The great care and service DeJohn Funeral Homes is able to provide families begin with its excellent staff. Individuals like Alana Wallin who works as an administrator behind the scenes are just as important as the funeral director who meets with a family plan their love ones’ life celebration.
Alana has been working with DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott for 17 years, beginning in catering then applying for an open office position. Since then, she has integrated into a variety of roles from purchasing and accounting to meeting special family requests and managing care for the deceased during the funeral process.
She says, “Being part of the funeral home staff is like being part of the DeJohn family. They are very welcoming and compassionate people.”
Alana has also been important in growing the annual Stockings for Soldiers program. Inspired by Ross Jr ‘s idea, she began to research specific military needs, and then purchased stockings and distributed them to be filled.
For several years now, DeJohn Funeral Homes has supplied various community organizations, churches and schools as well as local residents with red and white stockings to take home, decorate and stuff with Christmas Cheer. Since the program began in 2010, DeJohn has been able to bless nearly 4, 500 soldiers with appreciation and a Merry Christmas.
Alana commented, “Once the program got started, it spread by word of mouth. It is such a great program and I’m honored to be part of it every year.”
Alana also helps manage the Ross Sr. and Carmella DeJohn Memorial Scholarship. From stuffing letter requests to schools to preparing student applications for judging and ensuring Ross Jr attends all honors ceremonies to award students, she enjoys helping give back in her community. Every year she is amazed at the quality of students that receive the annual honor.
When not at the funeral home, Alana enjoys spending time with her husband in Highland Heights, cooking her favorite Slovenian recipes for her six grandchildren and gardening at home. Her favorite flower is the rose because it reminds her of her brother and father who encouraged her love of nature.