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

The Wanzo Funeral Home was established in 1912, by Mr. Elvin B. Wanzo. It was the first Black funeral home in Toledo. The first location was 1412   Monroe Street, the second 1303 Washington Street and the  third  1210 Washington Street. Finally, in 1937 he purchased 572 Nebraska Avenue from the Foth Funeral Home.  Mr. Wanzo was a pioneer as a Black businessman in Toledo , OH.  He established and maintained an ethical and well respected business over the years of his direction.  His records, reflecting the families that he served from 1912 through his sale to Mr and Mrs.. Dale, remain a treasure of the funeral home. The E.B.Wanzo Funeral Home was purchased by Clarence and Genevieve Dale in 1946. They  continued the legacy of Mr. Elvin Wanzo and established their own  reputation for ethical, quality and compassionate funeral services.  The C.J. Dale Funeral Home, which evolved into the Dale Funeral Home Inc has provided  funeral services of the highest standard in the city of Toledo.  It became one of Toledo’s most prominent Black businesses. 

Our Valued Staff

  • Ms. Sheryl Anderson Riggs

    Ms. Sheryl Anderson Riggs Previous Managing Director 1992-2019

    Ms. Riggs was a 1970 graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Social Work she went on to pursue her license as a funeral director/embalmer and graduated from Wayne State Mortuary School in 1980. Mrs. Riggs was owner and Operator of Riggs Funeral Home in Detroit, Michigan from 1984-1987 and worked for several firms in the Detroit area. Mrs. Riggs relocated to Toledo, Ohio where she held the position as Managing/Director of the Dale Funeral Home Inc. since August of 1992. She contributed tirlessly to the betterment of the Toledo Community with national and local causes. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Toledo Chapter of the Link's Inc., Toledo Chapter of Girlfriends, Inc. and Top Ladies of Distinction.

    Over the years, she was a pioneer in the area of grief counseling and initated a program in Toledo for Mother's who had lost children. She has worked with SIDS, AIDS, Homelessness and other issues facing our community. She was an advocate and supporter of the citizens of the Toledo, no matter what their endeavors.

  • Deborah  Sandridge-Hall

    Deborah Sandridge-Hall Office Manager

    Debbie is the office manager for the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home. Debbie is responsible for the high level of efficiency of the office of the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home. She handles the clerical functions and assists Mrs. Riggs with the clients and many crucial services of the funeral home. Debbie's pleasant voice is the one that many times greets you, on the telephone.

  • Nathaniel Maurice Williams

    Nathaniel Maurice Williams Assistant Funeral Director

    Nate Williams works closely with the Funeral Director in maintaining the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home. He supervises the part time staff, assist in arrangements scheduling them for funerals and other tasks. He also assists the funeral directors on funerals and handles all Death Certificates and maintains many office functions. And is in charge of all removals, he has been with the company since 1998.

  • Douglas  Dunklin

    Douglas Dunklin Physical Plant Manager

    Doug maintains the physical plant of the Dale Funeral Home. He also cares for the automobiles and the landscaping. He is the oldest member of the staff he joined the firm in 1984.

  • Rev. Roger D. Carson Jr.

    Rev. Roger D. Carson Jr. Funeral Director Apprentice

    Rev. Carson started his apprenticeship with Dale-Riggs in the summer of 2019 after an eye-opening conversation with Ms. Riggs, our previous Managing Director. Rev. Carson is a native of Detroit, Michigan where he attended Wayne State University. He has a Bachelors and Masters degree from Union Baptist Seminary of Birmingham, Alabama.

    When he is not assisting families during their darkest hours, he serves as Senior Pastor of a thriving ministry in the Southern Missionary Baptist Church of Toledo. In addition to his Pastoral duties, he is also the President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Toledo & Vicinity.

    After duty has availed him of free time, Rev. Carson loves spending time with his wife, traveling and enjoying the social scene of the Greater Toledo area.