In June 2009, a professional cooperation was begun between Ben, Chris Silva and Steve Best to provide the foundation for a fifth generation of private family ownership and operation of the Funeral Home. Chris and Steve are funeral directors with the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home of Barberton, Ohio. Chris is a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, a 1998 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and a licensed funeral director since 2000. He is the owner / operator of the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, Barberton since its founding in 2005. He with his wife Frances and children Mia and Marco, reside in Barberton. Steve is also a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, a cousin of Chris Silva, a 2007 graduate of the University of Akron and 2011 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Steve was licensed as a Funeral Director in 2010 and has been with Chris since the inception of the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home. Steve currently lives in a home adjacent to the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home in Canal Fulton and manages the funeral home in the absence of Ben. This new cooperation will provide yet another generation of local, family owned service to the Canal Fulton, Clinton, North Lawrence and Manchester areas, as has been the case since 1915. As a family-owned home, we serve every family as if it were our own; with the dignity, respect, care, and professionalism that they need and deserve.