Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Shapiro Funeral Services was founded in January of 1992. Funeral Director Natalie Shapiro personally supervises all facets of the business. Our specialty is in providing excellent graveside services at affordable prices. Since our founding, we have centered our operations around a converted residence on Miles Road in Orange Village. The facility has served us well over the years.
Though the facility does not include a chapel for public gatherings, it does feature space for small, private good-byes, a modern preparation facility, a full hospital-type refrigeration unit, meeting space for families to come in and make arrangements and select the items of affordable merchandise they require.
We will never pressure anyone to spend more, or to purchase things they really do not need. Our philosophy is to treat you the way you want to be treated: With Dignity and Respect. That's the way we were raised. That's the way we raied our children. That's the only way we will have it.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Founder/ Funeral Director
Natalie Shapiro was born in the old Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Natalie is the middle child of Leonard and Reisha (nee Leavitt) Shapiro, both of blessed memory. Natalie has three children. She was Bat Mitzvah and confirmed at Park Synagogue.
Natalie graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1976 and Kent State University in 1979. After working in the financial industry for a number of years, Natalie served a two-year apprenticeship to begin her funeral service career. She earned her Ohio funeral director license in 1991 and founded Shapiro Funeral Services in 1992.
She is a life member of Hadassah and the Auxiliary of Post 44 of the Jewish War Veterans of America. As Cleveland's only female Jewish funeral director, Natalie brings a unique perspective as a daughter, sister, wife and mother as she serves the needs of Cleveland's Jewish families at their most difficult of times.
Mr. Francis Corrigan
Francis is Natalie's husband and loyal assistant! He graduated Cleveland Heights High School in 1974, Cuyahoga Community College in 1980 and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1981. Between high school and college, Francis served in the United States Marine Corps. He attained the rank of sergeant with the 8th Engineer Support Battalion at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
Mr. Corrigan is a member of both the Navy League of the U. S. and the Marine Corps League. Though not Jewish, Francis is a very active member in support of Post 44 of The Jewish War Veterans of America.
Mr. Corrigan is licensed in Ohio as both a funeral director and embalmer, and specializes in assisting families with military honors and cremation services.
April B. Harrigal, Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Pre-Need Counselor
A native of Ohio, April was born and raised in the South-Eastern part of the state in rural Cadiz, Ohio. She studied Psychology at the University of Akron, and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After graduation, April relocated to the Cleveland area to begin her career in funeral service. Thirty years later, April continues to humbly minister to the families of our community.
Widowed at a young age, April’s husband George, was also a funeral director for 30 years. Together, they have 3 children, whom are now young adults; David, Samantha and Brian.
April is a 35-year member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, The National Funeral Directors Association, the Embalmers Association of Cleveland, where she currently sits on the board as 1st Vice President, and is also an active member of The Independence Kiwanis.
April is very passionate about our military veterans. Her father was an Army Veteran, serving in WWII. He participated in the Allied Invasion of Europe, swarming Utah Beach, with the men of the 4th Division, on D Day, Tuesday, 6 June 1944. Among many decorations, he received a Purple Heart for the 'wound' he received that day, feeling fortunate to only have lost his left arm in battle.
April is also an avid blood donor with The American Red Cross, and in her free time, enjoys reading, especially WWII History, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with her children.
My name is Jason Jardine. I have lived in Strongsville my whole life except for some of my college years. I have been licensed Director for 20 years and worked with my father at our family funeral home 'Jardine' for 23 years. It is an honor to continue my career as a funeral director at Shapiro; another Family owned and operated businessand dedicated to its surrounding communities.
I truly enjoy honoring the Veterans in our area; The stories and experiences they share with everyone in our office and I are priceless.
Marketing Manager/ Funeral Director Apprentice
My name is McKailyn Woodward and I was born in Parma, Ohio, but have lived the majority of my life in Perry, Ohio. I was a Girl Scout for 18 years, as well as a 4H member for 11 years. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a BA in Business, however, I have found the funeral care industry to be my passion. I love helping others and knowing I can make a difference in their final farewell makes my heart full.
My Great Grandfather Nicholas (Nick) Bilinsky S Sgt in the US Army fought in WWII earning him the bronze star and leaving me with his quote, “To live in the hearts of others is not to die.”
As I begin the first year of my apprenticeship, I look forward to learning and keeping the traditions of Shapiro Funeral Home. I am also honored to be the funeral homes first Pet Grievance Director.