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.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

Opened by Twyman Greene in September 1991, Valley Funeral Service has cared for the families of Shenandoah County for over 25 years. Truly a family-owned and operated firm, Valley Funeral Service offers families uniquely personalized services, both traditional burial and cremation as well as pet cremations. In August of 2016, Steve and Tina Heishman purchased Valley Funeral Service and continue to offer compassionate and professional  service to all of Shenandoah County and surrounding areas .

Our Valued Staff

Stephen D. Heishman

Stephen D. Heishman, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Stephen D. Heishman is a Licensed Funeral Director and has been involved in the funeral business since he was eight years old working in his family business. In 2016, Steve and his wife Tina left the family business and in August of 2016 purchased Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing and opened Heishman Funeral Service in downtown Woodstock. He is a life-long resident of Woodstock, he graduated from Central High School in 1980, graduated in 1984 from James Madison University with a degree in Social Science.
He graduated and received his degree in 1986 from John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Va. He graduated top of his class. Steve is a member of the Woodstock Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award, member of the Woodstock Moose and Auxiliary Member of the Edinburg VFW. He recently received the Builders Award from the Woodstock Masonic Lodge. Steve is known throughout the community for the classes he gives on Death and Dying. Steve’s passion is helping families in their time of need. Hobbies include sports especially basketball. He enjoys spending time with his family.

Tina Estep Heishman

Tina Estep Heishman, Co-owner/Funeral Associate

Tina Estep-Heishman has been involved in the funeral business for 31 years. She is now co-owner, along with her husband Steve of Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing and Heishman Funeral Service in Woodstock. Her duties include working funerals and visitations, office work, cosmetics, and anything else that needs to be done. She also, along with her dad, owns and operates Estep Signs in Mt. Jackson. Lettering vehicles, windows, banners, and magnetic signs. She enjoys spending time with her family, her kitties, traveling, and shopping.

Dave M Casto

Dave M Casto, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Dave has been licensed in funeral service since 1986 and worked with Steve and Tina for 10 years before moving to Arizona for three years.
Dave is excited to be back in the Shenandoah Valley and working with Steve, Tina and the staff at Heishman Funeral Home, Inc. and Valley Funeral Service, plus being involved in different aspects of the community.

Lauren Heishman Taylor

Lauren Heishman Taylor, Funeral Associate

Lauren Heishman-Taylor has been involved in the funeral business since she was 10 years old. She is the daughter of Stephen and Tina Heishman. She is also a second grade teacher, cross country coach, and assistant basketball coach in the local school system. She is currently in graduate school at Shenandoah University working towards a Masters Degree in Administration. Her duties at the funeral home include working visitations, and funerals. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, playing basketball, baking and shopping.

Shane A. Taylor

Shane A. Taylor, Funeral Associate

Shane A. Taylor has been involved in the funeral business since he married Lauren June 20, 2015. He is also a paid firefighter in Loudoun County and a volunteer with the Woodstock Fire Dept. His duties at the funeral home, include working visitations and funerals, going on trips. He is also in charge of Maintenance and Grounds keeping at the funeral homes. His hobbies include hunting, basketball, skeet shooting, and spending time with his family.

Aaron Crider

Aaron Crider, Funeral Associate

Aaron Crider has been in the funeral business for 2 years. He graduated from Central High School in 1987, while then attending LFCC and Shenandoah University, in 1992 he received his Bachelors Degree in Marketing. He is a funeral associate at Valley Funeral Service, assisting with funerals and various other duties. A lifelong resident of Shenandoah County, he enjoys all types of sports, fishing and hunting. He is married with 3 children and 1 grandson.

Teresa Beigler

Teresa Beigler, Secretary/Family Care Director

Teresa Beigler is the Secretary/Office Manager & Family Care Director of Valley Funeral Service. She has over thirty years in Customer Relations and Clerical work.She will assist you with Social Security Notifications and file death claims with Life Insurance Companies. She enjoys helping others, loves spending time with her four grandchildren, her three dogs, gardening and cooking. She is a volunteer with Pawsitively Pom Rescue in Harrisburg, PA.

Lisa Hinegardner

Lisa Hinegardner, Part-time Secretary

Lisa Hinegardner is the part time secretary in the Woodstock office. She retired from Shenandoah County Public Schools to care for her parents. She is married to David and they have one daughter, Brea and a son-law, Matt. Spending time with family & friends, traveling, and baseball are her favorite things.

Gary Meeds

Gary Meeds, Funeral Associate

Gary Meeds is a part-time funeral associate. He started with Everly Community Funeral Service in Falls Church, Virginia, 7 years ago. He came to Valley Funeral Service 3 years ago. Gary retired from Bell Atlantic. In 2000 he and his wife, Damitra, built a house in Edinburg and she came home to the Valley. They have a daughter, 3 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He enjoys woodworking and model trains.

Mike Francis

Mike Francis, Funeral Associate

Michael (Mike) Francis is a part-time funeral associate. Mike will be assisting with all aspects of funeral services, including transport.
He is recently retired from Emergency Medical Services, having served for forty plus years. Mike has been a volunteer with several area rescue squads and fire departments, a U.S. Navy Corpsman, and a Paramedic for Valley Health. He is a 1975 graduate from Friendly High School in Friendly, MD and a 1983 graduate from the Naval School of Health Sciences in Balboa, CA. Mike is married to Debbie and has a daughter, a son, a step daughter, and two grandchildren. He enjoys camping, wood working and being outdoors.