Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

John Roetker

John Roetker

Funeral Director/Owner

John is the proud owner of Gladfelter Funeral Home having purchased the funeral home in 2008.

John graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. He has worked in and managed other funeral homes in central Illinois and the Illinois Valley.  His experience in funeral service spans over forty years. 

John is a member of the Ottawa Noon Rotary Club, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Sons of the American Legion, and Illinois and National Funeral Directors Associations.  He is also a former member of the Illinois Coroners Association and International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners as well as the National Funeral Directors Association and Illinois Funeral Directors Association.  He also holds memberships in the Masonic Lodge and Bloomington Consistory.  John has participated on the committee for the Concert at Covel Creek to benefit Friendship Village of Ottawa and is a proud supporter of numerous community organizations and causes, including the Ottawa Concert Association and the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra.  He attends Crossbridge Community Church in Ottawa where he serves as a greeter and usher.

John resides in Ottawa and is honored to serve the families who choose Gladfelter Funeral Home in their time of need. 

Telephone: 1-815-433-0097

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Vicki Roetker

Vicki Roetker

Office Manager/Owner

Vicki works as the office manager at Gladfelter Funeral Home and is the wife of owner John Roetker.

Vicki was born and raised in Clinton, Illinois, and had been employed at the DeWitt County Clerk's office, and worked for the Office of Records and Registration at Eastern Illinois University. Vicki and John were married in 1979 and have two children, Alison and Jordan Roetker, and one grandson, Ethan, who all reside in Ottawa. 

Vicki is an active member of Zonta and attends Crossbridge Community Church where she serves in the nursery and Sunday School.  Vicki takes pride in making sure the quality expectations Gladfelter Funeral Home families have come to expect are met or exceeded.

Telephone: 1-815-433-0097

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Jordan Roetker

Jordan Roetker

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jordan is the son of John and Vicki Roetker and is a funeral director here at Gladfelter Funeral Home.

A U.S. Army veteran of 7 years, Jordan served in the Military Police Corps being deployed to both Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  He is a member of the American Legion Post 33 in Ottawa, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and attends Crossbridge Community Church in Ottawa.

Jordan graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science Spring 2015 Class where he was awarded the Illinois Funeral Directors Association Past President’s Scholarship for excellence in professionalism.  He is married to Erica Rohwer of Ottawa. He resides in Ottawa and looks forward to assisting the families Gladfelter Funeral Home is honored to serve.

Telephone: 1-815-433-0097

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Jennifer Leifheit

Jennifer Leifheit

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jennifer is a graduate of Ottawa Township High School and Illinois Valley Community College. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. She has gained experience in funeral service having servied as a funeral director, embalmer, and cremationist in the Sandwich and Ottawa areas. 

A native of Ottawa, Jennifer is the daughter of Ken and Carol Geiger. Married to Ryan Leifheit, they and their four children reside in rural Ottawa.

Telephone: 1-815-433-0097

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Charles 'Chick' Kluemke

Charles "Chick" Kluemke

Funeral Assistant

Charles "Chick" Kluemke has been a funeral assistant at Gladfelter's since 2005.  Chick and his wife, Mary, have two children, Mark and Marcia and five grandchildren. 

A native of Breese, Illinois, Chick received numerous awards and honors and retired as district manager for the Prudential Insurance Company in 1997. 

In the different towns Chick and Mary lived, they were involved in and coached boys and girls basketball.  The past 30 years Chick has coached boys and girls basketball at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ottawa. 

A member of St. Francis Church, where he serves as usher, lector and CCD teacher, Chick also is a familiar face at Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Course.  He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Marquette Booster Club, and is a corporate member of St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.


Sheila Nanouski

Sheila Nanouski

Funeral Assistant

Sheila has been a very integral member of our staff since 1998.  She is responsible for the funeral home being in pristine condition for each family we serve.

Born, educated and reared in Ottawa, Sheila retired from Interior Unlimited, after twenty years of service as an upholsterer.  She is a life time member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church where she served as custodian for twenty seven years.

Sheila is the wife of James P. Nanouski and mother of their four children, Dawn, Darcy, James and Patricia.


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