We have many 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.                                                                                                                                                 In 2002, an opportunity became available to return the Walton-Schrader Funeral Home to local ownership. In an unprecedented move, two Alliance funeral directors, John B. Christian and Daniel T. Skivolocke, are now equal partners of the Walton-Schrader Funeral Home; even though their respective funeral homes still continue to be two separate entities. Together, with the objective to return the firm to local ownership and operation, their focus was also on improving service to those families who call on Walton-Schrader Funeral Home in their time of need.                            Walton-Schrader Funeral Home is now managed by William A. Gross, a licensed funeral director and embalmer with the Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home and Nancy K. Castellucci, a licensed funeral director with the Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home.  

Our Valued Staff

William A.  Gross

William A. Gross, Co-Manager

Bill is an associate of the Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, and has been employed with them since 1986. Bill is a 1989 graduate of Marlington High School in Alliance. He graduated from Kent State University Suma Cum Laude with a BA degree in Accounting in 1994. An honors graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1995, he was the recipient of their "Memorial Award," an award given by fellow classmates to the student, who through qualities of leadership, professional conduct and good citizenship, & best typifies their ideals. In 1996, he received his license to practice funeral directing and embalming from the State of Ohio. Among Bill's community involvement, he is a member of the Lion's Club in Alliance. Bill and his wife Kristi reside in Alliance along with their six children, William, Jacob, Hannah, Rebekah, Sarah, and Luke.

Nancy K.  Castellucci

Nancy K. Castellucci, Co-Manager

Nancy is an associate of the Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, and has been employed with them since 1994. Nancy was born and raised in Alliance, and is a 2006 honors graduate of Mt. Union College. In 2008, she received her license to practice funeral directing from the State of Ohio. She has completed training with the Outlook Group and has received her insurance license. She is involved with many other activities including the Alliance Kiwanis Club, and was recently re-elected to serve a three year term on of its Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as Chairman of the Women's Division. She has been a past volunteer Soccer Coach for a U14 Boys Soccer Team in Alliance. She was also a past host Mom for three years and served as chairman of the Alliance Area Ulster Project for two years. She attends Christ United Methodist Church, and has two sons Matthew and Russell.