Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery

10201 Grant St Thornton, CO


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    Kevin Wood has been a funeral director since 1985 following his graduation from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Oklahoma. Kevin assisted the medical examiner's office during the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and is a member of Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team for Region VIII. He served on the Colorado Funeral Service Board from 2010 to 2016 and was chairperson in 2011 to 2012. Kevin is a certified mortuary science practitioner with the Colorado Funeral Service Board and a certified funeral service practitioner with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Kevin came to Olinger Highland Mortuary and Cemetery as the location manager in December 2015 and he feels honored to celebrate each life with dignity, honor and respect. Kevin has been married since 1998 and has three children. He enjoys coaching baseball, playing softball and traveling.

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    Sara Karolene Baumeister

    Funeral Director

    Sara has been a funeral director at Olinger Highland Mortuary since July 2015. Originally from South Dakota, she moved to Colorado in 2010 to pursue her education and graduated from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton in 2014 with an Associate of Applied Science in mortuary science. Sara is board certified with the American Board of Funeral Service Education and has served grieving families in the north Denver metro area with the utmost professionalism and compassion.

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    Michael W Gailus

    Funeral Director

    Michael W. Gailus is one of those rare Colorado natives, born and raised in the metro Denver area. He studied engineering and business at University of Colorado Denver and has always enjoyed being in or near the great Colorado Rocky Mountains. In 2001 Michael had a change in his professional career and started with Olinger mortuaries as a funeral assistant. Advancing in his career in 2010 Michael became a funeral director at Olinger Highland Mortuary in Thornton, Colorado, where he works closely with each family to create a personalized service for a life well celebrated. Involved within the community, Michael works with Judi’s House in Denver and Thornton Police Honor Guard.

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    Phyllis Jean Medina

    Funeral Director

    Phyllis Medina has been in the funeral industry since 2002 and graduated from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado, with a degree in mortuary science. It is her honor and privilege to serve families as a funeral director with the utmost respect and dignity during one of the hardest times of their lives. Having personal experience dealing with devastating loss, Phyllis is empathetic to the families she serves and can offer relevant guidance. Funeral directing is more than a job for Phyllis—it is an opportunity to help others in ways that are meaningful and ongoing. For the last several years, Phyllis has volunteered in a local elementary school providing meals for the staff during parent/teacher conferences and other late night functions.

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    Marie Jolie Cardinale


    Marie grew up an only child in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she received a Catholic education. Staying true to her roots, she graduated summa cum laude from Regis University, a Jesuit school. Marie joined the Dignity Memorial® family in 2013 and her love for the Tennyson and Berkeley community shows in everything she does.

    Marie has lived in Denver, Colorado, since 1985 and has one daughter and one grandson, along with extended family, who also live in the area. She loves spending time in the community and can often be seen walking her dog or enjoying a local event.