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

Our History

Cremation Society of St. Louis 10305 Big Bend Road St. Louis, MO 63122 (314) 205-0022 is family owned and operated by Brian May and operated on the same principles that fostered the beginning of his family funeral home and cemetery operations at Chapel Hill Mortuary (see www.stlfuneral.com) over 50 years ago. The family and licensed staff at Cremation Society of St. Louis 10305 Big Bend Road St. Louis, MO 63122 (314) 205-0022 recognize and appreciate the opportunity and responsibility to support clients in planning once-in-a-lifetime cremation services by sharing comprehensive, accurate information along with professional recommendations that truly reflect the unique features, benefits, simplicity and value of cremation as part of the funeral planning process today.

Our Valued Staff

  • Brian May

    Brian May President

    At Cremation Society of St. Louis, LLC we provide thoughtful solutions to clients who chose to be informed and involved in cremation planning.

  • Jesse A. Lewis

    Jesse A. Lewis Funeral Team

    Jesse A. Lewis is a seasoned professional in the field of funeral services, having held a Missouri Funeral Director license since 2015. His tenure at Chapel Hill Mortuary since 2009 speaks volumes about his commitment and expertise in guiding families through challenging times. Beyond his dedicated profession, Jesse finds fulfillment in his roles as a loving husband to Kayla and a devoted father to their son, Ben. Embracing adventure, Jesse enjoys the thrill of racing motocross, working on anything with wheels and cherishes weekends spent on the lake with his family. His balance between professional excellence and cherished personal pursuits defines his enriching life.

  • William May

    William May Funeral Team

    William May II, a man of distinction and accomplishment, traces his roots back to Northwest High School, where he laid the foundation for a remarkable journey. Born into the legacy of the founders of Chapel Hill Mortuary, William inherited a deep sense of tradition and community responsibility.His academic pursuits led him to Bradley University, where he earned a degree in Human Resources Management, setting the stage for a fulfilling career in operations for global corporations. California became his professional playground, where he resided for an impressive 32 years, contributing to the dynamic landscape of business on a global scale.In the realm of personal joys, William's heart found its true companion in the late Robert Taff. Their love story culminated in a joyous union on July 4, 2013, amidst the vibrant energy of West Hollywood, California. This partnership endured for a decade after 32 years of shared life. Sadly, Robert Taff, hailing from St. Louis, bid farewell on March 4, 2022, finding eternal repose in the May family mausoleum at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.William's commitment extends beyond the professional and personal spheres. An ardent supporter of Jack Russell Rescue, he adopted and raised four Jack Russells, exemplifying his compassion for animals. William's love for exploration and cultural enrichment is evident in his extensive travels to multiple countries, where he has savored the diverse flavors of the world as a self-proclaimed foodie.Balancing his love for culinary delights, William also enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular workouts. His dedication to both personal well-being and philanthropy showcases a holistic approach to life.In essence, William May's journey is one marked by academic achievements, professional success, enduring love, and a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of both humans and animals, and the local and global communities he touches.

  • Keisha Davis

    Keisha Davis Funeral Team

  • Travis Elgin Sr.

    Travis Elgin Sr. Funeral Team

    Travis A. Elgin Sr. brings over a decade of expertise to his role as a Missouri Funeral Director Apprentice, showcasing unwavering dedication in the field of death care for 13 years. Beyond his professional commitments, Travis embodies the essence of a devoted family man, sharing his life with his wife, Shericka Elgin, and nurturing a family of six children. A multifaceted individual, Travis finds joy in music as a DJ and serves as a guiding figure, coaching his children in various sports. His commitment to nurturing family bonds and fostering a supportive community extends to the quality time he spends with loved ones and friends, embodying a life rich in both professional expertise and cherished personal pursuits.

  • Jenna Rasmussen

    Jenna Rasmussen Funeral Team

    Jenna Rasmussen is a Licensed Missouri Funeral Director and dedicated Apprentice Embalmer hailing from Bland, Missouri. Graduating from Belle High School in 2019, she went on to achieve an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education from St. Louis Community College in spring 2023. Beyond her professional pursuits, Jenna finds solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life, relishing moments spent with cherished family, friends, and her two four-legged pups, Tigger and Sparkles. Her love for uncovering treasures from the past manifests in her hobbies of antiquing and curating a collection of all things vintage. Jenna's blend of professional dedication and appreciation for life's nostalgic nuances shapes a well-rounded and fulfilling existence.

  • Todd Nichols

    Todd Nichols Funeral Team

    Todd is from St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from John A Gupton college of mortuary science in 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. After doing his apprenticeship in his hometown he moved to Alaska in September 2017 and began working at Legacy Funeral Homes. In 2023 he returned back to his hometown in Missouri, where he joined the team at Chapel Hill Mortuary. He is a baptized member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

  • Isabelle Steinlage

    Isabelle Steinlage Funeral Team

    Isabelle Steinlage joined the Chapel Hill family in October of 2023. She proudly graduated from Ursuline Academy High School in 2018 before attending St. Louis University’s School of Nursing from 2018-2020. In 2023, Isabelle achieved a significant milestone by graduating from St. Louis Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education, an achievement marking a transition in her career path and signifying her commitment to a life devoted to funeral service.Prior to joining Chapel Hill Mortuary, Isabelle spent several fulfilling years as a nanny to some truly incredible children. Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in reading books and spending quality time with her family and friends. Isabelle hopes that as she continues her journey in funeral service, her compassionate spirit and commitment to supporting others during challenging times will leave a lasting impact on all the lives she touches.