Home Buy Flowers Obituaries Map Leave a Legacy Pre-Planning FEMA Funeral Assistance


Phil Schmitz - General Manager

Phil was born in Decorah, IA. He grew up in Northeast Iowa where he graduated from high school. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA and graduated with honors from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, TX. Phil is a third generation funeral director. He grew up in a funeral service family where he worked for a short time before beginning employment with George Boom Funeral Home in 1985. Phil has been the manager of the firm since 1993 and became a partner in 1994. He is a licensed funeral director in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.

Phil's family includes his wife, Pam and a son, Zachary.

Phil is an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church; the Knights of Columbus; Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary; Past President and member of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association; as well as other professional organizations. Phil enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, cooking, traveling and reading. Questions? Please email me at: Phil Schmitz

Shelley Roemeling - Cemetery Administrator

Shelley grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and Psychology. After working a few positions in the social services field, Shelley became a full-time stay at home mother.

Shelley joined the staff at Hills of Rest Memorial Park in 2015. Her responsibilities include working with families to make interment arrangements on a pre-need or at-need basis.

Shelley is married and has three children. She is a member of St. Michael's Church. Shelley enjoys cooking, walks, movies, traveling and spending time with her family. Questions? Please email me at: shelley@hillsofrest.com

Deb Munce - Cemetery Secretary

Life was an adventure as my dad was a career Army soldier. I have lived in 9 different locations; 6 years in Germany, 13 different schools. Advantageous life lessons learned were: how to make friends easily, follow the rules and accept change.

My working career has been fulfilling. Working at Hills of Rest Cemetery is a breath of fresh air for my soul and spirit. The kindness from coworkers is worth its weight in gold. Though I am part time at Hills of Rest Cemetery I also am part time as an Autocad Drafter for Justice Fire and Safety. Its the best of both worlds. Loving your job makes the days brighter and you leave with a sense of satisfaction.

In my spare time I paint, read and knit. Cooking is a gift. Baking is not my forte, I'm pretty sure the oven hates me.

Please email me at: deb@hillsofrest.com

Carey Hanisch - Sexton

Carey Hanisch is the Hills of Rest Cemetery Sexton, managing the records at the cemetery. When she is not at the office, you will find her at the golf course or in her beautiful garden.

Please email me at: sexton@hillsofrest.com

Grounds Crew

Our grounds crew is made up of a group of hard working men that take pride in making sure our grounds are at their best for your visit to Hills of Rest Cemetery. Tron, James and Thomas are some of the members of our grounds crew.