John, Sarah and Luana are your usual every day knock about people with ordinary lives that include children, social events, favourite sports teams and all the normal things people do day to day. However when the phone rings and  first call instructions are arranged, these seemingly normal humans transform into extraordinary funeral professionals any hour of the night or day, 7 days per week, 12 months of the year. Holidays and days off are things to be enjoyed after our client families are taken care of. All have been involved in the funeral Industry for a number of years and have experience in all aspects of the death care industry both here in Aotearoa and Australia.

John and Sarah began their funeral trade in Australia as Funeral Transfer Contractors working across Queensland. Along with owning and operating a contract RACQ dispatching & courier logistics  firm they also began organising, advising and directing funerals in South Brisbane and Northern New South Wales. Sarah is currently training to become a NZ qualified embalmer as well as ensuring the administration and day to day running of the business is taken care of. John has family ties to the King Country, in particular Otorohanga and Pirongia, his return home to Aotearoa has meant that there is now another funeral provider option available for Waikato, King Country and Waipa locals. Both Sarah and John are registered (current 2014) Organisational Marriage Celebrants.

Luana Wallace resides at the seaside town of Waihi Beach. As well as funeral arranging she is also well known for her cooking at the Waihi Hospital and is our in house catering specialist whom we rely on to produce exceptional quality food and beverages for after funeral functions if a funeral is requested to be held at the Waihi Hospital for former residents. luana has been trained in funeral arranging / pre arranging and has organised funerals for Ormsby Family Funerals in the Waihi, Waihi Beach, Paeroa and Katikati areas. Ormsby Family Funerls has the ability undertake arrangements in the Paeroa, Waihi, Waihi Beach areas utilising an existing local facility.

Solomon and Ella Nelson compliment and complete our team with their cultural knowledge and advice. They both act in a “voluntary capacity” as our Kaumatua and Ministers for funeral arrangements across the Waikato, King Country, Hauraki districts and Eastern Bay of Plenty with Ormsby Family Funerals.


Ormsby Family Funerals offer a total in house “one stop shop funeral service experience” with funeral directors, embalmers, funeral celebrants, memorial heastones, hand carved caskets and airport shuttle transfers from Auckland to the Waikato, Waipa, King Country and Waihi Districts.