Our Staff

Frank R. Perman

Frank R. Perman

Funeral Director, Supervisor, Owner, CFSP, CPC, CCO, CFC

Frank is the owner and Supervisor of the Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. in Shaler Township. Perman has been licensed PA Funeral Director for over 29 years. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner(CFSP), Certified Preplaning Consultant(CPC), Certified Crematory Operator(CCO) and Certified Funeral Celebrant(CFC).

Frank Perman is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glenshaw, serving twice as President. Frank was a Charter member and Governor of Highland Moose Lodge 2699. Frank coached Softball and Baseball for Bauerstown Baseball and Softball Association in Shaler Township. He is also a USA Softball umpire for the Greater Pittsburgh Girls Softball Association.

Frank has been doing stand-up comedy for the last nine years. He often does comedy to help raise funds for various charities such as the Shaler Library, Our Club, Women of the Moose and Bethel Park Library.

Frank is actively involved with Scouting. He is the Committee Chair of Cub Scout Pack 162 at Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Department, Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 622 in Glenshaw PA. Frank served as the Japeechen District Vice-Chairman of Membership of the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  He has mentored two Eagle Scouts. In 2015, he was awarded the Japeechen District Award of Merit.

Frank was elected Vice President the Board of the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Association in 2017. He is a proud Charter Member of the Pittsburgh Harlequins Children’s Charities.

Frank is a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  He has a BS in Finance from the University of Dayton. Frank graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Frank is married to Heather. They have four children.

Email: frank@permanfuneralhome.com

Jesse McElroy-Torquato

Jesse McElroy-Torquato

Funeral Director, COC, CPC

Jesse is a licensed Funeral Director at Perman Funeral Home. She had been the Administrative Assistant at Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. since 2011. She has been responsible for coordinating Business office operations, Customer Service and Concierge Services for families at Perman Funeral Home. 

Jesse is a graduate of Shaler Area High School. She received her Associates Degree in Business from Community College of Allegheny County. She was on the Dean’s List and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, honors fraternity. At CCAC, she has volunteered for the Allegheny City Christmas House Tours, Perry Highway road clean-up and has coordinated senior citizen yard clean-up projects. She was the Captain of the CCAC North Bowling Team, Student Ambassadors and the CCAC Student Library Advisory Board. 

Jesse graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in September 2015. She received the MU SIGMA ALPHA award which the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science honors society established to recognize students who display outstanding merit in academics and who conduct themselves as good citizens. Only ten percent of mortuary school graduates receive the award. In March 2018, Jesse completed the National Funeral Directors Association's course to become a Certified Pre-planning Consultant. 

In her spare time, she is a member and volunteer for the Glenshaw Century Club. Jesse enjoys managing local championship deck hockey teams.

Jesse is married to her husband Chris and resides in Shaler Twp.

Email: jesse@permanfuneralhome.com

Judith T. Perman

Judith T. Perman

Funeral Director

Judith Perman founded the Frank R. Perman Funeral Home with her husband Frank Perman on June 1, 1966 when they purchased the Joseph Paris Funeral Home in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. She worked closely with her husband in the family funeral business.

Judith was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School. She received her BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1968 and became a licensed Funeral Director in January of 1970. Mrs. Perman also graduated and received her RN diploma from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Pittsburgh in 1985.

Mrs. Perman was a pioneer in Emergency Medicine in the 1970s. She worked at the University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Jess Weigel helping to compile and write the first edition class training manual for Emergency Medical Technicians.

In 2000, Mrs. Perman became owner of Perman Funeral Home after the death of Frank Perman. She worked closely with her son, Frank, in running Frank R. Perman Funeral Home, Inc. Judith still meets families on occasion and still offers sage advice from time to time.

Telephone: 1-412-486-3600

Heather Perman

Heather Perman

Business Manager

Heather Perman is responsible for business office operation and servicing client accounts at Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.

Heather is a graduate of South Park High School. She graduated Cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she also works for P.A. Erbe and Associates and Erbe Management specializing in payroll operations. She has worked as an auditor for the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office, account specialist for LOGICON, Inc., preschool teacher for King of Kings Lutheran Preschool, and as an Executive Assistant for Monticello Capital, Inc. Also, during college summers and breaks, she worked as a medical assistant.

Heather is active in the community. She is the Past President of the Glenshaw Century Club, a women’s philanthropic organization, where she served as Recording Secretary and 2nd Vice-President. Heather serves as Secretary of The Glenshaw Century Club, Inc. She is a member and past Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Glenshaw. She is the Cubmaster with Cub Scout Pack 162 at Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Department and a Committee Member of Boy Scout Troop 622, Glenshaw PA. Heather is the Scout Leader for Girl Scout Troop 54593. Heather is a member and past deacon of Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church where she helps with the youth ministry.

Heather has four children. She enjoys gardening, taking hikes in the community and reading cookbooks. 

Email: heather@permanfuneralhome.com

Kenneth R. Howell

Kenneth R. Howell

Client Services

Ken has been a part of our Client Services team at Perman Funeral Home since 1991. He has been in the funeral service profession for 60 years having worked in funeral homes located in West Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He previously owned and operated Howell Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in Weirton, WV and New Cumberland, WV. 

He was a graduate of Weirton High School. He attended West Virginia Community College earning an associate’s degree in business and is also a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He was selected by his fellow PIMS students for the Memorial Award demonstrating leadership and professionalism in the educational setting. Ken is a US Army Veteran who served as an MP. 

He is currently a member of the Weirton Lions Club District 29L. He is currently the Vice President, and has served as the past president for the last 8 years. He also is an active member of Highland Moose Lodge #2699. 

Ken and his wife, Sue, enjoy going to bluegrass festivals in their trailer with their grandchildren. 

Telephone: 1-412-486-3600

Bob Langer

Client Services

Bob is a part of our family services team. He has been with Perman Funeral Home since 2005. Bob is a retired Lineman for Verizon.

He is a graduate of North Catholic High School. He also is an active member of Highland Moose Lodge #2699. Bob owns a 1963 Studebaker Avanti and belongs to the Studebaker Drivers Club. He enjoys walking Hartwood Acres and traveling to visit family.

Bob has two children and five grandchildren. 

Frank Maksin

Frank Maksin

Client Services

Frank is a part of our family services team. He joined the staff at Perman Funeral Home in 2017. Frank is a retired correctional officer from SCI Pittsburgh. He also has worked for Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church and works at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church as the property manager. 

He is a graduate from Langley High School and Connley Trade School, where he studied pipe fitting. After high school, Frank enlisted in the United States Army where he came out as an E-5.

Frank is a parishioner and is on the properties committee at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church. He enjoys working in the yard in his spare time.

Frank is married to Georgia. They have five boys. 

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