Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

 

Matthew T. Deal
Funeral Director, Supervisor


Matt was born and raised in PA, and graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 1994. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University in 2000 before embarking on a career in private security and inventory management with several large corporations that would move him to NY and NJ.

In 2005, he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in funeral service. Matt graduated from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY with an Associate in Applied Science in Mortuary Science in 2007 and began his career in funeral service right away, becoming licensed in NY and PA before coming back home to PA.

Matt became a member of the Morrison Funeral Home staff in June 2012.

He lives in Oil City with his wife Rebekah, daughter Madeleine, son Teddy, step-daughters Brooke and Taylor, and step-son Bryce. He enjoys working around his house, fishing, and taking long floats down the river with his family.

 


 

Rebekah E. Deal
Funeral Director

 

Rebekah was born in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Fredericksburg Christian High School in Fredericksburg, VA in 1996.

After high school, she attended Germanna Community College and went on to attend Ashford University before starting a career in banking. After a decade in the banking industry, she decided to go back to school and graduated January of 2013 from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences. She was the only recipient in her class to receive the “Mu Sigma Alpha Award,” signifying knowledge, wisdom, diligence, and perseverance.

Rebekah joined the staff of Morrison Funeral Home in June of 2017, when her husband purchased the funeral home from Michael D. Morrison.

She lives in Oil City with her husband, Matt, and their five children, Brooke, Bryce, Taylor, Maddie, and Teddy. She is a member of the Venango Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Franklin-Oil City Zonta where she serves as secretary, Oil City Rotary Club, and is the race director for Oil City’s Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk.

In her spare time, she is an avid runner, completing 9 marathons, two Oil Creek 50K Trail runs, countless 10k & 5k races, and was the 2017 top female winner of Ridgway’s Elk County 20 mile Boulder Dash trail race.

 


 

Michael D. Morrison
Funeral Director


Mike is the son of the late Charles A. and Mary Rena Friedhaber Morrison. He is married to the former Linda M. Hartle and has a daughter Mrs. JD (Jackie) Postage and three granddaughters. His son, Timothy Chad Morrison died in a car accident in 2003.

Mike is a 1969 graduate of Oil City High School. He attended Lindsey Wilson College and the University of Kentucky prior to the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he graduated with honors in 1975. In September 1987, he purchased the funeral home from his father.

Mike is a member of the Warren, Elk, McKean Funeral Directors Association, a member, past District Governor and past President of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and a member and past Policy Board member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the American Society of Embalmers and a charter member of the Funeral Ethics Association. He also served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors.

He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Oil City Jaycees. Mike and Linda were recipients of the Oil City Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award. It was the same award given to his father, Charles A. Morrison, and great uncle, Lake D. Steffee.

Mike is a member of St. Stephen Church where he serves on the Finance Committee. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mike is a member of the Oil City Kiwanis Club and the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Oil City.

Mike is a member and past Master of Petrolia Lodge No 363 F&AM, a member of the Venango Lodge of Perfection, New Castle Consistory, Cyrus Chapter RAM, Talbot Commandry, Acacia Grotto and Zem Zem Shrine. He serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Masonic Hall Association.

In June of 2017, Mike sold Morrison Funeral Home, Inc. to the son of a classmate of the 1948 Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science class, Matthew T. Deal.