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History & Staff

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.

Our History

Wagner Funeral Home, established in 1860 as the Baldwin Funeral Home (and later the Baldwin-Davis Funeral Home,) was bought by Elwood C. Wagner in 1940 after having been an employee there since 1928.  Mr. Wagner sold the business prior to his retirement, and as a former President of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, he stayed active in the profession until his death at 89.  Today, Wagner Funeral Home has merged with the Herson Funeral Home on Geneva Street in downtown Ithaca. 

Herson Funeral Home was established in 1933 on Geneva Street by Matthew Herson, and was owned by the Herson family until the early 1990's.  The Herson Wagner Funeral Home is locally based and operated as a small family owned organization with staff from the Ithaca community.


Our Valued Staff

Stephen M. Sedlock

Stephen M. Sedlock, Manager, Funeral Director

First and foremost, Steve is a funeral director, having spent a better part of his life unselfishly providing care and compassion to those families he has served over the course of 33 years, and continues to provide service to families. Steve comes from a funeral director family, having served the mostly Eastern European population of Binghamton’s First Ward along with his Father John until his passing. Steve came to Ithaca five years ago to continue that service as the Manager of Herson Wagner Funeral Home in Ithaca. Steve is married to his best friend, Lori, and they just celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary. Together they have one adult child, Nik, and a couple of fur babies. Steve graduated from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse and started his career as a funeral director at a large volume funeral home in White Plains N.Y. Steve has always been very active in the community he has lived and worked in. In Broome County Steve was on The Broome County Arena Board of Directors, Broome County Council of Churches Jail Ministry and Re-entry program Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors Broome County Homeless Coalition. He was appointed to the City of Binghamton (CDAC) Community Advisory Committee as an advocate from his district, board member of the Broome County Right to Life Committee, an active volunteer for the First Ward Action Council, member of the First Ward Neighborhood Assembly and its guiding committee, past Parish Council president and team leader at St. Cyril’s Church and Parish Council and assistant treasurer at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church. Since moving to Ithaca, Steve has stayed involved; He attends Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Lansing and St. Catharine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Ithaca. He became a volunteer for the Ithaca Festival, then was asked to be on its Board of Directors and became board president. He belongs to the Ithaca Elks Club and served as its past Chaplain. He is an active member of the Ithaca Kiwanis Club and is on the Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Ithaca Rotary Club. Steve is also a member of the Tompkins County Lifelong Community and is a member of its Board of Directors. In keeping with his great love of the outdoors, he treasures spending time hiking and exploring the abundant parks we are blessed to have in our area. He is a contributing member of The Finger Lakes Land Trust. In the warmer months you may find Steve in the middle of Cayuga Lake enjoying a bit of wine (responsibly) and watching the sunset from his kayak. He keeps active through his daily morning walks through downtown and membership at Island Heath and Fitness. He is an accomplished at home cook, which is why he learned how to stay active.


Christin B. Greven

Christin B. Greven, Funeral Director

Christin Greven is originally from Pine City, NY, just outside of Elmira. She attended Notre Dame High School and from there went on to Keuka College in Penn Yan to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resources along with a Minor in Psychology. After graduating in 2009, she then went on to Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY. She graduated in 2010 with an Associate’s in Occupational Studies in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences. From there, she went on to pass the National Board Exam, served a one-year residency, and passed the NYS Funeral Directing Law Exam.
Prior to moving to Ithaca, Christin worked at Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira and to be better involved within the community, she decided to become a volunteer firefighter with the Southport Fire Department. She went through 104 hours of not only classroom work, but actual interior live fire training and completed her Firefighter 1 certification, as well as several other outreach classes & certifications through Chemung County. Christin has also spent time studying at the New York State Academy of Fire Science, obtaining her Level 1 Fire Investigation certificate.
Shortly after moving to Ithaca, she joined the Ithaca Fire Department as a volunteer, became a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) with the Dryden Ambulance Company, and also belongs to the local Ithaca Rotary Club. To escape the chaotic nature of the funeral business and of being a first responder, Christin very much enjoys traveling, exploring the local wineries, boating out on Cayuga Lake, musical theater, going to football games to watch her beloved Buffalo Bills, spending quality time with family and friends, or sometimes just enjoying a relaxing night in.


Dinah Collins

Dinah Collins, Funeral Assistant


Rob Longo

Rob Longo, Funeral Assistant


Lori Sedlock

Lori Sedlock, Funeral Service Assistant, Secretary