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 Story

Since 1936, Fitzgerald Funeral Service has served Tulsa and surrounding areas with caring, trustworthy service. Our team of professionals place every detail-before, during and after the funeral period-as their first priority.

Our downtown Tulsa funeral home was the first location, setting forth the reputation of providing dignity and respect for families of all faiths. Ivy Chapel is located at 1402 South Boulder Avenue, offering eloquent design and furnishings. Large staterooms, chapel and ample parking are just a few of the fine amenities Ivy has to offer for your comfort and convenience.

As Tulsa grew, so did the Fitzgerald organization and in 2000, built the Southwood Colonial Chapel location at 3612 East 91st Street South, elegantly positioned near Calvary Cemetery. The Southwood Chapel location offers a family center with full kitchen, utilities and fireplace. Spacious staterooms and ample visiting areas accommodate even the largest families.

Feel free to contact any of our funeral home staff should you have questions or would like to tour the grounds and facilities.

Our Valued Staff

  • Dr. Joseph  Moore

    Dr. Joseph Moore, Owner-President

    Dr. Moore is a third generation funeral home owner. He is the son of legendary Tulsa funeral director Joe M. Moore. Dr. Moore worked at Moore Funeral Home, Inc while in high school. Then, after attaining his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and M.D. from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he practiced medicine in northeast Oklahoma for more than 32 years. For 27 of those years, he specialized in treating blood and cancer-related disorders with Oklahoma Oncology, Inc., which later became incorporated into the Warren Clinics. Dr. Moore retired from the practice of medicine in October of 2013. He serves as Owner & General Manager of Fitzgerald Funeral Service. His hobbies are jogging, golfing, traveling and watching OU, OSU, and TU football.

  • LaFonda Ehlers

    LaFonda Ehlers, Financial Manager & Officer

    LaFonda decided to work for Fitzgerald Funeral Service because of their outstanding reputation and their assurance that “Tulsa families have someone they can count on when they need them the most”. Her grandfather was a funeral director in Tulsa for decades. She feels it is quite a special quality in someone to aspire to help grieving families and doing so with unprecedented customer service. Her goal at Fitzgerald's is to efficiently & effectively manage all areas of finance and administration; while helping develop company policy and procedure that ensure compliance with business regulations, SAP, tax laws and industry standards. LaFonda holds a B.S. in Business Administration, a M.S. in Business Administration, and a M.S. in Healthcare Administration. She's currently pursuing her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Her professional background includes banking, insurance, human resources, procurement, risk management, IT support, profit & non-profit accounting. A native Tulsan, she’s lived in CA, Europe & Asia, but decided to return to Oklahoma where most of her family lives.

  • David  Dopp

    David Dopp, Location Manager/Funeral Director-Ivy Chapel

    David Dopp is a native Tulsan and 1961 graduate of Will Rogers High School. He entered the funeral service immediately after graduating high school on May 20, 1961, working for Coulter Brown Funeral Home. He attended Dallas Institute Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, graduating in February 1964. David joined Fitzgerald Funeral Service in January 1965 and was Vice President from 1978 until 2011. He served as president of OFDA (Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association) from 1989-1990. After the death of two of his partners in 2010, Fitzgerald was purchased by Moore Funeral Homes. David was a little concerned about the merger, but now knows it has been very good for both firms. Dr. Joe Moore has continued the level of excellent service for both companies. David is very glad to be a member of both teams. In his younger years, David loved sports cars and was past president of the Tulsa Area Mustang Car Club. He took up golf when he was 35, joined Meadowbrook Country Club in 2001 and still enjoys a golf day when he can. He has been a Rotarian for over 45 years and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Tulsa. He also is a member of the Tulsa Mens Club. In 2013, David and Tammy proudly welcomed their son, Davis, to the family. David serves as manager of Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel and looks forward to more years serving the families of Tulsa.

  • Levi  Olsen

    Levi Olsen, Funeral Director-Ivy Chapel

    Levi has a heart for serving others and has been given the opportunity to serve friends and family as long as he can remember. At the age of 13, Levi discovered his true calling to be funeral director. A caring and compassionate funeral director who helped his grandmother make funeral arrangements, inspired a dream in Levi to become a funeral director himself. Since his 2008 graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond), Levi and has been a licensed embalmer and funeral director with Moore Funeral Homes and Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel. Since 1998 Levi, his wife Paula, have been members of Victory Church in Tulsa. In his spare time, Levi enjoys reading, bike riding, and being politically involved. They have one adult son, Hank.

  • Koby  Creason

    Koby Creason, Location Manager/Funeral Director-Southwood Chapel

  • April  Rowden-Goins

    April Rowden-Goins, Funeral Director-Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial

  • Carmen  Choate

    Carmen Choate, Administrative Assistant-Ivy Chapel

    Carmen enjoys working as receptionist and office administrator at Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel. A native of Oklahoma City, she chose to attend and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University. After her marriage to Kent, who has been in ministry their entire marriage, they lived in Texas for 17 years, until moving to Oklahoma City. She has lived in Sand Springs for 14 years and rejoined the full-time workforce in 2010, at Fitzgerald’s. Carmen enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, gardening and has sewn many home décor items over the years. She and her husband, Kent, have three grown married sons, one grandson and one granddaughter (on the way), and three very spoiled doxies.

  • Shaina Agee

    Shaina Agee, Administrative Assistant-Southwood Chapel

  • Larry  Breen

    Larry Breen, Funeral Assistant

    Larry is a native Texan and USMC veteran. He worked as a manager with Gibson Department Stores in Texas before joining the funeral business, in 1972. Larry moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1989. He later attended Rogers State College while working at Arnold Moore Funeral Homes, in Bartlesville. Larry is proud to serve our families. His experience and skills, from working in the funeral business for more than 40 years, are invaluable. Larry enjoys time at rodeos, with his family, and teaching his children to love and ride horses. He is married to Cindy and has three children, Tanner, Meagan and Briggs

  • Wes  Wadkins

    Wes Wadkins, Pre-Need Planning Advisor

  • Lance  Acree

    Lance Acree, Pre-Planning Counselor