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.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Our Valued Staff
Bruce A. Zenner II, Owner/ Licensed Funeral Director
Bruce was born and raised in Northern Michigan. He graduated from Kingsley High School in 2004 and continued his education at Wayne State University earning a Bachelor’s of Mortuary Science Degree in 2007. Bruce has returned to his roots where he has many family and friends. The Kalkaska area was the perfect place for Bruce and wife Jessy to begin their journey together. Bruce is a Past President of the Kalkaska Rotary Club, member of the Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee, Vice Chairman on the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority.
David E. Wolfe, Licensed Funeral Director / Funeral Assistant
Dave Wolfe has been a licensed funeral director for the past 57 years. He attended Central Michigan University and is a graduate of Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science. Upon purchasing the former Schwartz Funeral Home, he and his wife, Vickie, moved to Kalkaska where they operated the Wolfe Funeral Home for over 32 years prior to their retirement in 2001. Dave was pleased to join Bruce Zenner and staff in 2012, and serve the Kalkaska area exclusively at Kalkaska Funeral Home.
Darcie Hicks, Licensed Funeral Director
Darcie grew up in Kalkaska and after graduating from Kalkaska High School in 1994, she moved to Kalamazoo and met her husband Josh. In 2000 they moved back to Kalkaska and have lived here since. Together they have been blessed with three wonderful, but active boys. Darcie graduated from Des Moines Area College for Mortuary Science in 2016. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, run, and travel.
Alana Peters, Office Manager
Alana has lived in Northern Michigan for her entire life, she was born in Fife Lake, Michigan and now lives in South Boardman with her husband and daughter. After graduating from college with an Associates in Medical Assisting, she has worked in customer service and management for 20 years. Alana enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her family and their three dogs.
David Israel, Transfer Specialist
Rick Spires, Transfer Specialist
Rick was born in Ypsilanti and graduated from Willow Run High School. He then spent 4 years in the United States Navy. Rick moved with his wife Marguerite to northern Michigan 32 years ago. Rick enjoys golfing and being outdoors in his free time.
Debbie Bevis, Funeral Assistant
Debbie was born and raised in Kalkaska, and now lives with her husband John in Fife Lake. She has four grown children and five grandchildren. In her spare time Debbie enjoys collecting antiques, going to auction sales and spending time with her many animals.
Jessy Zenner, Licensed Funeral Planning Specialist
Jessy, a Licensed Funeral Preplanning Specialist and Recreational Therapist, was born and raised in Mayfield, Michigan. Jessy is an active gardener, who has a love for the outdoors and everything nature oriented. In her spare time she volunteers for local organizations and looks forward to future opportunities that will enrich the community.
Jim Sweet, Transfer Specialist
Dennis Whitenight, Funeral Assistant
Dennis has lived in Michigan his entire life, he has family from the Onaway and Manistee area. Currently he lives in Fife Lake with his wife Donna. Retired from the automotive industry after 32 years of service, Dennis is a volunteer fire fighter for Garfield Township. He has held many positions in Garfield Township, including: zoning administrator for over 5 years, safety coordinator, team coordinator and trainer. Dennis used to be a licensed automotive mechanic, which he continues to enjoy in his free time along with sight seeing, fishing, racing RC cars, socializing and volunteering in his community.
Doris Forsythe, Licensed Funeral Director / Funeral Assistant
Having been raised around funeral service, Doris obtained her license to practice mortuary science in Michigan in 1971. She entered college again in 1979, this time obtaining her degree in social work at Michigan State University. From 1980-1985, Doris was Director of Medical Social Services at Traverse City Osteopathic (Community) Hospital; serving patients and families from five area counties in home hospice care and substance abuse care as well as in the hospital. Doris and her husband, Jeff, enjoy the quiet country life with two Percheron mares and two brindle boxers. She is (semi) retired, a grandmother of three, and likes to read, travel and quilt.