We know our funeral services can only be as good as the people who look after you and your family. This is why we only employ a team of experienced and professional funeral service experts, and we continually invest in our people to provide a respectful service. Each of our staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, offering you the expertise you need.
All our people are highly experienced; each individual understands what you are going through. Each are dedicated to plan a funeral that truly reflects the life of your loved one. Meet the hands behind the success of Ninness Funeral Home:
Brenden Jacobsen - Funeral Director / Embalmer
Brenden Jacobsen is the Managing Director of Ninness Funeral Home and feels proud and privileged to be the longest serving practicing funeral director in Porirua City.
Having grown up in Pauatahanui, Brenden was educated locally before attending St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. Brenden commenced his career in funeral services in 2001 and has completed all his studies and qualifications in Embalming and Funeral Directing. Brenden also received the Diploma in Business and Management in 2010.
Brenden is a member of the NZ Embalmers Association (NZEA) and is a registered funeral director with the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ).
As a Justice of the Peace and marriage celebrant, Brenden is proud to serve the community. Brenden is a member of Lions International (Tawa) and is a past president, secretary and board member. Brenden is also a member of The Porirua Club and The Royal Wellington Golf Club.
Brenden has a wide range of interests including travelling, spending time with friends, collecting antiques and reading.
Larry Greco - Funeral Consultant
Larry Greco is the middle son of the late Raffaele and Hilda Greco of Island Bay.
Larry commenced his career in funeral service in 2003 and joined the staff at Ninness Funeral Home in 2017. Larry has worked previously in a number of roles within the NZ Forrest Service, Department of Social Welfare and NZ Post. Larry is a former Religious Brother of the Society of Mary (SM). Through the Order, Larry served a number of appointments including in Blenheim, Auckland, Silverstream and Timaru. Larry later returned to secular life to care for his ailing father.
Larry is a parishioner of the Parish of Wellington South and regularly attends church at St Francis de Sales, Island Bay. Larry is an executive member of Club Garibaldi (The Italian Club of Wellington).
Larry’s interests include keeping fit, fishing, reading, music and supporting local teams (especially Marist St Pats!).
Sheryl Lamont - Office Administrator
Sheryl Lamont was originally from Westport and moved to Wellington in 1998.
Sheryl comes with a wealth of experience in financial management having worked with various financial firms. She then had a change of career and worked for The Department of Corrections for ten years. Upon returning to the finance sector Sheryl joined the Ninness Team and looks after the day to day funeral accounts and administration.
During her spare time, she has a great interest in many sports, loves walking and keeping fit. Sheryl also enjoys watching movies and catching up with family and friends.
Sheryl is married to Monty and has two adult children, Kyle and Sarah. She lives in Whitby.
Dallas Maberly - Follow Up Specialist and Funeral Assistant
Dallas joined Ninness Funeral Home in 2021 and has worked in the funeral industry around the country.
He grew up in Horowhenua, attending Horowhenua college with a lot of family in Wellington along with ties to Rotorua.
Dallas has a background in management and development of logistics business in the trade and retail sector. Making the move to the funeral industry in 2017, firstly in Christchurch then Horowhenua and now in Wellington.
He is a big Volkswagen and Audi enthusiast belonging to the national V.A.S.K group.
Kaye Jacobsen - Funeral Assistant
Kaye Jacobsen (nee Death) grew up in Pauatahanui and was educated at Pauatahanui School and Tawa College.
Kaye’s paternal family “The Deaths” are a pioneering farming family, with links to Pauatahanui and Porirua since the first arrival of colonial settlers to New Zealand.
Kaye is a member of the Porirua Club and the Kapi-Mana Darts Association. Her interests include sport, travel, family, sewing and spending time away in her mobile caravan. Kaye is married to John and together they have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Erica Carley - Business Support and PA
Erica started with Ninness Funeral Home in 2021 after working in the public sector.
During her spare time she loves to spend it with family and friends, baking and getting into the outdoors to enjoy beautiful walks of New Zealand.
She is married to Jono and lives in Tawa.