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Local InterestWhat’s important to you is important to us!For over 50 years, families in Bat- tle Creek and the surrounding com- munities have turned to the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home for assistance and guidance when faced with the loss of a loved one. What began as a small, En- glish Tudor style home, purchased by Richard and Shirley Henry in August of 1963 has become one of the areas most recognized names in funeralservice. By numerous acqui-sitions of surrounding prop-erties, the funeral home hasbeen expanded several timesto serve the communitiesneeds.In May of 2015, RichardA. Henry passed away andthe funeral home was pur-chased by long time employ-ees, Thomas C. Coleman andJoseph U. Stasa the followingyear. The tradition of being atruly family owned, and op-erated funeral home has con-tinued. Tom’s wife Paula is alicensed funeral director on staff along with her cousin Denny Seivert who oversees the pre-need/pre-planning op- erations of the funeral home. Joe’s son, Joey is currently working at the funeral home while attending college and plans to pursue his funeral director license. The current staff has been in place for many years and brings with it a wealthof experience. Mike Hookway oversees the building and grounds maintenance and has been with the firm for over 20 years, as well as Patti Otis Lietz, our of- fice manager who has over 18 years’ ex- perience in that role. We can proudly say that we are a family owned and operated business with many connections to the community that we serve.updates and renovations being the atri- um, which is unique to the funeral home and has been converted into a Reflec- tions Garden for the use of the families and their friends which we are privileged to serve. Also, a rose garden with foun- tain has been added adjacent to the main entrance. The funeral home includes two spacious chapels for funeral and memo-rial ceremonies, visitations, memorial gatherings, and a variety of tastefully appoint- ed rooms for family and vis- itors to gather, as well as a large, well-lit parking area. The well maintained Old English Tudor building with entrances from both Capi- tal Avenue, S.W. and Grand Boulevard is a home of which we are most proud.Our staff is committed to providing a professional service to all the families of the area, no matter what the choice of service may be, andwe remain dedicated to providing the best service possible. What’s important to you is important to us! Our staff will always listen first and whether you pre- fer a more traditional funeral or a per- sonalized custom ceremony, we are here to meet your every need and we promise to make this process much easier for you and your family.The change of ownership has brought about many updates and renovations and those continue to be made with the comfort and convenience 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 funeral service. A few of the otherA 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 CARD I SCENE 4307 25

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