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 Valued Staff

  • Karin  Schuett

    Karin Schuett President / Licensed Funeral Director Class 1

    Karin attended Humber College Funeral Services Program and graduated with Honours in 2006. Karin has worked as a Licensed Funeral Director Class 1 for the past 14 years after homemaking and raising a family of two – a son and a daughter. A graduate of Humber College in 2006, Karin entered the profession to express her caring, compassion and creativity. She has worked in several locations throughout the GTA in a wide variety of roles serving bereaved families. The many families she has served have experienced her warmth, sensitivity and practicality, as well as her concern for providing satisfying, efficient and appropriate care. This is reiterated with the fact that Circle of Life caters to one family at a time, offering privacy and exclusive care. Now, as Owner / Manager of her own funeral services establishment, Karin offers families the benefits of her experience to provide them with a respectful, dignified and cost-effective service in the changing landscape of funeral services today.
    Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Inc. is a member of The Better Business Bureau (BBB). Karin currently serves as President of The Dundas Rotary Club. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Lobster and Rib Fest, and Canada Day Pancake Breakfast. Karin is a frequent speaker at various community events, sharing her knowledge about the death care industry.

  • Miss Emma

    Miss Emma Comfort Dog/Office Assistant

    Emma is our much loved, 7 year old Miniature Schnauzer. She has been with us from the first day we opened our doors, and she is most happy to greet our families and provide comfort and stress relief. Emma loves her work!

  • Frank  Schmidt

    Frank Schmidt Business Owner / Office Administrator

    Frank is a retiree from the Ontario Public Service, having worked for over 20 years with several Ministries, including the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Health and Long-Term Care, and Attorney General. Prior to that, Frank worked for more than 20 years with the Public Service of Canada and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. As a public servant, Frank worked on many initiatives that modernized and responded to emerging trends in services for people, from employment for special needs persons, to disability support programs, tele-medicine, end-of-life care and pandemic preparedness planning. As Owner / Office Administrator of a funeral services establishment, Frank brings this diversified administrative background in community service, and a commitment to helping people transition during difficult life circumstances to his role.

  • Isolde “Issi” Schuett

    Isolde “Issi” Schuett Designer

    German born Issi immigrated to Canada at the age of 12. Issi has retired from Canada Post after 34 years of loyal service. Issi joins Circle of Life full time as of January 18, 2021. She is Karin's right hand woman and Funeral Director Assistant. As an artist, Issi has explored many different media, recently adding stained glass to her repertoire. Her themes include nature and the spirit, and her one-of-a-kind creations come from the heart, every piece imbued with her kind and caring essence. Circle of Life is proud to feature Issi’s work as part of our Artists’ Circle.

  • Dave Pothier

    Dave Pothier Woodworker

    Dave has been a life long woodworker and has built various projects over the years, from remodeling the kitchen and building all of the cabinetry, building a cedar strip kayak, many furniture items, to making full size, double size, and very small keepsake boxes and urns. Inlays have become his specialty at the present time.
    He retired after having been employed by the Hamilton Fire Department for 31 years. He and his wife Lynn have been married for 41 years. They have two adult children, Melissa and Chris, and 11 year old Brady. Other interests include playing snooker, ballroom dancing, gardening, beer making and travel.