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The staff of Latek & Rybicki Family Funeral Homes offers the level of care and support expected from experienced funeral professionals. The staff members approach each service with an individual approach, which respects the personal requests and traditions unique to each family. Our licensed funeral service staff holds these special requests in the highest of regard as they fulfill them. Contact us to learn more.

Joe and Shannon Latek

Joseph Latek

President/ Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Joe Latek is a fourth-generation funeral director who started in the family business at age 14 by helping his grandfather at Mosinski Funeral Home in Cleveland, Ohio. The young man was intrigued by watching his grandfather perform all the tasks of a funeral director and business manager while providing respectful and caring service to families in difficult times. He learned the importance of a funeral director's roles — to comfort, help, and serve.

He graduated in 1996 from John Carroll University with a Communications degree and then studied at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. In 1997, he received a degree in Embalming and Funeral Directing from PIMS.
He spent a year as an apprentice and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1998. He began working with Rybicki & Son Funeral Home in Garfield Heights and Broadview Heights and began managing the Garfield Heights location in 2010.
His career reached a full-circle moment in 2015 when Joe bought Rybicki & Son Funeral Home, renaming it Latek & Rybicki Family Funeral Homes. The Broadview location was originally built by his grandfather in 1983 before it was sold to the Rybicki family.

Joe grew up in Brecksville, Ohio, and lives there today with his wife Shannon and their children Alexis and Luke. Joe spends his spare time with family and friends and rooting for the Browns.

Shannon Latek

Shannon Latek

Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Phone: (216) 641-6321

Shannon grew up in Rocky River, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. She worked as a TV news reporter/anchor in several television markets, including Evansville, IN, Louisville, KY, and Harrisburg, PA. She worked most recently as a reporter for Cleveland 19 News and changed careers when her husband Joe bought his funeral business.

Shannon handles a wide range of duties at Latek & Rybicki Family Funeral Homes, including Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Director of Human Resources, and Webmaster. She keeps just as busy outside of work as a full-time mother to her and Joe's children, Alexis and Luke.

Sara Wise

Sara Wise

Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer
Phone: (216) 641-6321

In 2004, Sara graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Thiel College and later that year she attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. She received an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences from the institute.

She hails from Philadelphia but has made Cleveland her home and has become a valued staff member. Sara attends Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Valley City and serves as Ritual Chair with Chi Omega Alumnae Cleveland West. In her spare time, you can find Sara running through the Metroparks for fun, or in a 5k or half marathon. Her miniature schnauzer is named Phoenix.