Once you request the services of Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Homes, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
David L. Van Hemert
Owner / Director / President
David was born in Muskegon, Michigan in 1932. He lived his early life in Muskegon. He graduated from Muskegon High School in 1950.
He attended Muskegon Community College directly from high school until his transfer to Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated in 1954 and became licensed shortly afterwards both in the State of Michigan and Nationally. He married Barbara A. French, of Muskegon Heights, in 1953.
"As a young boy I admired a local funeral director that operated a funeral home in our neighborhood,”stated Dave. "I wanted to be just like him." Dave eventually worked for a funeral home in Muskegon, prior to his enrollment at Wayne State School of Mortuary Science. His dream, from a young age, was to be a funeral director ~ his dream became a reality.
David, along with his wife Barbara, purchased Brown Funeral Home of Addison and Hudson in 1966 prior to the death of Clarence Brown. They lived in the Addison establishment until their move to the Hudson Facility in 1967. They purchased Dunn Funeral Home of Onsted in 1974.
Dave and Barb have two children, Brenda of Onsted and Robert of Addison. Robert is a Licensed Funeral Director and Brenda assists in managing the Onsted establishment. They also have 5 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Dave is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, First United Methodist Church of Hudson , where he is Trustee, on the Administrative board and head usher. He also is a member of the Hudson Golf League, Kiwanis Club of Hudson and Addison, Devils Lake Yacht Club of Manitou Beach and Lakes Preservation League of Addison. Formerly, Dave was a member of the Advisory Board of Community Home Care, Past President of the Hudson and Addison Kiwanis Clubs, Past President of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association Dist #2 and a past Hudson Public Library Board Member and Treasurer for 25 years.
Dave loves his work. Obviously so, since he is still actively involved in all three establishments. He enjoys his family and grandchildren, loves to golf and spend time at their lake home and likes to travel with his wife and family.
"I have always enjoyed my work serving the public in this capacity, and hope that I've been of assistance to the families we have served. We are dedicated to serving families of all faiths, with dignity and respect."
Barbara A. Van Hemert
Funeral Home Assistant
Barbara was born on March 4, 1933 in Grand Haven, Michigan and spent her early life in the Grand Haven, Muskegon Heights area. She attended Muskegon Christian School and Muskegon Heights High School.
In March of 1953 she married David L. Van Hemert, of Muskegon. They moved to Addison in July of 1954, upon her husband taking employment with Brown Funeral Home. They purchased the businesses in Addison and Hudson upon the death of Clarence Brown in 1966. In 1967, they moved to the Hudson location.
Barb and Dave have two children, Brenda of Onsted and Robert of Addison, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Barb is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hudson, United Methodist Women's Club, Addison Women's Club, Hudson Women's Club, Friday Club of Hudson, Addison Golf League , The Lake's Preservation League and The Devil's Lake Yacht Club of Manitou Beach . Previously, she was a member of the Hudson Golf League, Hudson False Alarms, and former Trustee of the Hudson Educational Foundation.
She enjoys working for the funeral home in many capacities, loves their lake home and boating, likes to vacation and shop, and especially loves spending time with her family.
Robert D. Van Hemert
Owner / Director / Vice President
Robert has lived all of his life in the Hudson-Addison area. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1975.
He attended Jackson Community College directly from high school, until his transfer to Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in Detroit, Michigan in the Fall of 1978. He graduated in the Spring of 1980, receiving his Mortuary Science License shortly after in the State of Michigan. He married Sheila Ashley, also of Hudson, in the Fall of 1979.
He joined the Hudson Fire Department in 1975 as a volunteer firefighter and actively pursued all the training necessary to continue progressing. Upon moving to Addison in 1980, he joined the Addison Fire Department serving as an officer for 12 years and Assistant Chief for 9 years. In 1995 Bob chose to step down as Assistant Chief but continued serving as a volunteer. In January, 2009, he chose to retire after having served for 34 years.
Robert has been raised in the funeral business, being his father is also a Director. He has worked for the funeral home since his early teens. Bob enjoys golf, tennis, all outdoor and lake activities and spending time with his family. He also enjoys music and plays the trumpet. Bob and Sheila have four daughters; Stephanie, Courtney, Jennifer, and Nicole. They also have one Grandson, Brody.
He attends Heart O’ the Lakes United Brethren Church in Brookyn, and also plays occasionally on the HOTL Praise Team. He also plays taps for firefighter’s funerals, and is a former member of the Addison Fire Department. He is also member of the Hudson Golf League.
Business memberships include Michigan Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association.
Sheila Van Hemert
Office Manager / Funeral Home Assistant
Sheila has lived most of her life in the Hudson-Addison area. She graduated from Hudson High School in 1975.
She attended Jackson Community College for two years majoring in business/accounting. She married Robert Van Hemert, also of Hudson, in 1979.
Additionally, she has been actively involved in Holistic Health and Fitness since 1981, graduating from National Institute of Nutritional Education in 1989 as a Certified Nutritionist. She has acquired many additional certifications over the years in Iridology, BioKinesiology, and Fitness. She also owned and operated "The Fitness Express" of Hudson until 1992. She considers her natural healing business a hobby, but enjoys assisting individuals with their health on a part-time basis. Her website address is: www.mynsp.com/thehealthyalternative
Sheila enjoyed employment at Dairy Land of Hudson, from age 16 all through college. She accepted a job with Consolidated Freightways of Jackson, Michigan, fresh out of college in 1977, serving as Office Manager, later accepting employment with a local law firm as bookkeeper. She joined the Brown-Van Hemert staff in 1981. In 2001, she became licensed to sell Pre-Need Limited Life Insurance in the State of Michigan.
Currently Sheila serves as office manager/bookkeeper for their three locations. The main business office is located at the Hudson establishment.
Bob and Sheila have four daughters; Stephanie, Courtney, Jennifer, Nicole, and one grandson, Brody. They attend Heart O’ the Lakes United Brethren Church in Brooklyn, Michigan. Sheila is currently serving as Praise Team Leader, is active leading Music for Vacation Bible school, and enjoys singing, flute and piano. She also enjoys outdoor, lake, and sports activities, and especially enjoys spending time with her family.
"I consider our business a ministry, and enjoy helping families through a difficult time. Losing a loved one is hard to bear, and it is our hope to provide a memorable tribute to a life lived and during this process assist the families we serve through the grief process. Thank you for continuing to put your faith and trust in us."
Matthew L. Monahan
Director / Manager
Matt was raised on a dairy farm south of Hudson. He attended Sacred Heart School, graduating in 1976, and Hudson Area High School, graduating in 1982.
He attended Michigan State University directly from high school, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance in 1987. He married Angela Ashley, also of Hudson, in 1985.
In 1987, Matt and Angie moved to Howell, Michigan from East Lansing. Matt worked in Ypsilanti as Assistant Branch Manager of Comerica Bank. He made the decision to return to school in 1993, this time majoring in Mortuary Science. He and his family moved back to Hudson while he attended Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated in 1995 with his degree in Mortuary Science, and became licensed shortly afterwards both in the State of Michigan and Nationally. Matt is also licensed to sell Pre-Need Limited Life Insurance in the State of Michigan.
Matt and Angie have three children. Alexander, Andrew, and Hilary. The boys live, work and attend college in East Lansing, and Hilary is a 2011 graduate from Hudson High School and plans to begin her college education in the fall.
They are members of Sacred Heart Church in Hudson, where Matt is a Eucharistic Minister, and is also involved in the Youth Group. Matt is also a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, and enjoys golf, cards, and his family activities.
Funeral Home Assistant
Brenda has lived all her life in the Addison-Hudson-Onsted area. She graduated from Hudson High School in 1971, and also attended Jackson Community College.
She married Jack LaFollette, of Hudson, in 1972. Brenda and Jack have one son, Troy. He lives in Tecumseh with his wife Sarah, and two children, Megan and Tyler.
Jack and Brenda moved to Onsted in 1974 after her father and mother purchased the Onsted Funeral Home. They both assist in managing the Onsted business, which is also their home. Brenda is also actively involved in many capacities at the Hudson and Addison locations.
Additionally, Brenda managed the DuBois Flower Shop in Onsted until the time of its closing. She was employed there for 22 years, acting as manager for the past 12 years.
Jack is a retired screw machine technician, and worked for M&S Manufacturing Company in Hudson for 33 years. He retired in 2005.
Brenda enjoys tennis, golf, working out, shopping and traveling with her husband. She is a member of the Addison Golf League, and past member of the Hudson Golf League. She also enjoys her Bunco Club. Both Jack and Brenda love spending time with their son and his family, and are especially thankful they live so close so they can attend their Grandchildren’s sporting events.
They are members of the First United Methodist Church of Hudson.
Gladys L. Crandall
Funeral Home Assistant
Gladys was born on June 2, 1919 to Frank and Dora "Bryant" Earles, living her younger years in Wheatland Township, Hillsdale County Michigan on a country farm north of Hudson.
She attended Taylor Country School from first grade through eighth, going on to Hudson High School graduating in the Class of 1938.
In the Fall of 1938, Gladys accepted employment with Charles E. Brown and Son Funeral Home of Hudson. Charles was the owner at that time, along with his son Clarence.
In 1941 Gladys married Lawrence B. Crandall. They had two children, Corlis and Paul. Her father, Frank, passed away in 1943. In 1964 her husband, Lawrence, passed away, but Gladys chose to continue working for the Funeral Home. She lost her mother, Dora, in 1979.
In 1966, the funeral home was purchased by David L. Van Hemert. Gladys chose to continue her employment with Brown - Van Hemert Funeral Home. She still works for the funeral home to this day and enjoys her job. Obviously so, since she's worked for the funeral home since 1938!
In March of 1999, Gladys' daughter Corlis passed away from a long term illness. Her son, Paul, passed away in November of 2005. They will be missed!
Gladys has 3 grandchildren; Anthony, Collin and Abbie , 3 great-grandchildren; She enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing and being "very" active. She’s absolutely an inspiration !!
"I have enjoyed many wonderful years working for the Brown’s and the Van Hemert’s. They have always made me feel like family! "
Funeral Home Assistant
Jim has been a part of the Hudson community since 1970. He worked for Hudson Area Schools for many years as an elementary school principal. He has been working for Brown-VanHemert Funeral Homes for the past 10 years.
He and his wife Pat have three wonderful children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with them, likes to work in his yard, loves gardening as well as landscaping. He also enjoys MIS and Indy race car events and loves attending when he can.
Jim and his wife, Pat, reside South of Hudson.
Bookkeeper / Funeral Home Assistant
Lorraine was raised on a dairy farm West of Addison. She attended Addison High School, graduating in 1980. In 1983 she began working as a Dental Assistant in the Addison and Hudson area for more than twenty years. She still resides in Addison.
In January of 2002 she was hired by Brown-Van Hemert in the capacity of creating Memorial Videos, which she is still actively involved in. In July of the same year, Lorraine began assisting with bookkeeping at the main business office in Hudson and also handles all graphic art work for each funeral home location.
She married Terry Beach, of Addison, in July 2007. Together they own and operate an antique shop on Rome road, called "Addison Granary". In her spare time, she does Lampworking (creating glass beads) which are one of a kind. Some of her creations can be purchased at Vintage Chic in Hillsdale. She also enjoys gardening, horseback riding, and outdoor activities, and loves spending time with her family.
Together they have seven children, listed by age: Jimmy(Carrie) Kandell, Rachel Beach, Alesia (Ryan)Shuman, Elayna(Ben) Schalk, Roger Beach, Ricky Beach and Daytona Beach. Also they have eight grandchildren: Natalynn, Drew, Ryen, Tyler, Reed, Rowan, Liam and Dillon.