About Us | Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, PA


About Us

History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

One of the oldest funeral homes in the area, Singleton Funeral Home was founded in 1932 by Thomas W. Singleton, a Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad Dispatcher. The funeral home started when Mr. Singleton rented a home located at Crain Highway and Second Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland. After two years, he later moved his family to the current location to establish both a residence for his family and the funeral home. The original home remains under four expansion projects that have added and surrounded the home.

Thomas W. Singleton passed away in 1956, leaving the funeral home under the leadership of his wife, May V. Singleton. Mrs. Singleton managed the funeral home for 11 years, earning the Golden Rule Funeral Home distinction in 1959, until she too passed away in 1965. Leadership then passed on to a partnership between the two surviving children, Hope Singleton Ware and Richard V. Singleton.

In 1973, the partnership was dissolved as Mrs. Ware pursued other interests. The home then went to her brother, who established the Richard V. Singleton Funeral Director, P.A. On July 1, 1992 , Mr. Singleton retired, effectively dissolving the Richard V. Singleton Funeral Director, P.A. The funeral home was sold to R. George Hopkins and David L. Hovatter. In 2008 R. George Hopkins suffered a catastrophic accident, which forced him to retire. His portion of the business was purchased by Pamela Hovatter, in 2010, which she partners with her husband, David L. Hovatter.

Today, as members of the International Order of the Golden Rule, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association, the staff of Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services continues to show their distinction as one of the most respected funeral homes in North Anne Arundel County.

Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services believes that no two individuals are alike; therefore no two funeral services should be alike. We strive to provide personalized and unique services that truly memorialize your loved one. We are committed to providing dignified and quality services to individuals of all faiths and ethnicities.

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 currently in training to become a Grief Therapy Dog and spends most of her days at the funeral home working on her training. Hope has already met a few of the families we have served and will soon be available to help those in need when making arrangements or during visitations. Please look out for her when visiting our facility. She loves to meet new people!

Our Valued Staff

Pamela Hovatter CFSP

Pamela 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 Associates 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 member 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 April 2011, she became a member of Bou-Tem-Sci (Charity fund for Masonic Crippled Children). 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 92 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 was born in March 1983 in Baltimore and was raised in Dundalk. She is the oldest of 3, having 1 younger brother and 1 younger sister. Selena graduated from Sparrows Point High School, Class of 2001. She received an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 2005 from Catonsville Community College. Selena currently resides in Essex with her husband Keith. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, shopping, traveling and dancing, which she danced professionally for 15 years.

Justin Garland

Justin Garland, 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.

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

Linda Zuck

Linda Zuck, Receptionist

JoAnn Armiger

JoAnn Armiger, Receptionist

Dolores Call

Dolores Call, Receptionist

Yvonne Danel

Yvonne Danel, Receptionist

Annie Poulin

Annie Poulin, 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

Walter C. Plitt

Walter C. Plitt, Funeral Assistant