Krystal grew up living throughout the Niagara Region. During her high school years, she attended AN Myer, Ridgeway Crystal Beach High and Thorold Secondary School. Immediately following high school, she moved to Toronto and attended Humber College to become a Licensed Funeral Director.
Krystal completed her internship and continued to work at the George Darte Funeral Home, in St. Catharines, for 10 years. During her time spent there, she had an invaluable experience, as she learned and developed an extraordinary level of standards and care that she was honoured to extend to the families she helped.
As Krystal grew into the role of being a funeral director, she proudly contemplated different ways she could effectively give back to her community. Krystal is a Past President of the Niagara District Funeral Services Association. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and a dedicated Rotarian for more than 6 years. In 2022, she completed a term as Club President of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South. Krystal is past chairperson of spiritual development and a member of the Catholic Women’s League. She also contributes her time and philanthropic support to the Tool Box Project- Niagara, Community Crew, Hospice Niagara, Mobile Closet and other local community organizations.
As an environmentalist, Krystal is an advocate and a leader within her profession for encouraging and promoting eco-friendly death care services. She is a member and sits on the board of the Green Burial Society of Canada. She has ensured that Essentials has achieved and maintained a Three Leaf Certification with the Green Burial Council.
Through the years, Krystal has had a deep desire to be a leader in her profession and within her community. She is extremely passionate about helping families in their time of need, and is committed to serving all families with the highest level of professionalism and care. For Krystal, this profession has never been “a business”, it has always been about helping and taking care of people in all capacities. Over the past 17 years, Krystal has seen first hand the change in economic times and funeral traditions. She believes in the importance and need to offer an effective and affordable death care service.
Krystal is married to her husband, Dave. Together they have two sons, William and Alex.
We are proud to have created a family owned business, and consider it a great honour to have the opportunity to look after those in need of help during some of the darkest times. Our sole purpose is to always look after our community in any way possible.