Staff members of Edwards Funeral Service are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique in their personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of the utmost importance to our staff of Licensed Funeral Directors, as well as, our entire support team. Mr. Edwards believes that continued education is key to providing exceptional service to our families and the funeral home makes industry continuing education and certification programs available to all staff members at no cost.
Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jeff is a 2002 Graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation, he began his journey into his second career and first love which is funeral service and helping people. Prior to beginning his career in funeral service, Jeff was an I.S. Operations Manager and presently is still a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
He is a pioneer in the funeral industry being the first Funeral Director in the United States to perform the disposition method of Alkaline Hydrolysis on a human being. Jeff is passionate about the Alkaline Hydrolysis disposition method and enjoys traveling and speaking nationwide to Funeral Directors on a professional level. He has also worked closely with numerous Funeral Directors throughout the United States in the installation and implementation of the alkaline hydrolysis technology. This method of disposition is also referred to as Aquamation.
Jeff was also the managing funeral director at the late Crosby Funeral Home from 2004-2006. He is a former Worthy Vice-President of the Southside Eagles Lodge #2244. Jeff spends much of his time educating families about Burial, Cremation and Alkaline Hydrolysis service choices, as well as, dedicating himself to providing extraordinary service at the most affordable prices in the State of Ohio. It is his passion to bring affordable funeral service options to all of central Ohio. He believes that at a funeral, you should pay your respects and not your life savings. Jeff is a Notary Public in the State of Ohio. Jeff is Certified by C.A.N.A. (Cremation Association of North America) as a Crematory Owner/Operator.
Bridget is a 2014 Graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation, she began her journey into the funeral industry and served her apprenticeship under Mr. Edwards. She earned her Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses in 2016. She plans to continue her career after being licensed with additional responsibilities at Edwards Funeral Service. Bridget is a Notary Public in the State of Ohio. Bridget is Certified by N.F.D.A.(National Funeral Directors Association) as a Crematory Operator.
Kelly is a 2016 graduated Cum Laude with a bachelors degree at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation, she starting serving her apprenticeship at Edwards Funeral Service under Mr. Edwards. Kelly has her Certified Crematory Operator Certificate from the National Funeral Directors Association and is a Certified Funeral Celebrant by the In-Sight Institute. She completed her apprenticeship and passed her exams on the first try in 2017 and is excited to continue her career as a funeral director/embalmer with Edwards.
Lisa Coss (Edwards) came to Edwards Funeral Service in 2008 where she has been serving as a Concierge. She is the “behind-the-scenes” expert on what paperwork I’s must be dotted and when the T’s should be crossed. She enjoys building the Video Tributes for the loved one’s life we are celebrating. Lisa is a Licensed Notary Public in the State of Ohio.
Lisa was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, daughter of Jeff and Treasa Edwards. She is enjoying her life as a loving and caring wife, mother and a devoted family member to her family business. She is a 2010 Alumnus of Hamilton Township High School and Eastland Career Center where she studied Legal/Medical Office Administration.
Andy Vest joined Edwards Funeral Service in early 2009 and has served in numerous roles. Andy leads our funeral home's transportation concierge staff and is often one of the first staff members a family will meet at the residence in the situation of a home death. Andy is responsible for the vehicle fleet and making sure that our funeral vehicles are in top shape. He is a native of the South Side of Columbus having attended South High. Andy is Certified by C.A.N.A. (Cremation Association of North America) as a Crematory Operator.