History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Baumgardner Funeral Home of Andover was established in 1944 when Richard and Martha Baumgardner and their sons, Hugh and Sanford, came here from Smithfield, Ohio where they had operated a funeral home for a number of years.
Hugh joined his father in the funeral profession in 1962 after attending Kent State University and graduating from the Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science.. In 1964, Richard and Hugh purchased the funeral home in Kinsman, Ohio.
In 1980, Sanford joined the firm to continue the family tradition in funeral service. In 1993, Scott C. Orahood, born and raised in Andover, joined the firm as a funeral director and embalmer. Sanford’s daughter, Jodi Baumgardner Poole, joined the family firm in 1997 and Hugh’s daughter, Pamela Baumgardner Toth joined in 1999. The Baumgardner’s celebrate three generations of serving friends and neighbors in their time of need.
Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service lost a leader and mentor when Hugh passed away on May 29th, 2009. He has left a legacy of caring professionalism which will continue for many years.
Our Valued Staff
Jodi L. Baumgardner Poole, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jodi has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1998, after graduating from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Jodi is Sanford and Carol's daughter and is proud to carry on the Baumgardner tradition of excellence in service to the community.
She currently lives in Williamsfield with her husband, Jason and their 4 children.
Pamela E. Baumgardner Toth, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Pamela has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2000. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Pamela is the daughter of Hugh and Ardean Baumgardner, and is proud to work side-by-side with her cousin Jodi, to carry on the tradition started so long ago by Richard and Martha Baumgardner.
She currently resides in Kinsman with her husband, Bill and their 3 children.
Scott C. Orahood, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Scott joined the staff as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1993. Scott returned to his hometown, after a short time as a funeral director and embalmer in Virginia. Scott graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Scott currently lives in Andover with his wife, Sonia and their 2 children.
Sanford L. Baumgardner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Sanford joined his brother and father in the family firm as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1980. Retiring in 2010, Sanford continues to work alongside his daughter, Jodi, and niece, Pamela, as needed. He takes great pride in taking care of "behind the scenes" details helping them, and Scott, to better serve their client families.
He is a graduate of both Kent State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and later the Ohio State University, where he was awarded a Master of Social Work degree. He went on to graduate from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Currently, he lives in Andover, with his wife Carol.