Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Jacob Wittrock Owner & Funeral Director

Jacob has been serving Cedar Rapids and Marion area families since 1997. He considers being a funeral director a special calling and does his best to provide each family with the care they deserve. 

A native of Holstein, Iowa, Jacob attended Kirkwood Community College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he earned a Bachelor of Mortuary Science. He has served the community in many ways including the Hospice of Mercy Advisory Board, the American Red Cross Board of Directors, the Rapids Aids Project Advisory Board, and the Commission on Christian Unity & Inter-religous Concerns with the Iowa United Methodist Church. He is currently a member of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary, where he serves on the board of directors

Outside of caring for families, Jacob values time with his family and friends, enjoys a good business book, and loves traveling to warm destinations during Iowa's cold months.

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Scott Greenman Owner & Community Care Director

Scott has called Cedar Rapids home since 1997.  He grew up on the shores of northern Ohio in a city famous for roller coasters, Sandusky.  He is proud to be an alumnus of Bowling Green State University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

As Community Care Director, Scott guides families with preplanning, accessing community bereavement resources, and leading the Stewart Baxter continuing care program. And as owner, he takes care of the myriad of administrative duties in the operations of the funeral home. He is honored to provide each family with the personal attention and care they and their family deserve.

In his down time, Scott loves being outdoors especially on the water, listening to music, cooking up or having a BBQ meal for family and friends to enjoy, and spending valued time with his family and dogs, Flynn and Dallys.

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Dan Lewis Funeral Director

Dan was born and raised in Charles City and continued his education with a business management degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  He has many years of retail management experience and in addition to serving Stewart Baxter families he is also the store manager of Petco in Marion. He answered his calling to funeral service by completing the mortuary science program at Des Moines Area Community College in 2007.

He has three children, Nikolai, Bronwyn, and Kuiper.  Dan enjoys golf, weight training, and crossword puzzles.  He has also served on the board of directors for Miracles in Motion.

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Emily Johnson Funeral Director Intern

Emily migrated to Cedar Rapids from Southeast Iowa to attend Kirkwood Community College. She received her Associate’s Degree there, and transferred to the University of Iowa to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies as well as a Certificate in Aging Studies. Emily then attended Des Moines Area Community College to study Mortuary Science. She graduated in 2015, and is serving her internship here at Stewart Baxter. Emily is dedicated to serving families with her small-town, community-based frame of reference.

When Emily isn’t helping families at Stewart Baxter, Emily spends time with her husband, Andy, and their two cats, Cygnus and Jett. She enjoys going for bike rides in the warmer months, appreciating the snow and doing hot yoga in the winter months, visiting her Dad in Florida or her Mom in Illinois, looking forward to her brother’s calls from overseas, having lunch with her grandparents, reading novels, and watching episodes of Doctor Who.

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Melissa Owens Adminstrative Assistant

Melissa was born and raised in Lisbon, Iowa, and continues to make it her home. Before entering the military, she worked for Collins Radio and Hallmark Care Center. After serving her country in the United States Air Force, Melissa returned to Iowa to receive a degree in accounting. While in college, she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in the emergency room using the skills she had aquired while serving in the Air Force.

 

Melissa is a life member of the Federated Church and has in the past enjoyed singing in the choir. She finds enjoyment in reading a good book, making quilts with her mom, and crafting beautiful things with her needle point. Melissa finds that family and the time spent with them is the most important thing to her. Melissa has been with the funeral home for 20 years.

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Pauline Hoth Family Services Assistant

Pauline's motherly hugs and warm personality will likely be your first impression when you visit the funeral home for a memorial.  Her lifetime of customer service experience is evident in everything she does.  Many will recall her smiling face from her 15 years at Armstrong's Department Store and more recently her work at Norwood/Souvenir Company.  She is a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where she is active with the Chancel Choir,  and formerly served on the Executive Board.

Pauline's grandchildren mean the world to her and she enjoys being involved in their activities.  She likes taking care of her yard and flowers, knitting, reading, and keeping in touch with her friends.  Several times a year she travels to see family in West Virginia and Arizona.  

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Curt Moermond Family Services Assistant

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Pat Albaugh Family Services Assistant

Pat has been a lifelong resident of Mechanicsville, Iowa, and enjoys her hometown. She has worked many roles over the course of her career, starting with the Linn-Mar Jr. High School as Secretary to the Principal for 26 years, then moving onto Kirkwood Community College as the Office Coordinator in the Learning Services/Skill Center Department for an additional 20 years. Preferring not to retire, Pat began working for the funeral home in 2010 and continues to work with families as a Family Services Assistant.

 

Pat is a fan of country music, and enjoys working and relaxing in her rock and flower gardens, photography, spending time with her family and cats, and researching her family’s genealogy—she is one of nine siblings. She values volunteering to help others in need and making people smile.

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Jim Schmidt Family Services Assistant

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Terese Pisarik Family Services Assistant

Terese was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  She received a BS degree in Biology,Chemistry, and Theology from Marycrest College, Davenport and a Masters degree in Counseling from Iowa State University. Terese was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa for 18 years. Most of her career was spent in Riverside, CA, educating our youth.  Retiring after 47 years in education, she has returned to Mount Vernon. 


Terese continues to serve her community by working at Kirkwood Community College and volunteering at many Mt. Vernon city and school events. She loves her dog, Lola, and with such a large family, she finds joy in family activities.

 

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Mary Morgan Certified Celebrant

Jacob Wittrock

Owner & Funeral Director
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Jacob has been serving Cedar Rapids and Marion area families since 1997. He considers being a funeral director a special calling and does his best to provide each family with the care they deserve. 

A native of Holstein, Iowa, Jacob attended Kirkwood Community College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he earned a Bachelor of Mortuary Science. He has served the community in many ways including the Hospice of Mercy Advisory Board, the American Red Cross Board of Directors, the Rapids Aids Project Advisory Board, and the Commission on Christian Unity & Inter-religous Concerns with the Iowa United Methodist Church. He is currently a member of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary, where he serves on the board of directors

Outside of caring for families, Jacob values time with his family and friends, enjoys a good business book, and loves traveling to warm destinations during Iowa's cold months.

Scott Greenman

Owner & Community Care Director
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Scott has called Cedar Rapids home since 1997.  He grew up on the shores of northern Ohio in a city famous for roller coasters, Sandusky.  He is proud to be an alumnus of Bowling Green State University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

As Community Care Director, Scott guides families with preplanning, accessing community bereavement resources, and leading the Stewart Baxter continuing care program. And as owner, he takes care of the myriad of administrative duties in the operations of the funeral home. He is honored to provide each family with the personal attention and care they and their family deserve.

In his down time, Scott loves being outdoors especially on the water, listening to music, cooking up or having a BBQ meal for family and friends to enjoy, and spending valued time with his family and dogs, Flynn and Dallys.

Dan Lewis

Funeral Director
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Dan was born and raised in Charles City and continued his education with a business management degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  He has many years of retail management experience and in addition to serving Stewart Baxter families he is also the store manager of Petco in Marion. He answered his calling to funeral service by completing the mortuary science program at Des Moines Area Community College in 2007.

He has three children, Nikolai, Bronwyn, and Kuiper.  Dan enjoys golf, weight training, and crossword puzzles.  He has also served on the board of directors for Miracles in Motion.

Emily Johnson

Funeral Director Intern
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Emily migrated to Cedar Rapids from Southeast Iowa to attend Kirkwood Community College. She received her Associate’s Degree there, and transferred to the University of Iowa to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies as well as a Certificate in Aging Studies. Emily then attended Des Moines Area Community College to study Mortuary Science. She graduated in 2015, and is serving her internship here at Stewart Baxter. Emily is dedicated to serving families with her small-town, community-based frame of reference.

When Emily isn’t helping families at Stewart Baxter, Emily spends time with her husband, Andy, and their two cats, Cygnus and Jett. She enjoys going for bike rides in the warmer months, appreciating the snow and doing hot yoga in the winter months, visiting her Dad in Florida or her Mom in Illinois, looking forward to her brother’s calls from overseas, having lunch with her grandparents, reading novels, and watching episodes of Doctor Who.

Melissa Owens

Adminstrative Assistant
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Melissa was born and raised in Lisbon, Iowa, and continues to make it her home. Before entering the military, she worked for Collins Radio and Hallmark Care Center. After serving her country in the United States Air Force, Melissa returned to Iowa to receive a degree in accounting. While in college, she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in the emergency room using the skills she had aquired while serving in the Air Force.

 

Melissa is a life member of the Federated Church and has in the past enjoyed singing in the choir. She finds enjoyment in reading a good book, making quilts with her mom, and crafting beautiful things with her needle point. Melissa finds that family and the time spent with them is the most important thing to her. Melissa has been with the funeral home for 20 years.

Pauline Hoth

Family Services Assistant
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Pauline's motherly hugs and warm personality will likely be your first impression when you visit the funeral home for a memorial.  Her lifetime of customer service experience is evident in everything she does.  Many will recall her smiling face from her 15 years at Armstrong's Department Store and more recently her work at Norwood/Souvenir Company.  She is a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where she is active with the Chancel Choir,  and formerly served on the Executive Board.

Pauline's grandchildren mean the world to her and she enjoys being involved in their activities.  She likes taking care of her yard and flowers, knitting, reading, and keeping in touch with her friends.  Several times a year she travels to see family in West Virginia and Arizona.  

Curt Moermond

Family Services Assistant
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Pat Albaugh

Family Services Assistant
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Pat has been a lifelong resident of Mechanicsville, Iowa, and enjoys her hometown. She has worked many roles over the course of her career, starting with the Linn-Mar Jr. High School as Secretary to the Principal for 26 years, then moving onto Kirkwood Community College as the Office Coordinator in the Learning Services/Skill Center Department for an additional 20 years. Preferring not to retire, Pat began working for the funeral home in 2010 and continues to work with families as a Family Services Assistant.

 

Pat is a fan of country music, and enjoys working and relaxing in her rock and flower gardens, photography, spending time with her family and cats, and researching her family’s genealogy—she is one of nine siblings. She values volunteering to help others in need and making people smile.

Jim Schmidt

Family Services Assistant
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Terese Pisarik

Family Services Assistant
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Terese was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  She received a BS degree in Biology,Chemistry, and Theology from Marycrest College, Davenport and a Masters degree in Counseling from Iowa State University. Terese was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa for 18 years. Most of her career was spent in Riverside, CA, educating our youth.  Retiring after 47 years in education, she has returned to Mount Vernon. 


Terese continues to serve her community by working at Kirkwood Community College and volunteering at many Mt. Vernon city and school events. She loves her dog, Lola, and with such a large family, she finds joy in family activities.

 

Mary Morgan

Certified Celebrant
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