Tim is the owner and funeral director of Woodlawn Funeral Home and is the visionary behind the beautiful building and grounds of the cemetery. He is part of the 2nd generation of a funeral family and has been a funeral director his entire adult life. Tim has a passion for engineering and built Woodlawn Cemetery from the ground up, starting in 1976 when the cemetery was first dedicated. He designed all of the unique features in the cemetery, such as the star memorial in our veterans' section and the beautiful natural rock waterfall and stream in our cremation garden. In his spare time, Tim loves working with wood. Tim’s love for wood is reflected in the table that he and Jim (from the cemetery crew) designed and built for one of Woodlawn’s meeting rooms.
Since the passing of Tim’s wife, Ann Burgman, the Burgman family decided to carry on her legacy of community involvement and service by partnering with the Thurston County Council on Aging. Tim Burgman donates storage space for the Medical Equipment Bank at the Woodlawn Funeral Home location in Lacey. Items for the bank include wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, beside commodes, canes, crutches, etc.
Teresa (Goen) Burgman
Teresa has been a funeral director since 1995. She returned to Lacey with her husband, Cory Goen, who is now stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and their two children after traveling around the world.
Teresa continues the family legacy as a 3rd generation Burgman in the funeral industry. Teresa is a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Her community involvement includes Holy Family School where her daughter attends school, Thurston County Council on Aging Medical Equipment Bank, North Thurston Kiwanis Club in Lacey, Senior Action Network of Thurston Mason and Lewis Counties, and Lacey Chamber of Commerce.
2001 - Masters of Business Administration w/ emphasis in International Management
1991 - Bachelor's from Western Washington University
Ifé is a funeral director and embalmer. After moving with her daughter to Washington from the East Coast, Ifé brought her experience as a full-service traditional funeral director. She is a very compassionate, caring, and detail-orientated person who has experience in serving people in all faiths and ethnic traditions during their very difficult time. Ifé understands how to work within a family’s budget. Ifé is a member of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce. In 2005 she received the Restorative Art Award.
Woodlawn is a full service funeral home and cemetery that offers traditional, full-service funerals, graveside services, and memorial services, direct cremation, veterans services, and green burial.
Kenneth G. Cheney
Ken has been compassionately serving families for nine years as a funeral director/embalmer. Ken is a caring and experienced professional who understands that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and strongly believes in helping families from all cultures, religions and ethnicities. Ken has a “can do” attitude and will go the extra mile to assist a family in need. His goal is to make a difficult time in a family’s life as easy as possible. Ken is a devoted husband and father, spending all available free time participating in activities with his family. He enjoys watching football, writing, and playing an occasional golf game.
Dave has been part of our team since 2001, running the day-to-day operations at our Shelton location. He has assisted many Native-American families to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Dave is also versed in all religious, cultural, and ethnic services. His personal motto is “A Reputation Built on Service”. He recently retired as a Captain from Mason County Fire District #4 after serving as a volunteer for 17+ years. Dave is married to his lovely wife Kim and has one daughter, Bobbi, living at home as well as 3 grown children. Dave has a deep appreciation for the outdoors and has his fishing pole ready at all times. He passed this love of nature on to his family and enjoys spending time with them in the great outdoors whenever possible.
Since 2005, Eric has been our Family Service Counselor at Woodlawn Funeral Home. He assists families with selecting cemetery property and provides expert knowledge when making “pre-arranged funeral plans” and also helps as a funeral director when needed. Families can pick and choose the services they desire and feel comfortable about these decisions, because Eric ensures that families are educated about all aspects of funeral and cemetery services and products. He is a member of Mountain View Nazarene Church where he plays the trumpet in their orchestra. Eric is also a member of the North Thurston Kiwanis Club (Committee Chair for Kiwanis Foundation Golf Tournament) and a board member for the Thurston County U.S. Bowling Congress. He is a member of the Senior Action Network of Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties as well. He always enjoys time with his family as well as pursuing his hobbies of bowling, golfing, and fishing.
Videographer and Photographer. Charlie preserves memorial events in video or in still photos. This allows family members who cannot attend a ceremony to watch and listen to a DVD and feel just like they were there; a DVD makes a treasured keepsake that will be viewed for decades. A video editor and producer for 23 years, Charlie's experience ensures a quality presentation that is sensitively and discretely produced. Charlie's discerning eye and expertise underpins production quality.Families assembled together create a unique opportunity for family portraits. With three decades of professional photography experience, Charlie uses the latest in high-resolution digital photography to record a family’s most significant moments.
A life-long resident of the Olympia area, Charlie's commitment to the community runs deep. He chairs the Olympia High School alumni association, as well as a vocational education committee at Capital High School. Charlie is the founder of Puget Sound Rotary (formerly the president) and a Rotarian since 1986. He has served on two Olympia neighborhood association boards and on boards dedicated to historical preservation, hunter education and range safety, and in service to groups that protect the US Constitution.
Samuel J. Carbonel
Sam has been a part of the Woodlawn family for 8 years, serving in many capacities including funeral services, embalming, and cremation operations. He grew up in the funeral industry, coming from a third generation funeral family. Sam was born in the Philippines and worked alongside his father in several of the funeral homes they own. He enjoys serving families of all backgrounds; since he is fluent in Tagalog (major Filipino dialect), Sam is especially of great assistance to the Filipino community when a member passes away. Sam is a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Parish. Because Sam’s life centers on his close-knit, extended family, he and his wife take their children to the Philippines to visit their extensive families whenever possible.
Debie has been part of our team since 2009; she is in the accounting department and has experience in accounts receivable, accounts payable, and preparation of the dreaded quarterly taxes. In other words, money-wise, she keeps our office flowing. Debie adds her knowledge of small business management with over 30 years of office expertise. Outside of work, Debie and her husband enjoy hiking, particularly on Mt. Rainier, and photography. When the weather cooperates, she also spends time gardening. If the weather does not cooperate, Debie enjoys staying inside, reading a good book.
Drew has worked at Woodlawn since 2008. A representative from Morningside, an employment service, matched Drew with our company. He works in janitorial services and makes sure that the building is ready for funeral services at all times. He always shows up with a smile on his face and is glad to see everyone. He loves everything with the John Deere brand, collecting scale models of all John Deere tractors and farming equipment. Drew also has a pet bird named Dudley that he takes care of in his spare time. He is a positive, thoughtful person who is kind to everyone he meets.
The Cemetery Crew
We would like to introduce our cemetery crew, which includes Gordy, Frank, Jim, and Ralph. The well-kept lawns and gardens of our beautiful cemetery are due to the effort and caring of this experienced team. Frank does a spectacular job maintaining the gardens and making sure everything is prepared for graveside services. He has a young family that keeps him busy in his spare time. Gordy has been part of the team for 14+ years and can answer any question about the grounds. During mowing season, Gordy is usually the person one can see on the riding lawnmower. Outside of work, Gordy is avid and passionate about railroading in general and steam engines in particular. Jim is a finished carpenter, mechanic and a man who can fix anything; if a part cannot be found, Jim can usually fashion it himself. When not repairing or building something for the cemetery, Jim is an inventor, with several patents for products he has developed. Ralph is an exceptional all-around groundskeeper who makes the overall cemetery look picture perfect throughout the year. He is a devoted grandpa who is either spending time with his grandchildren or recovering from spending time with his grandchildren.