Working in a job that involves death never something that entered Jodi Freeman’s mind. She applied for a job through a placement agency and was told she would be a perfect fit. It was then she learned that the job was at Roper’s Funeral Home.
“I didn’t even know how to respond,” Jodi says. “Death care never even crossed my radar. I practically whispered ‘with dead people?’ but agreed to at least an interview.”
Before this, Jodi had been working as a fund-raising manager with a couple of different non-profit agencies, including The Girl Scouts, since graduating from Bellevue University, but she was getting burned out.
Jodi decided to take a breather and work from home for awhile. She managed social media for several companies and was doing some website content for a friend with an Internet marketing business.
She was living in Omaha and applying for jobs there while her then boyfriend Shane lived in Lincoln. Since she wasn’t having much luck in Omaha, she decided to try applying for positions in Lincoln. One was with Nelnet and the other was the agency job that turned out to be with Roper’s.
It has turned out that Roper’s has been a great fit, and she enjoys bringing the funeral home to the community in a way that makes it less daunting. She has been in her position since 2013.
In her spare time, Jodi loves working with her three horses. Her daughter Madi is getting involved in showing horses and plans to barrel race, and has talked Jodi into trying it as well. She recently took one of the horses to visit Southlake Village.
“I have a goal and dream of sharing our horses with those who need a horse hug from time to time,” she said.
She also supports her now husband Shane in his musical endeavors. Shane is playing with the band “On the Rocks” at large events and works on other projects with other musicians.
More information about Roper’s can be found at www.roperandsons.com.