Once you request the services of Smith Family 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.
Hannah L. (Smith) Schmidt
Hannah grew up in the funeral business; she is the daughter of Sam & Carol Smith. Hannah attended Ovid-Elsie High Schools; graduating in 2006. She went to Saginaw Valley State University for two years, completing her pre-requisites for mortuary school. She then attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois, where she graduated in September of 2009. Hannah became a licensed funeral director in January of 2010.
Hannah and her husband Josh reside in Ithaca, Michigan with their daughter Marley, and they have a new baby due in March. Hannah enjoys arts and crafts, traveling, and spending time with family and her dog Dewey. She is a member of the Ithaca Rotary.
Angela S. VanCore
Angela grew up in Marine City, Michigan, near Port Huron. She graduated from Marine City High School in 1985. Angela attended Oakland University and then graduated from Wayne State University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 1993. She became a licensed funeral director in 1994. Angela has worked for Smith Family Funeral Homes for a total of 6 years, serving the communities of Elsie, St. Johns, Ithaca, and St. Louis.
Angela and her husband Jon live in Ovid, MI and have 6 children; Jon (Elisha) Nick (Becky), Chad, Autumn, Zachary, and Hannah, and 2 grandchildren; Carter and Riley. She enjoys gardening, reading, and spending family time together.
Wendy was born in Saginaw, Michigan and has lived throughout the Mid-Michigan area. She graduated from Perry Baptist School in 1990, and attended Cornerstone College of Grand Rapids and Baker College of Owosso. Wendy began working for Smith Family Funeral Homes, at the Elsie Chapel as Office Manager in February of 2004. She takes care of the paperwork and artistic media for each service including; memorial cards, register books, candles, and videos.
Wendy lives in Laingsburg, Michigan and is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Corunna, Michigan; where she enjoys working in the nursery. She enjoys reading, crafts; especially jewelry making, taking trips with her sister and spending time with her family and her cat Tippy.
Judy A. Miller
Receptionist, Elsie Chapel
Judy began working for Smith Family Funeral Homes as a receptionist in the St. Johns Chapel in September of 1996. At Smith Family Funeral Homes we take pride in the services that we offer our families. The "After Care" program that Judy personally handles is important in helping families cope with their recent loss. She also recognizes people in our surrounding communities by sending them laminated keepsakes of their life's accomplishments. You can also find Judy helping out in our other chapels when needed.
Judy was born in St. John's, Michigan and has lived in the Elsie & St. Johns areas all of her life. Her daughter Kari, and her husband Dan, have two boys, Tyler & Travis. Her son Kore, and his wife Candi, have three children, Emily Alison & Kyle. Judy's daughter Trudy passed away in 1999 and leaves her children Holly & Alec. Judy also has a great granddaughter Masynn, and a great grandson Takoda.
Carlton A. Cecil
Carl was born in Ft. Wayne, IN and graduated from high school in Coldwater, MI in 1985. He graduated from IndianaWesleyanUniversity in 1989. He has been a pastor for
nearly 30 years. For the last 23 years he has been a pastor in Alma, currently serving as the pastor of Faith
First Church of Alma. He has 14 years of experience in funeral services.
Carl and his wife Karen were married in
1989 and live in Riverdale. They have 5 children: Ellie, Joseph (Charlie
Ann), Noah, Ben and Dan, and 1 grandson.
Receptionist, Ithaca Chapel
Nicole was born and raised in St. Johns, Michigan and graduated from St. Johns High School in 2002. She attended Lansing Community College and Central Michigan University. Nicole has been with Smith Family Funeral Homes since 2014. She works mainly in Ithaca, but helps out at the other chapels when necessary.
Nicole lives with her husband Brian and their daughter Aubrey in St. Johns. She enjoys reading, camping and spending time with family.
Emily L. Smith
Emily grew up in the funeral business; she is
the daughter of Sam & Carol Smith. She attended Ovid-ElsieHigh School; graduating in 2004.
She went to BakerCollege for a few years, taking
business classes.Emily has worked at
various places in the business and medical fields.She has been working at the funeral home for
about a year.Emily primarily works at
our St. Johns and Elsie locations.
Emily resides in Perrinton, Michigan.She enjoys spending time with family;
especially her niece Marley, traveling, loves Detroit Tigers Baseball, watching
movies, reading, being with her friends, and boating.
Rosella "Rose" White
Receptionist, St. Louis Chapel
Rosella “Rose” White was
born on a farm near Shepherd, MI; one of thirteen children.She graduated in 1962 from ShepherdHigh School.Rose married her best friend
Lyle White in October 1963.She worked
as Office Manager for Century 21 Lee-Mac Realty in Alma MI, before retiring in
2007.Rose started working for Smith
Family Funeral Homes in October 2008 at the St. Louis Chapel as a Receptionist,
and helps with funeral services and visitations.
Rose and Lyle have 2
daughters and 2 sons, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.Rose loves spending time with her family and
the creative side of her is always busy.She enjoys crafting and somehow manages to attend several craft shows in
the fall.She is a member of St. Mary’s
Church in Alma, and a member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Mid-MichiganMedicalCenter – Gratiot in Alma.
Receptionist, Goerge Chapel, Fowler
Loraine Schmitt has been a resident of the Fowler-Westphalia
area all of her life.She graduated from
School and them from Aquinas
College in Grand
Rapids as an education major.She has taught elementary school and worked
as a substitute teacher for over 30 years.Loraine has been a receptionist at the Goerge Chapel in Fowler since
January of 2007 assisting grieving families in their time of need.
Loraine lives in Fowler with her husband Philip.They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.Loraine enjoys reading, quilting, gardening,
and spending time with her children and grandchildren.