Local funeral home expands to Charlevoix County

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

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Working together in the family business are (back, from left): Jaynee Mortensen, Kasey Poel and Gary Mortensen, (middle) Gavin, Holly and Susie Mortensen and (front) Isaac and Ron Mortensen.

CENTRAL LAKE – The Mortensen family has been taking care of the final needs and wishes of area residents since 1980. That’s when they moved north from Allegan after purchasing the Central Lake Funeral Home. Six months later they added the Bellaire Funeral Home, along with the Mancelona Funeral Home in 2003.

Over the years the family and business has grown, with Susie and Gary Mortensen’s grandchildren Gavin, Isaac, and Jaynee now ready to take their place in the family firm beside parents Ron and Holly Mortensen.

“We are truly a family business,” said Holly Mortensen last week. “Our three children have grown up working for us and with us in all aspects of what we do. They mow the grass, handle the outside grounds work, clean inside, take out the garbage, greet families at visitation, wash cars, drive the hearse, help on removals, dig graves and give lots of hugs to grieving families.

“They have seen firsthand the late nights, long days and compassionate work in what we do,” she continued. “As they've have gotten older and shown interest in coming into the family business, we have been talking about expanding.  So, when Ron Winchester approached us recently about buying the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, it was a no brainer – and it will allow the family-owned funeral home tradition that Charlevoix knew and loved to continue.”

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