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 following the death of his father from lung cancer; he was nine years old. Jason is a 1997 graduate of Cass City High School. He attended Delta College and SVSU where he studied biology, chemistry, pre-mortuary science and writing. When his grandmother died in 1999, Jason once again found himself considering a career in funeral service. Shortly after, he began working under one of three mentors in his life, Debra L. Kranz. It was at Kranz Funeral Home Jason began working as a greeter. Upon moving to Saginaw, Jason started working for Deisler Funeral Home, serving his apprenticeship under mentor, Thomas J. Deisler. While working at Deisler, Jason had the opportunity to work at Collon Funeral Home in Caro, owned at the time by Deisler Funeral Home, and was mentored by funeral director, Christopher Taylor. He is a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree 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 where he assists in preparing foods for funeral luncheons. Jason 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 beloved beagle, Charlotte, until her death on December 14, 2013. He also enjoys exercising at the Freeland Sportszone, 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. He is currently learning how to play the violin and aspires to learn something new every day.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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: Quinn and Lucy. She enjoys baking, cooking and crocheting. Angela also enjoys listening to music, watching movies and loves animals, especially her cats.
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!:"
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 a criminal justice major. Tim is a member of Long Rapids First Congregational Church and currently studying criminal justice. He loves dogs and breeds English Springer Spaniels.
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.