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Owner, Adrian Manager
Brian was born in Hudson, Michigan in 1974. He and his wife, Elizabeth (Klinger), live in the Irish Hills with their four children. Liz is an early Kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart School and has been for the last two years. Ahna 13, Bronson12, Cole10 and Darcie9 are all students in Hudson Schools and Sacred Heart Schools. The family stays very active with all of them playing multiple sports. He is the youngest of six kids and his parents and most of his siblings still live in the Hudson community. In fact, his family goes back 5 generations in the Hudson community. His father is one of 12 kids, and all but one still lives in the Hudson area. Brian graduated from Hudson High School in 1992, received an Associates of Science Degree from Jackson Community College and then attended and graduated with a BS in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1995.
During high school and college, Brian worked at Eagle Funeral Homes in Hudson and several other locations. While attending mortuary school he worked for Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home in Cincinnati. Upon graduating from Mortuary College, he served his Apprenticeship under, Michael Anderson in Adrian. After obtaining his funeral director and embalmer’s licenses, he managed Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville before returning to work for Anderson Funeral Home. In 2000, he became a minority owner at Anderson.
In 2005 his entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he became a self-employed Embalmer and Funeral Director and Monument date cutter, until he accepted an ownership position at two of Borek Jennings Funeral Homes in Brooklyn and Manchester in 2008. He stayed with Borek Jennings until 2016 when Mike Anderson asked him to return to Adrian and manage the funeral homes. I knew I missed the Adrian area, but not until I came back did I realize just how much.
Michael L. Anderson, a life resident of Lenawee County is ready to share his now realized life dream with associate Brian K. Marry. They have worked together for over ten years and now is the time for Michael to hand over the reins and assume the role of the associate. He learned early in life that his calling was to serve families at times of loss. Michael’s vision as a funeral director originated when he suffered loss as a child, worked with families grappling with death while working at Bixby Hospital as a young man and through work experience in funeral homes in some seven states, including a long period of time in Charleston, S.C. Once Michael decided to establish his own Funeral Home he sought the assistance of his family and friends. He was met with many obstacles as he returned to Adrian where generations of families had used established funeral homes for years. Despite these obstacles Michael’s heart and determination would sustain him. In 1988, He built and opened his first funeral home; he soon expanded the entrance and front Chapel. Later, he created The Event Center and a large Chapel was added in 1997 bringing his original building from 4,000 sq. ft. to over 12,000 sq. ft. Michael has been a licensed mortician in Lenawee County for over forty years. He is the eldest son of William (now deceased) and Janet (Baker) Anderson. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1972, Siena Heights College in 1975 and received his Bachelor of Science from Mortuary Science at Wayne State University in 1976. In addition to his responsibilities as the Funeral Director, Michael invested in and served as an ambassador for our community throughout the years. He annually hosted a series of Christmas Festivals for the benefit of children and foster families, organized Christmas displays for Associated Charities, assisted with the Hospice Candlelight Service and raised Funds for Hope Recreation and other worthy causes in need of support. Michael was active at various churches, led the choir at St. Mary’s Church; He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a great friend of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Now, Michael has chosen to engage the next phase of his life. Although he will remain active at the Anderson Funeral Home, he will be working under the direction of his former employee, colleague and friend Brian Marry. He decided to sell the funeral home to Brian for many reasons.
He found Brian to possess his same dedication and passion for service to families in Lenawee County. Michael had firsthand knowledge of Brian’s skill and expertise. Michael was surrounded by his parents, family and friends as a funeral director. Brian Marry will be surrounded by his parents, family and friends likewise. Brian was the answer to a dilemma facing many funeral businesses today. Michael did not want to entrust his life- long dream to serve the funeral needs of the people of our community to a conglomerate with little to no relationship with our people. Brian Marry is the answer. Both men are first generation funeral directors with a passion for their work and the families they serve. This is a succession plan that is win/win…Both get what they want, need and desire. Brian Marry and his wife Elizabeth live in Lenawee County with their four children surrounded by helping family and friends. Elizabeth is an elementary teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hudson, Michigan. He has lived in Lenawee County all of his life and he understands and personally knows many of the families he serves. In 2007 Michael built a funeral home in Tecumseh, Michigan. He suspended operation in Tecumseh in October 2015 to better assess the prospects available to funeral businesses throughout the community. In 2013 he and Lenawee County, Blissfield resident Arin Rudd purchased a building in Blissfield and converted it to the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home. This large, single-level facility provides an inviting, home like setting where members of a close-knit community can gather for uniquely personal funerals. Things have changed at the Anderson Funeral Home. Two strong, dedicated, faith-filled men have worked out an agreement that is win/win today and tomorrow for each of them and the people of this community. Seamless personal and professional services will be provided under the direction of a new Funeral Director, Brian K. Marry. He is a man with a passion and appreciation for the needs of our families in good times and in sorrow
Funeral Director, Co-Owner Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home in Blissfield
Arin S. Rudd was born and raised in Deerfield, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Adrian College, and then a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University in 1999, when she became a licensed funeral director in the State of Michigan. Arin worked for Tagsold Funeral Home for 13 years, during which time she also became a licensed funeral director in the State of Ohio. Arin and her husband, Jeff, live in Blissfield with their two daughters, Chandler and Parker. In her spare time she helps operate their family business, raising whitetail deer.
Certified Pre-Planning Consultant
Sharon Rickaby is a life long resident of Adrian. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Siena Heights College in 1977. She has been with the Anderson Funeral Home since 1992 as a licensed prearrangement consultant and in 1997 she earned the title of Certified Preplanning Consultant, issued through the National Funeral Directors Association.
Advanced Funeral Planner
Heather Pearce was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. She moved to Hudson is 1994, where she raised her four children. In her spare time she loves to golf, camp and spend time with her grandchildren. Heather is an experienced Advanced Funeral Planner who has a passion in educating the community on the many benefits of planning ahead.
Funeral Director's Assistant
Janet E. Anderson lived in Clayton for 46 years, moving to Adrian in 1980. She worked for Spielman’s for 15 years. When her son, Michael, opened Anderson Funeral Home in 1988, she began working as a Funeral Home Assistant. She has four children, four grandchildren (including one deceased grandson) and two great grandchildren.
Gregory Sebring is a Tecumseh native and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1969. He received his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1973. Greg entered the 86th Recruit School for the Michigan State Police in the fall of 1973 and spent the next 30 years at various posts in Southeast Michigan. Greg retired as a Sergeant from the Adrian Post in 2003 and has been an Anderson Funeral Home assistant for the past five years.
Monica (Anderson) Betz graduated from Hudson High School in 1975. She has been employed by the Anderson Funeral Home for 15 years as a part-time funeral assistant/greeter. She is retired from the Lenawee County Courts after 33 years of service. Monica and her husband, Doug, live in Adrian and have a daughter, Amber, and a son, Brandon, who died on February 27, 2001.
Gert Stuart has been in the funeral business for 14 years and part of the Anderson Funeral Home family for 5 years. A resident of Tecumseh, Gert is part of the staff at the Tecumseh location to help families and their guests when they visit at the Funeral Home. Her own experience has made her sensitive to the personal losses of others. So, with tenderness, she is a source of comfort to those she serves.
Richard Germond was born and raised in Adrian. He attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice-Police Administration, and spent 44 years in law enforcement, serving 36 years as Sheriff of Lenawee County. Richard and his wife, Carol Sue Fischer, have five daughters, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Richard joined the staff of the Anderson Funeral Home in 2006, serving continuously since that time as a Funeral Director’s Assistant. He appreciates the opportunity to work with and serve the people whom he served most of his life and assist them during stressful times.
Sally Whelan has lived in Tecumseh, Michigan all her life and received her Masters Degree in Education from Western Michigan University. She taught one year in West Lafayette Indiana, six years in Kalamazoo and two years in Tecumseh. Sally has three boys and one girl, and she is active in Hospice of Lenawee and as community volunteer. Sally believes in helping others, and dedicates many hours at Hospice of Lenawee as well as at Anderson Funeral Home – A Most Compassionate Place.
Karen Hoag-Chapman graduated from Madison High School in 1969 and from Rigg’s Beauty School in 1970. She began her career at Queen’s Cove and then owned and operated Karen’s Kastle of Beauty for a few years. After that, she worked at New Image for 32 years, which in 2012 moved to Bellus Salon and Spa. She also styles patient’s hair in many area nursing homes. Karen has been the hairdresser for the Anderson Funeral Home since 1988, and is honored to help families through one of the hardest times of their lives.
Sharon Wimple was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Tecumseh, Michigan, where her family calls home. She married Ron Wimple and they have three adult children and two granddaughters. She enjoys being with people and feels it has been a privilege to be an associate of the Anderson Funeral Homes since 2006. Sharon has a BA in Business, is a Certified Para-Legal, and holds a MA in Pastoral Studies. She believes that each heart holds many memories and that is what creates each person’s Celebration of Life.
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