Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home and Cremation Center

4061 North Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL


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    John N Lilli

    General Manager

    John has served families in New York and Florida since the late 1980s. Originally from Frankfort, New York, he now lives in Fort Lauderdale. John is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and enjoys spending time with his family and participating in community events.

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    Cynthia Messina

    General Manager

    Cynthia has been part of the Dignity Memorial team since 1995. A charter member of the St. Andrew Council of Catholic Women, a board member and advisory committee member of Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer with the Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs, Cindy values community service. She and her husband have been married since the late 1990s.

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    Paul Lawrence Moss

    General Manager

    Since the late 1990s, Paul has provided comfort to families in Palm Beach County. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Paul came to Boca Raton to attend Lynn University, where he earned a mortuary science degree. After working many years in the West Palm Beach area, Paul became a location manager with the Dignity Memorial network. This allowed him to be closer to his wife and 2 boys. When he is not working, Paul finds time to be involved in his son’s sporting activities and the Boy Scouts.

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    Mark J Petratis

    General Manager

    Mark has been a resident of South Florida since February 1994. He is a 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with a Bachelor of Science degree. Continuing his education at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois, Mark graduated in 1994 and has since been a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

    Mark is a member of the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club, Pompano Beach Elks Lodge #1898, Knights of Columbus John A. Hill Council No. 4955 of Pompano Beach and he also volunteers at Pompano Elementary School. He is also a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

    Married since the 1990s, his wife is also a funeral director and they live in Coral Springs, Florida.

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    Chamely Toro

    General Manager

    Chamely Toro, also known as Mely, was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a first-generation funeral director and embalmer of Puerto Rican decent. She is bilingual and attended Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1995. Escaping the cold, she moved to South Florida in 1997 and transferred to Lynn University in Boca Raton. She graduated in 1999 with an associate degree in funeral service.

    Mely has worked in the funeral industry since her graduation and became a location manager in 2016. She is a dedicated professional who strives to ease the burden of each family served.

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    Thomas J Wojciechowski

    General Manager

    Thomas Wojciechowski has been in the funeral industry since the late 1980s. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he earned a bachelor's degree from St. John’s University and then a mortuary science degree from American Academy McAllister Institute. He is a licensed funeral director in both New York and Florida. Thomas is involved with Knights of Columbus, a member of West Boca Chamber of Commerce and sits on a community association board.

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    Eleanor Frances Mccarthy

    Funeral Director

    Eleanor Frances McCarthy has been serving families in this area since the early 1980s. Born in Pennsylvania, she has been a resident of Florida since 1977 and earned her associate's degree in funeral service education in 1985 from Miami Dade College. Proud of her profession, Eleanor is dedicated to the families she serves. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family, friends and her poodles, Lily and Rose.

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    Larry M Ott

    Funeral Director

    Larry, originally from Gladstone, Michigan, and a graduate of Trinity College, spent years as a school teacher before returning to school to receive a degree in mortuary science from Miami Dade College. He has been a funeral director with the Dignity Memorial® network since the early 1990s.

    A past member of the board of trustees for Fort Lauderdale City Cemeteries, Larry currently serves on the Broward County Navy League and volunteers with Fort Lauderdale’s annual Fleet Week. He coordinates a Christmas project for the Fort Lauderdale Life Guards each year and is a deacon at his church. In his free time, Larry spends time at the beach, collects cigar boxes and humidors and watches British TV programs.

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    Robert Dale Russell


    Robert Russell started working at the R. Jay Kraeer Funeral Home in July 1967. He began as a general employee—working funerals, making removals, running ambulance service and cutting the grass. Bob graduated from Miami Dade College with a degree in mortuary science. He became a licensed embalmer in 1971 and a licensed funeral director the following year.

    In 1974, Bob became the manager of the Kraeer Fort Lauderdale location and by 1976 was managing 5 more locations. Previously a co-owner, Bob has remained dedicated to the Kraeer Funeral Home family and has been a consistent presence throughout several changes. Bob served as a regional partner over operations in Florida and Puerto Rico before transitioning to his position as a consultant.

    Bob served on the board of the Florida Funeral Directors Association including a term as president. He is also the president of several Osceola County funeral homes and cemeteries.

    Bob is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and in his free time enjoys fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.