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Meet the Staff

Leon M. Janisse
President
Licensed Funeral Director
Leon Janisse is the Licensed Manager of Windsor Chapel Funeral Home. He has been involved in the funeral home since the age of 16. He is the 5th generation to carry on in the family business. Leon grew up in Riverside and attended St. John Vianney Elementary School, F.J. Brennan High School and then graduated from the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College in 1989. Leon and his wife Lesley (nee Turton), married since 1991, currently reside in Tecumseh and are the proud parents of Chelsea, Zachary and Braeden. Leon and his family attend St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Along with his children, Leon assists with minor sports in Tecumseh, such as hockey (Windsor Wildcats), soccer, and baseball.

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Philip Albemy Janisse
Vice President of Operations
Licensed Funeral Director
Philip’s compassion for people makes him an exceptional asset for the Funeral service Industry. He is a 5th generation family member of Windsor Chapel Funeral Home who brings over 15 years experience with him and is the current Manager of the Main Chapel. Philip enrolled at Humber College in 2005 where he graduated with honors as a Licensed Funeral Director. He was born in Windsor and later raised in LaSalle where he met his wife Dawn (nee Kennedy) in 1997. Philip and Dawn married in 2004 and are proud parents of Olivia May and Sophia Noelle. Family is very precious to both Philip and Dawn. For this reason we are very proud to have Philip as part of our family-oriented industry.

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Chris J. Janisse
Licensed Funeral Preplanner & Administrator
Chris was born and raised in the west end of Windsor, where he attend to St. James Elementary School and graduated from Assumption College School. Chris and his wife, Julie (Duguay), married in 1998, currently reside in LaSalle and are proud parents of Alexanne and Richard. Chris has helped numerous families for over 25 years by facilitating their estate plans as well as helping preplan their funerals. He has also been a Licensed Life Insurance Agent since 2009. Chris is a proud coach for his son and his team, the LaSalle Stompers which Windsor Chapel sponsors. His son is also a very active participant of the LaSalle Sabres Hockey Team.

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Kenneth M. Armstrong
Licensed Funeral Director
Ken started in the funeral service in 1962 after graduating from the Hon. W. C. Kennedy Collegiate. He entered Canadian School of Embalming the following year receiving his funeral directors license in 1965. Married to his wife Joyce (nee Kenney) for 49 years and has two married daughters, Paula Hill and Stephanie Letkeman. He is proud grandfather of 7 grandchildren. Ken is very active in his church, Oakwood Bible Chapel and serves as an Elder.

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Becky Badder Hammond
Licensed Funeral Director
Becky has been around funeral service her entire life, growing up in the Thamesville/Dresden area. She graduated from Humber College, receiving her Funeral Directors License in 2002. After graduating Becky was offered a position with a large funeral home company and was given the opportunity to work as a funeral director in British Columbia. This experience has given her great insight and knowledge to assist families in creating a celebration of life that is as unique and individual as their loved one. Returning to Ontario in 2008, Becky, her husband Rob and their three children have settled in Comber, where she enjoys coaching as well as playing baseball. In her spare time you will usually find Becky in her quilting room working on her newest project.

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Jordan Bulloch
Licensed Funeral Director

Jordan Bulloch is a native of Cornwall, Ontario, and began his career in a family-owned funeral home at the age of 18. Following a move to Toronto, he had an eight-year sales career in the fitness industry before attending Humber College. He graduated from the Funeral Service Education program in 2014, and was licensed in Ontario the same year. Jordan served as a licensed funeral director in the Woodbridge, Ontario area for more than three years before moving to Windsor in April, where he lives with his fiancé Victoria Koutros, also a licensed funeral director. The couple is planning an October 2017 wedding.

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Darrin E. Ellis
Licensed Funeral Director
Darrin started with us on May 1, 2007. After 19 years in the auto industry and over three years as a part-time funeral director assistant for a local funeral home, Darrin felt it was time to make funeral service a full time career. After enrolling at Humber College in Toronto in the Funeral Service Education Program in 2006, completing the year long internship and obtaining his Ontario Funeral Director's License in 2008, Darrin has fulfilled his desire to become a funeral director and proud to be a part of a family-owned funeral home like Windsor Chapel. Darrin was the recipient of the Western Ontario Funeral Service Association Award for 2008. Darrin was born and raised in Windsor and still resides here with his wife Donna, son Matthew and daughter Mandy.
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Thomas Holisek
Licensed Funeral Director
Born and raised in the Windsor/LaSalle area, Thom is a graduate of Sandwich Secondary School. He has served many families as a licensed Funeral Director in the Windsor area for the past 27 years; and has been employed by the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home since 1983. Thom is the proud father of his children Matthew, Daniel and Brittany, and currently resides in Windsor with his wife Cristina.

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Bernard Hotham
Licensed Funeral Director
Bernie was born in Seaforth, Ontario and the family moved to Windsor in 1958. Bernie attended Corpus Christie High School and Vincent Massey High School and entered Humber Collage in 1969 where he received his Funeral Directors licence in 1971. He started a long career with the Anderson Funeral home and has worked in the corporate setting for over 25 years. Wanting to finish his career in a family owned funeral home, Bernie joined the staff of Windsor Chapel Funeral Homes in 2015. Bernie is married to Suzanne (Wilhelm) since 1971 and they have 3 children: Brad, Allison Bluhm and Adam, and have 4 grandchildren: Jaxson, Avery, Lilly and Emerson. Bernie has served on many different boards and associations in his long career and he looks forward to being able to assist families with his wealth of experience. He is an avid sports guy and loves to play as much golf as he can. Bernie can help in many ways and can be reached any time day or night for any of your family's needs.

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Britany Houghton
Licensed Funeral Director
Born and raised in Chatham-Kent, Britany chose to join the family of Funeral Directors at Windsor Chapel in 2011. Her journey in funeral service began during a high school co-operative education placement with McKinlay Funeral Homes Ltd. After graduating from Humber College in 2005, she returned there as a licensed Funeral Director. Britany brings to us a diverse knowledge of funeral service, and excellent technical skills, having received the Embalmer’s Supply Company award during her internship at Blake Funeral Chapel in Thunder Bay. She currently serves on the Humber College Advisory Committee, helping her to guide the education of future Funeral Service Professionals.

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Tom (T.J.) Jagatic
Licensed Funeral Director,
Community Relations
Tom is compassionate, sensitive and understanding to the diverse needs and cultures of the many families that he is privileged and honored to serve in the Windsor and surrounding communities. The level of dedication and personalization that Tom exhibits is beyond the expectations of many of his families. It is Tom’s devoted commitment and his belief that the “smallest” of details are of vital importance to his families that makes Tom a valuable asset to Windsor Chapel Funeral Home Ltd. Born and raised in Windsor, Tom is very proud of his Croatian heritage (reads, speaks and writes it) along with affiliation with St. Francis of Assisi Croatian Catholic Church in Windsor. Tom is the past president and treasurer of the Windsor-Essex Funeral Directors’ Association. A resident of Tecumseh, Ontario, Tom is happily married to his wife Paulette (nee Hanna) and they have three beautiful children named Gabriella, Luka and Isabella. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing bocce ball and enjoying the hobby of model railroading.

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Victoria Koutros
Licensed Funeral Director

Victoria is a native of LaSalle and a graduate of Sandwich Secondary School. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Windsor in 2012 prior to graduating from Humber College’s Funeral Service Education program in 2014. She has been a licensed funeral director in Ontario since 2014. Victoria gained professional experience in the Greater Toronto, and Hamilton areas, before returning to Windsor recently to join the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home team. She is excited to return to her hometown to serve the community that raised her.

When not working, Victoria enjoys spending time with family, friends and fiancé Jordan Bulloch, who is also a licensed funeral director. The pair are planning an October 2017 wedding. Victoria is an animal lover – three cats and a dog – and has swam competitively since childhood. She currently participates in a masters swimming program through Masters Swim Ontario.

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John W. Lalonde
Licensed Funeral Director
John was born and raised in Collingwood, Ontario and attended Collingwood Collegiate Institute. Following high school, John spent two years studying Law Enforcement at Seneca College, graduating in 1990. John went on to graduate from the Funeral Service Education program at Humber College in 1994. John has been a Licensed Funeral Director in the Windsor area since 1994, proudly joining the family at Windsor Chapel in January of 2008. John resides in Windsor and is the proud father of his son Joshua. In his free time John and his son Josh, can often be found fishing along the shore of the Detroit river. He also enjoys a day of golf, and watching his son play travel baseball and basketball.

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Melissa Larocque
Licensed Funeral Director
Melissa was born and raised in the Tecumseh area. While attending St. Anne’s High School she completed her grade 12 Co-op with Windsor Chapel. During this time she made the decision to pursue her career in Funeral Services as a licensed Funeral Director. Melissa recently completed her studies at Humber College and was fortunate to attain her internship with Windsor Chapel Funeral Home. She is very proud to be a part of the Windsor Chapel team. Melissa possesses strong family values and is a very compassionate individual who loves to help people. Melissa looks forward to assisting families when trust matters most.

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Scott R. Lockwood
Director of Community Development,
Licensed Funeral Director

As an Ordained Minister Scott has always possessed a passion to care for and help people especially in their time of need.After serving as a Pastor for ten years in Churches in Ontario and Alberta, Scott knew that it was time to transition into funeral service because of his desire to serve families with compassion, understanding and excellence. After completing his studies in the Funeral Service Education program at Humber College in 2012, he was very proud to join the team at Windsor Chapel as a licensed funeral director.  Scott resides in Windsor with his wife Kristen and they are the proud parents of two wonderful boys, Elijah and Maxwell.  In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, being involved in the community through his son’s sporting events, playing hockey, and serving in his local church Parkwood Gospel Temple. We are proud to announce that Scott has recently completed comprehensive training with the Grief Recovery Institute® and is now a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®.


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Lucas J. Martin
Licensed Funeral Director
Born and raised in Kingsville, Ontario, Lucas joined the team at Windsor Chapel Funeral Home in 2015. While attending Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School in Leamington, he completed his grade 11 co-operative education program, where he decided that Funeral Services was the career path for him. Directly from high school he attended Humber College and obtained his Funeral Directors License in 2012. In his free time, Lucas enjoys being active. He is a coach and competitor with the Essex Energizer Rope Skipping Team, this being his 20thyear. Lucas takes pride in his work as family is an ample value to him. He looks forward to serving you when trust matters most.
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Natalie T. Pomerleau-Perron
Licensed Funeral Director
Natalie was born in Windsor and raised in Tecumseh. She speaks fluently in both French and English and is currently learning Spanish. After graduating l’École Secondaire l’Essor with honours in 2009, she continued her education at the University of Ottawa; it was there she found her calling in the Funeral Service Profession. Natalie joined the Windsor Chapel Family in April 2013 and is now a Licensed Funeral Director having graduated with honours from the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College in 2014. Natalie takes great pride in caring for families and utilizes her thirst for knowledge to help people celebrate their loved ones, coming up with special ways to honour each life. It is Natalie’s determination to provide the highest standard of service.

Each person's grief journey is as unique as a fingerprint or snowflake. – Earl Grollman

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Jill Starnes
Licensed Funeral Director
Jill was born and raised in Quebec and moved to Amherstburg in 1999. She is a graduate of St. Thomas of Villanova High School. Jill attended Wayne State University in Detroit and graduated on the Dean’s List with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mortuary Science. After becoming a Licensed Funeral Director in Michigan, she wanted to start working close to home again. Jill completed the requirements to become licensed in Ontario, and now keeps both Funeral Director licenses active. She has been an active volunteer at St Jean de Baptiste School in Amherstburg and a crisis volunteer with Victim Services of Windsor& Essex County for the last 5 years. Jill resides in Amherstburg with her significant other, Justin, and their daughter Haili-Jade. Jill joined the Windsor Chapel team in February 2016 and is proud to be part of a family-owned funeral home.

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Gavin D. Stevenson
Licensed Funeral Preplanner
Gavin is the father of 2 boys Brendan and Garrett. He grew up in Windsor's West side, and for the last 20 years has lived in the Riverside area. He attended J.E. Benson public elementary school, J.L. Forster Secondary School and St. Clair College where he studied Industrial Engineering and General Technology. Other studies include the Canadian Securities Course and the LLQP life insurance licensing course of which Gavin has completed and is now also a licensed life insurance agent. Gavin joined us in May of 2007 out of his desire to work in our family operated business, and has been involved in the funeral business in various capacities since 1985. Gavin is our pre-planning counselor, and is available to assist families in our office or in their homes. Gavin also provides group presentations to our community.

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Erin E. Tetreault
Licensed Funeral Director
Erin has been with Windsor Chapel since May of 2013. Hired as an intern, she was able to complete her program requirements for the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College, fulfilling a long-time desire to become a funeral director. Erin also graduated from St Clair College in 2008 with a diploma in Medial Laboratory Technology and holds certification from Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.

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Scott Walker
Licensed Funeral Director
Scott was born in Windsor, attended Hugh Beaton Elementary School and W.D. Lowe High School. He graduated from the Funeral Service Program at Humber College in 1989 and has been a Director at Windsor Chapel since 1991. Scott is an avid gardener and Tiger Fan. Scott currently resides in Windsor and is a proud parent to MacKenzie and Hunter.

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