Our Staff

William H. Kieser

William H. Kieser

Owner, Supervisor

Born in Williamsport and raised near Trout Run, Bill spent the summers of his youth in Newberry at the Diamond Street home of his grandmother, Rena B. Kieser. He spent countless hours in Newberry Park and played Original Little League and West End Babe Ruth Baseball. At the age of 16, when Bill‘s parents instructed him to "go find a summer job”, he approached his grandmother’s neighbor, and his father’s friend Larry Sanders who owned the funeral home next door. He started working at Sanders Mortuary during the summer of 1992, cutting grass and filing papers. He has been an employee ever since. 

Bill graduated from Liberty High School in 1994 and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Lycoming College in 1998. In 1996, he made the decision to attend mortuary school at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS). In 1999, he graduated from PIMS with honors. Bill returned to Williamsport to complete his apprenticeship with Larry and Nancy Sanders. After passing the state and national boards in 2000, he became a licensed funeral director. Bill continued working at Sanders Mortuary and in December 2009, he became the owner of Sanders Mortuary, with Larry and Nancy Sanders staying on staff as licensed funeral directors. 

Bill is actively committed to serving the community in which he lives and works. Most notably, he is past president of the Newberry Lions Club and past president of the Newberry Community Partnership. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army and Susquehanna Health Heartworks Program. He is a Leadership Team and active member of Pine Street United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, coaching baseball at Original Little League, and once in a while can be seen out playing golf, hunting and snowmobiling. 

Bill resides in Williamsport with his wife Sarah, his son Pence, his daughter Pippy and their dog Saki.

Bill continues to uphold the standards of integrity and excellence that have been the trademarks of Sanders Mortuary throughout the past seven decades as he continues to serve families in the greater Williamsport area and beyond during their most solemn times of need.

 


Michael R. Lingg

Michael R. Lingg

Funeral Director

A native of Williamsport, Mike grew up in the East End and graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in 1992. After graduation he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mansfield University in 1995 and graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Syracuse, NY in 1997. Mike became a licensed Funeral Director in 1998 and has since worked in funeral homes in both Lancaster and Williamsport.

 

In addition to his funeral director license, Mike has his life insurance license, enabling him to provide pre-need funeral insurance to families that we serve. Mike has been a vital part of the Central Penn Funeral Directors Association where he has served various roles.

 

Community involvement is important to Mike. He has served on committees with the Williamsport / Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is a member and former past president of the Williamsport Area Management Association. Mike enjoys coaching his sons in AYSO soccer, Loyalsock Little League, Trinity Basketball teams in the Bower League and Little Lancer Basketball Program. Mike serves as an usher at Trinity Episcopal Church where he and his family attend.

 

Mike and his wife, Amy, live in Loyalsock Township with their sons Steven and Ryan. His oldest child, Renee graduated from Penn State University and currently resides in Boston where Mike likes to visit and delight in New England cuisine. 


Sarah E. Kieser

Sarah E. Kieser

Funeral Director & Family Care

Born and raised in York, Pennsylvania Sarah is now delighted to call the Northern Tier of the state home. She has been with Sanders Mortuary since 2014 and is a Licensed Funeral Director, a Certified Celebrant and holds a PA Life Insurance License. Sarah graduated from Red Lion High School, York College with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Speech Communication. She earned a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Towson University, Towson, MD and a Mortuary Science degree from American Academy McAllister Institute, New York, NY. Prior to working alongside her husband Sarah assisted funeral directors in PA, DE, RI and MA with their Pre-Planning programs, helping them educate their communities on the important benefits of advance funeral and cremation planning.

Often found helping with many tasks around the funeral home, Sarah embraces working with families and finding a creative spin to celebrate one’s life. She hosts our Lunch & Learn workshops, helps with monuments and represents the funeral home at community outreach events. Sarah truly enjoys having conversation and helping folks pre-plan their funeral services ahead of time for complete peace of mind.

Sarah helps coordinate our Wreaths Across America Program, Operation Valentine, Valentines Luncheon, Holiday Remembrance Service and so many more programs that Sanders participates in. She currently serves as the Pine Street United Methodist Church Coordinator for Family Promise of Lycoming County, is a Past President, Secretary and Treasurer of the BNI Millionaires Networking Chapter, serves as a Committee Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Destiny Ball Event, and plays an active role currently serving as President for the Newberry Lioness Club.

Sarah enjoys being with her family, cheering on Pence & Pippy in all of their events and taking trips to York County and the beach whenever she can. You may even spot her walking around Newberry with her dog Saki or volunteering around town. Sarah and Bill are proud to call Williamsport Home and be of service to the many great neighbors they are blessed with.  


Bryan H. Hunsinger

Bryan H. Hunsinger

Funeral Director

Born and raised in Williamsport, Bryan graduated from Williamsport Area High School, Class of 1982 and started working at Sanders in the summer of 1983.  He attended Williamsport Area Community College and Lycoming College and graduated with a Mortuary Science Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1987. Over the course of the last 30 years, Bryan has worked as a Funeral Director in Hummelstown and has also owned and operated his own funeral homes in Beavertown and McClure.  In 2009, Bryan returned to Lycoming County and worked for the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home before re-joining the staff at Sanders in 2015. You can find Bryan with a smile on his face, helping out in all areas of the funeral home. The hard work ethic instilled in him by his parents truly shows as he goes from directing funerals and preparing deceased for services to grabbing a paint brush and applying a coat of paint, to mulching and landscaping, doing anything that is needed around the funeral home. His extensive knowledge of video and photo technology has made him an essential part of our Tribute Videos produced for families.

 

Bryan is an advocate for the Skip Hunsinger Children’s Christmas Spectacular in town carrying on a tradition and program started by his father. He has two grown daughters, Tana and Cara and lives with his wife, Nevilee in Williamsport. In his spare time he enjoys being at the family cabin in Central Oak Heights, cooking, relaxing in his hot tub, doing yard work and other outdoor activities.


Coy D. Thornton

Coy D. Thornton

Funeral Director

Born and raised in Ebensburg, Cambria County PA. He is a graduate of Central Cambria School District and following the 9/11 2001 attacks he followed in his older brother’s military footsteps by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and achieved the rank of Sergeant. During Coy’s eight years in the military he served one mobilization and one deployment overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While not serving with the Marines, Coy learned the masonry trade and earned a commercial driver’s license having achieved 500,000 safe miles.

At the age of thirty Coy decided he wanted to go to college and spend the rest of his life serving a community.  He obtained his Mortuary Science degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and a bachelor’s degree in Business from Point Park University in 2014, graduating with high honors. Coy has been employed at Sanders Mortuary since 2016 where he served his apprenticeship and earned his PA Funeral Directors License. He is very passionate about serving families in their worst time of need by providing quality products, expert embalming’s, and perfect service for all of our families regardless of social status or financial standing. In his free time, Coy enjoys volunteering in the kitchen at the Duboistown VFW Post #7863 where he also serves as Post Chaplain, participating in activities as a member of the Williamsport Marine Corps League, and working on his next degree with the John F. Laedlein Blue Lodge #707. Coy is also a great advocate replacing veterans cemetery flags and participating in Wreaths Across America. In his spare time you can find him playing the guitar, boating, fishing, swimming, tubing on Lycoming County streams, spending time with his family around campfires, and riding his Harley Davidson with his older brother and fellow veteran brothers and sisters of various veteran motorcycle organizations.


Robert L. Bickel

Robert L. Bickel
Funeral Assistant

Peter Heilman

Peter Heilman
Funeral Assistant

Dale A. Metzker

Dale A. Metzker
Funeral Assistant

Robert Perry

Robert Perry
Funeral Assistant

Donald O. Praster

Donald O. Praster
Funeral Assistant

Donald R. Richard

Donald R. Richard
Funeral Assistant
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