Location - Onsted, MI
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Funeral Home Onsted, Inc.
211 North Main Street
P.O. Box 334
Onsted, MI 49265
G. Owen Dunn previously owned the Onsted Location. The Dunn Funeral Home was located directly across the street from the current location, established in 1938. Several years later, upon the death of Dr. Stafford's mother, Owen Dunn purchased the Stafford home and converted it into a funeral home, which included living quarters. A major part of this conversion included an addition on the North side of the home, which was completed prior to the Dunn family moving and resuming business at the new location. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have two children, Sally and Doug. Mr. Dunn passed away February 25, 2008. Owen's wife, Alza, passed away October 25, 1989.
Upon speaking with Mr. Dunn, obtaining this history information, he indicated he had previously worked for Ritter Funeral Home, which was located on the South end of Onsted. Owen had graduated from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science and had taken employment at Ritter Funeral Home upon the death of Mr. Ritter. He worked for this establishment approximately 10 years prior to establishing his own business in Onsted. After leaving Ritter Funeral Home, Owen had no idea where his path would lead. Mr. Dunn received calls, during this time, requesting his services. Being he had no established business at the time, he utilized Arnold Lane Funeral Home in Parma for this purpose. Owen and Mr. Lane were good friends. This assisted him in making a decision to establish his own funeral home in Onsted. Several years later, Dunn Funeral Home became the only funeral home in Onsted.
On Dec. 31, 1973, David L. Van Hemert purchased the funeral home from Mr. Dunn. Interior work was completed on the establishment and in the Spring of 1974 Dave's daughter, Brenda LaFollette, took residence along with her husband Jack and infant son Troy. Mr. Dunn still acted as Manager of the establishment during that time, for a number of years until his retirement. Jack and Brenda still reside at the Onsted place, as they have since 1974. Their son Troy and wife Sarah reside in Tecumseh, Michigan, with their two children, Megan and Tyler.
Matthew L. Monahan, brother-in-law to Robert and Sheila Van Hemert, came on with Brown-Van Hemert in 1994 and was appointed manager of the Onsted Facility and holds that position to date. Brenda, along with husband Jack, assist in the management of the facility, which is also their home. Matt and family reside in Hudson, directly east of the Hudson establishment.