Our Staff

Katherine Reid BrumwellFuneral Director/ Manager

Katherine Reid Brumwell is the funeral director/manager of Elliott Chapel, New London. She was born and raised in Henry County and graduated from New London High School, Kirkwood Community College, Southeastern Community College and Worsham Mortuary School in Wheeling, IL. She has been married to her husband, Wayne since 1976 and they have three children, Crenna Brumwell Sahm, an attorney in Dubuque, IA, Cullen, an agronomist with Profit Partners in southeast Iowa and Corbin an assistant team leader with Scheels Sports in Iowa City.Katherine is on the board of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Great River Hospice House and involved in many other organizations. She enjoys gardening, antiques, and being with her family.

Sue Aanes

Sue Aanes has been with Elliott Chapel for 10 years. She and her husband Steve live south of New London and enjoy their pond and their grandchildren. Sue is involved with PEO.


Charles Lorber

Charles Lorber is a vital part of New London as he was the principal in New London for over 30 years. He and his wife Irma travel often with the Iowa Hawkeyes and the St. Louis Cardinals. They have many grandchildren to keep them busy also.

Karla Denning

Karla Denning is another part-time important person on the Elliott Chapel staff. She and her husband Ron live outside of New London and keep busy with farming, raising cattle and spoiling their grandchildren.


Wayne Strahlman

Wayne Strahlman is our Jack of all trades…. every funeral home needs one! He and his wife Peggy are busy, busy people. they garden, fish, read, and enjoy each others company. Wayne fixes everything that needs fixed at Elliott Chapel!


Bob Schroeder

Bob Schroeder is a retired teacher/coach.  He and his wife Sandy have lived in Danville over 40 years.  They enjoy spending time with their family and attending their grandchildren’s activities and ballgames.

In his spare time, you can find Bob on the golf course.