Apprentice joins staff of local funeral home

Matthew Kennedy, originally from the Cambridge/Byesville area, has joined the staff of Hadley Funeral Homes as an apprentice. The Marietta chapel, Reno chapel and New Matamoras chapel will be served by Kennedy under the direction of his master funeral director and embalmer J. Rob Hadley. Kennedy will serve his apprenticeship for 12 months and take his state board laws exam in January 2014. He has passed his National Board Examination while at Mortuary College.

President and funeral director and embalmer John J. Hadley is happy to have Matt become a member of Hadley Funeral Home that John’s father and mother Harold B. and Virginia Hadley founded on Mother’s Day 1938. They begin their 75th year serving families of Marietta and the Mid-Ohio Valley this May. Hadley Funeral Home has been family-owned and staffed during this time with H. Lee Hadley, John J. Hadley, and J. Robert Hadley, all funeral directors and embalmers, and Ruth J. Hadley and Barbara L. Hadley, funeral directors. Morris Rohdy and Dale Ferrell each have over 30 years with the funeral home and are both Certified Cremation Operators of the Cremation unit at the Reno chapel.

Kennedy graduated from Meadowbrook High School Class of 2009. During his time at Meadowbrook, Kennedy played football and baseball and was in the National Honor Society. After graduation, Kennedy attended Ohio University-Zanesville branch for two years prior to transferring to Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He graduated from CCMS in the fall of 2012 at the top of his class, earning the Summa Cum Laude honor and was awarded the Dr. A.J. Nunnamaker Award for Highest Scholastic Standing, the Charles O. Dhonau Memorial Embalming Award, and the Homer D. Leffler Award for Funeral Directing. Kennedy has moved to Marietta and he began his career with Hadley Funeral Home in December 2012. Kennedy enjoys spending time with his fiancee, Maeve, and watching NFL and NBA. He is also a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Cambridge.