History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Anton F. Deisler founded A. Deisler & Son Funeral Home at 521 Genesee in 1888. It was the first funeral home in Saginaw County.

In 1895, the funeral home moved to 707 Federal, where it remained until downtown congestion prompted a move to 441 N. Jefferson in 1947

Anton’s son, Edward G. Deisler Sr. joined the business in 1890. In 1901, he became one of the first licensed morticians in the state, receiving his degree from Indiana College of Embalming.

In 1914, A. Deisler & Son Funeral Home acquired a motor-driven hearse. The hearse wasn't readily accepted, so horse-drawn hacks and coupes were kept as well.

Much has changed since those days. Edward G. Deisler Jr. continued the family tradition when he joined the business in 1948, and brother Anton (Tony) Deisler came aboard in 1950. The brothers operated the business in the City of Saginaw until 1968, when it was moved to its present location at 2233 Hemmeter in Saginaw Township.

Thomas J. Deisler, the fourth generation in the family business, is now the company’s president. He joined the funeral home in 1980.

The funeral home celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1988.

Our Valued Staff

  • Thomas J.  Deisler

    Thomas J. Deisler, Owner, President, Licensed Funeral Director

    Tom is a fourth-generation funeral director and has worked side by side with his father, Edward G. Deisler Jr., since 1975. Born and raised in Saginaw, he currently serves as the firm's president, owner and manager and is very active in the day-to-day operations of the business. Tom is proud that his business has been family owned and operated since 1888, celebrating 125 of service to the Saginaw community in 2013. He is a 1972 graduate of St. Stephen High School and a 1981 graduate of Wayne State University College of Mortuary Science. Tom became a licensed funeral director in 1982 and owner and manager of the funeral home in 1988. That same year, Tom started a grief support program held at the Green Acres Apartment Complex, developed to assist families during the difficult period of adjustment that follows death. He is committed to keeping the establishment a family run organization, while having the utmost respect and dignity for the families he serves. He and his wife Lori have been married since 1981 and have three children: Ryan, Andrew and Jessica. He is a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #4232, Sons of The American Legion Post #439 Saginaw, VFW Men's Auxiliary Post #1859 Saginaw, Michigan Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

  • Jason Andrew Wright

    Jason Andrew Wright, Licensed Funeral Director, CFSP

    Jason has been working for the Deisler Funeral Home since October 13, 2006. Born in Detroit, raised in Cass City, Jason made Saginaw Township his home since 2001. His interest in funeral service began when he was nine-years-old, following the death of his father from lung cancer. Jason was a 1997 graduate of Cass City High School. He attended both Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University where he studied biology and pre-mortuary science. Following the death of his grandmother, Jason once again found himself contemplating a career in funeral service. Shortly there after, he began working under one of three mentors very special mentors in his life. First, Debra L. Kranz of Kranz Funeral Home in Cass City. Upon moving to Saginaw in 2001, Jason met two additional mentors, Thomas J Deisler, whom he served his apprenticeship under and Christopher K. Taylor with Collon Funeral Home, owned at the time by Thomas J. Deisler. Jason is a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from American Public University and is an adjunct faculty instructor at Delta College, teaching a course in death and dying. Jason married his partner, Jim on Sweetest Day, October 15, 2016. He has an identical twin brother, Georges. Jason is of the Catholic faith and a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice - earning his CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) certificate. In his free time, Jason loved spending time with his beagle, Hazel Grace and the late Charlotte, she passing on December 14, 2013. He now enjoys spending time with both his spouse, exercising biking, writing, reading and hanging out with his friends. He loves to study all religions, astrology and aspires to learn something new every day.

  • Amanda J.  Zeitz

    Amanda J. Zeitz, Licensed Funeral Director, CFSP, CPC, CMFP, MAPP

    Amanda was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She lived in the same house for 16 years until she joined the United States Air Force when she was 21 years old. Amanda voluntarily served stateside and overseas, including deployments to Qatar and Baghdad, receiving numerous accolades until her honorable discharge in 2007. Amanda then returned to Michigan and successfully completed the Mortuary Science Program at Wayne State University, receiving her Funeral Directing License in 2010. Education is important, so she continues her life-long learning process working toward other schooling and funeral service designations. Amanda is a member of the Saginaw Valley Church of the Nazarene, Michigan Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, MI-Mort (Michigan Mortuary Response Team), American Legion Post #158 Clio, VFW Post #1859 Saginaw, Air Force Sergeants Association, the Non-commissioned Officers Association, and participates in many other benefit activities.

  • Jennifer R.  Rauschert

    Jennifer R. Rauschert, Licensed Funeral Director

    Jenny has been a part of the Deisler Funeral Home family since April 2000. Born and raised in Auburn, she currently resides in Saginaw Township. Inspired by a public speaking teacher to explore her career options, Jenny researched funeral service by speaking to a funeral director located next to her high school. It was then that she developed a passion for funeral service. She is a 1994 graduate of Bay City Western. Following high school, Jenny enrolled at Delta College, where she completed both her State of Michigan mortuary science prerequisites and graduated with an Associate's Degree. In 1997, she graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL. After graduation, Jenny began serving her apprenticeship in Cass City, and became fully licensed in 1998. She and her husband Jeff have two adorable sons: Ethan and Carter. Jenny has been a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since 2004 and is an active part of the church council. She also serves on the Board of Children's Ministry where she is involved in teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. Jenny is also a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves crafts. She has a desire to one day drive a race car, go skydiving and travel the world.

  • Gretchen C. (Alcorn) Newman

    Gretchen C. (Alcorn) Newman, Pre-Need Advisor and Apprentice Funeral Director

    Gretchen C. (Alcorn) Newman was born and raised in Saginaw and currently resides in Thomas Township. She was a 1981 graduate of Swan Valley High School. Following graduation, Gretchen attended Central Michigan University. She enjoys decorating and spending time at their cottage at Lake George. Above all, Gretchen truly loves spending time with her family and her beloved pets. Gretchen became part of the Deisler Funeral Home family since February 17, 2014. On April 22, 2014, Gretchen became a licensed funeral director apprentice with the State of Michigan. Although she is new to our funeral home, she brings with her six years of experience as a Cemetery Family Service Counselor. Gretchen's family includes the love of her life, Scott Newman; a daughter, Becca Newman; two sons: Nick (Christal) Newman, and Dan Newman; two grandchildren: Addison and Wyatt Newman.

  • Pari A.  Sitarski

    Pari A. Sitarski, Administrative Assistant and Funeral Director Assistant

    Pari has been with the Deisler Funeral Home family since 2008. Born and raised in Freeland, she currently resides in Saginaw Township. Pari is a 1986 graduate of Hemlock High School. Following graduation, she attended Oakland University. She and her husband Mark have been married since 1990 and have a son, James. Pari is vital in keeping the office organized and operating efficiently. She is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and is involved with faith formation classes for both children and adults.

  • David Gutierrez

    David Gutierrez, Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter

    David has been employed with Deisler Funeral Home since the summer of 2006, working as both a Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter. David holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Delta College. He is also a retired Firefighter Engineer with the Saginaw Fire Department, dedicating 21 years of service to the unit.

  • Jim Cronkright

    Jim Cronkright, Funeral Director Assistant

    Jim joined Deisler Funeral Home in August of 2014, following a 26 years of employment at the Dow Chemical Company as a Chemical Processor. He was born, raised, and remained within the Saginaw Community. On February 3, 1990, he married his loving wife, Christine, and together they have two wonderful sons: Tyler, and Kyle. In his free time, Jim enjoys restoring American antique classic cars and watching hockey, especially his favorite team, the Detroit Red Wings. Above everything, Jim loves and cherishes his wife and two sons and the many family vacations past, present, and in the future. He's "living the dream!:"

  • Richard  Dolson

    Richard Dolson, Funeral Director Assistant

    Rick was born and raised in Saginaw. He began working with the Deisler Funeral Home family as a funeral director assistant since May 2015. He attended K-9th grade at Holy Rosary Catholic School. Rick then attended and graduated from Saginaw High School. He married the love of his life, and high school sweetheart, Cindy Wozniak, in 1971. Rick is the proud father of his daughter, Jenny (Brian) Courser and two granddaughters: Paige and Sara. He attended the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Police Training Academy at Muskegon Community College. Following graduation, Rick began working for the Saginaw Police Department, retiring in 2002 after 30 years of honorable service. He is a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. In his free time, Rick enjoys both turkey and deer hunting.

  • Timothy  Atkinson

    Timothy Atkinson, Funeral Director Assistant

    Tim began working for Deisler Funeral Home in late fall of 2014. He is the proud son of Tom and Mary Atkinson and has two brothers: Thomas and Travis. Tim was a 2014 graduate of Alpena High School and currently attends Delta College where he serves as the captain of their baseball team and plays first base and is a pitcher. He is currently majoring in criminal justice. Tim is a member of Long Rapids First Congregational Church. He loves dogs and breeds English Springer Spaniels.

  • Douglas J.  North

    Douglas J. North, Funeral Director Assistant - Apprentice Funeral Director

    Doug has been employed with Deisler Funeral Home since November 2017. He was born, raised and has lived in Saginaw his entire life. Doug was a proud 2001 graduate of Carrollton High School. Following graduation, he became a Firefighter and an EMT. He currently is employed as a emergency telecommunicator with Saginaw County 911 Authority. He married Lisa Spresny on August 20, 2010. They have four children: Emilee, Landon, Liam, and Charlotte. He is a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Freeland. In his spare time he enjoys photography, genealogy and Kayaking.

  • David  Wahl

    David Wahl, Funeral Director Assistant

  • Zack Kolaja

    Zack Kolaja, Funeral Director Assistant