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

J. P. Louis, whose son Archard Louis continued the operation after him, established Louis Memorial Chapel in 1916. The funeral home was first located in a storefront on Independence Avenue, then moved to 716 The Paseo and 3400 Woodland Avenue before moving to its present location at 6830 Troost Avenue in 1963. When Archard Louis died in 1956, his sons Stan and Jack took over the funeral home.

In 1970, Jack passed away and Stan's wife Christa joined him in the business. When Stan Louis decided to sell his business, he was particularly concerned about how the community would be served. He did not want to transfer his business to a corporate entity, worrying that a corporation could never give the service that a Jewish funeral director could. The purchase of the funeral home by the Epstein family ensured that the Jewish community of Kansas City could count on the same level of caring and service to which they had become accustomed.

Our Valued Staff

  • Henry L. Epstein

    Henry L. Epstein

    Henry is the owner of the Louis Memorial Chapel, Kansas City, Missouri, the Epstein Memorial Chapel, Columbus, Ohio, Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapels Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Henry began his career in funeral service in 1968.

  • Teri Bretz

    Teri Bretz
    Funeral Director

    Teri joined the family business after practicing periodontology for nine years. She and her husband Jason have two children, Halle and Evan.

  • Michael T. Epstein

    Michael T. Epstein

    Michael moved to Columbus, Ohio from St. Paul, Minnesota. in 1978, when his family purchased Snider Memorial Chapel. He graduated from Bexley High School, and attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Mortuary Science degree. He is a licensed funeral director in both the state of Ohio and Minnesota. Michael worked for Service Corporation International, in Minnesota and Georgia, before returning to the family business in 2000. Michael is married to Rebecca and they have three children.

  • Marc L. Williams

    Marc L. Williams
    Funeral Director - Chapel Manager

    Marc is a licensed funeral director and Chapel Manager. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he has been in funeral service since September, 1972 and has been with The Louis Memorial Chapel since September, 1993. Marc and his wife Brenda have two grown daughters, Lindsay and Angela, who are both R.N.'s at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson.

  • Steve Reiter

    Steve Reiter
    Funeral Director

    Steve has been in the funeral service industry since 1990, has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2000, and has been with The Louis Memorial Chapel since October, 2014. Steve and his wife Gina, have 2 sons, Austin, a sophomore at Quincy University, where he is on the football team and Cory, a sophomore at Park Hill High School where he plays on the varsity football team.

  • Jim  Taylor

    Jim Taylor
    Funeral Director

    Jim is a licensed funeral director since 1994 and has been with The Louis Memorial Chapel since September, 1998.