STAFF


Please meet our staff.

 William C. Hunter, Supervisor & Funeral Director

W. C. Hunter is the president of Hunter Funeral Home, Inc. and has been a licensed funeral director in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1970.

Born in McKeesport, August 13, 1947, he is the son of W. O. and Betty Copper Hunter.

Bill is married to the former Louise Helfer and has two children, Adam and Kate.

Bill graduated from McKeesport High School in 1965, attended Kent State University until 1968, and graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1969.

Currently a member and elder of Central Presbyterian Church and formerly its clerk of session, he is past president and member of the McKeesport Heritage Center and Rotary Club of McKeesport.  He is a trustee and vice president of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, where he served as president from 1991 to 1998.  He is currently the president of The Friends of the Library.  A trustee of the McKeesport Little Theater, he has served on the board of directors of the McKeesport Symphony Society, the Mon Valley Education Consortium, and the McKeesport Campus of Penn State University.  A past president of the Mon Yough Unit of the American Cancer Society, he served as a director of the Pennsylvania division of the ACS.

Bill is an avid kayaker and also enjoys biking.  Other hobbies of his include gardening and cooking.

 

Kate Hunter, Funeral Director  

Kate has been a funeral director at Hunter Funeral Home, Inc. since September of 2007.

Born in McKeesport, February 14, 1981, she is the daughter of William C. and Louise Helfer Hunter. 

Kate graduated from McKeesport High School in 1999.  She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.  Kate then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated with honors in 2006.  While there, she received the Mu Sigma Alpha award and the John Rebol award for maintaining the highest scholastic average.

Kate currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Library. 

She bowls with the Monday night women's league at White Oak Bowl and enjoys playing poker.

 

D. James Heatherington, Funeral Director

Mr. Heatherington founded the D. James Heatherington Funeral Home in McKeesport in 1962 and was owner and operator until 2003.  He currently is a funeral director with Hunter Funeral Home, Inc.  Mr. Heatherington attended the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  He is the chair of UPMC McKeesport and a member of its board of directors; a member of the McKeesport Hospital Foundation board of directors; a member of the board of directors of Shenango Presbyterian Senior Housing, Inc.; and a consultant to TransCare, a Pittsburgh for-profit ambulance service.  His memberships include the Penn State McKeesport advisory board, the Mon-Yough Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Care Partnership board, and the McKeesport Healthier Communities Partnership.  Mr. Heatherington is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) board of directors and its committees on community health, insurance services division and physician services division.

A member of the Westmoreland County Fireman's Association, Mr. Heatherington is assistant fire chief of the Rillton Volunteer Fire Department of Sewickley Township.  He is a member of St. Pius V Church of McKeesport, the McKeesport Knights of Columbus, Council 955, and various antique automobile clubs, both regional and national. 

Mr. Heatherington is former deputy coroner of Allegheny County; former two-term member of the McKeesport City Council, having served as the first president of Council (in 1976) under the city's new Home Rule Charter; former secretary/treasurer of the McKeesport Redevelopment Authority; and former member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport.  He is the recipient of the 1992 Mon-Yough Chamber of Commerce Small Business Owner of the Year award and the 1995 Community Service Award.  He holds honorable discharges from the United States Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard.