Megan M. Coyle
Coyle Funeral Home and Cremation Services
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Brief description of your business or organization:
For more than a century, Coyle Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been serving families throughout northwest Ohio. Carrying a long family tradition, Coyle has become synonymous with caring, compassionate and personal service with commitment to genuine, quality care. Our full service traditional burial and cremation funeral home remains family owned and operated. We offer families the opportunity to preplan their end of life celebrations, offering peace of mind and financial security. We also offer unique and personal ceremonies, as well as pet cremation services.
Were you born/raised in the Toledo Region? If so, where? If not, where and why/when did you move to the area?
When did you launch your first business, and how did you get to where you are today?
The business was launched in 1888 by my great great grandfather. I decided to join our family business in 2000 because I wanted to make a different in peoples’ lives in a very intimate and personal way.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
We honor and celebrate the women pioneers in business in our community, knowing that perhaps their paths were more challenging and difficult getting established. It is important to acknowledge the different qualities that women bring to the workplace.
Have you had any special mentors or supporters that have helped guide your career or business?
My parents have been my unconditionally loving and supportive cheerleaders. My dad, generation four in our business, is a wonderful mentor and guidance counselor. He strongly emphasized that our business is always about caring for people first. Integrity, honesty, patience and kindness.
Heather Bradley (executive vice president at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce), who I hired to help us as a business coach was also a special mentor. She worked closed with my family and funeral home staff to make the transition seamless and successful when I purchased the operation in 2013.
Major accomplishment(s) that make(s) you proud?
I am proud of our 134 years of family-owned business. I am proud to be the first woman funeral director and owner. I am grateful for my funeral home staff that dedicates some much time and talent to keep our legacy alive. I have earned many national awards for my preplanning funeral service career, as well as the Toledo 20 Under 40 Award. I am proud of our family’s contributions to the Toledo community, involvement in Rotary, and support of the schools, churches, art museums, symphony, and all the people and organizations that make our city beautiful.