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Richard Traunero

Richard Traunero

Owner / Funeral Director

Rich is a fourth-generation Tiffinite, his great-grandfather having emigrated here from Italy in 1882. Rich is a graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School, attended Bowling Green State University, and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed embalmer and funeral director, a licensed life insurance agent, and a licensed airplane pilot. Rich is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degrees, and serves on several area community boards of directors, including the Kiwanis Manor Board, Tiffin Kiwanis Foundation, is a Past Chair of the Mercy Tiffin Health Foundation, St. Francis Spirituality Center Development Committee, and the Finance Committee for the Tiffin City Schools Board of Education. He is also a Past President of the Flying Funeral Directors of America. Rich is also involved as an Angel Flight Pilot, as well as a volunteer pilot for Pilots N Paws and Lifeline Pilots.

Telephone: 1-419-447-3113

Email: tfh@traunerofuneralhome.com


Andrea Traunero

Andrea Traunero

Owner / Funeral Director

Andrea Traunero is a native of Columbus Grove, Ohio, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from B.G.S.U., and a Master's Degree in Administration from the University of Dayton. She was an elementary school teacher for twelve years before obtaining her funeral director license and joining her husband full time at the funeral home. Andrea is a member of Faith United Methodist Church, St. Francis Auxiliary, a Substitute Teacher for Tiffin City Schools, she served on the Tiffin City Schools Building Facility Study Task Force, Parent Volunteer for Krout School and was an assistant Den Leader for the Bascom Bear Cub Scouts. 



Telephone: 1-419-447-3113

Email: tfh@traunerofuneralhome.com


Teresa Traxler

Teresa Traxler

Office/Reception/Assistant

Teresa is a native of Tiffin. She is a Columbian High School graduate, a member of Family of Faith Lutheran Church, and the Tiffin Art Guild.  She and husband Burnie have a grown daughter Sarah. Teresa enjoys cooking, sewing, art of kinds and spending time with family and friends.


Matt Plessner

Matt Plessner

Advanced Planning Expert

Matt is our Pre-need Planning Expert and helps families and individuals plan their funerals ahead of time.  Matt is licensed to provide pre-need life insurance, enabling families to secure their funeral arrangements for the future.  Matt visits with families in their homes or at our office to answer their questions and assist them with their needs.


Michael Benner

Michael Benner

Assistant

Mike is retired from Ameriwood and resides in Tiffin with his wife, Barbara.  He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and is active with the T-Squares Dancing Club.  Mike and Barb enjoy relaxing in their camper and visiting their kids.


Robert Sigler

Robert Sigler

Assistant

Rob is a native of Seneca County. He graduated from Columbian High School in 1987. He is a devoted family man with two children, Mariah and Brady Sigler. He is a  member of First Presbyterian Church, Tiffin. Rob is retired from the Seneca County Sheriff's office and the United States military. He is a veteran of Panama and also Iraq. Rob attended Terra Community College and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Social work. Rob works as a social worker in Seneca County and helps part-time at the funeral home.


Steve Rau

Steve Rau

Assistant

Steve works in maintenance at Tiffin University and helps part-time at Traunero Funeral Home. He has three children, Alex, Samantha, and Noah. Steve umpires youth league baseball and also officiates middle school and junior varsity basketball games.


Sean Durocher

Sean Durocher

Assistant

Sean is from Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and is a recent graduate of Tiffin University, where he majored in homeland security and terrorism.  Sean continues his education at Tiffin University this fall by pursuing his Masters Degree and continuing to help out at Traunero Funeral Home.


Larry Lucius

Larry Lucius

Assistant

Larry Lucius is retired from the United States Post Office and S.C.A.T. (Seneca County Agency Transportation)  The joys of his life are his 5 children and 8 grandchildren.  He enjoys traveling, reading, gardening and being with his grandchildren.  He is a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Liberty Twp.  He has lived in Seneca County his entire life and was a graduate of Lakota High School.  He also serves on the board of F.A.C.T. (Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment),  a life time member of both the Johnson's Island Civil War Roundtable, and  Friends of Seneca County Parks District.



Robbie Traunero

Robbie Traunero

Assistant

Robbie is Rich and Andrea's son and is a 2012 graduate of Columbian High School.  Robbie has participated in basketball and track at Columbian.  He has also played drums in the marching and pep bands.  In addition to helping at the funeral home, he also works as an automobile purchaser for several area automobile dealerships, as well as an auto salesman at Tiffin Auto Direct.


Cassi Traunero

Cassi Traunero

Assistant

Cassi is Rich and Andrea's daughter and is a graduate of Columbian High School.  While at Columbian, Cassi has participated as a cheerleader and has been a member of the track team.  She has also played flute in the marching and concert bands.  Cassi has also participated in advanced music clinics at Bowling Green and Kent State Universities.  She was a member of Heidelberg University Symphonic Band, and the Lima Area Youth Orchestra. Cassi is also a lifeguard at the YMCA and at the Tiffin City Pool.  Cassi is a junior at Heidelberg University, majoring in music therapy and flute performance.


Nancy Forbes

Nancy Forbes

Assistant

Nancy Forbes is Andrea's mother and is a native of Lima, Ohio. She is a retired registered nurse and was on the Boards of Directors of F.A.C.T., the YMCA, and Y-wives. She is currently a member of the Herb Society, and Keenagers.  She is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Email: lnforbes@bright.net


Lowell Forbes

Lowell Forbes

Assistant

Lowell Forbes is Andrea Traunero's father, and is a native of Columbus Grove, Ohio. He and his wife Nancy moved to Tiffin in 1997. Lowell is a retired school treasurer and was with the United Way and is a member of the Tiffin Kiwanis Club, Keenagers and Seneca County Wood Carvers.  He is also a retired professional magician.  He is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Email: lnforbes@bright.net


Robert Traunero

Robert Traunero

Assistant

Bob Traunero is Richard's father and is a Tiffin native. He is retired from Whirlpool Corp. in Clyde and is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.


Lois Traunero (1924-2008)

Lois Traunero (1924-2008)

Assistant

Lois Traunero (1924 - 2008) was Richard's mother and was raised in the Fremont/Clyde area. She was retired from the Tiffin City Schools and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She is missed by her family and many friends.


Lily

Lily

Everyone's Friend

Lily is our resident "therapy" dog.  She has comforted many families in grief just by being their friend.  She will let you hold her as long as you want.  She wants to be everyone's friend.  We even have people stop by just to see Lily!


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