Bill, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, is a graduate of
John Dickinson High School, Delaware Technical and Community College and
Catonsville Community College Department of Mortuary Science. Bill began working at the funeral home with his father, Bill
Sr., at a young age and became a licensed funeral director in 1986. He has served on the boards of the New Castle County Chamber
of Commerce, Mid-County Senior Center and Saint Mark’s High School. He is past
president of the Christiana Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is past
president of the State of Delaware Board of Funeral Service, having been
appointed as a professional member, by Governor Tom Carper. He is a member of the Delaware State Funeral Directors
Association and served as the state’s National Policy Board Representative. He is a member of St. John the Beloved Parish and is a
charter member of St. John the Beloved Council #11796 Knights of Columbus. Bill lives in Pike Creek with his wife Dana; they have 4
grown children and 4 granddaughters.
Bill Doherty III
Vice President; Licensed Funeral Director
Bill is a 2003 graduate of Saint Mark’s High School, where
he served as Senior Class President; a 2007 graduate of Gettysburg College,
where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management; and a
2013 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He has been involved in the family business since 2000, and
began working full-time in 2010. He represents the third generation at Doherty
Funeral Homes, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Bill lives in Hockessin with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters.
Senior Licensed Funeral Director
A Wilmington native, Chris is a graduate of St. Anthony of Padua Grade
School, Salesianum School and earned his degree from Catonsville Community
College of Mortuary Science. He is a
member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Pius X Council. Chris began his career in funeral service in
1990 and received his funeral director’s license from the State of Delaware in
1994. He has been privileged to serve families at Doherty Funeral Homes since
2006. Chris enjoys spending his leisure
time with family and friends, especially his niece and nephew.
Michele Groff Linder
Licensed Funeral Director
Raised in Wilmington, Michele is a graduate of McKean High
School. She graduated from Davis and
Elkins College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management,
Marketing and Fashion Merchandising, and an Associate Degree in Applied
Science from Mercer County Community College’s Funeral Service Program. Michele began her career in funeral service in
2000 and is a licensed funeral director in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New
Jersey, as well as a licensed agent for pre-need insurance. Michele resides in Wilmington with her
husband and their two daughters.
Licensed Funeral Director
Martha Swanson is a dual licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Originally from Chester County, Martha graduated from Avon Grove High School in 2008 and went on to Millersville University to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication (Public Relations). She then studied Funeral Service Education and earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Northampton Community College, where she served as the president of Sigma Phi Sigma, the Funeral Service Association. Since 2014, Martha has fulfilled a caregiver role to families in and around her community who have lost loved ones. Martha resides in Wilmington and has had the privilege of serving families of Doherty Funeral Home since the fall of 2019.
Funeral Pre-Planning Director; Licensed Funeral Director
Jim has been a resident of Newark for 45 years. He is a
graduate of Christiana High School, attended the University of Delaware,
Delaware Technical and Community College and received his Mortuary Science
degree from Catonsville (MD) Community College. Jim started in funeral service
1980 and has been with the Doherty Funeral home since 1995. He is a member of
St. John-Holy Angels Church and also attends St. Thomas More Oratory.
John F. Yasik III
Licensed Funeral Director
John F. Yasik, III is a native Delawarean. A fourth generation Funeral Director of John F. Yasik Funeral Home. John became licensed in the State of Delaware in 1975 and joined his father, John F. Yasik, Jr., in the family business which was founded by his great grandfather. John is a lifelong member of St. Hedwig Parish, a graduate of St. Hedwig Elementary School and Salesianum School ‘71. He is a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Sciences, where he received the Award for Excellence in embalming. John is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Delaware Funeral Directors Association, where he currently is serving his fourth term as Treasurer of the association. John is an active volunteer in the community. John is a 3rd degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus – St. John Paul II Council. He presently serves as their Chancellor and is a past Treasurer of the organization. He is a long time member of the Polish Festival Committee, where he can be seen annually entertaining the thirsty festival patrons as a bartender. He faithfully serves as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for St. Hedwig Church and a member of St. Hedwig Finance Council. He is also a member of the Polish Kitchen who prepares and serves the Polish dinner for International Night every January benefitting The Ministry of Caring. He was past Treasurer of 12 years for St. Elizabeth Cub Scout Pack 285. John was also an Umpire and member of the Delaware Amateur Softball Association for over 20 years. John lives in Newark with his wife, Dianne; They have two sons and two grandsons. In May 2014, John made a decision to join with the Doherty Funeral Homes and continues to serve his families as John F. Yasik Funeral Services through the facilities at 1900 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington and 3200 Limestone Road in Pike Creek.
Family Care Consultant; Office Manager
Sandy graduated from St. Elizabeth High School and was hired
directly by Wilmington Trust Company. She worked at Wilmington Trust Company
for 17 years in Human Resources and held various administrative/managerial
positions within Human Resources. She received an American Institute of Banking
Diploma while employed at the bank. Sandy joined Doherty Funeral Home in 1995 as
an administrative assistant & in 1998 became the Office Manager. Sandy has
an extensive background in customer relations in her work experience and her
personal achievements. In addition to her duties as Office Manager at Doherty
Funeral Home, Sandy was formally trained as a Family Care Consultant to
implement the Family Care Program in 2003. The “extra service after the
service” has helped many of our Doherty families and has been well received.
Sandy has been a lifelong member of St. Elizabeth Church; previous Pastoral
Council Member, Parish Lector; Athletic Association Secretary; Junior
Achievement Volunteer; and volunteer for church functions. Sandy is married
& has 3 children.
Funeral Director's Assistant
Larry was born and raised in Wilmington and is a 1969 graduate of Conrad High School. Upon retiring from DuPont after 24 years of service, he began his second career in funeral service in 1996. Larry lives in North Wilmington with his wife, Martha; they have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Pike Creek Office Administrator
Kate was born and raised in the Forty Acres area of Wilmington and is a
graduate of St. Elizabeth’s High School and York College. She began her customer service career at
Pathmark, where she worked for 23 years.
Kate joined the staff of Doherty Funeral Homes in 2013 and currently
serves as the Office Administrator at the Pike Creek location,
where she values helping families during their time of need. Coming from a large, close knit family, she is
one of eleven children and enjoys their many gatherings. Kate is married with four children and three grandchildren.
Dianne Yasik is a South Jersey native. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson
University School of Nursing. She was a
Registered Nurse working for over 20 years at Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital in the Medical Oncology department and later in a private practice for
Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonology Associates. She served as the School Nurse at St Hedwig’s
Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware before joining her husband, John F.
Yasik, III, full time at the John F. Yasik Funeral Home as the Office Manager. As an active member of St. Hedwig Church, Dianne currently serves
as a Eucharistic Minister, is past President of the Holy Rosary Society, and
past co- chairman of St. Hedwig’s Annual Polish Festival. She has also served as Treasurer of St.
Hedwig Home and School Association and has been chairman of the school Auction
Committee. She was active for many years
in the St. Hedwig CYM Sports program where she coached both the 4th
Grade girls and Senior boys basketball teams.
Dianne also served for many years as a co-leader of Cub Scout Pack 285. Dianne lives in Newark with her husband John; they have 2 sons and 2 grandsons. In May of 2014, Dianne joined the staff of Doherty Funeral Homes.
Lynne graduated from Goldey-Beacom College with an A.S.
degree in Legal Secretary Studies. She
then received her Paralegal Certificate from Widener University School of
Law. Lynne worked in the corporate law
field for 13 years. After the birth of twin boys in 2000, she became a
stay-at-home mom. In 2006, once her children were in school full time, Lynne returned
to work in a part-time Administrative Assistant position with Doherty. Lynne is a member of the Delaware Paralegal
Association and volunteers at her sons’ school.
She lives in Wilmington with her husband and four children.
Ralph Plumley, ThM, CT
A native Delawarean, Ralph graduated
from Dover High School and attended the University of Delaware. He earned a
Bachelor of Science from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Master of Theology
from Dallas Theological Seminary. Moving back to Delaware, he joined the staff of
Doherty Funeral Homes in 1992 where he guides children, adults, and families through
the grief process. With a background as
a hospital chaplain and hospice Bereavement Specialist, Ralph has 30 years’
experience assisting families when a death occurs. He is Ordained by the
Baptist General Conference, Certified in Thanatology: Dying, Death, and Bereavement
by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and a Certified
Funeral Celebrant. Ralph has served
nationally for ADEC as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee and
Chair of the Course Standardization Taskforce. Locally, he has served as
President of the Delaware End-of-Life Coalition, member of the Board of Directors
of Supporting Kidds: The Center for Grieving Children & Their Families, and
Chair of the Accreditation Committee of Wilmington Christian School. He has also authored several CareNotes
published by Abbey Press for teens, adults, and professional caregivers. Ralph and his wife live in Pike Creek. They have four adult children and two granddaughters.