History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

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.

Our Valued Staff

  • C. Michael Newman

    C. Michael Newman Supervisor & Funeral Director

    Mike, 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 30 years. 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 served on the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association from 2012 to 2016. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hanover, Patmos Lodge #348 F&AM, the Arcadian Social Club and the Exchange Club of Hanover.

  • Kristin K. Newman

    Kristin K. Newman Funeral Director

    Kristin grew up in Lancaster, PA and is the daughter of a United Methodist minister. She graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and then obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1996. She is an active member at First United Methodist Church of Hanover, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Hanover Area Historical Society.

  • Joey L. Luck

    Joey L. Luck Funeral Director

    Joey grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and has a background in criminal justice. She graduated from Waynesburg University with a Masters in Criminal Investigations and then obtained her Associates in Specialized Technology degree from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2020. She completed her internship with Panebaker Funeral Home and is eager to return as a licensed funeral director. Joey loves to read books, travel with her husband, Jonathan, and spend time with her five furbabies.

  • Tasha L. Krause

    Tasha L. Krause Administrative Assistant/Student Intern

    Tasha worked as an Operations/Billing Manager in the private EMS Industry for twenty years. Deciding to make a career change she enrolled at the Community College of Baltimore County in the Mortuary Science Program and is currently completing the steps to become a licensed funeral director. She is a volunteer EMT in Maryland and lives with her fiancé Steve, and five English Bulldogs. She enjoys spending time with her grown children, Craig and Taylor, traveling, and introducing her service dog Forza to special needs and handicapped individuals.

  • Jeffrey A. Spielman

    Jeffrey A. Spielman Funeral Associate

    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.

  • Fred L. Sentz

    Fred L. Sentz Funeral Associate

    Fred retired from the Borough of Hanover as a Professional Firefighter and EMT in 2015 after more more than 35 years of service 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.

  • Thomas E. Wheeler

    Thomas E. Wheeler Funeral Associate

    Tom was employed by Utz Quality Foods as a route salesman for 25 years and for the past several 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.

  • George L. Zimmerman

    George L. Zimmerman Funeral Associate

    George is a retired Physician Assistant (PA-C) having served the Hanover area community for over 40 years. He earned his PA credential at the Pennsylvania State University / Hershey Medical Center. He is a veteran of the US Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman, past president of the Penn Township Lions Club, former scout leader and a member of The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Conewago Chapel). He and his wife Patti are the proud parents of three children and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.

  • Jerry Walker

    Jerry Walker Funeral Associate

    Jerry retired from Black & Decker after 43 years of service. A native of Hanover, he and his wife, Sharon, have two children and one grandson. They are member of Hope Baptist Church and enjoy antiquing and going to classic car shows. Jerry is a member of the Hanover Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1406 and the AmVets Post #22.

  • Maynard Becker

    Maynard Becker Funeral Associate

    Maynard retired from Williams Scotsman, Inc. in Baltimore MD where he served as the Assistant Treasurer of the company. He is a member of St. David’s Lutheran Church in Hanover and is a life member of Eagle Fire Company #2, where he has served as the Treasurer of the company since 1972. Maynard and his wife, Linda, have been married 52 years and have one daughter and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and his work with the fire department.

  • Benjamin P. Newman

    Benjamin P. Newman Funeral Associate

    Ben is a 2020 graduate of Hanover High School, where he played football and tennis and was active in several HHS musical productions. He is currently attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. Ben is a member of First United Methodist Church and is an active volunteer firefighter with the Hanover Area Fire & Rescue and the Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department in Lynchburg.

  • Christopher R. Mumma

    Christopher R. Mumma Funeral Associate

    Chris, a native of Hanover, is a retired Corporal from the Pennsylvania State Police with 25 years of service. Married to Kathy, he is the father of three children, two step-children and grandfather of one. His spare time is spent golfing, fishing, traveling and spending time with family, friends and his two dogs.

  • Nicholas Bloschichak

    Nicholas Bloschichak Funeral Associate

    Nick is retired from the Pennsylvania State Police with 25 years of service. He and his wife Sheila are the proud parents of two children. His spare time is spent traveling, golfing, and fishing.

  • Raymond A. Kinsey

    Raymond A. Kinsey Funeral Assoociate

    Ray is a retired fire captain with the Baltimore County Fire Department with 35 years of service. He continues his more than 50 years of emergency services with Hanover Area Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Along with his wife, Lorraine, Ray enjoys cruising, fishing, playing golf and spending time with his children and grandchildren.