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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Meet Hope

Meet Hope

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce Hope, a labradoodle who joined the Singleton Family on July 14, 2017. She is a working Grief Therapy Dog and spends most of her days at the funeral home comforting families of all ages. Therapy dogs have become increasingly useful in treating physical, emotional and mental health issues and interacting with a dog has been proven to lower blood pressure and releases endorphins in the body that have a calming effect on people. A gesture as simple as laying their heads on a grieving person’s lap or being there for a crying child to pet can improve the process of dealing with the emotions of grief.

We are sensitive to people with animal allergies and phobias, so Hope does not roam freely and is hypoallergenic. Typically, she may be found in the funeral home lobby greeting visitors and loves everyone she meets. It’s a soothing transference to pet an animal, almost as if a portion of a person’s grief is passed to the pet and lessens the individual’s burden for a period of time.

There is no additional cost to a family for Hope’s presence and she may be requested by a family as the funeral is planned. 




Our Valued Staff


Pamela A. Hovatter

Pamela A. Hovatter

CFSP, President, Licensed Funeral Director

Pamela was born in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Arundel High School and went on to Catonsville Community College finishing with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. After finishing her associate degree, she became a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a Certified Crematory Operator. Pam came to Singleton Funeral Home as an Apprentice Mortician in 1986, five years later she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a funeral director. Singleton’s has since been Pam’s home, originally as the Office Comptroller and thereafter Vice President in 2010. Since 1991, she has been a member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association, where she was President from 2008-2009, and has been a Board Member since 2001. She is also part of the National Funeral Directors Association, since 1991 and the Academy of Professional Service Practice, since 1994.

Pam is a proud sponsor of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, and hosts a stand at the Glen Burnie Carnival every year. She is a Region III Member of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) since 2005, where she served 3 months in Baton Rouge, LA for Hurricane Katrina and served 2 weeks in Haiti after the Haiti Earthquake, and is also a Certified Mass Fatalities Response Team Nuclear Biological Chemical Warfare Responder.

Pam is also the Deputy Co-Commander for the Maryland State Funeral Directors Assoc. Disaster Response Team. In December 2016, Pam became the President and sole owner of Singleton Funeral and Cremation Services. Family is essential to Pam’s life, in her household and at the Funeral Home. Pam's mother is 93 years young and resides with her and she cherishes every day she has to spend with her.

Pam is the proud mother two sons, and four grandchildren she feels blessed every day. Her family does not stop with blood line, each of the staff members at Singleton’s is a part of her family. She looks forward to continuing the "Singleton" legacy and serving the families of the community as she was taught. 



Michael E. Canapp

Michael E. Canapp

Managing Director / Licensed Funeral Director

A second generation funeral director, who started caring for families and their loved ones at an early age. Michael attended Catonsville Community College earning an A.A. degree in Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1997. He is also a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree in Visual Communications.

Michael served as a Chief in the U.S. Navy Reserves and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also serves the community by being an active member of the American Legion Post #40 and a member of their Honor Guard, a member of the VFW, Washington Lodge #3 AF & AM and the Scottish Rite of MD.

“I feel privileged to serve the families of our community, in such a rewarding profession. Our staff takes great pride in the work they do, it’s more than a job when you can help a family navigate through the most difficult times of their life.”

In his free time Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and son, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling. They are active members of St. Michael Lutheran Church.


Mark A. Vancura

Mark A. Vancura

Assistant Manager, Licensed Funeral Director

Mark graduated Magna Cum Laude from Catonsville Community College’s Mortuary Science Program in 2002. He achieved the highest grade on the National Board Exam in the State of Maryland for 2002-2003. He became a licensed funeral director in 2003. Mark is married with 3 children. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.


Selena L. Shirk Polasky

Selena L. Shirk Polasky

Licensed Funeral Director

Selena, the oldest of three, was born and raised in Dundalk. She graduated from Sparrows Point High School in 2001. Selena received her Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Catonsville Community College in 2005. She joined the Singleton team in 2004 after working five years in medical records. Funeral service became a passion for her at a young age after the loss of her grandfather. She takes great pride in serving our families during the most difficult time in their life. Selena currently resides in Essex with her husband and daughter. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling and is an avid Orioles and Ravens fan.


Justin Garland

Justin Garland

Licensed Funeral Director

Justin was born in Baltimore and raised in Rosedale. He attended the Shrine of the Little Flower School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School. After graduation from High School, he attended Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science. Justin began working in funeral service while in High School as a summer job, and soon realized it was his passion to serve families in their time of need. After becoming a Licensed Funeral Director/Mortician, he took time to learn how funeral services were handled in other areas of the country and served families in Georgia, Texas, and Colorado before returning to Maryland.


He is married and enjoys, traveling, reading, history, researching family genealogy, and going to church with his wife. Justin and his wife welcomed their first son this year and are excited to be parents. 



John Zavrotny

John Zavrotny

Apprentice Mortician

John was born in York, Pennsylvania and raised in Bel Air, Maryland where he graduated from Patterson Mill High School. Now aiming to be a second generation Funeral Director, John found his passion for the field when he began working in Funeral Service while home after his freshman year of college. He transferred to the Community College of Catonsville to study Mortuary Science where he is working towards graduation today.

When not at work he enjoys cooking, music, soccer, and spending time with friends and family.



Tina Carrigan

Tina Carrigan

Administrative Secretary



Tracy Cartwright

Tracy Cartwright

Administrative Secretary

Tracy joined the funeral home team in January 2010. She came to the funeral home after spending most of her career in the veterinary industry. Tracy was born in 1976 in Baltimore. She is the oldest of 4 girls. She was a graduate of North County High School, Class of 1994. As a secretary, Tracy works in the office doing most of the computer input, billing, and creating documents for the funeral home. She mostly plays a “behind the scenes” role where she writes obituaries for newspapers and the funeral home website, creates Tribute DVD’s, portraits, register books and prayer cards. Tracy also handles the Aftercare follow-ups the funeral home provides to families they have serviced.

She currently resides in Glen Burnie with her boyfriend Tony. Together they share their home with 2 golden retrievers named Daytona and Fawn. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys baking and decorates cakes for birthdays, baby showers, etc. She is an avid Ravens fan who enjoys going to the games, spending time with her family and enjoys the outdoors.


Vivian Rivera

Vivian Rivera

Funeral Home Maintenance Attendant



Doug Shirk

Funeral Assistant / Maintenance Attendant



Linda Zuck

Linda Zuck

Receptionist



Dolores Call

Dolores Call

Receptionist



Yvonne Danel

Yvonne Danel

Receptionist



Danielle Seiler

Danielle Seiler

Receptionist



Trish Willis

Trish Willis

Receptionist



Serge Danel

Serge Danel

Funeral Assistant



Edward Forsht

Edward Forsht

Funeral Assistant



Leonard Freburger

Leonard Freburger

Funeral Assistant



Donald Gibson

Donald Gibson

Funeral Assistant



Ronald Homberg

Ronald Homberg

Funeral Assistant



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