Marissa has been in the funeral industry since 2010, beginning her career as an embalmer after wanting to join the industry from a young age. She gained her New Zealand Diploma in Embalming in 2013 and has been funeral directing since 2014. Marissa was born and brought up in Pukekohe and now lives in Buckland with her husband Vaughan, son Zac and daughter Lyla. After working in Auckland City, Marissa took the opportunity to join Grahams Funerals in 2016 where she is now able to work in the community she knows well. She feels grateful to be a part of the Franklin area and support families during their most vulnerable times. She has taken on the mantle of General Manager and is honoured to be able to lead the team, and continue to maintain the high standards, values and excellent service that Grahams Funeral Services has always provided to the community.
Deb has known for a long time that it is her calling to be involved in the funeral industry and is a Graduate of the NZ Diploma of Embalming, taking the Noel McNee Memorial Award for Top Practical Embalmer. She lives in rural Tuakau with her son Toby, and two dogs, Biscuit and Jessie. She has lived in the Waikato for most of her life but spent many years on Waiheke Island and in South Auckland. Her academic training is in Design and Theology, studying and teaching at Auckland University for several years. In recent years she has worked in Franklin breeding bumblebees for the agricultural sector, before joining the team at Grahams. Deb enjoys the variety of the work at Grahams and feels extremely fortunate to be a part of the team.
Jess was born and raised in Pukekohe, she has a strong knowledge of the community and local area. With a background in hospitality and customer service, she brings a friendly smile with her wherever she goes. Jess lives with her partner Ben, two children Mason and Zoey, their dog Margaret, and cat Billie-Jean. Outside of work she supports her partner and family with their Mixed Martial Arts Gym, and spends time learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu herself. Being new to the funeral industry, Jess is enthusiastic to learn, and has a kind and caring nature. She feels very privileged and proud to be able to help those that have lost a loved one.
Hila hails from South Auckland and is proud of her cultural background. Having been in the funeral industry for 14+ years, she is humbled and privileged to be part of the unique team at Grahams Funeral Services in helping families to honour and celebrate the lives of those passed on. Her life experiences dealing with families from different cultures, religions and backgrounds, brings meaning, understanding and appreciation to the value, purpose and importance of all involved in saying goodbye. Aside from assisting the bereaved, she treasures her time with her family, the creative arts and ancient history. As a registered Funeral Director and member of the Funeral Directors Association, you can be assured that together with the dedicated team here at Grahams Funerals, Hila will continue to serve her community with care, respect and integrity.
Matthew grew up in the United Kingdom but has lived in New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and raised their two children in the Franklin area for nearly 20 years. He brings his experience from working 10 years in the Franklin hospitality industry and 5 years working as a health care assistant in mental health. Matthew is excited to use his skills and experience serving the Franklin community with Grahams Funeral Service. When not at work Matthew enjoys cooking, music and forest walks. He is also a member of Auckland Kendo Club and is learning Japanese.
After spending five years in London as a professional wrestler in sports entertainment, Liv moved home to New Zealand to chase her dream of becoming a funeral director and embalmer. Liv loves singing, gardening, and swimming but her true passions in life are people and helping her community. Liv has a lovely cat named Kismet, a giant goldfish named Atlas and hopes to adopt a dog further down the road. Liv is new to the area and is honoured to have been welcomed into the team at Grahams.
Fleur has come to Grahams after working in administration in the heavy machinery sector and also previously in the funeral industry. She is happily married to her primary school sweetheart Shane, and they have lived in Pokeno since 2019. She was born and bred in the Karaka/Kingseat area, has spent time in Australia and has been back in Franklin for the last 24 years. Fleur has a warm and caring personality and is often the first point of contact for our families. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, which are her main focus in life. Fleur was inspired to join the funeral industry because of the excellent care she and her family received before and after the death of her mum.
Emilia is a new member to the Grahams team. She's been in the beauty industry for well 20 years and has a background in Graphic Design. She has 2 daughters, Aimee and Ashley, a cat (Lilo) and a little dog (Chloe). She enjoys being creative, dancing, cooking, baking and the odd DIY project. Emilia feels very privileged to be a part of the Grahams team and being able to assist grieving families with their design needs.
Rob is a new member to the Grahams team, and has a background in the printing business. He lives in Pukekohe with his wife Charmaine, and his daughter Haley heads our catering team. His church community and faith are a big part of Rob’s family life. He grew up in the Hawkes Bay region but has lived in Auckland since the age of 20. Rob helps Ivo with installing and maintaining headstones and plaques, as well as keeping our premises tidy, and helping out with practical jobs around all three of our chapels. He enjoys tinkering and fixing things in his garage when he’s not working here at Grahams.
Proudly continuing a family tradition, Mark is a third generation Funeral Director at Grahams. He completed his schooling at Tuakau and then Pukekohe High School before studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Auckland University. He joined the company in 1988 after leaving an accounting career spent working in Auckland, Perth and London. A caring person who enjoys helping people in the community, he is a proud Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of Pukekohe, and also a founding Trustee of the Franklin Silver Lining Trust, which provides special breaks for people facing adversity in their lives. Married to Sharon, formerly a local high school teacher, they enjoy living on a small rural lifestyle block. They have three, now adult children, Sebastian, Meisha and Jared.
Lynn previously lived in Waiuku 1972 - 1992 where his son Arron and daughter Paula grew up and did their schooling. He returned to live in Waiuku in February 2013 when his wife Sharron purchased the clothing alterations business in the main street of Pukekohe; renamed Stitches. Like Mark, his family background is the funeral profession; his grandfather starting a funeral service in Taranaki back in the 1940’s with Lynn’s dad being a funeral director. This business is still operating today. Lynn has a wide range of experience having been a locum funeral director, standing in for staff at funeral homes when they needed to have some time off, prior to joining Grahams. Lynn is renowned for his warm caring nature and attention to detail. To him a funeral is all about a memorable final farewell.
Having been involved with the family firm for nearly 50 years, Lynne has a wealth of experience and has always found her work challenging and rewarding, to be there with families in their time of need, to guide and support them through their grief. She values very much the wonderful friendships that have evolved from her work and this is what contributes to the great satisfaction she gets from working with families. She also considers it a privilege to work with the different cultures in our community. Lynne enjoys being able to be involved in the final presentation of the deceased and families often express how pleased and grateful they are at how their loved ones look for the viewing. Lynne is married to former managing director Bruce and is Mark’s mum. They also have another son Ross and a daughter Megan, who has recently become a qualified celebrant and assists in the business when asked to lead a service. Lynne is a longtime member of the St John’s Anglican Church Council and a strong supporter of the church activities.