Wendy Kraft (WKraft@kraftsussman.com)
Wendy Kraft came to funeral service through a personal tragedy. She found that helping others who have had a loved one die was a personal calling for her. Wendy attended mortuary school in New England, prior to moving to Las Vegas. She worked for a corporate funeral home when she moved to Las Vegas, but quickly understood that the commission/bonus compensation of the corporate firms did not match her philosophy of supporting the bereaved. She had a goal of creating a funeral home where the primary goal is to serve the families of the deceased with support and compassion. Wendy is very involved in the community, serving on a number of boards and committees of various nonprofit organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, LAMBDA, Hadassah, Brandeis University Woman and a number of local synagogues. Wendy was also very instrumental in helping to start the Chevra Kadisha, a Jewish Burial Society, in Southern Nevada.
Wendy is also a certified Funeral Celebrant. She is available to help you plan a meaningful service for your loved one.
Laura Sussman (LSussman@kraftsussman.com)
Laura Sussman was a nonprofit executive for close to 25 years, prior to opening Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services. Through discussions with people who had unpleasant experiences with local funeral homes, as well as her involvement with the Chevra Kadisha, she understood the need for an alternative to the high pressure, corporate chain funeral homes in Southern Nevada. Laura is a licensed funeral director and preneed insurance agent. She is involved in a number of community organizations including TIP (Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada), Jewish Family Service Agency, the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada, and a number of local synagogues.
Daniel "DJ" Sinai (DJSinai@kraftsussman.com)
D.J. Sinai joined the staff of Kraft-Sussman in 2012. A well-known member of the Jewish community, D.J. works in all aspects of funeral services. D.J. is a licensed pre-need specialist, and provides families with information about Kraft-Sussman’s services, helps to care for the deceased, and meets with families to help them with their arrangements. D.J. has been part of the Las Vegas Community for over 20 years and has been involved in numerous activities through the Las Vegas Valley including many religious and communal events. Through his work as the Musical Director of Temple Beth Sholom, a member of the Meshugginah Klezmorim and through his professional and volunteer musical performances, D.J. has entertained and inspired thousands of people in our community. He is also a part of the Southern Nevada Patriot Guard, a volunteer federally registered non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders and honorably discharged veterans. During his free time, D.J. enjoys spending time with his family.
Lennette Smith (LSmith@kraftsussman.com)
Lennette Smith was born and raised in Gary, Indiana where she graduated from East Chicago Central High School. She moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1994 to raise her children. While living in Ohio, Lennette was employed in the accounting field for over 17 years. In 2010, she married her husband Andy and inherited two additional children. Lennette’s family moved back to Indiana where she was given the opportunity to change careers. After much praying and a lot of spiritual guidance, she enrolled in Ivy Tech Mortuary School where she was awarded the Kappa Kappa Kappa Scholarship for Second Career and the IFDA Executive Scholarship. Lennette graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 2014. In 2015, her family relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and Lennette began a new career in funeral service. She joined the Kraft Sussman team as a licensed funeral director in late August 2015 and is honored to be serving the families in the Las Vegas area.
Obie joined the staff of Kraft-Sussman in 2012 as a puppy. He is the area's only licensed grief therapy dog. A hypoallergenic yorkie-poodle mix, Obie is equally comfortable with children and adults. He can usually be found lounging in the reception area, greeting visitors when they enter the office. Obie spends his leisure time visiting patients in nursing homes and hospices and hiking at Red Rock and Mt. Charleston.