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 nearly 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. Laura currently serves on the 2019 Board of Directors as Board Chair for Jewish Family Service Agency.
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 the 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 is also a certified Funeral Celebrant. Aaron and his wife, Courtney, enjoy spending quality time with their two children, Caterina and Lorenzo; two dogs, Jack and Joe; and Cat, Jasper.
Adam Rhodes (Adamr@kraftsussman.com)
Adam Rhodes came to funeral service through a calling to serve grieving families and create personalized life tributes. A former native of rural West Virginia, where funerals were always a quintessential community-wide event that brought people together to celebrate a life, this inspired him to become a Funeral Service Professional. Adam is an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he received a Diploma of Funeral Directing and Embalming and an Associate of Specialized Business in Funeral Service Management. Adam is a Licensed Funeral Arranger who is pursuing his Funeral Director and Embalmer Licenses. He is also an Insight Academy Certified Life Celebrant. He assists families with making funeral arrangements, attends to the family’s needs at their loved one’s services, and officiates Life Celebrations for families who prefer a more non-traditional approach to their loved one’s funeral service. Adam is a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Community where he serves on the Knights of Columbus Chapter 14144 as Youth Director. Adam joined the Kraft-Sussman Funeral and Cremation Services family in February 2018 and is proud to work with such a professional and compassionate team. To walk with families in their grief is his life’s work and he is honored to serve those who call upon him. Adam is also a certified Funeral Celebrant.
Lola Rivera (Lola@kraftsussman.com)
Lola has been an active member of the Las Vegas Jewish and secular community since 1999. It has been her calling to assist families in need throughout the community. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Education and Curriculum. She is active in several non-profit organizations and continues to assist individuals and families in need throughout the community. Lola enjoys spending time with her husband Rudy Rivera, children and extended family. Lola joined Kraft Sussman Funeral and Cremation Services in March of 2018 and is honored to work with their compassionate and caring staff .
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.