History & Staff

We have over 70 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 funeral home was established over seventy years ago by John N. Elachko Sr., who originally was looking to a career in medicine while attending the University of Pittsburgh however coming from humble beginnings he could not afford all the expenses medical school entailed. It was at this point he found a position at a new funeral establishment in Pittsburgh's Uptown community which ignited a desire to help families during their darkest hour. He realized his dream required further education and through a loan from an uncle he was able to afford the schooling. At the time there were no mortuary programs in Pittsburgh so he traveled to Tennessee to the Gupton Jones Mortuary School and after completing the requirements he became licensed. John started off working for a few local funeral homes while saving his money to purchase his own funeral home.

     In 1943 he began operating the funeral home out of his house in Oakland, however his operation was put on hiatus as he was called serve his country in World War II. Once he returned, John was rejuvenated since he wanted to not only provide for his family but that desire to help others was now overwhelming. In 1947, John opened the current location of our funeral home.

     In 1967 after attending Wheeling Jesuit University, John's son (coincidentally also named John) decided to attend mortuary school, but by that time Pittsburgh had the industry's gold standard of mortuary schools the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After graduating and completing his internship John Jr. joined his father to serve the community.

     In 1973, John Sr. retired (however he always remained involved) leaving his son to continue the family business. John Jr. worked diligently to grow the family legacy while along the way falling in love and marrying Linda. They began a family while living above the funeral home so that they could always be available to any family including their own.

     Tragically in 1990 John Jr. died unexpectedly, and his wife Linda stepped in to continue the legacy of serving the community. With help from the retired John Sr., Linda was able to secure a widow's license. As Linda gained experience in the profession with knowledgeable funeral supervisors, she added a hospitality focus that remains a high priority of our funeral home.

     In 2008, Linda had been operating the funeral home for nearly twenty years when her son, John III. decided to join the family profession and leave his position as a social worker behind. In 2009 John III. attended the illustrious Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science just like his father, and became fully licensed as funeral director/supervisor in 2011. Currently, Linda and John III are looking to the future to offer the best service to the changing needs of the community.

We thank you for taking the time to read our history and hope that all who call upon us feel at home and welcomed as a part of OUR family.

Our funeral home is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association.


Our Valued Staff

Linda M. Elachko

Linda M. Elachko, Owner/President

Linda has been the owner and President of the John N. Elachko Funeral Home for the past 23 years. She oversees the day-to-day operations, along with running her flower shop in Lawrenceville, Leslie Park Floral. Linda welcomes each family personally and helps to see that all needs are being met. Linda graduated from St. Paul Cathedral High School (now Oakland Catholic High School) and has resided in Oakland for the majority of her life. She is a life long parishioner of St. Regis Church. Linda takes the time to know each person that comes into the funeral home. Linda has been featured in the Post Gazette's Top Business Women of Pittsburgh.


John N. Elachko III

John N. Elachko III, Funeral Director/Supervisor

John is a third generation funeral director/supervisor at the John N. Elachko Funeral Home. He is responsible for managing the funeral home, handling all pre-need and at-need arrangements and is a licensed embalmer. John has been working at the funeral home full time since 2008 but had been preparing for this profession his entire life. Prior to 2008, John was a social worker and a supervisor of an agency that worked with families in crisis. During that time John found an approach that blended compassion and care that he now brings to funeral service.

John graduated from Central Catholic High School. He went on to attend Duquesne University and graduated with honors. John attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated top of the class. John received multiple awards based on achievement and merit as a part of Class 141.

In addition to being a funeral director, John also finds time to teach part-time at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He teaches a number of courses in the mortuary curriculum.

John married the love of his life, Nicole, back in 2006 and each day continues to be a blessing. Currently, they reside in Brookline with their therapy dog, Sydney. John and Nicole enjoy hiking, camping, spending time with family and trying new restaurants around Pittsburgh.


David Saccomanno

David Saccomanno, Funeral Staff Associate

David is a Funeral Staff Associate at the John N. Elachko Funeral Home. He is John's brother-in-law and has been with the funeral home for the past five years. David is dedicated and hardworking, he always shows care when interacting with our families.


Sydney (TDI/CGC)

Sydney (TDI/CGC), Grief Therapy Dog

Meet our TDI certified therapy dog, Sydney. She is fully credentialed and an absolute delight. Sydney has a special gift to alleviate the burden of grief by providing companionship and unconditional love to all people. Just let us know if you would like to arrange a visit while at the funeral home. Sydney can also be brought to any other location that you may need, she just needs some notice so John can bring her by.