After 35 years of ownership, Carl F. Slonaker Jr., of Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, in East Greenville, has announced a new partnership.
Since January, the firm’s day-to-day operations have been handled by Taylor Fluharty-Braxton F.D., Supv., and William E. “Bud” Harner IV, F.D.
Carl and his wife, Sheri, as well as longtime staff member, Stephen C. Schofer, FD, will remain active on their staff to assist families and serve with community relations.
Taylor Fluharty-Braxton, has been with Mann-Slonaker Inc. for the last three years and is a resident of the Upper Perkiomen Valley since childhood. She is a 2009 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, a 2013 graduate of Ursinus College and a 2015 graduate of Northampton Community College’s Mortuary Science Program.
She is a member of The National Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association, and the International Order of the Golden Rule. Locally, she is also a member of the Upper Perkiomen Business and Professional Women's Club and Shepherd of the Hills Church. She is a daughter of Mark and Adrienne (Nyce) Fluharty of Red Hill. Recently married, she and her husband Matthew Braxton reside in East Greenville.
William E. “Bud” Harner IV comes to the Upper Perkiomen Valley after serving as a funeral director for several communities in the Tri-County area since 1998. He is a 1994 graduate of Boyertown High School and earned his Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science from Northampton Community College in 1997.
He is a member of The National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association. Locally, he is a member of New Hanover United Methodist Church, a member and Past Master of Boyertown Lodge #741 F&AM, Rajah Shrine, and the Boyertown Area Wrestling Association. He and his wife Erica are residents of Boyertown and have twin daughters, Adison and Reagan and a son, Liam.
Stephen C. Schofer graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem in 1986 and has been with the firm since his graduation from Northampton Community College in 1991.
He is a member of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Red Hill Band, the Liberty Alumni Band and New Goshenhoppen Church Brass Ensemble. He is also a member of The National Funeral Directors Association, The Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and The Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association. Steve lives in Red Hill and is an avid cyclist and is a member of The Professional Car Society.
Other staff members include crematory manager, Daniel Murphy of Pennsburg; funeral attendants, George Smith of Pennsburg, Barry Walker of Perkiomenville, Craig Schuster of East Greenville and Donald Swavely of Gilbertsville and Leonard Kulp and Brenda Kahler in the office.