August 16, 2022

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South Haven’s Filbrandt Spouse and children Funeral Household Reunites With Starks Loved ones Ops

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A romantic relationship between two main families in the Southwest Michigan funeral company that dates again various a long time gets a formal 1 once more as the two reunite for the long run.

Immediately after extra than two decades of serving the family members of the South Haven space, Filbrandt Relatives Funeral Home, at 1076 S. Bailey Avenue, is reuniting with Starks Relatives Funeral Houses & Cremation Products and services of St. Joseph. The merger, declared by Tom Starks as owner and president was formalized yesterday, Tuesday, June 15th.

Jeff Filbrandt, proprietor and funeral director in South Haven says, “When we determined to phase back from the working day-to-day operation of the funeral home, we desired to transition our enterprise to somebody that will provide our households in South Haven a lot the identical way we do presently,” and provides, “The Starks are pretty specialist, caring and have a need and enthusiasm to serve. Their spouse and children is incredibly group-minded and has a coronary heart for South Haven.”

Tom claims the romance with the two funeral household family members goes back again decades, noting, “Jeff apprenticed as a funeral director with us in 1984,” and adds, “I was mentored by Filbrandt’s senior funeral director, Ralph Frost.” Starks goes on to notify us, “Before Jeff opened this facility in 2000, our loved ones served in South Haven as Calvin, Starks & Frost Funeral Dwelling. This reunion is a homecoming, and we are energized to function aspect-by-side with Jeff, Ralph and their staff.”


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Tom suggests South Haven households will see common faces at the Filbrandt Chapel, including Jeff, Ralph and DyLan Ridley as they continue on to serve as funeral administrators along with Tom and his two daughters, co-homeowners Laura and Olivia Starks.

Starks factors out, “During the changeover, we will choose time to study from every single other which is some thing we have carried out for decades,” and adds, “We will share our finest practices to make positive family members in South Haven are normally effectively cared for by our families.”

Jeff notes he feels pretty positive about his conclusion but extra that he has substantially to be grateful for as he demonstrates on his a long time in South Haven, saying, “I want to thank my household for all of the sacrifices they built to assistance me direct a modest town funeral property. It is a 24/7 dedication. I am grateful to all of my co-personnel who have been so gracious in serving the people below, and I want to thank the South Haven neighborhood for their assist, encouragement and advice as we helped households via difficult periods.”

As the ownership transition moves ahead, Tom stories a frequent problem is how pre-preparations will be transferred, and states rest certain that pre-planned funerals with Filbrandt Family Funeral House will be honored, but he encourages anybody with pre-arrangements to meet up with with the workers to make positive the designs nevertheless fulfill their needs.

An additional assurance Tom shared is that the Starks spouse and children has its possess crematorium so that liked kinds hardly ever leave the treatment of the Starks personnel, promising, “We take care of just about every particular person with the maximum respect at all moments.”

Tom states the Filbrandt Chapel employees will carry on to be associated in the group and that the funeral residence will share its sources with occasions and nonprofits that are valued by the men and women of South Haven, adding, “We are portion of this neighborhood and getting care of just about every other is integral to who we are as a spouse and children and as a organization.”

Starks Family members Funeral Households & Cremation Expert services has served Southwest Michigan for extra than six decades. They provide a assortment of companies to support people and pals rejoice the life of their liked ones which includes standard funerals, memorials, veterans services, burial expert services and a crematorium. For extra information, come to feel no cost to get hold of or 269-556-9450.

In the photograph accompanying this tale on Moody on the Market place are, (from remaining to proper) Annie and Jeff Filbrandt, Olivia Starks, Ralph Frost, Laura Starks and Tom Starks.

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