Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

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Mark Holdship Owner and Director

Mark graduated from the Wayne State University in 1990. Before school, he started his funeral career off in Alma, Michigan in 1985 and then moved to the Detroit area to pursue his degree. While in school he worked for the Wm. R. Hamilton Company Funeral Home in Birmingham, Michigan. Upon graduation, Mark moved to Lakeview, Michigan, where he worked for the Youngman-McClough Funeral Chapel for six years. Mark then made career dreams come true in 1998 when he purchased his first funeral home in Marion, Michigan, which is now the Fosnaught-Holdship Funeral Home. Since then he has expanded the Holdship family of Funeral Home Company to seven locations in the surrounding area.

Mark and his wife Angie have four children, Holly, Michael, Dylan, and Emma. He is a member of the Saint Ann Catholic Church, Cadillac Lions Club, Knight's of Columbus, Masonic Lodge, and Cadillac Country Club. He enjoys the outdoors and boating on the lake.

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Adam M. Hilt Manager / Director

Adam was raised in Grand Rapids and is a transplant from Albion to Northern Michigan in 2005. He attended Kellogg Community College and Central Michigan University and served as Class President at the Pittsburgh Institute for Mortuary Science. He has also earned recognition as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Adam joined Holdship Family of Funeral Homes as a manager in 2013 after working several years with funeral homes in Albion and Traverse City. Adam currently serves the communities of Manton, Marion, and Cadillac. He has three children, Declan, Jackson, and Hadley. Adam enjoys spending time with his family, is an avid runner, and is a member of the Cadillac Rotary Club and the Elks.  

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Chelsea Sietsema Manager / Director

Chelsea graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. She attended both Mid-Michigan Community College in Harrison and Wayne State University achieving the Dean’s List for both schools. Chelsea joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2014. She attends St. Ann Catholic Church and is a member of the Cadillac Area Young Professionals Club. She enjoys spending time with her family at Houghton Lake and going hunting and fishing with her friends

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Darlene M. Sensor Manager / Director

Darlene has spent most of her life in the Prudenville area. She graduated from Houghton Lake High School in 1992. She attended Mid-Michigan Community College and Kirtland Community College before transferring to Wayne State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science degree in 2000.  She has worked for Christler Funeral Home since 1999. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family and friends. She is a member of the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Michigan Funeral Director's Association.

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Bob Budzynski Manager / Director

Bob grew up in Fountain, Michigan and graduated from Mason County Eastern High School. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from Michigan State University and Mortuary Science degree from Wayne State University. Bob was a director for the Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville, MI before moving to Houghton Lake in 1992 to be a director with Christler Funeral Home.

Bob and his wife, Beverly, have six children and seven grandchildren that keep them active during any spare time they have. He is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce, and 3rd degree Knights of Columbus member.

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Dick Young Manager / Director

Richard was raised and spent his formative years in the family owned funeral home in Lake City with his father, James L Young which was founded in 1936. After graduating from high school in 1958, Dick earned an Associates Degree from Northwestern Michigan College and then graduated from Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1962. Presently, Dick serves as manager of the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City. Dick has been involved in many facets of the Lake City community and has dedicated twenty years in city government. He has also served on the board of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, Susan have three married children and enjoy nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Dick enjoys fishing in Canada, working in his vegetable garden and sharing memories with family and friends.

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Kerry Gartland Preplanning Consultant

Kerry was born in Reed City and grew up in Bay City, graduating from T.L. Handy High School, she also attended SAginaw Valley State University. Kerry’s passion for helping people guided her to become a pre-planning consultant. She brings families together to talk about the end-of-life process, and gives them peace of mind knowing through her guidance their families are taken care of. Kerry and her husband Joe have two children, Connor and Deuce. They have traveled extensively and have lived in five different states before settling back in their native state of Michigan in 2005. Kerry attends St Joseph Catholic Church. She loves spending time with her family, boating, traveling, and gardening. Kerry volunteers through many different organizations, including the Special Olympics, and the Humane Society.

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Dean Christy Resident Trainee

Dean grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Spring Arbor University, where he met his wife, Holly, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Arts and Leadership. After graduating, Dean opened his own media company and ran the youth contemporary music ministry at his church along with his wife. His greatest joy comes from working side by side with Holly and is thrilled that he continues to team up with his wife at the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes. Dean is pursuing a second degree to become a Licensed Funeral Director. Dean’s hobbies include the 17 different instruments he can play, skiing, and going on adventures with his two australian shepherds, Ellie and Sophie. Dean and Holly are looking forward to the arrival of their daughter this September and cannot wait to meet her!

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Holly Christy (Holdship) Resident Trainee

Holly grew up in the funeral business, as the daughter of Mark Holdship. She attended Cadillac High School and then made her way to Texas Christian University for her freshman year of college. She transferred to Spring Arbor University in Michigan and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry, graduating with honors. Upon graduation, Holly moved to Jacksonville, Florida to work at a United Methodist Church as a Youth Pastor. After four years in Florida, she and her husband, Dean, moved back to Lake City to be a part of the family business. Holly looks forward to continuing her ministry in a different setting, as she has the honor of serving families during their most difficult times. Holly is continuing her education to become a Licensed Funeral Director. She enjoys spending time on the lake with her family, running, and volunteering in the community. Her first child arrives in September and her and Dean cannot wait to meet their daughter.

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Susan Young Office Manager

Susan grew up in Lake City, graduated high school in 1963, and has actively worked alongside her husband Dick in the family owned funeral business since 1967. Presently, Susan serves as office manager for the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City. She assists families with the many details of arranging a meaningful service for their loved one. The Youngs have three married children along with nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren that call her Gram. Susan enjoys fishing in Canada, genealogy, family gatherings, and feels extremely attached to small town living at its best in Northern Michigan.

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Monica Gremel Office Assistant

Monica was raised and attended school in Bridgeport, Michigan. She spent her professional career in the medical field. Initially, Monica served as a registered medical assistant for more than 40 years, as well as an EMT-B for greater than 15 years. Retirement has awarded her the opportunity to be more available to family and friends as the needs arise. Monica volunteers as a member of St Ann Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharist Minister, choir member, and a cantor. She has been married to Gary for over 48 years, together they have two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys life on Lake Missaukee and sharing it with friends and family, as well as a good game of golf.

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Tim Dore Funeral Assistant

Tim has been a resident of the Manton area for 40 years. Tim worked for Four Winns Boats for almost 30 years until his time of retirement. He joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2013. He is married to Mona; together they have two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He attends Rollins Christian Fellowship Church and enjoys going camping with his family.

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Gary Gremel Funeral Assistant

Gary has been a resident of the Manton area since 1971. He worked in Marion serving as the UPS driver for 30 years. He joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes and Dutchman Tree Farms both in 2006. Gary attends St. Ann Catholic Church and serves as Eucharistic Minister as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He has been a volunteer for the Cedar Creek Fire Department since 1983 and currently holds the title of captain. Gary is married to Monica; together they have two children and four grandchildren. He loves spending time with his family boating on the lake in Lake City.

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Sarah Blackledge Funeral Assistant

Sarah has been a part of the Marion and Evart communities all of her life. She is actively involved in the Middle Branch Township Board Committee as a trustee. She is also involved in 20th Century Club of Marion and Jolly Workers of Marion. Sarah joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 1988. Sarah was married to the late Elton Blackledge; she has two children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She enjoys spending time working on her flower garden.

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David Johns Funeral Assistant

David has been a resident in LeRoy since 1975 and been actively a part of the Marion community. He attends the Dighton Wesleyan Church and serves as a Sunday school teacher. David joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2014. He is a board member for MOTA as well as a board member for the Sherman Township Road Committee. David is married to Shirley; together they have six children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors hunting and fishing.

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Ken Stahl Funeral Assistant

Ken was born and raised in McBain and was a graduate from McBain Public School and Ferris State University with a BA Degree in Accountancy. Ken worked in the accounting and finance field in various capacities for 47 years before “retiring” in 2017 and joining the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2019. Ken has served on the Board of Directors for various volunteer organizations including; WorkPlace Ministries of Northern Michigan, Friends Ministry, City of McBain Charter Commission, McBain City Council, and McBain Public School Board of Education. He and his wife currently volunteer on the Board of Directors for Friendship Family Home, a Christian non-profit home for ladies with developmental disabilities and attend McBain Baptist Church. Ken has been married to his wife, Gail, for 49 years with four beautiful children, four great in-laws and ten spectacular grandchildren. For pleasure, Ken likes to travel, camp, garden, and collect Coca-Cola memorabilia.

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Rev. Ken Koning Funeral Assistant

Ken has been a resident of McBain since 1996 and has been serving as pastor of the Calvin Christian Reformed Church during that time. Ken and his wife, Laurie, have five sons, one daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter. Ken joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in March of 2019 and enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing board games.

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Rev. John Mellish Funeral Assistant

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Roy VanAntwerp Funeral Assistant

Roy was originally from Northern Michigan and the Pine River area before moving to Marshall, Michigan to complete high school. Roy made his way back north, spending his time in Traverse City and Fife Lake before returning to Tustin. He volunteers his time with the Pine River Historical Society in Tustin and is a member of Dighton Wesleyan Church. Roy has been married to his wife, Dawn, for over 48 years, having four kids, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Dawn and Roy adopted their great-granddaughter, Kimi, and are currently raising her to love the Lord. He enjoys yard work and tinkering in the garage.

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Bruce Venema Funeral Assistant

Bruce was raised in Cadillac and became a graduate of Cadillac High School before going to work for Clark Foods for over 30 years. He is giving of his time and talent; he volunteers for highway clean-up, works with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, is a member of the Moose Lodge, and attends Zion Lutheran Church. He is married to his wonderful wife, Chris, has three children and four grandchildren. Bruce finds enjoyment in motorcycles, guns, guitars, hot rods, hunting, music, and car shows.

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Walt Tank Funeral Assistant

A retired System Engineer, Walt moved to Prudenville from Pleasant Ridge in 2016, with his wife Elaine. He worked with the major phone companies, providing his customers with voice and data services. A college football fan, he travels often following his favorite teams. Fishing, model building, and a “hack” at golf, round out his hobbies. His wife was the Administrator for the Royal Oak United Methodist Church for over 30 years. She is still working for ParishSoft, a company providing software services to churches of all faiths. His daughter, Samantha, is married and living in Ann Arbor.

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Douglas Stockwell Funeral Assistant

Doug graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist college in 1987, with his Bachelor of Religious Education. He has served in three churches, totaling over 32 years of pastoral ministry. Doug and his beautiful wife Beth have been married for 30 years and have two grown and married children. Deborah and Andrew. He is patiently awaiting grandchildren. Doug enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as woodworking.

 

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Bill Nees Funeral Assistant

Bill has been around funeral service for a few years. Originally began with Young Funeral Home in Lake City and now is a valued part of the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes. He was raised in both Bay City and Lansing, attending Lansing Community College, and earned his Bachelor’s from Northwood Institute. Bill volunteers his time with the Lake City Chamber of Commerce, the Greatest Fourth in the North, Wreaths for Veterans, and has an active part in his church communities in both Lake City and Florida. Bill is blessed to be married to his friend, Susan, who is always encouraging and they enjoy traveling. Together they have three children, a son and two daughters, as well as their beloved and very active grandsons. He has a passion for sports, currently enjoying bowling and golfing, and likes to spend time, boating, gardening, and reading.

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Jody Narovich Funeral Assistant

Jody has been with the company since 2011. He was born and raised in the Manton area and graduated from Manton High School in 1985. Jody has attended Rollins Christian Fellowship Church since 1994. He has been married to his wife Amanda since 2017 and they have three children and 11 grandchildren. He enjoys being outside, gardening and helping others.

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Mike Holdship Funeral Expo Coordinator

Mike has lived in Cadillac and worked for the Holdship funeral home since 2000. He was born and raised in Ubly, Michigan. Mike received three degrees from Central Michigan University- Bachelor , Masters, and Specialist in Education. For most of his career he was a High School Principal in Carson City at Crystal High School. Mike was a pre- need specialist for many years at the funeral home and now mainly works on special projects. Mike attends St. Ann Catholic Church and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Cadillac Lions club, which he is also a board member of. He holds golf memberships with Cadillac Country Club and Lakewood on the Green and also enjoys playing pickle ball at the YMCA. Mike and his wife Carolyn have two sons, Mark and Matt, and six grandchildren.

Mark Holdship

Owner and Director
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Mark graduated from the Wayne State University in 1990. Before school, he started his funeral career off in Alma, Michigan in 1985 and then moved to the Detroit area to pursue his degree. While in school he worked for the Wm. R. Hamilton Company Funeral Home in Birmingham, Michigan. Upon graduation, Mark moved to Lakeview, Michigan, where he worked for the Youngman-McClough Funeral Chapel for six years. Mark then made career dreams come true in 1998 when he purchased his first funeral home in Marion, Michigan, which is now the Fosnaught-Holdship Funeral Home. Since then he has expanded the Holdship family of Funeral Home Company to seven locations in the surrounding area.

Mark and his wife Angie have four children, Holly, Michael, Dylan, and Emma. He is a member of the Saint Ann Catholic Church, Cadillac Lions Club, Knight's of Columbus, Masonic Lodge, and Cadillac Country Club. He enjoys the outdoors and boating on the lake.

Adam M. Hilt

Manager / Director
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Adam was raised in Grand Rapids and is a transplant from Albion to Northern Michigan in 2005. He attended Kellogg Community College and Central Michigan University and served as Class President at the Pittsburgh Institute for Mortuary Science. He has also earned recognition as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Adam joined Holdship Family of Funeral Homes as a manager in 2013 after working several years with funeral homes in Albion and Traverse City. Adam currently serves the communities of Manton, Marion, and Cadillac. He has three children, Declan, Jackson, and Hadley. Adam enjoys spending time with his family, is an avid runner, and is a member of the Cadillac Rotary Club and the Elks.  

Chelsea Sietsema

Manager / Director
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Chelsea graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. She attended both Mid-Michigan Community College in Harrison and Wayne State University achieving the Dean’s List for both schools. Chelsea joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2014. She attends St. Ann Catholic Church and is a member of the Cadillac Area Young Professionals Club. She enjoys spending time with her family at Houghton Lake and going hunting and fishing with her friends

Darlene M. Sensor

Manager / Director
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Darlene has spent most of her life in the Prudenville area. She graduated from Houghton Lake High School in 1992. She attended Mid-Michigan Community College and Kirtland Community College before transferring to Wayne State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science degree in 2000.  She has worked for Christler Funeral Home since 1999. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family and friends. She is a member of the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Michigan Funeral Director's Association.

Bob Budzynski

Manager / Director
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Bob grew up in Fountain, Michigan and graduated from Mason County Eastern High School. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from Michigan State University and Mortuary Science degree from Wayne State University. Bob was a director for the Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville, MI before moving to Houghton Lake in 1992 to be a director with Christler Funeral Home.

Bob and his wife, Beverly, have six children and seven grandchildren that keep them active during any spare time they have. He is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce, and 3rd degree Knights of Columbus member.

Dick Young

Manager / Director
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Richard was raised and spent his formative years in the family owned funeral home in Lake City with his father, James L Young which was founded in 1936. After graduating from high school in 1958, Dick earned an Associates Degree from Northwestern Michigan College and then graduated from Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1962. Presently, Dick serves as manager of the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City. Dick has been involved in many facets of the Lake City community and has dedicated twenty years in city government. He has also served on the board of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, Susan have three married children and enjoy nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Dick enjoys fishing in Canada, working in his vegetable garden and sharing memories with family and friends.

Kerry Gartland

Preplanning Consultant
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Kerry was born in Reed City and grew up in Bay City, graduating from T.L. Handy High School, she also attended SAginaw Valley State University. Kerry’s passion for helping people guided her to become a pre-planning consultant. She brings families together to talk about the end-of-life process, and gives them peace of mind knowing through her guidance their families are taken care of. Kerry and her husband Joe have two children, Connor and Deuce. They have traveled extensively and have lived in five different states before settling back in their native state of Michigan in 2005. Kerry attends St Joseph Catholic Church. She loves spending time with her family, boating, traveling, and gardening. Kerry volunteers through many different organizations, including the Special Olympics, and the Humane Society.

Dean Christy

Resident Trainee
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Dean grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Spring Arbor University, where he met his wife, Holly, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Arts and Leadership. After graduating, Dean opened his own media company and ran the youth contemporary music ministry at his church along with his wife. His greatest joy comes from working side by side with Holly and is thrilled that he continues to team up with his wife at the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes. Dean is pursuing a second degree to become a Licensed Funeral Director. Dean’s hobbies include the 17 different instruments he can play, skiing, and going on adventures with his two australian shepherds, Ellie and Sophie. Dean and Holly are looking forward to the arrival of their daughter this September and cannot wait to meet her!

Holly Christy (Holdship)

Resident Trainee
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Holly grew up in the funeral business, as the daughter of Mark Holdship. She attended Cadillac High School and then made her way to Texas Christian University for her freshman year of college. She transferred to Spring Arbor University in Michigan and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry, graduating with honors. Upon graduation, Holly moved to Jacksonville, Florida to work at a United Methodist Church as a Youth Pastor. After four years in Florida, she and her husband, Dean, moved back to Lake City to be a part of the family business. Holly looks forward to continuing her ministry in a different setting, as she has the honor of serving families during their most difficult times. Holly is continuing her education to become a Licensed Funeral Director. She enjoys spending time on the lake with her family, running, and volunteering in the community. Her first child arrives in September and her and Dean cannot wait to meet their daughter.

Susan Young

Office Manager
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Susan grew up in Lake City, graduated high school in 1963, and has actively worked alongside her husband Dick in the family owned funeral business since 1967. Presently, Susan serves as office manager for the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City. She assists families with the many details of arranging a meaningful service for their loved one. The Youngs have three married children along with nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren that call her Gram. Susan enjoys fishing in Canada, genealogy, family gatherings, and feels extremely attached to small town living at its best in Northern Michigan.

Monica Gremel

Office Assistant
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Monica was raised and attended school in Bridgeport, Michigan. She spent her professional career in the medical field. Initially, Monica served as a registered medical assistant for more than 40 years, as well as an EMT-B for greater than 15 years. Retirement has awarded her the opportunity to be more available to family and friends as the needs arise. Monica volunteers as a member of St Ann Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharist Minister, choir member, and a cantor. She has been married to Gary for over 48 years, together they have two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys life on Lake Missaukee and sharing it with friends and family, as well as a good game of golf.

Tim Dore

Funeral Assistant
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Tim has been a resident of the Manton area for 40 years. Tim worked for Four Winns Boats for almost 30 years until his time of retirement. He joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2013. He is married to Mona; together they have two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He attends Rollins Christian Fellowship Church and enjoys going camping with his family.

Gary Gremel

Funeral Assistant
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Gary has been a resident of the Manton area since 1971. He worked in Marion serving as the UPS driver for 30 years. He joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes and Dutchman Tree Farms both in 2006. Gary attends St. Ann Catholic Church and serves as Eucharistic Minister as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He has been a volunteer for the Cedar Creek Fire Department since 1983 and currently holds the title of captain. Gary is married to Monica; together they have two children and four grandchildren. He loves spending time with his family boating on the lake in Lake City.

Sarah Blackledge

Funeral Assistant
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Sarah has been a part of the Marion and Evart communities all of her life. She is actively involved in the Middle Branch Township Board Committee as a trustee. She is also involved in 20th Century Club of Marion and Jolly Workers of Marion. Sarah joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 1988. Sarah was married to the late Elton Blackledge; she has two children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She enjoys spending time working on her flower garden.

David Johns

Funeral Assistant
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David has been a resident in LeRoy since 1975 and been actively a part of the Marion community. He attends the Dighton Wesleyan Church and serves as a Sunday school teacher. David joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2014. He is a board member for MOTA as well as a board member for the Sherman Township Road Committee. David is married to Shirley; together they have six children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors hunting and fishing.

Ken Stahl

Funeral Assistant
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Ken was born and raised in McBain and was a graduate from McBain Public School and Ferris State University with a BA Degree in Accountancy. Ken worked in the accounting and finance field in various capacities for 47 years before “retiring” in 2017 and joining the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in 2019. Ken has served on the Board of Directors for various volunteer organizations including; WorkPlace Ministries of Northern Michigan, Friends Ministry, City of McBain Charter Commission, McBain City Council, and McBain Public School Board of Education. He and his wife currently volunteer on the Board of Directors for Friendship Family Home, a Christian non-profit home for ladies with developmental disabilities and attend McBain Baptist Church. Ken has been married to his wife, Gail, for 49 years with four beautiful children, four great in-laws and ten spectacular grandchildren. For pleasure, Ken likes to travel, camp, garden, and collect Coca-Cola memorabilia.

Rev. Ken Koning

Funeral Assistant
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Ken has been a resident of McBain since 1996 and has been serving as pastor of the Calvin Christian Reformed Church during that time. Ken and his wife, Laurie, have five sons, one daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter. Ken joined the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes in March of 2019 and enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing board games.

Rev. John Mellish

Funeral Assistant
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Roy VanAntwerp

Funeral Assistant
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Roy was originally from Northern Michigan and the Pine River area before moving to Marshall, Michigan to complete high school. Roy made his way back north, spending his time in Traverse City and Fife Lake before returning to Tustin. He volunteers his time with the Pine River Historical Society in Tustin and is a member of Dighton Wesleyan Church. Roy has been married to his wife, Dawn, for over 48 years, having four kids, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Dawn and Roy adopted their great-granddaughter, Kimi, and are currently raising her to love the Lord. He enjoys yard work and tinkering in the garage.

Bruce Venema

Funeral Assistant
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Bruce was raised in Cadillac and became a graduate of Cadillac High School before going to work for Clark Foods for over 30 years. He is giving of his time and talent; he volunteers for highway clean-up, works with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, is a member of the Moose Lodge, and attends Zion Lutheran Church. He is married to his wonderful wife, Chris, has three children and four grandchildren. Bruce finds enjoyment in motorcycles, guns, guitars, hot rods, hunting, music, and car shows.

Walt Tank

Funeral Assistant
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A retired System Engineer, Walt moved to Prudenville from Pleasant Ridge in 2016, with his wife Elaine. He worked with the major phone companies, providing his customers with voice and data services. A college football fan, he travels often following his favorite teams. Fishing, model building, and a “hack” at golf, round out his hobbies. His wife was the Administrator for the Royal Oak United Methodist Church for over 30 years. She is still working for ParishSoft, a company providing software services to churches of all faiths. His daughter, Samantha, is married and living in Ann Arbor.

Douglas Stockwell

Funeral Assistant
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Doug graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist college in 1987, with his Bachelor of Religious Education. He has served in three churches, totaling over 32 years of pastoral ministry. Doug and his beautiful wife Beth have been married for 30 years and have two grown and married children. Deborah and Andrew. He is patiently awaiting grandchildren. Doug enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as woodworking.

 

Bill Nees

Funeral Assistant
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Bill has been around funeral service for a few years. Originally began with Young Funeral Home in Lake City and now is a valued part of the Holdship Family of Funeral Homes. He was raised in both Bay City and Lansing, attending Lansing Community College, and earned his Bachelor’s from Northwood Institute. Bill volunteers his time with the Lake City Chamber of Commerce, the Greatest Fourth in the North, Wreaths for Veterans, and has an active part in his church communities in both Lake City and Florida. Bill is blessed to be married to his friend, Susan, who is always encouraging and they enjoy traveling. Together they have three children, a son and two daughters, as well as their beloved and very active grandsons. He has a passion for sports, currently enjoying bowling and golfing, and likes to spend time, boating, gardening, and reading.

Jody Narovich

Funeral Assistant
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Jody has been with the company since 2011. He was born and raised in the Manton area and graduated from Manton High School in 1985. Jody has attended Rollins Christian Fellowship Church since 1994. He has been married to his wife Amanda since 2017 and they have three children and 11 grandchildren. He enjoys being outside, gardening and helping others.

Mike Holdship

Funeral Expo Coordinator
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Mike has lived in Cadillac and worked for the Holdship funeral home since 2000. He was born and raised in Ubly, Michigan. Mike received three degrees from Central Michigan University- Bachelor , Masters, and Specialist in Education. For most of his career he was a High School Principal in Carson City at Crystal High School. Mike was a pre- need specialist for many years at the funeral home and now mainly works on special projects. Mike attends St. Ann Catholic Church and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Cadillac Lions club, which he is also a board member of. He holds golf memberships with Cadillac Country Club and Lakewood on the Green and also enjoys playing pickle ball at the YMCA. Mike and his wife Carolyn have two sons, Mark and Matt, and six grandchildren.