John W. Bauer
Owner, Funeral Director
John W. ("Jack") Bauer, the owner and president of Bauer Family Funeral Homes, has been in funeral service for over 42 years. He established the Bauer Family generational tradition when he joined his father, Amby, in the family business in 1970.
A lifelong resident of Kittanning, Jack graduated from Kittanning Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College and is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Jack has been extremely active in the community serving on the founding Board of Directors of the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, as a member and past president of the Greater Kittanning Jaycees and as a long-time member of the Kittanning Rotary Club. He also served on the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and is a member of the Kittanning/East Brady Masonic Lodge #244. A dedicated supporter of the YMCA, Jack served on the Armstrong County YMCA Board of Directors for 20 years and is currently a trustee.
He also had the privilege of serving on the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Board of Directors and was elected president of that international organization in 1996. Jack continues his long association with that group of independently owned funeral homes along with memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association and Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
Jack and his wife, Sue, are both members and Elders of Grace Presbyterian Church in Kittanning. They enjoy sailing, golf, gardening and spending time with their growing family.
Jennifer Bauer Eroh
As the daughter of Jack and Sue Bauer, Jennifer Bauer Eroh represents the third generation to continue the Bauer Family tradition of funeral service. She is a licensed funeral director who graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1998 with a diploma in Funeral Service. Jennifer is also a graduate of Kittanning High School and a 1997 graduate of Westminster College, from which she holds a degree in Public Relations. Jennifer is an active member of the Selected Independent Funeral Directors organization and is a Trustee for the Selected Educational Trust. She also holds memberships with the National Funeral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. Jennifer serves on the boards for both the Allegheny River Development Corporation and the Worthington Evangelical Lutheran Church Preschool, and is also a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. Jennifer and her husband, Jason, reside on their family farm in Worthington with their two daughters, black lab, Medix, chocolate lab, Brooks, horses and cows.
John W. Bauer, Jr.
John is the son of Jack and Sue Bauer and is happy be part of the Bauer Funeral Home's third generation of serving local families. He graduated from Kittanning High School and in 2003 earned an Associate's degree in Funeral Service Education from Northampton County Area Community College. John is a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, the Happy Hunters Sportsmen's Club of Fenelton, the Rattigan Sportsmen's Club and the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen's Club. He lives in Worthington with his wife, Erin, and children, Abigail, Zach and Jase. John and Erin run the County Line Tavern in Fenelton and in his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing with his children.
Joshua C. Starr
A native of the Kittanning area and a 2006 graduate of Kittanning High School, Josh joined the staff at the Bauer Family Funeral Homes after working part-time in funeral service since the age of fifteen. Josh is a 2009 graduate of Point Park College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service and Psychology. He completed his mortuary training at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and fulfilled his residency requirements as a funeral director intern with the Bauer Family Funeral Homes during 2009. He successfully passed both the state and national exams in June of 2010, enabling him to achieve his licensure in Pennsylvania as a funeral director.
Josh became a Deputy Coroner for Armstrong County in 2012 and is on the board of directors for the Allegheny River Development Corporation and the Family Counseling Center of Armstrong County. He also holds membership with Selected Independent Funeral Directors, the National Funeral Directors Association, the American Society of Embalmers and the Butler Funeral Directors Association. Because of his community involvement, he was chosen as one of the Leader Times' 25 Emerging Leaders under 40 in 2015. In his leisure time, Josh enjoys activities with his family and friends, vacationing and attending theatrical productions. Although winter is his favorite season, Josh also enjoys outdoor gatherings and boating during the summer months.
Mark is a native of Freeport and became a licensed funeral director in 1985. He has enjoyed the many relationships formed and experience gained throughout his career in staff and managerial positions in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, York and Zelienople. He also holds a life insurance license and had served as district manager for a funeral prearrangement marketing firm. Along the way Mark has received specialized training with the Lions Eye Bank at Hershey Medical Center and the Cremation Association of North America. He was excited to join the staff of Bauer Funeral Home in April of 2012 and is pleased and honored to be part of an organization with such a long tradition of dedicated service to the community. Mark and his wife, Beth, reside in Freeport and have one daughter, Emily.
Tammy Carson joined the Bauer Funeral Home in May 2007 as office manager. She is a graduate of Freeport High School and then attended the Bradford School of Pittsburgh where she received a diploma in secretarial/medical terminology. After working in an office environment for 17 years, she decided to continue her education at Newport Business Institute, graduating in 2007 with an Associate in Specialized Business Degree with her major in Accounting. Tammy was recently appointed the treasurer of Cadogan Township where she resides with her husband, Doug, and two sons, Brandon and Tyler. She enjoys vacationing at the beach with family and friends.
Community Relations Manager
Sandra Mikita joined the Bauer Family Funeral Home team in 1991. As the community relations manager, Sandra coordinates the many special projects that are offered by our funeral homes including the Holiday Remembrance Program, the Senior Expo and Adopt-a-Highway, and also participates in various local functions. In 2009, she initiated a very successful and unique outreach program, Bauer Steps Ahead, which provided fellowship and support for community members through group outings each month; the program was expanded to the Bauer-Hillis funeral homes in 2012. She also conducts presentations on numerous topics throughout the year to churches, schools, social clubs and groups.
Sandra gained her Pennsylvania life insurance license in 1990 and serves our families with follow-up care as an insurance claim liaison. She was the recipient of national awards in the insurance industry by Monumental Life Insurance Company for her outstanding performance, recognized for her talent, integrity and high level of personal responsibility in 1996 and 2002. Sandra is also a knowledgeable cemetery monument designer and sales representative who capably helps families design personalized memorial cemetery headstones.
Sandy resides in the Rural Valley area with her husband, Sam. In her free time she enjoys various outdoor activities, but above all cherishes time with her family.
Kayla began her work at Bauer Family Funeral Homes in April of 2011. She hails from Carlisle, OH, a small town in between Cincinnati and Dayton. Kayla graduated from Carlisle High School in 2005 and attended Anderson University in Anderson, IN, earning her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with minors in Political Science and Marketing in May of 2009.
She lives in Kittanning with her husband, Luke, son, Evan, and dog, Bree. Kayla is involved with Living Water Church in Kittanning where Luke serves as youth pastor. When not at work, she loves spending time with family and friends, reading, being outside, exercising and cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates and Indianapolis Colts (sorry Steelers fans).
Grounds and Maintenance
Ralph has been maintaining the grounds, buildings and vehicles for Bauer Family Funeral Homes since 1993. He also sets burial vaults for our families and assists the funeral directors during funeral services. Ralph can always be counted on to go the extra mile to make sure every detail is taken care of for the families we serve. When not at work, Ralph enjoys hunting and fishing with his son and friends.
Ralph is a resident of East Franklin Township where he lives with his wife and son.