Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc.
311 Broadway
Hanover, PA 17331


Constructed in 1853 as a private residence, the Panebaker Funeral Home has served the families of the Hanover area since 1954. In 1953, Paul W. and Geraldine P. Panebaker purchased the home and along with Mr. Panebaker’s brother, renovated it to become the funeral home which opened in 1954.

The Panebakers operated the funeral home until 1986 when they sold their business to Craig and Renate Johnston. After more than 20 years of ownership and hard work of the Johnstons, the ownership of Panebaker Funeral Home transferred to the family of Michael and Kristin Newman. A strength of Panebaker Funeral Home has been and continues to be the role of a husband and wife serving as a team for those who have suffered a loss.

Michael & Kristin Newman

C. Michael “Mike” Newman, a third generation funeral director originally from Southwestern Virginia, graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA in 1986, and has been a licensed funeral director for more than 25 years.

Kristin Kroehler Newman grew up in Lancaster, PA and is the daughter of a United Methodist minister. She graduated from Taylor University with a BS in Elementary Education and then obtained her AAS from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1996.

Together, they have served their community in many capacities. Both have held positions on the Boards of Directors of the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, the United Way, the Widowed Persons Service, and the Chamber of Commerce. Mike served two terms as President of the Cremation Association of North Carolina, an association dedicated to maintaining high standards for the funeral and cremation industry and currently serves as the District 9 Governor for the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.  He is a member of Patmos Lodge #348 F&AM and the Exchange Club of Hanover.  Kristin is currently a member of the National Funeral Directors Association's Professional Development Committee.  They are active members at First United Methodist Church of Hanover, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Hanover Area Historical Society. 

Jeffrey A. Spielman

Jeff graduated from St. Joseph's Paramedic Institute in 1986 and retired after 25 years of service from Hanover Hospital as Captain of the Advanced Life Support Operations. He continues to have a commitment to the Hanover community, serving on the Penn Twp. Civil Service Commission.  A native of Hanover, Jeff and his wife Shari are members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  He has one son, stepdaughter and a grandson.  They enjoy traveling in the family motor coach and saltwater fishing.

Niki L. Petris

Niki, formerly from Gillett, is currently an intern with Panebaker Funeral Home.  She is a recent graduate of Northampton Community College where she obtained her degree in Mortuary Science.   While at Northampton, Niki was noted for being a part of the International Student Organization and Sigma Phi Sigma.  Niki truly enjoys her work in funeral service and is looking forward to becoming a licensed funeral director.  She loves to work and is constantly expanding her knowledge on the new trends in funeral service that will assist her in providing families the best care.  Outside of work, she enjoys activities like geocaching, going to yard sales, watching movies, and exploring new places.

Jordan E. Lenick

Jordan is a native of Hanover and works at the funeral home as a funeral assistant.  She will be attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in the Fall to become a funeral director.  Her interest in funeral service began during her time as a nursing assistant.  She worked primarily in the dementia unit, and found it very rewarding to provide care and compassion to the residents and their family members.  She considered it an honor to serve individuals in each stage of life and to walk along with them in their journey.  Outside of work, Jordan is a member of Freedom Valley Worship Center in Gettysburg.  She enjoys writing, listening to music, spending time with friends and family which includes four brothers, a baby niece and two cats.

Fred L. Sentz

Fred has been employed with the Borough of Hanover since 1980 as a Professional Firefighter and EMT and is a life member of Clearview Fire Company and Littlestown Alpha Fire Department.  He is a member of The Knights of Columbus McSherrystown Council #2551 as a Third Degree Knight, where he has served on the Board of Directors for several years.He and his wife Sandie have a daughter and are members of St. Vincent dePaul Church.  His past time is spent hunting, gardening and spending time with his grandson.

Cynthia N. "Cindy" Morgan

Cindy grew up in Baltimore and has lived in Hanover for over 20 years.  She serves as the administrative assistant at the funeral home and is also a pet care specialist for our sister company, Loyal Companion.  Cindy and her husband Scott have two sons and one daughter.  In their spare time, they enjoy watching their children drag race and vacationing in Walt Disney World.

Rev. Kenneth S. Heasley

Rev. Heasley retired after 37 years of parish ministry with the United Church of Christ in 2004. In that same year he became the After Care Provider with Panebaker Funeral Home, facilitating grief support groups, providing one-on-one support as needed, and presenting programs related to the grief experience at the holidays. He and his wife Joyce have two sons, two daughters, and four grandsons. Ken and Joyce both enjoy gardening. Ken also enjoys woodworking and "Do-It-Yourself" projects at their home and the homes of their children.

Christy D. Yeiser, BSW

Christy is a case manager providing holistic and comprehensive aftercare services, including the facilitation of our grief support group.  Christy studied social work at Edinboro University and has a passion for assisting individuals when grief and loss are presenting extra problems in their daily life.  She knows first hand the difficulties that losing a loved one can present, as she was widowed at a young age with an infant.  She is the mother of three grown children and one grandchild.  She is married to Pastor Dan Yeiser of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover and has been an active member there since moving to Hanover in 2004.  She has been trained as a Hospice volunteer and enjoys working outside, caring for her pets, hiking and spending quality time with her family.

Tom "Wheels" Wheeler

Tom was employed by Utz Quality Foods as a route salesman for 25 years and for the last three years as a mail courier.  He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Hanover Council #871.  He is a life member of Penn Township Emergency Services, Penn Township Ambulance Club, and the Hanover Fire Department Station 3 at Clearview.  Tom and his wife of 50 years, Joyce, have two children.  He enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren and watching them play basketball and soccer.

William H. "Bill" Wierman

Bill is a lifelong resident of Hanover, and retired from Hanover Foods after 38 years of service where he was a Programmer Analyst. Bill and his wife Mary are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, have two children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with their family at the beach.

James W. "Jim" Barnhart

Jim spent 34 years in public education as a teacher and administrator. He also supervised student teachers through York College for 10 years. Jim and his wife Nikki are members of Trinity United Church of Christ. Together, they have four daughters and nine grandchildren. Jim enjoys playing golf, hunting, and playing his trumpet at church and in two dance bands. He also plays "Taps" at military funerals with the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard.

Steven M. Smith

Steve is a lifelong resident of the Hanover area and worksfor Allstate Insurance.  He graduated from Littlestown High School in2001.  He has been married to his wife Myfanwy for 5 years and they have 2 children together.  They are members of First United Methodist Church in Hanover.  Steve enjoys spending time with his family and working on projects around the house. 

Francis E. "Frankie" Krepps

"Frankie" retired from Panebaker Funeral Home in 2014 after nearly 21 years of devoted service.  He was a funeral assistant who helped with many aspects of each funeral service. He is also a retired employee of Bethlehem Steel and a former employee of Hanover Hospital's purchasing department. Frankie is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Oxford, and is also a member of the Amvets Post # 22 and the McSherrystown Home Association. Along with his wife, Rosemary, they have three children and 11 grandchildren.