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About Us

Since opening our doors on November 23, 1959, Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory has stood as a beacon of compassion and support in Lakeland. We understand that the journey through grief is profoundly personal. Our dedicated team offers tailored guidance for each family, ensuring that each service honors the unique life of your loved one. Whether it’s through traditional funerals or personalized cremation services, our commitment is unwavering: to create a respectful space where memories are cherished and peace can be found. Watch our video to discover how we uphold these values and support you in your time of need.

Our History

Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been a pillar of the Lakeland community for decades. Our funeral home was founded on the principles of respect, compassion, and quality service. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of serving countless families, helping them honor their loved ones and navigate their grief. Our history is deeply intertwined with the community we serve, and we’re proud to continue our tradition of exceptional service.

Our Team

Our team at Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory is comprised of experienced and dedicated professionals who are committed to providing support, compassion, and guidance to all those in need. Our staff includes licensed funeral directors, grief counselors, and support personnel, all of whom are here to assist you in your time of need. We’re proud to do our part in honoring veterans, and we’re always here to support our community.

At Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory, we are dedicated to lightening your burden and providing comfort during life’s most challenging moments. Our professional and compassionate approach ensures personalized support for the Lakeland community, making each experience meaningful and memorable. We honor the privilege of assisting you in your time of need.

Our Staff

  • Matthew Heath Schichtel

    President/Funeral Director
  • Bill Schichtel

    Vice President- Funeral Director
  • Art Kretzer II

    Funeral Director
  • Rusty Gray

    Funeral Director
  • Caroline Heath Schichtel

    Community Service Relations
  • Mark R. Niece

    Staff Associate
  • Billi Jo Hendry

    Administrative Assistant

Community Involvement

At Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory, we believe in giving back to our community. We actively participate in local events, support local businesses, and strive to make a positive impact in our area. Our community involvement is just one of the ways we express our commitment to the families we serve.

Our Promise

We promise to serve you and your family with dignity, respect, and compassion. At Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory, we understand that each family is unique, and we’re dedicated to providing services that meet your individual needs. We’re here to guide you through this difficult journey, offering support and understanding at every step.


  • What services do you offer?

    We offer a range of services including customized funeral services, grief support, and veteran honoring ceremonies. Our services are tailored to reflect your values, preferences, and budget.

  • How can I reach out for support?

    Our caring staff is available 24/7 to provide support, compassion, and guidance. You can reach out to us via phone, email, or through our website’s contact form.

  • What makes Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory unique?

    Our commitment to personalized, professional, and compassionate service sets us apart. We’re dedicated to supporting our community and providing meaningful experiences for families during their time of need.

Contact Us

Reach out to us anytime. Our caring staff is available to provide support, compassion, and guidance when you need it most.

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