Michael J. Bolock, Supervisor/Funeral Director
Michael J. Bolock is the founder, owner, and supervisor of Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. Mike is one of three brothers who grew up in a hardworking, blue collar family in Scranton. While attending Marywood College to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Mike worked his way through school as an Emergency Medical Technician for Donahue Ambulance. Upon graduation he became their Director of Marketing, as well as opened and managed their branch location, before setting out into the corporate world.
Finding life as a sales rep to be unfulfilling, Mike decided to pursue a new career in which he could truly be of service to others, and enrolled at the Simmons Institute of Funeral Science in Syracuse, NY, where he graduated with honors and received the Simmons Award for Excellence in Restorative Art. After graduation, he served his Resident Internship with Davies & Jones Funeral Chapel, while he put together a plan for a funeral home of his own.
Because Mike is a first generation funeral director, and didn’t grow up with a funeral home in his family, he has been determined to do things just a little bit differently. Since opening the funeral home in 1997, he has strived to be progressive and innovative, while still maintaining respect for the traditions of the neighbors he serves. Recognizing that cremation was becoming the chosen method for many families, Bolock Funeral Home was the first in Monroe County to open its own crematory, giving the funeral home the ability to ensure that every part of the cremation process is performed correctly and with dignity. Bolock Funeral Home was also the first in the area to make a Cremation Ark available to families, giving them a way to participate in funeral ceremonies in the same way they would with a casket at a traditional burial. These examples are just two of the many ways that Mike and the staff of Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory seek to better serve the people of the Poconos.
In addition to serving the community in their times of need, Mike also makes it a priority to give his time to a number of organizations in the area. He was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Shepherds of Monroe County and the former Laurel Manor (now Grace Park); the Advisory Board of Pocono Community Bank, and his church’s finance council.
Mike lives in Swiftwater, and is the father of Michael, Sarah, and Matthew Bolock. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and anything else that gives him a reason to get outdoors.
Nuria Gayer, Funeral Director
Nuria is a funeral director that joined the Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. staff in 2018. She graduated from the Funeral Service Education program at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.
Her passion for serving her community began early when she volunteered as an EMT and later working as a paramedic in the West End. She volunteered with the Marshalls Creek Fire Company as a firefighter and rescue personnel. She enjoys coaching for Girls on the Run, Pocono. Earning an Associates in Applied Science, she worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Nuria is a member of St. Matthew’s Parish in East Stroudsburg where she serves as an adult altar server, a Eucharistic Minister, and a Lector. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her amazing children.
Jessica L. Juckett, Office Manager
Jessica began working for Bolock Funeral Home in 2013, and is our office manager. She holds a valuable key role within the funeral home and is responsible for obtaining and processing legal and insurance documents, writing obituaries and death notices, corresponding with families and setting appointments, preparing funeral home paperwork, and providing overall assistance to the funeral directors and staff.
A native to the Poconos, Jessica is a long time resident of Paradise Valley. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Livia, and Alahna.
Along with her compassionate and devoted co-workers, she looks forward to continuing to be a part of Bolock's tradition of excellence for many years to come.
Laura M. Adamo, Resident Intern
Laura Adamo is a 2019 graduate of the Northampton Community College Funeral Service Education Program, serving her one year internship residency with Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory.
She formerly worked in education but heard the calling to funeral service while serving as a volunteer with hospice. She then trained as an end-of-life doula and funeral celebrant before completing her Associates of Applied Science in Funeral Service.
Laura lives in Stroudsburg with her two children, Adamo and Amelie, and enjoys hiking and practicing yoga in her free time.
Emma Bolock, Grief Therapy Dog in Training
Emma is the newest member of the funeral home staff. She's a fun loving and energetic Border Collie/Poodle puppy, who's very eager to make new friends.
Roxy Bolock, Grief Counselor
Roxy (2005-2019) was a naturally sweet and loving Cockapoo who was often the first member of our staff to welcome people into the funeral home. Starting out, she was Mike's family dog that he brought to work everyday so she wouldn't be home alone. He was initially concerned that the rest of the staff might be less than thrilled about this because he was often out of the office, but fortunately, that was never the case. Roxy was loved by everyone, and the staff actually fought over who would get to watch her when Mike would go on vacation. Over time, Mike realized that Roxy had the amazing ability to know when people were in distress and would go to them to offer comfort. She became the "therapy dog" at the funeral home before therapy animals gained popularity. Equally amazing was her ability to know if someone wasn't a "dog person" and she would stay away from them. Roxy loved her job and will be greatly missed.