Groff's Valued Staff
The families we serve come to us because they recognize we are leaders both in our community and in our profession, seasoned experts dedicated to excellence in service and known for the highest integrity
Elizabeth M. Groff, President
Elizabeth M. Groff (Lisa)
President, Funeral Director, Licensed Supervisor
Lisa continues the legacy of the Groff family by being the fourth generation of funeral directors serving the Lancaster Community. She is the President and Licensed Supervisor of The Groffs Funeral Home where she is dedicated to guiding families every step of the way through the decision-making process. Lisa takes great pride to carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family's personal touch is always present.
Lisa is a graduate of McCaskey High School, class of 1978, earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College in 1984. Lisa began her business career as a Security Consultant with Dictograph Protective Alarms in Greenwich CT, before earning her degree in Mortuary Science from Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA in 1991. Lisa completed her apprentice year at Fred F. Groff, Inc. before becoming a Licensed Funeral Director. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a Funeral Director previously holding the positions of Pre-Need Manager, Pre-arrangement Counselor and Licensed Insurance Agent. After her father Bob’s retirement in 1999, Lisa assumed the role of Licensed Supervisor at Fred F. Groff, Inc..
Lisa has been a passionate and dedicated community volunteer for many years. She has held and currently holds leadership roles with many organizations. Lisa is on the Board of Neighborhood Services, currently serves as chair elect of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Lancaster. She has served many years as a committee member and sponsor for the Office of Aging Senior Games. She is the former Board Chair of both the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOOSE). Lisa is also involved with the Elizabethtown College Leadership Council and Lancaster History.org serving on the committee for the Valentines Extravaganza. She recently co-chaired the Capital Campaign for the Lancaster County Council of Churches new Food Hub. Lisa has been a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster.
Lisa is a lifelong sports enthusiast having been active with her high school’s basketball and tennis teams. As a USPTA Tennis Professional, she coached the Greenwich High School Boys and Fairfield (CT) University Women’s teams. Some of her athletic accomplishments include The Lancaster Intelligencer Woman Athlete of the Year in 1978, NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Champions at Elizabethtown College in 1982 and inducted as a Championship Team Member of Elizabethtown College Hall of Fame. She also was inducted into the J.P. McCaskey Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. Lisa currently enjoys boating, fishing, playing recreational tennis and spending her free time with family and friends on the water in North East, MD. Lisa can be reached at Lisa@thegroffs.com
Thomas S. Buter, Vice President
Thomas S. Buter
Funeral Director, Licensed Supervisor, Fred F. Groff Inc.
Tom has proudly been employed with The Groffs Family for over forty-five years. As a Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Supervisor of Fred F. Groff Inc. he has been proud to dedicate his knowledge and experience in serving our local families
Tom Buter is a native of Zeeland, Michigan and attended Zeeland Christian schools until his family relocated to the Lancaster area following his father's transfer. Tom then attended and graduated from Manheim Township High School, Class of 1967.
After graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration, Tom began a course of study at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science graduating in 1970. Tom immediately started his internship with employment at the Fred F. Groff, Inc. Funeral Home. Tom is a graduate of the National Foundation of Funeral Service School of Funeral Service Management, Evanston, IL, Life Appreciation, Los Angeles, CA and is a member of the Funeral Ethics Association and has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service, Inc.
Tom has served in many volunteer positions in the Lancaster area including The Salvation Army, United Way, Fulton Opera House and SHARE of Lancaster where he held various positions including board presidency. Tom is a Board Member of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association as well as a member of various other funeral profession organizations. Tom is also a graduate of the In-sight Institute as a Funeral Celebrant.
A strong supporter of Hospice & Community Care (founded as Hospice of Lancaster County), Tom currently is serving his third term on the Hospice Board of Directors and for 21 years has been Chairman of the Labor Day Auction Committee. Tom serves on the organization's Development and Community Relations Committee and also served on the Grateful Families Division of the Extraordinary Building Campaign. Tom received the Pennsylvania Hospice Network's 2009 Heart of Hospice Award, which recognizes an individual volunteer who demonstrates exemplary generosity and spirit toward the hospice community.
Tom is a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, Lancaster where he currently serves on the Endowment Committee as well as the Leadership Team. Tom is a member of Lodge No. 43 F. & A.M., Zembo Shriners, and B.P.O.E. Elks #134, Lancaster. Tom can be reached at Tom@thegroffs.com
Bernie J. Sylvester, Funeral Director
Bernard J. Sylvester
Bernie has been proudly serving Lancaster families with The Groffs since 1985 working as Licensed Funeral Director. He graduated from Derry Area High School in Derry, PA, as well as St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, PA in 1981 and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1982.
Bernie is a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Lancaster and the Knights of Columbus, Council # 867. Bernie is very active with the Lafayette Volunteer Fire Company of East Lampeter Twp.; where he has served as Past President, Past Secretary and for 15 years as an Administrative Board Member. He has been involved with various fire committees; including safety events, chairman of the biannual Chicken BBQ Fundraiser and the former Lafayette Fire Co. Benefit Golf Tournament.
Bernie and his wife Barb have been married for thirty years and together are active with the Conestoga Valley High School Band Boosters with their son, Benjamin, who is a student there. Bernie can be reached at Bernie@thegroffs.com
Scott Brubaker, Funeral Director
Scott C. Brubaker
Scott is a dedicated funeral professional with over thirty-five years of experience as a Llcensed Funeral Director. He started his career of serving Lancaster County’s families in 1976 during his senior year at Warwick High School when he worked at The Spacht Funeral Home in Lititz. Scott is a graduate of North of Northampton Community College where he earned his degree in Applied Science through the Mortuary Program. He worked for The Young Funeral Home from 1979 until 2015 when Young’s merged with The Groffs Family Funeral Home.
Scott and his wife Donna live in Manheim Township and have two sons, Ryan and Matthew. Scott is a member of Lancaster Church of the Brethren where he volunteers in various capacities. Scott enjoys travel, dining, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Scott can be reached at Scott@thegroffs.com
Charles McWilliams, Funeral Director
Charles S. McWilliams, III
Chuck has over forty years of experience as a Licensed Funeral Director. After graduating from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1973 Chuck began working at Young Funeral Home located at 317 East Orange Street in Lancaster. He owned and supervised Young’s from 1975 until May of 2015 when the business was merged with the Groff Family Funeral Home. Chuck continues to work in a limited capacity assisting families from both the Groff Family and Young Funeral Home clientele.
Chuck is a 40 + year member of Lancaster First United Methodist Church where he has served on or chaired many church boards and committees. He continues as a member of the Lancaster Lions Club, Lamberton Lodge #476 F&AM, and is a Squad Leader and mortuary officer in the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT III), under the auspices of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, international responders to mass fatality situations. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, music, traveling, bowling, and playing golf.
Chuck is married to his wife Darlene for over 40 years. They have two daughters Melanie and Sharyn, a son Kyle and two granddaughters. Chuck can be reached at Chuck@thegroffs.com
Michele DeRosa, Funeral Director
Advance Planning Coordinator/Funeral Director
Michele DeRosa has been a licensed Funeral Director in Pennsylvania since 1980. She graduated from Lower Dauphin High School, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, University of Cincinnati, Lancaster School of Cosmetology and Millersville University with a BA in Psychology. She began her career with Fred F Groff, Inc. in 1979, serving her internship and continued with Groff's until 2000. She then spent three years with Hospice and Community Care, two as the Bereavement Coordinator and one as the Community Relations Manager. She continues to serve as a hospice volunteer at the Children's Camp Chimaqua.
In 2003 she returned to Groff Funeral Home and spent time with Spacht Funeral Home in Lititz. As of 2016, she is the Advance Planning Coordinator for The Groff Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. assisting families with their wishes for pre-planning a unique and special ceremony. She will serve as a community presenter and educator as well as offering Grief Recovery Groups at The Groff Family Funeral Home.
She has authored a grief calendar/journal entitled "Solace Through Writing" and is an active member of the Lititz Lions Club, recently receiving Lion of the Year and Outstanding Lion. She attends St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoys being outdoors, friends, dining and most of all, her treasured golden retriever, Lili. Michele can be reached at Michele@thegroffs.com
Linda Berger, Community Events and AfterCare Coordinator
Linda A. Berger
Community Outreach Director
Linda is a graduate of Manheim Twp. High School and York College of PA. Linda strives to serve the community and the families that the Groffs serves by being a resource for information regarding the benefits of advance planning, helping families with grief resources and supporting community events.
Linda is also a certified Celebrant with the Celebrant Foundation & Institute and is committed to helping families create meaningful and satisfying ways to celebrate and honor life's milestones. She was drawn to this work through volunteering with hospice, and her strong belief that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated.
Linda is an active member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster as well as volunteering with the Atlas program at Community Action Program of Lancaster County. Linda is a strong supporter of libraries and was the recipient of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award from the Lancaster County Library Board for her many years of dedicated service and fundraising for libraries in Lancaster.
Linda and her husband Dan and two boys live in Manheim Twp. In her free time Linda enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, reading and travel. Linda can be reached at Linda@thegroffs.com