

In 2016, we purchased a very prominent cemetery in Bonne Terre, Missouri known as St. Francois Memorial Park
and re-opened a funeral operation at this location, as well.

Today, we retain all of the history and records while operating of each of these three (3) cemeteries.
Each cemetery has a well funded and audited Endowed Care Trust with the State of Missouri.
The funeral homes are operated under the name of Chapel Hill Mortuary at each of these locations.
Please contact us 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with any inquiries at the following, toll free phone number:
Toll Free:  (844) 914-9040

Kindest Regards,
Brian May
Chapel Hill Mortuary
Funeral Homes & Cemeteries  

Our Valued Staff

  • Brian  May

    Brian May, Owner & President

    Brian May was raised in Cedar Hill, Missouri and graduated from Northwest High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana, Illinois. He has great memories of friendships and work experience at his first full-time job with Commerce Bank in St. Louis, Missouri before joining his parents, Bill & Sandy May, at Chapel Hill in 1993 and completing his Associates Degree in Funeral Service from Forest Park Community College in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Today, Brian owns and is active in the operation of three (3) funeral homes that are each located on three (3) cemeteries in Cedar Hill, Kirkwood and Bonne Terre, Missouri, plus a funeral operation specifically focused on cremation.

    Brian maintains the following professional licenses and accreditions:
    Missouri Licensed Funeral Director
    Missouri Licensed Embalmer
    Missouri Licensed Preneed Agent
    Missouri Licensed Life Insurance Producer
    Certified Acute Loss Expert
    Certified Funeral Celebrant
    Certified Crematory Operator

    Brian is married to Amy Hofstetter May and they live in Jefferson County, Missouri with their daughter, Audrey, and their son, Will.

  • Vicky James

    Vicky James, Director of Operations - Cherish Outreach Coordinator

    Vicky James was raised in Cedar Hill, Missouri and graduated from Northwest High School. She most recently transitioned to Chapel Hill after more than 15 years as CEO of Sunnyhill, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Today, Vicky is in charge of operations for Chapel Hill and is the Director of Cherish - a non-profit that provides free grief support and community outreach in the communities we serve.

    Vicky is married to Ron James and they live in Jefferson County, Missouri where they spend time with family and friends.

  • Sandy May

    Sandy May, Cherish Outreach

    Sandy May was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Lindbergh High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from SIU Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois and returned to Lindbergh High School to teach, briefly, before meeting her husband and joining Bill May at Chapel Hill.

    After more than 50 years, Sandy remains very active with Cherish, a non-profit which provides free grief support and community outreach.

    Sandy maintains the following professional licenses and accreditations:
    Missouri Licensed Funeral Director

    Sandy is married to Bill May and they live in Jefferson County, Missouri. Bill enjoys his retirement from Chapel Hill. Sandy and Bill have three (3) children, William May, Brian May and Susan VonderHaar - along with four (4) grandchildren, Audrey, Will, Wolfgang and Stella.

  • Samantha Hofstetter

    Samantha Hofstetter, Cherish Outreach

  • Susan VonderHaar

    Susan VonderHaar, Bookkeeping

    Susan VonderHaar was raised in Cedar Hill, Missouri and graduated from Northwest High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of University of Missouri, St. Louis followed by a Masters Degree in Communication from St. Louis University. She wonderful memories and fantastic stories from her days with MOPIRG, OHPIRG and MAPIRG before joining her parents and brother, Bill & Sandy May and Brian May, at Chapel Hill.

    Today, Susan is responsible for the financial bookkeeping and reporting along with human resources for Chapel Hill.

    Susan maintains the following professional licenses and accreditations:
    Quickbooks Professional Certification

    Susan lives in Jefferson County, Missouri with her son, Wolfgang, and her daughter, Stella.

  • Steffanie Hermann

    Steffanie Hermann, Funeral Planning Team

    Steffanie was raised in High Ridge, Missouri and St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Oakville High School. She has great memories of friendships and work experience at her previous career with Jenny Craig in St. Louis, Missouri before beginning a career in funeral planning and joining Chapel Hill.

    Today, Steffanie helps families throughout the community plan for healing with intentional funeral planning that includes cemetery, monument, funeral and cremation services.

    Steffanie maintains the following professional licenses and accreditations:
    Missouri Licensed Preneed Agent
    Missouri Licensed Life Insurance Producer
    Certified Acute Loss Expert

    Steffanie is married to Scott Hermann and they live in Jefferson County, Missouri with their son, Nathan, and their daughter, Samantha.

  • Bryan Harter

    Bryan Harter, Funeral Planning Team

    Bryan was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Oakville High School.

    Bryan helps families throughout the community plan for healing with intentional funeral planning that includes cemetery, monument, funeral and cremation services.

    Bryan maintains the following professional licenses and accreditations:
    Missouri Licensed Preneed Agent
    Missouri Licensed Life Insurance Producer
    Certified Acute Loss Expert

    Bryan is married to Lana Harter and they live in West St. Louis County, Missouri with their two daughters.

  • Michelle Ellis

    Michelle Ellis, Client Services

    Michelle was raised in Dittmer, Missouri and graduated from Northwest High School. She has great memories of friendships and work experience at her job with Soccer Park in Fenton, Missouri before joining Chapel Hill.

    Today, Michelle is responsible for Sales Administration at Chapel Hill including marketing and database management.

    Michelle is married to Scott Ellis and they live in Jefferson County, Missouri.

  • Katie Schubel

    Katie Schubel, Funeral Team Leader

    Katie Schubel was raised in Dittmer, Missouri and graduated from Northwest High School.

    Today, Katie leads our Funeral Team at Chapel Hill after previous working in Client Services, Memorial Design and leading the Client Service Team.

    Brian maintains the following professional licenses and accreditations:
    Missouri Licensed Funeral Apprentice
    Certified Acute Loss Expert

    Brian is married to Kevin Schubel and they live in Jefferson County, Missouri with their daughter, Karsyn.

  • Jesse Lewis

    Jesse Lewis, Funeral Team

  • Nick Vize

    Nick Vize, Funeral Team

  • Jessica Koenig

    Jessica Koenig, Funeral Team

  • Kathryn Cockrum

    Kathryn Cockrum, Funeral Team

  • Abigail Walton

    Abigail Walton, Funeral Team

  • Rob Bohle

    Rob Bohle, Funeral Team

  • Charlie Wigger

    Charlie Wigger, Funeral Team

  • Lesley Hoffman

    Lesley Hoffman, Client Service Team Leader

  • Natalia Sauer

    Natalia Sauer, Client Service Team

  • Courtney Bonacker

    Courtney Bonacker, Client Service Team

  • Aliana Good

    Aliana Good, Client Service Team

  • Mallorie Beezley

    Mallorie Beezley, Client Service Team

  • Jason Barrett

    Jason Barrett, Cemetery Team Leader

  • R.J. Franklin

    R.J. Franklin, Cemetery Team

  • Brendan Keener

    Brendan Keener, Cemetery Team

  • Ben Bailey

    Ben Bailey, Cemetery Team