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 daughters: Marley and Harper. 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
was born and raised in St. Johns, Michigan and graduated from St. JohnsHigh School in 2002.She attended LansingCommunity College and CentralMichiganUniversity.Nicole has been with Smith Family Funeral
Homes since 2014. She works mainly in Ithaca, but helps out at the other
chapels when necessary.
lives with her husband Brian and their daughter Aubrey in St. Johns.She enjoys reading, camping and spending time
Emily L. Smith
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
a year.Emily primarily works at our St. Johns and Elsie location.
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
Receptionist, St. Louis Chapel
“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
Schmitt has been a resident of the Fowler-Westphalia area all of her life.She graduated from Pewamo-WestphaliaHigh School and them from AquinasCollege 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.
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.
Receptionist, Ithaca Chapel
Vicki has lived most of her
life in Ithaca, Mi.She graduated
and went to LansingBusinessUniversity.She worked in the
library at IthacaHigh
for 24 years.When she retired in 2010,
she began working at Smith Family Funeral Home, Ithaca
Vicki and her husband,
Jack, reside on their farm in Ithaca.They have three
children; Trent (Tricia), Jason (Hatti), Nicole (John Whitmore), and seven
grandchildren.She enjoys watching the
grandchildren’s sporting event, traveling, and spending time with family at
their HigginsLake cottage.
Hall went to IthacaHigh School and NorthernMichiganUniversity.After college she began working in Ithaca and
has been involved in many civic committees including; Chamber of Commerce
President, GAS Fair Board, board member of the Gratiot Community
Foundation, and BPO Elks in Alma, where she was the first woman
Exalted Ruler of the Elks.
lives in the Ithaca area.She enjoys sports, cars, and spending time
with friends and family.She has been
with the funeral home for about 10 years.