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.
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, 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, Licensed Funeral Director, CFSP
Jason has been working for the Deisler Funeral Home since October 2006. Born in Detroit, raised in Cass City, he has made Saginaw Township his home since 2001. His interest in funeral service began after the death of his father when he was nine years old. Jason is a 1997 graduate of Cass City High School. He attended Delta College and SVSU where he studied pre-mortuary science, biology and creative writing. His career in funeral service began in 1999 while working as a greeter in Cass City for Debra L. Kranz, his mentor, shortly after the death of his grandmother. Jason served his apprenticeship under Thomas J. Deisler. He is a proud graduate of Pittsburgh Insitute of Mortuary Science and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from American Public University. Jason loves the fact that he's an identical twin. He is a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 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 beloved beagle, Charlotte, until her death on December 14, 2013. He also enjoys exercising at the gym, writing, reading, and hanging out with his twin brother, George and friends: Jim and Jen. Jason is also a member of Pit & Balcony Theatre Company, as well as a volunteer. He aspires to learn something new every day, especially with his favorite subjects: funeral service, religion, history, or biology related.
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. Further, she holds dual specializations for a Master's degree in Aeronautical Science, a dual Bachelor's of Science in English & Psychology with a Minor in Management, and an Associate's of Applied Science in Maintenance Production Management. In 2011, Amanda earned the designations of CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner), CMFP (Certified Michigan Funeral Practitioner), and MAPP (Michigan Advanced Planning Professional), and in 2012, she earned the designation of CPC (Certified Preplanning Consultant). Additionally, her contributions have earned previous associations multiple exceptional awards including the OGR Community Service Award and the OGR Exemplary Service Silver Award. 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 Noncommissioned Officers Association, and participates in many other benefit activities. In her spare time, she enjoys distance walking…always wishing she had a ride back home.
Gretchen C. (Alcorn) Newman, 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. Although she is new to our funeral home, she brings with her six years of expereince 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, 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.
R. Scott VanDell, Pre-Arrangement Advisor
Robert "Scott" VanDell was born in Detroit, raised in Midland and currently resides in Bay City. He is a proud graduate of Midland High School and Saginaw Valley State University. In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing guitar and teaching music lessons. Scott and his wife, Carrie have three wonderful children, and a beautiful granddaughter. He has been with the Deisler Funeral Home family since September 2013 and holds his Limited Life Insurance License through the State of Michigan.
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.
Ed Kocks, Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter
Ed has been employed with Deisler Funeral Home since January 2007 and serves in the capacity of both a Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter. He was born and raised in Saginaw and has been married to his wife, Judy since October 5, 1985. Ed graduated graduated with the class of 1962, from Arthur Hill High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967. Upon his return, he attended Delta College for two years and served a four year apprenticeship as a plumber. He is both a Licensed Plumber and Master Plumber and has worked in the industry for 30 years. Ed worked for U.A.W. Local 85 - Plumbers, Steamfitters & HVACR Service Tech's, retiring after 21 years of service. He is still an active member of Local 85. Ed has two sons: Eric (Erica) Kocks and Brad Kocks; two stepdaughters: Kim (Matt) Swantko and Lisa (Glen Theodore) Jesse and seven grandchildren: Emily, Hope, Abby, Jack, Megan, Mikayla, and Madison. Ed and his wife, Judy, are member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Ronald Roggow, Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter
Ron was born and raised in Saginaw and has been with the Deisler Funeral Home family since October, 2011. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. Ron was a teacher for six years in the Beaverton Schools and then was a School Principal for 30 years. Upon retirement from education, Ron worked at Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home for five years. After a four year stint on the Beaverton Board of Education, including President, he moved back home to Saginaw and recently married former classmate, Dianne Shappee (Young). He and Dianne have five children and six grandchildren. They are members of Zion Lutheran Church in Freeland.
Patrick Wisniewski, Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter
Patrick Wisniewski was born in Saginaw and raised in Freeland, Michigan. He attended and graduated from Freeland High School, class of 1986. Following graduation, Pat attended Delta College where he received an Associate's Degree. Pat also attended Saginaw Valley State University and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He married Cindy Lynn, the love of his life, on November 1, 1997. Pat was raised non-denominational and is a member of the Moose Lodge #82, American Legion Post 439, and the Eagles in Tawas, Michigan. He and Cindy have a daughter Allison (Richard) Hamilton and two grandchildren: Chase and Julia. Pat currently is employed full-time with Covenant HealthCare as a Security Coordinator. He assists the funeral directors with funerals and working visitations.
Cindy Wisniewski, Funeral Director Assistant, Greeter and Housekeeping
Cindy's career began at Deisler Funeral Home in April 2013; taking on several positions: Greeter, Housekeeping and Funeral Director Assistant. She enjoys traveling and has lived in several states including: Charleston, South Carolina, Mobile, Alabama and New Port, Rhode Island. Life has a way of running full circle, as in this case, coming back to Saginaw where she was born and raised. Cindy met her future husband, and the love of her life, Patrick Wisniewski, while attending Delta College. Their family includes, a daughter, Allison and Richard Hamilton; two grandchildren: Chase and Julia Hamilton. Cindy and Pat love spending time at their cabin "up north", where they enjoy the woods, water and gathering of good friends and family.
Angela M. Andrews, Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter
Angela was born and raised in Saginaw, and is a cousin to our Funeral Director, Amanda. She began working at Deisler Funeral Home as a Funeral Director Assistant and Greeter in August 2013, and fills in wherever she is needed. She graduated from Penn Foster High School. The former Angela Zeitz, met her "sweetheart" and future husband, Patrick Andrews in 1999. They were married on April 12, 2003 in Shields; the "love birds" just celebrated 10 years of marriage in 2013. Angela and Patrick have two daughters: Quin and Lucy. She enjoyes baking, cooking and crocheting. Angela also enjoys listening to music, watching movies and loves animals, especially her cats.