Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Choosing a funeral home or cemetery can be an overwhelming decision, especially at an emotional time. That’s why it is important to know that there really is a difference. Longview Cemetery has been serving families of South Kansas City since 1964. Longview Funeral Home opened its doors in 1986, on the grounds of Longview Cemetery. Today, we continue to provide families with quality, compassionate care, and this unique funeral home/cemetery combination offers the convenience of making all arrangements from one central location.
At Longview Funeral Home and Cemetery, we offer complete funeral services and burial options in a unique and tranquil setting. The funeral home, which encompasses 3,000 square feet, is nestled on a hillside overlooking Longview Lake and is bordered by tree-filled parks, providing a comforting atmosphere for bereaved families. The chapel seats 200 people, and there are two arrangement rooms and two visitation rooms. Our cemetery features a variety of interment options including traditional ground burial, lawn crypts and special columbarium niches for cremated remains. We are also proud to honor veterans in our Beautitudes Veterans Section. Ample parking is available to accommodate guests.
Families can be assured that they will receive personalized, individual attention when making arrangements with Longview Funeral Home and Cemetery. Our professional and caring staff members understand that the loss of a loved one is a very personal experience, and are here to help. At Longview, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life.
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Mathew P Forastiere
Vice President, Operations - Kansas & MissouriRead Bio
Mathew is a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer. He began his career as a young boy working alongside his father and uncle at Forastiere Family Funeral Homes in Springfield, MA. Following the acquisition of his family’s business in the late 90’s Mathew went on to hold leadership positions in local & regional funeral operations management, combination funeral home & cemetery management, and executive leadership. In March of 2014 Mathew joined The Signature Memorial Group, an independent owner and operator of funeral homes and cemeteries in Kansas, Missouri, Texas and New Mexico. As the VP of Operations for Kansas & Missouri Mathew leads a team of dedicated funeral and cemetery professionals at Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens, Overland Park Funeral Chapel, Terrace Park Funeral Home & Cemetery and Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery.
Mathew holds professional licensure in Massachusetts, Texas, and Kansas.
As a funeral and cemetery service professional Mathew believes in honoring the unique life of those who have died while focusing on creating moments and opportunities for loved ones to begin the healing process of grief. Mathew is committed to supporting the communities his businesses serve through volunteer participation, financial sponsorship and philanthropic donation. Mathew is a member of numerous national and local organizations and is a coach in the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club. Mathew and his wife Jana reside in Overland Park, KS where they are raising their two young children.
Melissa A Beall
General ManagerRead Bio
Melissa Beall is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Melissa has been a fully licensed funeral director since Nov. 2011 and a licensed embalmer since April 2012. Melissa joined Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery in April of 2015.
Melissa grew up in Lee’s Summit, Mo. and is excited to be back in her hometown area, close to friends and family, helping and educating the community. Melissa began her student work in 2009 at McGilley & Hoge Chapel in Overland Park, Ks. before relocating for her apprenticeship in 2011. After completing her apprenticeship at Springfield Mortuary Service in Springfield, Mo., Melissa continued employment at the location to gain further experience before taking a position as a funeral director and embalmer at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mo. in 2014.
Melissa holds her associate degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College, earned after completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Chemistry from UMKC. She furthered her education by completing her master’s in Business Administration, MBA, in 2013 from the University of Phoenix to better help her understand the business side of the funeral industry.
Melissa currently resides in Raytown, Missouri with her significant other. She is on the Board of Directors for the Raytown Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Raymore Chamber of Commerce, and Grandview Chamber of Commerce, an active volunteer for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street (winning the New Member Dynamo award in 2016), and sits on several committees.
Comfort and trust of families is most important to Melissa. This is why she believes in bringing customer service back to the forefront and takes pride in honoring the wishes of each family to express their love of the lives they've lost.
Apprentice Embalmer/Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Miranda Walker graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College, with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2017. Miranda has been a licensed cosmetologist since August 2003. She worked as a Makeup Artist, until deciding to further her education in 2011.
Born and raised in Emporia, Kansas she relocated to Pleasant Hill, Missouri twelve years ago, with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, and friends. Her hobbies include camping; kayaking, traveling and watching her children participate in sports.
Miranda joined the Longview team in July of 2016 as an ambassador, moving to an Apprentice in July of 2017.
Administrative AssistantRead Bio
Jennifer has a background in banking, but came onboard part-time with Longview Funeral Home and Cemetery in April 2016 as a Funeral Ambassador. When a full-time opening became available, she wanted the opportunity to be more involved; therefore, she was promoted to full-time Administrative Assistant in December 2016.
Jennifer has spent most of her life in Lees Summit, Mo where she currently resides with her boyfriend of 4 years, her 1 year old son and 2 wonderful step-daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys baking cupcakes from scratch and spending time with her family.
Stephen M. Terry
Family Service CounselorRead Bio
Stephen began his career in Peoria, Illinois as a Funeral Director assistant and maintenance supervisor for Davison-Fulton Chapels four locations 38 years ago.
In 1987, Stephen decided to go into the insurance field. After 1 ½ years, he was called back to where he started to be given the opportunity to take care of people through advance funeral planning that was becoming more common.
Stephen was quickly recognized for his keen organizational skills, attention to detail, compassion for elderly individuals, and the ability to lead others, which grew into a sales manager position over 11 counselors and 10 funeral homes. After 38 years and serving over 3,500 families, much experience and knowledge has been gained to help aide in the arrangements of families.
He came to Kansas City in 2008 and arrived at peaceful and beautiful Longview Funeral Home in August of 2014 and now feels at home. Stephen has earned many awards over his career, but the reward that he honors the most is being a compassionate listener and totally committed to carrying out the wishes of families he cares for.
Stephen is married to Connie. He has two sons, two step-sons, and seven grandchildren. He likes to work on home improvements, ride his motorcycle, and play golf. He is an active member of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church of Kansas City, MO. In the past, has been active as a male mentor at the Pregnancy Resource Centers of St. Joseph, MO, Shawnee, KS, and Overland Park, KS. He also is a current member of the Grandview Lions Club.
Steve stresses to his families – “Make it easier on those you love.”
Cemetery SuperintendentRead Bio
Joe Rogers transferred to Longview Cemetery after having been with Johnson County Memorial Gardens for over five years as part of the cemetery maintenance personnel. Joe started his career with Johnson County as a seasonal employee and was soon promoted to a full-time position. Joe had become a dedicated leader to the rest of the cemetery staff with responsibilities including backhoe operation, placing markers, general upkeep of the indoor and outdoor mausoleums, and many other tasks. Longview Cemetery is grateful to have his experience and see what he brings to the cemetery in his new role.
Joe currently resides in Kansas City with his girlfriend and six year old son. A Kansas City native, Joe continues to enjoy exploring the city in his free time. He also appreciates spending unending hours with his extended family in the area, time in his large garden and working on small home projects. As most from Kansas City, Joe enjoys barbequing and taking in a great Chiefs game!
Grounds MaintenanceRead Bio
Steve joined Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery in January of 2017 on our grounds team.
He lives in Independence, MO with his wife and two children. In his free time he enjoys playing the drums and guitar.
Funeral AmbassadorRead Bio
Libby came on board with Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery in 2015.
She has spent most of her life in the Independence, Missouri area. She raised 3 children, which led to having 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She worked for Raytown Hy-Vee for 24 years, which she retired from in 2013.
She enjoys yard work, quilting, and traveling.
Funeral AmbassadorRead Bio
Barry grew up in California primarily and relocated to Lee's Summit, Missouri to raise his family in the 1980's. He moved to Phoenix, AZ in the early 2000s, where he ran his own business for over 10 years but decided in 2015 that it was time to head back to Kansas City to be closer to his two daughters, so he closed his business and relocated again. That brought him to Longview to work with his youngest daughter, Melissa, as an ambassador part-time.
Barry joined the Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery team in January 2016.
Funeral AmbassadorRead Bio
Tina joined the Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery team in March 2016, while going to school for Massage Therapy. She left in March of 2017, while pursuing her career in massage, but decided it was time to rejoin the team part time in September of 2017. We are glad to have her back!