Our Staff


Michael Best

Michael Best

Supervisor / Funeral Director / Owner

Michael is a licensed funeral director and embalmer certified by the Pennsylvania and West Virginia State Boards of Funeral Directors. Michael has been employed with Cieslak & Tatko Funeral Home since February 2013. He brings 19 years of professional funeral home experience to Cieslak & Tatko Funeral Home. He is a native of Knox, Pennsylvania and graduated from John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. Before graduating from mortuary school, Michael served in both the US Army and US Navy for 6 years. Michael, along with his wife Dionne and their children are honored to continue the legacy of service and compassion that Cieslak and Tatko Funeral Home has provided to the families of the South Hills and surrounding areas since 1928.

Telephone: 1-412-881-2300


Edward Tatko

Edward Tatko

Licensed Funeral Director

Ed has been a licensed funeral director for more than 35 years. He is a native of Pittsburgh – growing up in the Carrick area. He continues to live in the South Hills in Whitehall with his wife, Donna, of nearly 30 years. Ed attended Carrick High School and then Purdue University. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1970 and became a licensed funeral director in 1971. In 1972, Ed became a partner in the original Cieslak Funeral Home with his aunt, Mara Cieslak, thus updating the name to Cieslak & Tatko Funeral Home. In 1979, Ed became president and supervisor of the newly incorporated Cieslak & Tatko Funeral Home, Inc. In January 2014, Ed stepped down from the day to day operations of the funeral home to spend more time with his family. Ed continues to serve as a Funeral Director at Cieslak and Tatko Funeral Home.


Laura Diamond Tatko

Laura Diamond Tatko

Funeral Director

Laura has worked at Cieslak & Tatko in various capacities all of her life. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 2000 and in 2004 from Penn State University, majoring in public relations and minoring in business. Most recently, she graduated magna cum laude from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2007, where she also served as the class vice president. Laura became a licensed funeral director in November 2008—the third generation in her family. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association. Laura currently lives in Whitehall with her two boys Andrew and Benji.


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