Jeffrey F. & Annette M. Gahman
Jeffrey F. & Annette M. Gahman

Jeff is a lifelong resident of Perkasie, a 1983 graduate of Pennridge High School and a 1992 graduate of Northampton College.  Jeff and Annette were married in September of 1986, they have three daughters, Stephanie and her husband Joseph Ferrara, Christine and Nicole Gahman. 

Jeff joined the staff of the funeral home in 1990 and along with his wife Annette, bought the Bernard Suess Funeral Home in August of 1999. 

Together, Jeff and Annette are dedicated to serving those families who have lost a loved one. 

Wendell G.& Audrey Waddell
Wendell G.& Audrey Waddell

Wendell and Audrey Waddell joined the firm in 2012. Wendell, a Souderton native and graduate of Souderton Area High School class of 1983, has previously served the surrounding communities as a Paramedic, Starting at Grand View Hospital Medic 151 and continuing with many other agencies in Montgomery and Upper Bucks  Counties for over 20 years, retiring in 1999. Wendell attained his funeral director’s license in 2001 after Graduating with honors from Northampton Community College.

Wendell and his family attend Quakertown First Church of the Brethren where Wendell serves on the Deacon Board and is involved in the Puppet Ministry.

Wendell and Audrey were married in 1992 and are the proud parents of daughters, Rebecca and Stephanie.

There is nothing treasured more than our family members. As a Paramedic, families trusted me with their most prized possessions, their family members.  As a Funeral Director families trust us with their most prized possessions, their family, it is a trust that is not taken lightly.

Michael. Kuhnert
Michael. Kuhnert
Michael Kuhnert, Funeral Director

Lee Anne Kingsbauer
Lee Anne Kingsbauer

Lee Anne Kingsbauer, Office Manager

Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Inc.

Perkasie, PA

Lee Anne and her husband, Scott, have resided in Sellersville, PA, since 1992. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Stephanie and Jillian.  A 1973 graduate of Pennridge High School, she went on to attain her Associate's Degree in Medical Secretary Science from Bucks County Community College in 1975.  Following her college graduation, she was employed for five years at the Penn Foundation, Sellersville, where she worked as a medical team secretary and secretary to the Assistant Medical Director.  In 1980, she began working for her parents, Bernard and Joan Suess, at the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, where she continues as the office manager and administrative assistant.

Lee Anne is a member of St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, Perkasie, where she has served as Sunday School Teacher for over 25 years and also as a Youth Fellowship Advisor for three terms.  A long-time member of the Church Ham Dinner Committee, Lee Anne also was a member of the Church Handbell Choir for a number of years and coordinated events such as the Sunday School Picnic and Advent Workshop. 

Lee Anne has been very active in the Pennridge Community over the years.  She is a past president of the Penn Foundation Auxiliary as well as the Country Collectors Questers Chapter of Perkasie.  She was a former member of the Grand View Hospital Lawn Fete Committee and served on various committees of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce, having been named the Chamber's Secretary of the Year in 1998.  She was very active with the various parents-teachers organizations where her daughters attended school as well as the parents of the Broad Street Entertainers of Miss Cindy's School of Dance, Quakertown and Perkasie, for many years.

Lee Anne is a Past Matron and current Secretary of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lenape Chapter No. 339, Quakertown, PA.  In 2009-2010, she served as Deputy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Penna. Order of Eastern Star for Region 14A. She is the current General Chairman of Membership for Penna. OES and formerly acted as the Eastern Chairman for the Masonic Villages.

Lee Anne is dedicated to serving families of the Pennridge Community as her parents have for over 50 years.

B. Dawn Derstine
B. Dawn Derstine

B. Dawn Derstine, Office Manager

Sadler-Suess Funeral Home

Telford, PA

Dawn has been a member of the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home staff in Telford since 1999.  She worked part time for David and Becky Sadler until David’s untimely passing in 2002, and then began working full time in 2003. She feels blessed to be able to serve many of the families of the Indian Valley.  

Dawn is a native of Perkasie and a 1980 graduate of Pennridge High School.  She earned her Associate in Arts degree from Bucks County Community College in 1982, and later earned her state insurance licenses while working in the insurance industry in both Virginia and Pennsylvania.  She is married to and has served alongside her husband Pastor Mike Derstine at Plains Mennonite Church in Hatfield where she is active in many areas of church life including music, worship, Sunday School and youth.  They previously served at Rockhill Mennonite Church in Telford, and at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, where she grew up.  Mike and Dawn are the parents of two grown children, Emily and Andrew.

Bernard & Joan Suess
Bernard & Joan Suess

Bernard and Joan Suess, Former Owners

Bernie and Joan have been dedicated and active members of the Pennridge Community for over 50 years.  Bernie is a member and past president of the Pennridge-Perkasie Rotary Club.  He also is a member and past vice president and secretary of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce.  A member of St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, Perkasie, Bernie has served as treasurer, deacon and elder of the Church over the years. 

A U. S. Navy Veteran of World War II, he is a member of the Hartzell-Crouthamel American Legion Post No. 280, Perkasie.  He is a member of the MacCalla Lodge No. 596 F&AM, Souderton, PA, and is past president of the North Penn Shrine Club.  He is a 32nd Degree Mason with the Lehigh Consistory, Allentown, and a member of the Rajah Shrine, Reading, PA. 

Joan is a member of St. Stephen's, where she served as president of the Builder's Circle and sang in the church choir.  A member of Lenape Chapter No. 339 Order of Eastern Star, Quakertown, she has also served on various committees of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce over the years.  She is especially active with the Ridge Crest Christmas Workshop, and has designed, constructed and donated many quilts for various community groups for fundraising purposes.  A 50-plus-year member of the Woman's Club of Perkasie, she also was a former member of the Grand View Hospital Lawn Fete Committee.  Joan also enjoys creating gift baskets that are donated by the funeral home for numerous community events.

Bernie and Joan were the recipients of the Frank Kulp Memorial Award presented by the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce in 2000.


             Funeral Assistants

Albert Berner, Arthur Thomas, J. Allen Landis, Glenn Landes and Terry Weirback


Bernard Suess Funeral Home
606 Arch Street
Perkasie, PA 18944

Sadler Suess Funeral Home
33 North Main Street
Telford, PA 18969