Raised in the Beartooth Mountains in Montana, John graduated from Absarokee High School in 1986 and began serving a two-year apprenticeship near Yosemite Park, California from 1986 until beginning Cypress College's Department of Mortuary Science in 1988. After receiving his certification in Mortuary Science, and passing the California Embalmers exam and National Board exam he became a Licensed California Embalmer on July 17, 1989. Attending night school he earned an Associate in Science Degree in June 1990, and continued his efforts receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a health care emphasis from the University of Redlands on January 31, 1996.
Having met Jennifer while attending Mortuary School and marrying in 1993 they moved to her hometown of Norwalk, Ohio in 1996, and received a reciprocating Ohio Embalmer license on December 18, 1996 and Funeral Director license on June 5, 1997.
On September 25, 2000, after much hard work and dedication, John became part-owner and managing funeral director of the Evans & Groff Funeral Home; and along with his wife Jennifer (Traczek), took full ownership June 16, 2005, now Evans Funeral Home.
John is thrilled to be part of the Norwalk community. He is a member the Ohio Funeral Directors Association - Past President, National Funeral Directors Association, Cremation Association of North America, Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and currently serving on the Board of Trustees (6 year term), Norwalk Catholic School Governing Board-Vice-Chair, Treasurer of Erie-Huron-Richland Community Action, member of Elks Lodge No. 730, Eagles Aerie 711, 4th Degree-Knights of Columbus, and social member at the Norwalk VFW and Plum Brook Country Club. Also a member of the Pillar Society-Norwalk Area United Fund, sustaining member of the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. and Huron County Chamber of Commerce.
Raised in Norwalk, Jennifer graduated from Norwalk High School in 1987. Having completed her bachelor in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis at California State University, Fullerton, she went on to receive her Funeral Director's License in 2002 from the State of Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. She served her funeral director apprenticeship with her husband here in Norwalk. Jennifer is also a licensed Cosmetologist in both Ohio (since 1988) and California (since 1989), which has been a passion since she was 13 years old.
Jennifer is pleased to be back home and serving the community she loves. She is a member of the Ohio and National Funeral Director's Associations, Shoestring Players Board, Kiwanis Club of Norwalk Board, Project Leadership of Huron County Board and Alumni, Endowment Fund for Norwalk City Schools Board, Norwalk Area Arts Council Treasurer, Finance Council for St. Paul Catholic Church, Norwalk Eagles Auxiliary 711, Norwalk V.F.W. Social Member, and Huron County Ohio Chamber of Commerce member.
Address and Phone Numbers
Our 24 Hour Telephone Number is (419) 668-1469
Our Fax Number is (419) 663-6149
We are located at the intersection of East Main Street and Old State Road.
314 E. Main St, Norwalk OH 44857