Staff

Once you request the services of Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Homes, Inc., we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

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Patrick M. Dobbling

Residence Fort Thomas, Ky

Owner, Funeral Director/ Embalmer

My name is Pat Dobbling. I was born and raised in Fort Thomas, I am a graduate of Highlands High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I am a U.S. Army Veteran. With my family I have been serving your families for over 40 years. My wife Lorna and I enjoy traveling all over the world and especially like motorcycles, walking and Long Boat Key, Florida.

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Colin Muehlenkamp

Residence Fort Thomas, Ky

Owner, Funeral Director/ Embalmer

My name is Colin Muehlenkamp and I am my family’s 4th generation in the family business. I am a lifelong resident of Ft. Thomas and a graduate of Highlands High School (2000), Centre College (2004) and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I have a wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Harper (7 yrs) and Brinley (4 yrs). We attend St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ft. Thomas, where my daughters also attend school. I enjoy spending time with family, running, golf, skiing and coaching my daughter’s soccer teams.

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Michael T. Muehlenkamp

Former Owner / Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Qualification/Experience: 45 years 
Community Involvement: Past member of Newport Rotary Club, Member of Highland Country Club, Ft. Thomas, KY, Past President of Funeral Director's Association of Kentucky, Northern District. 
Hobbies/Interests/Personal: Wife-Sally Sparks Muehlenkamp (37years), Children - Nicole (Ryan) Cherry and Colin (Jessica) Muehlenkamp, 3 grandchildren (Hannah, Carson & Harper)

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Dennis Elix

Residence, Highland Heights, Ky

Funeral Director / Embalmer, Manager of Dobbling Funeral Home, Fort Thomas

My name is Dennis Elix, I have been with the Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Family for 29 years. My wife Carol and I live in Highland Heights, Ky and are members of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring, Ky, where we serve as a Eucharistic Minister. I was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio graduating from Springfield Catholic High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where I received the A.J. Russler Award for Embalming. One of the events in my life I am most proud of is I am a 50 year Honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. In the month of July, I have been the co-chairman for the past 11 years of the Knights of Columbus golf outing benefitting Catholic Charities of Northern Kentucky. I am a Past president of Fort Mitchell Kiwanis, Latonia Business Association, Ludlow Jaycees, Fr.DeJaco Council of the K of C. Former navigator of the 4th degree of K of C of Northern Ky. Former Board member of S.I.D.S Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, St. Joseph Parish Council, Rosedale Manor, Redwood School, Development Committee for Bishop Brossart High School and the Board of Adjustments, Highland Heights. One of my favorite things to do is spending time with my son Steve and grandson Jackson. My hobbies are Notre Dame Football, Notre Dame Sports, being on the golf course and vacationing in Destin, Florida

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Debbie Fugate

Residence Bellevue, Ky

Office Manager

My name is Debbie Fugate and I have been a part of the Dobbling, Muelenkamp-Erschell Family for over 20 years. I am a lifelong resident of Bellevue and a member of St. Therese Church. My special interests are being involved with the Robin’s Nest Charitable Fund, a fund set up by my late daughter Robin to assist anyone in their journey and battle with cancer. I am a member of the Friends of Bellevue, a former member of the St. Michael and Newport Central Catholic Mother’s Club. I have 3 daughters, Jamie (Jason) Keipert, the late Robin (Scott) Evernham and Traci ( Matt) Nestheide… My favorite hobbies are my 9 grandbabies, watching them participate in everything they do and going to the beach.

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Jodi Maushart

Residence Fort Thomas

Administrative assistant, Insurance specialist

My name is Jodi (Konen) Maushart. I am a lifelong resident of Fort Thomas and a graduate of St. Thomas High School and Cincinnati Technical College. I joined the Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Family in 2005. My husband Larry and I enjoy spending time with family, working in our yard and going to the beach.

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Carol S. (Messmer) Michael

Funeral Director / Pre-need Counselor

Qualification/Experience: Licensed Funeral Director, Funeral Service since 1985, member of National Funeral Directors Association, Carol has met with families and provided compassionate assistance since 1985.
Education: Corpus Christi Grade School - Newport, KY, Newport, High School, Covington Beauty College, Northern KY University.
Length of Employment: 1990 to present 
Community Involvement: Member of Holy Spirit Church - Newport, KY, Big Stef, Inc., member of Newport Fraternal Order of Police Association Lodge #2, Newport Citizens Police Academy, Board member of Newport Code Enforcement, City of Newport Ambassador, former member of Campbell County Jaycees, KY Colonel, Newport High School Alumni Association,Southgate Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and Southgate VFW Ladies Auxilliary 
Hobbies/Interests/Personal: Married to Richard Michael since 1977, Sewing, Scrapbooking, photography, traveling.

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Ben Peden

Residence Bellevue, Ky

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Length of employment 2006 to present

My name is Ben Peden. I am from Union City, Indiana. I started as a student in 2006 and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2008. At that time, Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell became my home. I am a Kentucky Colonel. Working with families is important to me. I enjoy the outdoors and especially walking my dogs Dexter Morgan and Annie Oakley through the streets of Bellevue. I love to travel in and out of the country. My dream is to visit every state. I enjoy tinkering in the garage or on anything with an engine.

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Tom Vennemann

Residence Fort Thomas, Ky

Funeral Director / Embalmer, Manager of Muehlenkamp-Erschell, Fort Thomas

I am a life time resident of Campbell County, having grown up in Cold Spring. I graduated from Newport Central Catholic High School in 1985. I attended NKU for two and a half years in preparation for attending the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS). I’ve been with the funeral home since the fall of 1988, when I was a student at CCMS. Upon completion of the Bachelors of Science in Mortuary Science program, I became a full time employee in January of 1990. I am a funeral director, embalmer and resident manager of the Muehlenkamp-Erschell Ft. Thomas funeral Home, where I live with my wife and sons. I’m a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol, Campbell County Squadron 073 and a member of St. Thomas Parish in Fort Thomas, KY. I love spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and hiking with my wife and sons. I enjoy travel, photography and cooking. I also like anything aviation related.

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Mary Smithson

Residence, Fort Thomas

Funeral Director

My name is Mary Smithson. I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and graduated from Our Mother of Mercy High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I married Chuck Smithson, a graduate of Highlands High School in 2010 and we settled in Fort Thomas in 2012. We are the parents of a son, Charlie and a dog, Hades. I enjoy going to different parks in the Tri-State area to walk and hike, I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

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Alecia G. Hellkamp

Residence Highland Heights, Ky

Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice

My name is Alecia Hellkamp. I grew up on Kentucky Lake and completed my high school education at Marshall County High School. I relocated to Northern Kentucky to do my undergraduate at NKU and eventually transferred to Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to complete my Bachelors where I graduated Summa Cum Laude. My current position is a funeral director and embalmer apprentice. I’m also a certified funeral celebrant. In my free time I enjoy traveling, boating, wakeboarding and attending FC Cincinnati games with my partner.

Patrick M. Dobbling

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Residence Fort Thomas, Ky

Owner, Funeral Director/ Embalmer

My name is Pat Dobbling. I was born and raised in Fort Thomas, I am a graduate of Highlands High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I am a U.S. Army Veteran. With my family I have been serving your families for over 40 years. My wife Lorna and I enjoy traveling all over the world and especially like motorcycles, walking and Long Boat Key, Florida.

Colin Muehlenkamp

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Residence Fort Thomas, Ky

Owner, Funeral Director/ Embalmer

My name is Colin Muehlenkamp and I am my family’s 4th generation in the family business. I am a lifelong resident of Ft. Thomas and a graduate of Highlands High School (2000), Centre College (2004) and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I have a wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Harper (7 yrs) and Brinley (4 yrs). We attend St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ft. Thomas, where my daughters also attend school. I enjoy spending time with family, running, golf, skiing and coaching my daughter’s soccer teams.

Michael T. Muehlenkamp

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Former Owner / Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Qualification/Experience: 45 years 
Community Involvement: Past member of Newport Rotary Club, Member of Highland Country Club, Ft. Thomas, KY, Past President of Funeral Director's Association of Kentucky, Northern District. 
Hobbies/Interests/Personal: Wife-Sally Sparks Muehlenkamp (37years), Children - Nicole (Ryan) Cherry and Colin (Jessica) Muehlenkamp, 3 grandchildren (Hannah, Carson & Harper)

Dennis Elix

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Residence, Highland Heights, Ky

Funeral Director / Embalmer, Manager of Dobbling Funeral Home, Fort Thomas

My name is Dennis Elix, I have been with the Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Family for 29 years. My wife Carol and I live in Highland Heights, Ky and are members of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring, Ky, where we serve as a Eucharistic Minister. I was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio graduating from Springfield Catholic High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where I received the A.J. Russler Award for Embalming. One of the events in my life I am most proud of is I am a 50 year Honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. In the month of July, I have been the co-chairman for the past 11 years of the Knights of Columbus golf outing benefitting Catholic Charities of Northern Kentucky. I am a Past president of Fort Mitchell Kiwanis, Latonia Business Association, Ludlow Jaycees, Fr.DeJaco Council of the K of C. Former navigator of the 4th degree of K of C of Northern Ky. Former Board member of S.I.D.S Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, St. Joseph Parish Council, Rosedale Manor, Redwood School, Development Committee for Bishop Brossart High School and the Board of Adjustments, Highland Heights. One of my favorite things to do is spending time with my son Steve and grandson Jackson. My hobbies are Notre Dame Football, Notre Dame Sports, being on the golf course and vacationing in Destin, Florida

Debbie Fugate

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Residence Bellevue, Ky

Office Manager

My name is Debbie Fugate and I have been a part of the Dobbling, Muelenkamp-Erschell Family for over 20 years. I am a lifelong resident of Bellevue and a member of St. Therese Church. My special interests are being involved with the Robin’s Nest Charitable Fund, a fund set up by my late daughter Robin to assist anyone in their journey and battle with cancer. I am a member of the Friends of Bellevue, a former member of the St. Michael and Newport Central Catholic Mother’s Club. I have 3 daughters, Jamie (Jason) Keipert, the late Robin (Scott) Evernham and Traci ( Matt) Nestheide… My favorite hobbies are my 9 grandbabies, watching them participate in everything they do and going to the beach.

Jodi Maushart

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Residence Fort Thomas

Administrative assistant, Insurance specialist

My name is Jodi (Konen) Maushart. I am a lifelong resident of Fort Thomas and a graduate of St. Thomas High School and Cincinnati Technical College. I joined the Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Family in 2005. My husband Larry and I enjoy spending time with family, working in our yard and going to the beach.

Carol S. (Messmer) Michael

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Funeral Director / Pre-need Counselor

Qualification/Experience: Licensed Funeral Director, Funeral Service since 1985, member of National Funeral Directors Association, Carol has met with families and provided compassionate assistance since 1985.
Education: Corpus Christi Grade School - Newport, KY, Newport, High School, Covington Beauty College, Northern KY University.
Length of Employment: 1990 to present 
Community Involvement: Member of Holy Spirit Church - Newport, KY, Big Stef, Inc., member of Newport Fraternal Order of Police Association Lodge #2, Newport Citizens Police Academy, Board member of Newport Code Enforcement, City of Newport Ambassador, former member of Campbell County Jaycees, KY Colonel, Newport High School Alumni Association,Southgate Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and Southgate VFW Ladies Auxilliary 
Hobbies/Interests/Personal: Married to Richard Michael since 1977, Sewing, Scrapbooking, photography, traveling.

Ben Peden

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Residence Bellevue, Ky

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Length of employment 2006 to present

My name is Ben Peden. I am from Union City, Indiana. I started as a student in 2006 and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2008. At that time, Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell became my home. I am a Kentucky Colonel. Working with families is important to me. I enjoy the outdoors and especially walking my dogs Dexter Morgan and Annie Oakley through the streets of Bellevue. I love to travel in and out of the country. My dream is to visit every state. I enjoy tinkering in the garage or on anything with an engine.

Tom Vennemann

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Residence Fort Thomas, Ky

Funeral Director / Embalmer, Manager of Muehlenkamp-Erschell, Fort Thomas

I am a life time resident of Campbell County, having grown up in Cold Spring. I graduated from Newport Central Catholic High School in 1985. I attended NKU for two and a half years in preparation for attending the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS). I’ve been with the funeral home since the fall of 1988, when I was a student at CCMS. Upon completion of the Bachelors of Science in Mortuary Science program, I became a full time employee in January of 1990. I am a funeral director, embalmer and resident manager of the Muehlenkamp-Erschell Ft. Thomas funeral Home, where I live with my wife and sons. I’m a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol, Campbell County Squadron 073 and a member of St. Thomas Parish in Fort Thomas, KY. I love spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and hiking with my wife and sons. I enjoy travel, photography and cooking. I also like anything aviation related.

Mary Smithson

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Residence, Fort Thomas

Funeral Director

My name is Mary Smithson. I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and graduated from Our Mother of Mercy High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I married Chuck Smithson, a graduate of Highlands High School in 2010 and we settled in Fort Thomas in 2012. We are the parents of a son, Charlie and a dog, Hades. I enjoy going to different parks in the Tri-State area to walk and hike, I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Alecia G. Hellkamp

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Residence Highland Heights, Ky

Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice

My name is Alecia Hellkamp. I grew up on Kentucky Lake and completed my high school education at Marshall County High School. I relocated to Northern Kentucky to do my undergraduate at NKU and eventually transferred to Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to complete my Bachelors where I graduated Summa Cum Laude. My current position is a funeral director and embalmer apprentice. I’m also a certified funeral celebrant. In my free time I enjoy traveling, boating, wakeboarding and attending FC Cincinnati games with my partner.