Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Jacob Wittrock Owner & Funeral Director

Jacob has been serving Cedar Rapids and Marion area families since 1997. In December of 2008, he purchased the Stewart and Baxter Funeral Homes. He is dedicated to providing each family with the care and compassion they deserve.  
A native of Holstein, Iowa, Jacob attended Kirkwood Community College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he earned a Bachelor of Mortuary Science. 

He has served the community in many ways including the Hospice of Mercy Advisory Board, and the local American Red Cross Board of Directors. He is currently a member of Grace Episcopal Church and the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids, where he serves as club president.

Outside of caring for families, Jacob values time with his family and friends, enjoys a good business book, riding his bike, and loves traveling to warm destinations during Iowa's cold months.

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Scott Greenman Owner & Community Care Director

Scott has called Cedar Rapids home since 1997.  He grew up on the shores of northern Ohio in a city famous for roller coasters, Sandusky.  He is proud to be an alumnus of Bowling Green State University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

In December of 2008, he purchased the Stewart and Baxter Funeral Homes. He is honored to provide each family with the personal attention and care they and their family deserve.

As Community Care Director, Scott guides families with preplanning, accessing community bereavement resources, and leading the Stewart Baxter continuing care program. And as owner, he takes care of the myriad of administrative duties in the operations of the funeral home.

In his down time, Scott loves being outdoors especially on the water, listening to music, cooking up or having a BBQ meal for family and friends to enjoy, and spending valued time with his family and dogs, Flynn and Dallys.

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Emily Johnson Funeral Director

Emily migrated to Cedar Rapids from Southeast Iowa to attend Kirkwood Community College. She received her Associate’s Degree there, and transferred to the University of Iowa to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies as well as a Certificate in Aging Studies. Emily then attended Des Moines Area Community College to study Mortuary Science. She graduated in 2015. After serving her internship with Stewart Baxter she was licensed as a funeral director in April of 2016. Emily is dedicated to serving families with her small-town, community-based focus.

 When Emily isn’t helping families at Stewart Baxter, she serves local veterans with the VFW Post 788 Auxiliary. In her spare time, Emily spends time with her husband, Andy, and their two cats, Cygnus and Jett. She enjoys going for bike rides in the warmer months, appreciating the snow and doing hot yoga in the winter months, visiting her Dad in Florida or her Mom in Illinois, looking forward to her brother’s calls from overseas, having lunch with her grandparents, reading fiction and Sci-Fi novels, and watching episodes of Doctor Who.

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Michell Morrow Funeral Director

Michell joined the Stewart Baxter team in 2016, licensed in both Iowa and Missouri.  As a 2015 graduate of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, she earned her associate's degree in Mortuary Science with highest honors.  She also has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from St. Louis University.  And she has plenty of life experience, from traveling the country as an inspector for a corporate restaurant chain to designing advertising for the yellow pages. 
 
Michell is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and PEO International, as well as the Iowa, Illinois and Missouri associations. She and her husband, Phil, have three grown children in the St. Louis area and a Kerry Blue Terrier who has moved with them to the Creative Corridor.

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Melissa Owens Adminstrative Assistant

Melissa was born and raised in Lisbon, Iowa, and continues to make it her home. Before entering the military, she worked for Collins Radio and Hallmark Care Center. After serving her country in the United States Air Force, Melissa returned to Iowa to receive a degree in accounting. While in college, she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in the emergency room using the skills she had aquired while serving in the Air Force.

 

Melissa is a life member of the Federated Church and has in the past enjoyed singing in the choir. She finds enjoyment in reading a good book, making quilts with her mom, and crafting beautiful things with her needle point. Melissa finds that family and the time spent with them is the most important thing to her. Melissa has been with the funeral home for 20 years.

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Pauline Hoth Family Services Assistant

Pauline's motherly hugs and warm personality will likely be your first impression when you visit the funeral home for a memorial.  Her lifetime of customer service experience is evident in everything she does.  Many will recall her smiling face from her 15 years at Armstrong's Department Store and more recently her work at Norwood/Souvenir Company.  She is a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where she is active with the Chancel Choir,  and formerly served on the Executive Board.

Pauline's grandchildren mean the world to her and she enjoys being involved in their activities.  She likes taking care of her yard and flowers, knitting, reading, and keeping in touch with her friends.  Several times a year she travels to see family in West Virginia and Arizona.  

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Curt Moermond Family Services Assistant

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Pat Albaugh Family Services Assistant

Pat has been a lifelong resident of Mechanicsville, Iowa, and enjoys her hometown. She has worked many roles over the course of her career, starting with the Linn-Mar Jr. High School as Secretary to the Principal for 26 years, then moving onto Kirkwood Community College as the Office Coordinator in the Learning Services/Skill Center Department for an additional 20 years. Preferring not to retire, Pat began working for the funeral home in 2010 and continues to work with families as a Family Services Assistant.

 

Pat is a fan of country music, and enjoys working and relaxing in her rock and flower gardens, photography, spending time with her family and cats, and researching her family’s genealogy—she is one of nine siblings. She values volunteering to help others in need and making people smile.

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Jim Schmidt Family Services Assistant

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Terese Pisarik Family Services Assistant

Terese was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  She received a BS degree in Biology,Chemistry, and Theology from Marycrest College, Davenport and a Masters degree in Counseling from Iowa State University. Terese was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa for 18 years. Most of her career was spent in Riverside, CA, educating our youth.  Retiring after 47 years in education, she has returned to Mount Vernon. 


Terese continues to serve her community by working at Kirkwood Community College and volunteering at many Mt. Vernon city and school events. She loves her dog, Lola, and with such a large family, she finds joy in family activities.

Jacob Wittrock

Owner & Funeral Director
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Jacob has been serving Cedar Rapids and Marion area families since 1997. In December of 2008, he purchased the Stewart and Baxter Funeral Homes. He is dedicated to providing each family with the care and compassion they deserve.  
A native of Holstein, Iowa, Jacob attended Kirkwood Community College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he earned a Bachelor of Mortuary Science. 

He has served the community in many ways including the Hospice of Mercy Advisory Board, and the local American Red Cross Board of Directors. He is currently a member of Grace Episcopal Church and the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids, where he serves as club president.

Outside of caring for families, Jacob values time with his family and friends, enjoys a good business book, riding his bike, and loves traveling to warm destinations during Iowa's cold months.

Scott Greenman

Owner & Community Care Director
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Scott has called Cedar Rapids home since 1997.  He grew up on the shores of northern Ohio in a city famous for roller coasters, Sandusky.  He is proud to be an alumnus of Bowling Green State University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

In December of 2008, he purchased the Stewart and Baxter Funeral Homes. He is honored to provide each family with the personal attention and care they and their family deserve.

As Community Care Director, Scott guides families with preplanning, accessing community bereavement resources, and leading the Stewart Baxter continuing care program. And as owner, he takes care of the myriad of administrative duties in the operations of the funeral home.

In his down time, Scott loves being outdoors especially on the water, listening to music, cooking up or having a BBQ meal for family and friends to enjoy, and spending valued time with his family and dogs, Flynn and Dallys.

Emily Johnson

Funeral Director
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Emily migrated to Cedar Rapids from Southeast Iowa to attend Kirkwood Community College. She received her Associate’s Degree there, and transferred to the University of Iowa to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies as well as a Certificate in Aging Studies. Emily then attended Des Moines Area Community College to study Mortuary Science. She graduated in 2015. After serving her internship with Stewart Baxter she was licensed as a funeral director in April of 2016. Emily is dedicated to serving families with her small-town, community-based focus.

 When Emily isn’t helping families at Stewart Baxter, she serves local veterans with the VFW Post 788 Auxiliary. In her spare time, Emily spends time with her husband, Andy, and their two cats, Cygnus and Jett. She enjoys going for bike rides in the warmer months, appreciating the snow and doing hot yoga in the winter months, visiting her Dad in Florida or her Mom in Illinois, looking forward to her brother’s calls from overseas, having lunch with her grandparents, reading fiction and Sci-Fi novels, and watching episodes of Doctor Who.

Michell Morrow

Funeral Director
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Michell joined the Stewart Baxter team in 2016, licensed in both Iowa and Missouri.  As a 2015 graduate of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, she earned her associate's degree in Mortuary Science with highest honors.  She also has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from St. Louis University.  And she has plenty of life experience, from traveling the country as an inspector for a corporate restaurant chain to designing advertising for the yellow pages. 
 
Michell is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and PEO International, as well as the Iowa, Illinois and Missouri associations. She and her husband, Phil, have three grown children in the St. Louis area and a Kerry Blue Terrier who has moved with them to the Creative Corridor.

Melissa Owens

Adminstrative Assistant
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Melissa was born and raised in Lisbon, Iowa, and continues to make it her home. Before entering the military, she worked for Collins Radio and Hallmark Care Center. After serving her country in the United States Air Force, Melissa returned to Iowa to receive a degree in accounting. While in college, she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in the emergency room using the skills she had aquired while serving in the Air Force.

 

Melissa is a life member of the Federated Church and has in the past enjoyed singing in the choir. She finds enjoyment in reading a good book, making quilts with her mom, and crafting beautiful things with her needle point. Melissa finds that family and the time spent with them is the most important thing to her. Melissa has been with the funeral home for 20 years.

Pauline Hoth

Family Services Assistant
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Pauline's motherly hugs and warm personality will likely be your first impression when you visit the funeral home for a memorial.  Her lifetime of customer service experience is evident in everything she does.  Many will recall her smiling face from her 15 years at Armstrong's Department Store and more recently her work at Norwood/Souvenir Company.  She is a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where she is active with the Chancel Choir,  and formerly served on the Executive Board.

Pauline's grandchildren mean the world to her and she enjoys being involved in their activities.  She likes taking care of her yard and flowers, knitting, reading, and keeping in touch with her friends.  Several times a year she travels to see family in West Virginia and Arizona.  

Curt Moermond

Family Services Assistant
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Pat Albaugh

Family Services Assistant
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Pat has been a lifelong resident of Mechanicsville, Iowa, and enjoys her hometown. She has worked many roles over the course of her career, starting with the Linn-Mar Jr. High School as Secretary to the Principal for 26 years, then moving onto Kirkwood Community College as the Office Coordinator in the Learning Services/Skill Center Department for an additional 20 years. Preferring not to retire, Pat began working for the funeral home in 2010 and continues to work with families as a Family Services Assistant.

 

Pat is a fan of country music, and enjoys working and relaxing in her rock and flower gardens, photography, spending time with her family and cats, and researching her family’s genealogy—she is one of nine siblings. She values volunteering to help others in need and making people smile.

Jim Schmidt

Family Services Assistant
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Terese Pisarik

Family Services Assistant
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Terese was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  She received a BS degree in Biology,Chemistry, and Theology from Marycrest College, Davenport and a Masters degree in Counseling from Iowa State University. Terese was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa for 18 years. Most of her career was spent in Riverside, CA, educating our youth.  Retiring after 47 years in education, she has returned to Mount Vernon. 


Terese continues to serve her community by working at Kirkwood Community College and volunteering at many Mt. Vernon city and school events. She loves her dog, Lola, and with such a large family, she finds joy in family activities.