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Local InterestBY TOM COLEMANCremation Services for assistance and guidance when faced with the loss ofa loved one. What began as a small, English Tudor style home, purchased by Richard and Shirley Henry in August of 1963 has become one of the areas most recognized names in funeral service. By numerous acquisitions of surrounding properties, the funeral home has been expanded several times to serve the communities needs.pursue his license in Mortuary Science. The current staff has been in place for many years and brings with it a wealth of experience. Mike Hookway oversees the building and grounds maintenance and has been with the firm for over twenty years, as well as Patti Otis Lietz, our office manager who also has over twenty years’ experience in her role. We can proudly say that we areservice. A few of the other updates and renovations include the atrium, which is unique to the funeral home andhas been converted into a Reflections Garden with a seven foot pondless waterfall for the use of the families and their friends, which we are privileged to serve. Also, a rose garden has been added adjacent to the main entrance. The funeral home includes two spa- cious chapels for funeral and memorial ceremonies, visitations, memorial gatherings, and luncheons, as well asIn May of 2015, Richard A. Henry passed away and the funeral home was purchased by long time employees, Thomas C. Coleman and Joseph U. Stasa the following year. The tradition of being a truly family owned, and operated funeral home has continued. Tom’s wife Paula is a third-generation funeral director on staff along with her cousin Denny Seivert who oversees the pre-need/pre-planning operations of the funeral home. Joe’s son, Joey, is currently working at the funeral home while attending college and plans toa variety of tastefully appointed rooms for family and visitors to gather. The well-maintained Old English Tudor home with entrances from both Capital Avenue, S.W. and Grand Boulevard is a home of which we are most proud.Over Fifty Years of Service to Our CommunityFor over fifty years, families in Battle Creek and the surrounding communities have turned to Richard A. Henry Fu- neral Home anda family owned and operated business with many connections to the commu- nity that we serve.Our staff is committed to providinga professional yet affordable service to all the families of the area, no matter what the choice of service may be. We remain dedicated to providing the best service possible. Our staff will always listen first and make recommendations if desired, based on our over 90 yearsof combined experience. Whether you prefer a more traditional funeral service, a personalized custom ceremony or a small private gathering, we are here to meet your every need. What’s important to you is important to us.The change of ownership has brought about many updates and reno- vations and those continue to be made with the comfort, convenience, and desires of the families served in mind. One of those being the change of name to Richard A. Henry Funeral Home and Cremation Services, to better reflect the changing traditions in funeralA proud part ofthis place we call home.703 Capital Ave., SW, Battle Creek • 269-962-5191JOSEPH U. STASA • THOMAS C. COLEMAN • PAULA S. COLEMAN • DENNY P. SEIVERTANNUAL REPORT I SCENE 4407 17

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