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.
Carl J. Palmeri II Funeral Director
Carl Palmeri is a funeral director who joined the staff of Bolock Funeral Home in 2014. He is a 2008 graduate of the Funeral Service Education Program at Northampton, where he was President of the Sigma Phi Sigma funeral service society. He began his career with James J. Palmeri Funeral Home in Martins Creek, PA, and the Gaffney Family of Funeral Homes in the Slate Belt before joining the staff of Bolock Funeral Home.
Carl lives in Roseto with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Olivia and Enzo.
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 beautiful 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.
Nuria Gayer Resident Intern
Nuria is currently serving her resident internship with Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 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.
McKenna L. Sickels Resident Intern
McKenna L. Sickels is currently serving her Resident Internship at Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. She completed her degree in Funeral Service Education at Northampton Community College and is excited about working with the families we serve. McKenna resides in Brodheadsville and is a 2012 graduate from Pleasant Valley High School. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Lebanon Valley College in 2016 in Annville, PA.
McKenna is an Irish dancer and has danced with the Gallagher School of Irish Dancing since the age of 3. She also coaches the Pleasant Valley High School Color Guard team. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, reading, and playing with her dog, Riker.
Roxy Bolock Grief Counselor
Roxy is a Cockapoo that joined the funeral home staff in 2005. She is the first one to welcome you into the funeral home.