Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home & Crematory

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Ed and Amanda Groh Assistant Funeral Director, Office Manager, Pre-need Counselor

Amanda Groh, the daughter of Mike and Helen Carlson and the wife of Ed. Amanda joined the staff on September 1, 2006 and Ed joined the staff on January 5, 2018. Both were raised in Emporia, and graduated from the Emporia High School, and attended Emporia State University. Amanda and Ed have a son, Adam and a yellow lab named Penny. She is an assistant funeral director, has her Preneed Insurance License, and is the office manager. Amanda is also Past President of the Noon Network of Ambucs in Salina. Ed is an avid hunter and loves to fish. He is an Emergency Medical Technician and is a volunteer fireman with Saline County Fire District 1.

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Ashlyn Johnson Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and Pre-need Counselor carlsonfh@gmail.com

Ashlyn joined the staff on October 1, 2017 as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She attended the University of Kansas, then graduated from the mortuary science program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She completed her apprenticeship in Lawrence, Kansas prior to joining our staff. She is also a licensed Pre-need Counselor. Ashlyn enjoys volunteering for the Salina Animal Shelter.

Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation

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Mike & Helen Carlson Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mike has over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from Solomon High School, he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University and received his BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge and is a member of the Manhattan Lions, Manhattan Rotary, and the Vista Coffee Group. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and a licensed insurance pre-need counselor. Mike is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Via Christi Health Center in pain management and infectious diseases. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, Kansas, she also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University. They have 6 children together, Kelli Carlson, Amanda and Ed Groh, Thomas Owens, Shannon Owens, Adam Owens and Shauna Owens.  They are also proud grandparents of Nevan Carlson, Adam Groh and Arabella Elam.   

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Kathleen S. Gilbert Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Pre-Need Counselor

Kathleen is a Kansas City Kansas Community College graduate. She worked in Leavenworth, KS before moving to Manhattan.  She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis Club, and an attendee at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

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Mathew Ratliff Assistant Funeral Director/ Apprentice Embalmer

Mathew Ratliff is graduate from the American Academy McAllister Institute, with a major of Mortuary Science. He is currently Apprenticing at Carlson's Irvin-Parkview. 

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Alejandra Browne Student

Alejandra Browne is currently a student of American Academy McCallister Institute, majoring in Mortuary Science. She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis.  

Mike & Helen Carlson

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mike has over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from Solomon High School, he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University and received his BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge and is a member of the Manhattan Lions, Manhattan Rotary, and the Vista Coffee Group. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and a licensed insurance pre-need counselor. Mike is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Via Christi Health Center in pain management and infectious diseases. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, Kansas, she also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University. They have 6 children together, Kelli Carlson, Amanda and Ed Groh, Thomas Owens, Shannon Owens, Adam Owens and Shauna Owens.  They are also proud grandparents of Nevan Carlson, Adam Groh and Arabella Elam.   

Ed and Amanda Groh

Assistant Funeral Director, Office Manager, Pre-need Counselor
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Amanda Groh, the daughter of Mike and Helen Carlson and the wife of Ed. Amanda joined the staff on September 1, 2006 and Ed joined the staff on January 5, 2018. Both were raised in Emporia, and graduated from the Emporia High School, and attended Emporia State University. Amanda and Ed have a son, Adam and a yellow lab named Penny. She is an assistant funeral director, has her Preneed Insurance License, and is the office manager. Amanda is also Past President of the Noon Network of Ambucs in Salina. Ed is an avid hunter and loves to fish. He is an Emergency Medical Technician and is a volunteer fireman with Saline County Fire District 1.

Ashlyn Johnson

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and Pre-need Counselor
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Ashlyn joined the staff on October 1, 2017 as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She attended the University of Kansas, then graduated from the mortuary science program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She completed her apprenticeship in Lawrence, Kansas prior to joining our staff. She is also a licensed Pre-need Counselor. Ashlyn enjoys volunteering for the Salina Animal Shelter.

Kathleen S. Gilbert

Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Pre-Need Counselor
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Kathleen is a Kansas City Kansas Community College graduate. She worked in Leavenworth, KS before moving to Manhattan.  She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis Club, and an attendee at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

Mathew Ratliff

Assistant Funeral Director/ Apprentice Embalmer
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Mathew Ratliff is graduate from the American Academy McAllister Institute, with a major of Mortuary Science. He is currently Apprenticing at Carlson's Irvin-Parkview. 

Alejandra Browne

Student
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Alejandra Browne is currently a student of American Academy McCallister Institute, majoring in Mortuary Science. She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis.