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Michael 'Kelly' Martin

Michael "Kelly" Martin

President/Manager

Kelly is a third generation funeral director, following in the footsteps of his grandparents, Miles and Mildred Martin, his father Patrick J. Martin, and his uncle Miles "Tom" Martin.  He joined his father in North Branch in 1996, working with him until Pat's death in 1998.


Kelly served in the U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1978.  He earned his Associate of Arts Degree from Mott Community College, a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint, and Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayne State University.  Kelly has also studied at the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills, in Springfield, MO, gaining valuable skills in massive trauma reconstruction surgical techniques.  He also served as President of the Thumb Funeral Directors Association form 2007 to 2009.


Cheri Hemingway

Cheri Hemingway

Licensed Funeral Director

Cheri is a licensed Funeral Director.  She graduated from Mt. Morris High School and she received her Associates in Science from Mott Community and her bachelors in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University in 2009.  Cheri is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, a member of the Michigan Embalmers Society and the Thumb Funeral Directors Association.


Erma Jean (Tallieu) Kennedy

Erma Jean (Tallieu) Kennedy

Administrative Assistant

Erma is lifelong resident of North Branch and she graduated from North Branch High School in 1971. Erma has been married to Frank Kennedy for 37 years.  They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Erma is the Administrative Assistant and has been employed with Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home for 18 years. Some of Erma's duties are assisting in making funeral arrangements, selling markers and monuments, filing life insurance claims and composing obituaries.

   


Chris (Schiestel) Swoish

Chris (Schiestel) Swoish

Greeter, Musician and Soloist

Chris graduated in 1985 form Lakeville High School and has a Music Degree from Delta College.  She is a greeter, musician and soloist, and helps in the office with various tasks.  She is married to Dale Swoish and they have 2 children. 


Dale Swoish

Dale Swoish

Greeter and Parking Attendant

Dale is a lifetime resident of North Branch and he graduated from North Branch High School in 1975. Dale is our greeter, parking attendant, does our general maintenance, and files death certificates for us. Dale and Chris were married in 1991.


Tony  Crawford

Tony Crawford

Greeter and Parking Attendant

Tony is a resident of our area, graduating form North Branch High School in 1971.  Tony serves as a greeter, files death certificates, and is a parking attendant for the funeral home.  He married Joannne Stevens in 1972.  They have 2 sons and 1 grandson


Sandra (Scramlin) Smith

Sandra (Scramlin) Smith

Greeter

Sandy serves as a greeter of our funeral home.  She is a lifelong resident of North Branch area and graduated from North Branch High School.  Sandy and late husband, Bob Smith, were owners of Smitty's Market and Smitty's Gun Shop in Kings Mill.  Sandy has 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. 


Pamela (Minkstein) Frampton

Pamela (Minkstein) Frampton

Hairstylist and Greeter

Pam is a lifelong resident of North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School.  She has been our hairstylist and greeter for over 17 years.  Pam is married to Les Frampton.  They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.


Duan (Smith) Castle

Duan (Smith) Castle

Greeter

Duan is a lifelong resident of North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1970.  Duan serves as a greeter.  She is married to Dave Castle and they have 2 sons.


John Welke

John Welke

Greeter and Parking Attendant

John has been working in the funeral home service since 2000.  He has served as an EMT for the North Branch and Mayville Area for 34 years. John also owned his own insurance agency in Mayville for 32 years.   John serves as a greeter, parking attendant and files death certificates. He has been married to Sally for 41 years, and they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. 


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