Crane Funeral Home & Cremation Services   |  (734) 941-9200  |  36885 Goddard Road, Romulus, MI 48174

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our valued staff

John Kernan, Owner/Funeral Director

John resides in Grosse Ile with his wife Jeanne. They also have three children,John (Kristine), Robert (Lindsey), and Connie (Matthew) and are proud grandparents of Jack, Ryan, Robert, Maxwell, Madison and Matthew. After graduating from Riverview’s Gabriel Richard High School, John attended Wayne State University, obtaining a degree in Mortuary Science. While attending Wayne State, he was a member of their rowing crew. John has over 36 years of experience in funeral service. Along with his partner, Chris Poirier he currently owns and operates Czopek Funeral Home in Wyandotte; Kernan Funeral Service in Lincoln Park; Heritage Funeral Home in Southgate; and Crane Funeral Home in Romulus.,]ohn is a member of the Robert Jones Council Knights of Columbus and past member of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Park D.D.A. and the Exchange Club. For relaxation, John enjoys boating locally as well as hunting, fishing and golfing at his cottage in Irish Hills.

Christopher Poirier, Owner/Funeral Director

Chris lives in Southgate with his wife, Sue and their son Christopher. They also have two daughters, Kristin (Greg) Grant and Jennifer (Micah Swain} and are proud grandparents of Presley, Megan, Adam and Easton. Chris is a graduate of the St. Lawrence Seminary and a Wayne State University Graduate with a degree in Mortuary Science. Chris has over 36 years of experience in the funeral industry: Chris purchased Czopek Funeral Home along with his father Jim in 1984-. He currently owns and operates Czopek Funeral Directors, Kernan Funeral Service, Heritage Funeral Home and Crane Funeral Home with his business partner,John Kernan. Chris is an active member of the wyandotte Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, wyandotte Boat Club, Fraternal Order of Police, as well an active chairman of the City of Southgate Police and Fire Commission. He also is a former Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Southgate for 6 years. In his spare time, Chris enjoys hosting the family and friends at his cottage in northern michigan as well as sailing, fishing, and relaxing.

Robert Gury, Funeral Director

Rob was raised in Dearborn and graduated from “Wayne State University, Department of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Mortician / Funeral Director with the State of Michigan, for over 30 years. He also holds a limited life insurance license that allows him to pre-arrange funeral services. Along with his business partners, John Kernan and Chris Poirier, Rob currently owns and operates Heritage Funeral Home. Rob considers it an honor to support and serve his families in their time of need. The most rewarding part of his many years of caring is being able to exceed the expectations of a grieving family. He strives to make a difference in the families that are entrusted to him. Rob understands the importance of supporting the community in which he lives and does business. He is a member of both St. Barbara Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, where he is an active member of the Usher‘s Club and Holy Name Society Rob is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Solanus Guild, and the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. He was also a former member of the West Wayne Vicariate. Rob and his wife, Laurie (Barczak), also enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

R. Shawn Hartnett, Funeral Director, CFSP, CMFP

Shawn started working at Czopek in 2008 as a greeter, while attending Wayne State University. He graduated in 2011 with a bachelor‘s degree in Mortuary Science, as well as completing the National and State Board Exams becoming a licensed funeral director. Shawn is dedicated to serving families and his community. He has completed over 180 hours of continuing education in earning his national designation as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), as well as a State Certified Funeral Practitioner (CMFP). He is also a member of MI-MORT, a group of volunteers from various professions to help aid in response of a disaster with mass fatalities and is also a limited life agent. Shawn’s goal is to provide meaningful, memorable services to the families he has the honor and privilege of serving, and provide assistance to people who want to preplan their funerals. Shawn has lived in the Downriver area since 2003 and currently lives in Trenton with his wife Alison, daughter Lily, son Tommy and their beloved yellow Labrador Retriever Elvis. He is very involved with his son’s hockey team; is the Committee Chairman for his son’s Cub Scout Troop, as well is a member of the Trenton Lions Club. In his free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, swimming, archery and watching the Detroit Red Wings.

Charles Gury, Certified Pre-Planning Professional, Funeral Director, CPC, CFSP, CMFP

Charles grew up in Dearborn and now lives in Canton with his wife Janet. Charles has three children, Kaitlyn, Kristen and Brian.

After graduating from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Charles attended Wayne State University and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science. Charles then obtained his limited life insurance license which allows him additional ways to escrow prepaid funeral funds. Charles thrives to excel in his profession. Through continuing education, Charles earned his designations as a Certified Pre-planning Professional (CPC), Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), and a Certified Michigan Funeral Practitioner (CMFP). Charles has over 34 years of experience in the funeral industry.

Charles’ experience as a funeral director and preplanning counselor has helped him ease the minds of many individuals who want to save their families from the burden of final arrangements. He takes his time to listen to the needs of families and answer all their questions.

Charles is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Michigan Funeral Directors Association and the Msgr. Clement H. Kern Knights of Columbus. Charles and his wife Janet are board members of the Canton High School Lightning Robotics Team.

Charles enjoys summer barbeques, traveling, and especially going up north and boating with his family and fishing for Walleye on Saginaw Bay.

Tracy Hojara, Administrative Assistant

Tracy resides in Westland with her finance and two daugeters, Kiyah and Aubrey. After graduating from Romulus High School with Honors, Tracy attended Eastern Michigan University and earned a Nursing degree. Tracy came to work for Crane Funeral Home when a friend, who was already an employee, offered her a position. She enjoys helping families who have lost someone and that are going through such a difficult time of their lives. Spending time with her family is how Tracy devotes the majority of her free time. Tracy also recently purchased her first home and she enjoys decorating it and making it her own.

Tina Buxton, Administrative Assistant

Tina was raised in eastern Kentucky on Mill Creek Farm, her family‘s horse farm, which is still owned and operated by her father today. She eventually moved to Michigan, graduated from Plymouth Canton High School, attended Cosmetology School, then went on to earn an Associate degree in Liberal Arts, and also a second degree in Education. Tina also served in the US Navy Reserve. Her family consists of her husband, Mark, their two children together, Madison and Mason and they have resided in Van Buren Township for over 20 years. Having a understanding and compassionate nature has served her well in her position here at the funeral home; she thoroughly enjoys helping families in their time of need and working in funeral service as a whole. Tina is a member of Hope Evangelical Church in Dearborn, Eagles Aerie #3343 in Van Buren Township and Women Entrepreneurs in Small Business. She also enjoys assisting with fundraising opportunities at her children’s schools. Cooking, baking, boating, tending to her micro-farm of ducks, chickens and the like, while operating her candle company, are some ways Tina spends her free time. Her favorite down time is spent with her family, especially her two children.

MaryAnn Wells, Funeral Home Staff

MaryAnn was born and raised in Romulus, graduated from Romulus High School, was a member of the National Honor Society and received the “Outstanding Student in Business" award. Deciding to further her education, MaryAnn attended several medical terminology classes and also bookkeeping courses. She lives extremely close to Crane Funeral Home, just a “stone’s throw“ and she loves helping family members cope with the loss of a loved one, believing many times, a kind word or even a hug can help make a difference with their grief. Working part time at Crane Funeral Home for over 13 years, MaryAnn was grateful that she remained employed when Chris Poirier and John Kernan purchased the funeral home and oftenjokes that "she came with the building." KlaryAnn has been a life-long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Boston and for 13 years she has also been a member of Romulus Chamber of Commerce. Volunteering at many Chamber events along with fundraising events for Romulus Rotary, City of Romulus and the 34th District Court, where MaryAnn has been Deputy Clerk for almost 30 years, are some ways she gives back to her community. Gardening, yard work, sewing and mending are a few ways she spends her free time. MaryAnn also enjoys going to the movies, going to Motor City Casino and her many close friendships she has made. Her family consists of her two adult children and four grandchildren.

Gayle Mach, Funeral Home Staff

Gayle was born and raised in Romulus, still living in the city today. She has one son, Ben, and also enjoys her numerous friendships, many who are former Romulus High School classmates. She loves interacting with the families and visitors the funeral home helps serve, hoping she brings a comforting presence for them. Gayle came to work for Crane Funeral Home once she retired from the City of Romulus. She is an active member of St. Aloysius Church and also a member of the Western Wayne Company Quilting Guild. Some of her free time is spent volunteering for St. Aloysius Church, the Quilting Guild and the Boy Scouts. She thoroughly enjoys her volunteer work and also gardening her personal flowerbeds and those she plants for others.

Robert White, Funeral Home Staff

Robert graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 19713, after growing up and graduating from Belleville High School in 1970. Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Robert continued his education, earning 18 hours towards a Master‘s degree in Educational Administration. Robert has been the Senior Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Belleville for 22 years. After becoming an ordained minister and serving as an on-call pastor for people who need a clergyman to officiate funeral services, he also assisted in several areas in funeral homes nearby Being able to provide comfort to people in need is what he finds fulfilling with his work-Robert always tries to provide help to those who need spiritual guidance. He is married to his wife, Rebecca, and together they have married 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Hunting, fishing and golfing is how Robert enjoys his free time.

David Dick, Funeral Home Staff

Ruth Kernan, Accounting

Ruth grew up in Ecorse MI and after graduation from Ecorse High School married Jack Kernan. They have two children, Patricia and John (Jeanne), six grandchildren (and their spouses) and five great grandchildren.

Ruth joined the Funeral Home Staff in 1996 after her retirement from the accounting department of Ecorse Public Schools. Ruth considers it a privilege to serve and assist grieving families whatever their particular needs. She is also a volunteer at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Ruth and Jack curently live in Grosse Ile and enjoy both the water and wild life of the Island.

Favorite activities include traveling, sewing,, reading and most of all family time.

Jack Kernan, Coach Driver

Jack began driving hearse after his retirement from the Ecorse Fire Department as Deputy Chief. During his tenure with the department he also did arson investigation.

After Jack and his wife Ruth relocated to Grosse Ile, they became active members of Sacred Heart catholic church. Jack is also a member of the Robert Jones Council of Ifuights of Columbus.

Activities that Jack has enjoyed include traveling, hunting, fishing and wood carving. He enjoyed rowing for many years and spent much time rowing in competition in Canada and across the United States.

Jack is most proud of his family and enjoys spending time with them.