: k l a t e coffe A Sit-Down Chat With CLAUDIA KEPNER
of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Our First Cup
RAYMER-KEPNER FUNERAL HOME
Perhaps a Warm Cup of Tea Instead I love to take a long walk to unwind and relax. Fresh air helps to clear the mind. I’m not one to sit to relax. I prefer to be doing something—whether it is walking or gardening or reﬁnishing a piece of furniture. Balancing life and work is a challenge so if at all possible you must leave work at the ofﬁce. Take time for yourself whenever possible. Sipping a glass of wine or enjoying a warm cup of tea and watching the sunset on the lake is my way to recharge and reset.
In 2011, John and I jumped wholeheartedly into a new experience when we expanded our family funeral home business in West Virginia by purchasing Raymer Funeral Home (now Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Huntersville) and moving to Lake Norman. We are a multi-generational family business with our son Jonathan and his wife Lindsey now working with us at the funeral home. They were instrumental in opening our new location in Denver, the Raymer-Kepner Life Tribute Center.
The Best Part of Waking Up
Our daughter Krystal and her husband Michael have blessed us all with our precious 3-yearold grandson, Theo, who brings so much joy to our lives. We feel very grateful that both of our children and their families live so close.
"… Life is very fragile and we must tell the people we love how much they mean to us every day." Share a Cup With Your Neighbor
What’s New in Your Brew?
My new favorite recipes are with my InstaPot and Airfryer. I also tried my hand at paint-by-numbers which I really enjoyed. We are also enjoying movie nights with all the fun things to watch on Netﬂix. My favorite apps would be the calendar to keep me organized, The Weather Chanel so I know what to wear, and Pandora to keep music playing.
The pandemic has taught me to not take anything for granted … it reinforced my feelings that life is very fragile and we must tell the people we love how much they mean to us every day. With our business being essential during the pandemic, we are guiding families through the tender process while following the state and CDC mandates. We care deeply about our community and are so happy and proud to serve the Lake Norman area and be there, like family, during difﬁcult times. w
Claudia Kepner is the co-owner, secretary/treasurer, and financial administrator at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Huntersville and Raymer-Kepner Life Tribute Center in Denver. Connect with Claudia at 704.892.9669 or at www.raymerfh.com.
L A K E NORMAN
WRITER LESLIE OGLE
PHOTOGRAPHER ZOOM-IN PHOTOGRAPHY (SYDNEY CUNNINGHAM)