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.
Aaron Forgey (AaronF@kraftsussman.com)
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Aaron began his career serving families in funeral service in 2003, through the loss of a parent. Recognizing the need for personal care after the loss of a loved one, Aaron joined a local funeral home. As a graduate of the University of Nevada- Las Vegas, Aaron grew through many positions within that funeral home, eventually becoming manager of a corporate funeral home. Advancing his desire to bring personal care to funeral service, Aaron joined Kraft-Sussman in June 2017 as Manager and Funeral Director, with the goal of maintaining quality care for families. Aaron prides himself on the high level of care that he, and all the staff at Kraft Sussman provide. As a licensed funeral director, Aaron manages the day-to-day operations of the funeral home in bringing honest, quality service to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Aaron and his wife, Courtney enjoy spending quality time with their two children, Caterina and Lorenzo; two dogs, Jack and Joe; and Cat, Jasper.
Mercedes Quartucci (Mercedes@kraftsussman.com)
Mercedes was raised in the funeral home from a young age, with her family. From that time, she knew she always wanted to be involved in helping others and caring for families at a time when they need it the most. After graduating high school, Mercedes started working in administration at a local funeral home and shortly after, obtained her license as a Funeral Arranger. She attended mortuary school for Funeral Service Education and Mortuary Science while working on her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry. Mercedes is also involved in the Nevada Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after her diagnosis in 2015, helping children with Type I Diabetes and educating peers of the disease. She joined the staff of Kraft-Sussman in July 2017.
Matt Kraft (MattK@kraftsussman.com)
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.