Portrait by  Leslie Hassler

Portrait by Leslie Hassler

Caroline Schrank

FOunder & Funeral Director

Caroline Schrank, Down To Earth’s funeral director, is an extraordinarily empathetic person and perfectly poised to head DTE and forge a new direction in funeral care.

Her former career as a production coordinator setting up photography shoots for magazines, choosing locations for fashion catalog shoots, coupled with her background in event and party planning, uniquely positions her as someone who can handle a myriad of details effortlessly.  

The death of both her parents inspired her to take on a career in the funeral industry. 

Nursing her father throughout his illness and consequent death in 2008, she found his funeral experience, which was held at home, incredibly healing. As friends and family shared stories and remembrances of her father, she was touched by the moving memorial ceremony and resulting closure. When her mother died in 2016, she was again the principal caregiver to a woman who lived life to the fullest, and she was tasked with providing a funeral that satisfied all her mother’s particular wishes.

Now, it is her hope to take the confusion and complexity out of funerals for others.

Caroline attended the American Academy McAlister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City and graduated in 2015. She completed a one-year residency in Manhattan. She is an LFD, Licensed Funeral Director in New York State: #14621.  

She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Vermont, and received her B.S. in English. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and is the mother of two sons


Libby Clarke

Art Director

Libby Clarke is available to design funeral invitations, thank you cards, or other graphic design needs.

Ruta Fox

Copy Writer

Ruta Fox is available to help with writing obituaries, eulogies and speeches.