Testimonials

We receive many letters from the families we've served, thanking us for our caring ways during their time of loss. Their words warm our hearts, and speak to you of our professionalism, compassion, and the true value of the services we provide.

  • John Malinowksi & family

    June 12, 2017

    A special thanks to the staff at Kalkaska Funeral Home. I'm so glad for all the help and advice you all gave me. You guys went way overboard to help me. The urn and grave stone turned out just great. I heard nothing but good things about everything. There is nothing like the small town service you get at times like these. Once again thanks from our heart! Read more

  • Ed Nickel

    December 16, 2016

    Thank you all for the support and help you gave me during Beth's funeral. Read more

  • Judy Airo

    December 26, 2016

    I want to thank you for everything you have done for our family. Thank you again. Read more

  • Eva DeJonge

    November 29, 2016

    It's sometimes easy to forget that there are nice people out there doing nice things for others. Thanks for being such a special reminder. Read more

  • Randy & Norma Vyverberg, Alan & Carol Hart

    April 20, 2016

    A special thank you from the family of Frank Vyverberg for providing a very caring and professional environment for his visitation and funeral. Although the passing of a loved one is never easy, you made it as smooth as it could possibly be. Thank you! Read more

  • Mary

    December 17, 2015

    Thanks for your thoughtfulness and the beautiful ornament for our family. I appreciate your kindness. Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year. Read more

  • The family of Heather Campbell

    November 23, 2015

    Thank you so much for your compassion and thoughtfulness in our time of sorrow. Everything you did was greatly appreciated. Read more

  • Vicky

    November 19, 2015

    Thank you so much for everything. It was a pleasure working with you during a difficult time. Read more

  • Eden Center

    August 17, 2015

    Dear Bruce Zenner, Thank you for choosing the Kalkaska Eden Center to donate the money you raised during your time in the dunk tank at the Kalkaska Street Festival. We greatly appreciate the donation! Read more

  • Carol & family

    August 06, 2015

    Bruce, I want to thank you again for taking care of everything for us. Also for your kindness and generosity, when we are in such pain. I feel that God chose you for us. Our book markers will give us something along with our memories to hang on to. God Bless you and your wife. Read more

  • Jeanne & children

    July 30, 2015

    Thank you for all of the guidance you gave to myself and my family. Read more

  • Knights of Columbus

    June 14, 2015

    On behalf of Council 7419 of the Knights of Columbus, I would like to express my sincere thanks for your generous donation to this year's gold event. Without people like you, we could not obtain the money necessary to provide for the poor and needy of this community. It's through your sacrifice, we are able to do the things we do. Among these are "coats for kids", food for local families, an Easter egg hunt, and breakfast for our young VASA participants, just to mention a few. I truly want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. God Bless! Read more

  • Jeanette

    May 02, 2015

    Dear Bruce and Jessy, Words can't really express how thankful we are for all your help these past almost three weeks. Thank you for the extra time you allowed us in the hospital room. That meant so much to each of us. you were so helpful to us and had everything so nice. "Nice" doesn't really cover it. Just so much to thank you for - your time, time to answer questions, time to explain - on and on. You are so kind and thoughtful ~thank you. Gratefully, Read more

  • Lue Cervone

    March 24, 2015

    Dear Bruce, I just want to take the time to thank you for all you have done for my family. I couldn't have been more pleased with Dad's showing. you are profession, yet easy to approach. Discreet, yet kind and very present. you handled everything well, Bruce. Thank you, thank you, thank you, much blessings on you and yours. I'm so glad for the choice we made in you. Warmly, Read more

  • The Shetler Family

    January 15, 2015

    Bruce, Thank you for you service to us and to Kalkaska, we appreciate your thoughtfulness, professionalism and personal touch in our time of sorrow! Read more

  • Bonnie Foley

    January 14, 2015

    Thank you so very much for your patience and kindness. It was seamless working with you, and I appreciate it. Read more

  • Ellen Besaw

    December 19, 2014

    Dear Bruce and Staff, Thank you for a wonderful evening. Great food, beautiful ornament, sharing with old and new friends. You really go beyond to make this tragic experience easier and with grace. Thank you for literally (over a year) of help. Bless you all and God's Peace this Christmas Season! You are a gift to our wonderful town. Sincerely, Read more

  • Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources

    December 01, 2014

    Dear 2014 Festival of Trees Sponsor, Please accept our grateful thank you for your generous contribution. Our festival successfully concluded Nov 15th and we are excited that this year's Festival raised $33,583 for K.A.I.R. As a sponsor we appreciate your willingness to support the Festival both monetarily and with your heart. The Festival could not succeed each year without you. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Read more

  • Lucy Downy

    November 19, 2014

    Bruce & Jessy Thank you so much for teh wonderful care you showered on us.. Everyone commented "The best funeral I have ever been to". It was nice. Thank you so much. Read more

  • Deb & Noah Payne

    July 10, 2014

    Dear Bruce and Jessy, Thank you so much for your grace and professionalism during our time of loss. You made the arrangements much easier to handle. Please extend our thanks also for your staff for the care of Stan. He is no longer suffering, and for that we are also grateful. Bruce, you picked the right field as a young boy - your demeanor and wisdom belie your age! We are so appreciative of your help. Sincerely, Read more

  • Shannon Lehmann

    July 07, 2014

    Dear Bruce and Jessy, Thank you for making a difficult time a little easier for my mom, brother and I. God has gifted you in a special way to help people during their time of grief. God bless you! Read more

  • "My Favorite Book"

    July 02, 2014

    Dear Kalkaska Funeral Home, Thank you for the courtesy you extended me when I was in your community. You have taken a positive stand by providing value-oriented literature for young people in your town. May you and your business be richly blessed. Read more

  • Lorann Sidall and Family

    June 30, 2014

    Dear Bruce & Jessy, On behalf of Mark, Shannon and myself, I would like to thank you for everything you did to provide use with a wonderful "Celebration of Life" for Jack. I'm sure he was smiling down from heaven. You made a difficult situation quite bearable which we greatly appreciate. Kalkaska is blessed to have you in our community. Again, Thank you, and God bless. Read more

  • Senior Class 2014

    June 25, 2014

    Thank you for supporting the Senior Class of 2014 all night party! Read more

  • Shannon Lehmann "Jack's daughter"

    June 30, 2014

    Dear Bruce and Jessy, Thank you for making a difficult time a little easier for my mom, brother and I. God has gifted you in a special way to help people during their time of grief. God bless you both! Read more

  • Lorann Sidall and Family

    June 30, 2014

    Dear Bruce & Jessy, On behalf of Mark, Shannon and myself I would like to thank you for everything you did to provide us with a wonderful "Celebration of Life" for Jack. I'm sure he was smiling down from Heaven. You made a difficult situation quite bearable which we greatly appreciated. Kalkaska is blessed to have you in our community. Again, thank you, and God Bless Read more

  • The Kalkaska Mens Basketball Team 2013/2014

    May 07, 2014

    Dear Kalkaska Funeral Home, Thank you for your generous support during our Cow Pie Classic Fundraiser and throughout our basketball season. We really appreciate it! Thank you! Read more

  • Zelda Smith & Family

    March 12, 2014

    Bruce, We were very pleased with the services that you provided for our family. Thank you for the countless ways that you and your team helped us during this difficult time. Read more

  • Bryon, Peggy, DeeDee, Chelsea & Madison

    February 04, 2014

    Bruce & Jessie, Thank You so much for everything you have done for Bryon, and our family. We really appreciate your kindness. You both have what it takes to be in the business your in. God Bless you always. Love, Read more

  • Kay Nelson and my sisters

    February 03, 2014

    Dear Bruce, Thank you for all you did to make Mom's celebration so special. I know you are always professional with everyone, but in Mom's case we know you went "above and beyond", giving us one last memory of Mom and the people we have come in contact with because of her. You were so nice, we are all about ready to "adopt you". :) We thank you for your kind, gentle caring. Read more

  • Marceline Essary's Family

    January 29, 2014

    Dear Bruce & Staff - What a blessing you were to all of us during the difficult loss of our Mom and Mawmaw. You answered every question and met every need. We are deeply grateful and thankful for your kindness and expertise. You are truly God called to this difficult and important work. May God continue to bless you as you bless others who suffer grief and loss. Read more

  • Shirley Kirchofer

    January 15, 2014

    Dear Bruce and family, Thank you so much for the pretty little snowflake ornament of remembrance of Clare. I love it! I catches the light beautifuly and I show it to all who come over. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. Read more

  • Toys for Tots - Kalkaska

    January 13, 2014

    Kalkaska Funeral Home Staff & Associates, Thank you so much for your gracious toy and cash donation to Toys for Tots, there is no doubt that there were MANY happy children on Christmas day! Your support is greatly appreciated by all. Melissa Morgan Karen Krimilay (and their elves) Read more

  • Mary A Caskey

    December 20, 2013

    Dear Bruce & Jessy, Your thoughtfulness at Christmas meant more than words can say. The program that you did on Dec 6th and special ornament were appreciated. Sincerely, Read more

  • Mrs. Mary Delos Santos

    December 04, 2013

    Mr. Bruce Zenner II, Thank you very much for all your support and help with the Katie Waldron family. I especially appreciate the small touches in the making of the bookmarks for our family. Sincerely, Read more

  • LoAnn, Tony & Amy Shumsky

    November 16, 2013

    Bruce, We are so glad that God led us to you for the aftercare of our Dad/Husband/Grandpa....Stan. You handled everything so professionally and also very sensitively. It was so great to know that our families shared some history together, which make you feel very familiar and that was so comforting. Much Thanks, Read more

  • Peggy, Bernie & Nancy

    October 22, 2013

    Dear Bruce & Jessy, Such a wonderful celebration in honor of our Mom's "101" year of life! Thank you so much! You were both so cordial and accomodating even when we made changes at the last minute. Everything was perfect! We have so many fond memories of our Mom and the service you provided at the Kalkaska Funeral Home. You can be very proud of your achievements. Thanks again! Always, Read more

  • Ron, Sandy, Kelly & Ann

    April 05, 2013

    Dear Bruce & Jessie, You are two wonderful, beautiful people. We can't thank you enough for the special treatment you have to Becky & to all of us. You both made this time so much easier for us. Your extra touches were so very nice and loving. Read more

  • Sue and Family

    January 09, 2013

    Bruce and Jessie, I cannot begin to thank you for such a great job!! You made a really tough time much easier for all of us. I was incredibly impressed by your level of professionalism and think you are both such gifted and kindhearted individuals. Read more

  • Thanks You again, Debbie, Gay and Randy

    November 21, 2012

    Bruce & Jessy, Thank you for the great job and useful information at the "Getting your Ducks in a Row" seminar at the Kalkaska Senior Center. Putting yourselves out there like that with our seniors gives people a much higher level of comfort when discussing such a tender topic. We appreciate having you as a part of our community, you are both so personable! Read more

  • Love, Stuart & Lori McKinnon

    December 19, 2012

    Bruce and Jessy, I would like to take this time to wish you a Merry Christmas and to thank you for everything you have done for us this past year, from the planning, to making sure the headstone was just right. Your compassion really made a difference. We thank you! Read more

  • Thanks again, The Walter's Family; Kathleen, Clint, Sue, Doug, Laura, John, Jason and Becky

    January 03, 2013

    Dear Bruce and Jessy, Our family would like to thank you with all our hearts for your care of our wife and mother while she was with you. Your care and compassion was amazing & your knowledge was extremely helpful. Jessy's comment when we wanted to move chairs was " while you are here this is your home, do whatever you like" made us truly feel comfortable in an extremely difficult time. Read more

  • Ronald Maloney

    March 18, 2013

    Bruce and Jessy, I would like to thank you for your service to my family. You were both so kind and caring, I cannot express enough how much your devotion to my family means to me. Read more

  • Best Regards, Tom Philo

    July 18, 2012

    Dear Bruce, On behalf of my bother Steve, myself and our entire family, I would like to thank you again for your thorough and thoughtful work following the loss of our sister Lynn. With the crush of planning and carrying out we had to do at the time, it is really only now that we can appreciate how much easier you made it for us, emotionally and logistically - at a very difficult time. You do magnificent work and we will always, always be grateful. Read more

  • The Family of Harold Schermerhorn; Faye, Dennis, Paul, Janet & Jeanette

    August 30, 2012

    Jessy and Bruce, Thank you SO much for your guidance and support through our grandpas passing. We appreciate the professionalism, and your venue is perfect. Grandpa looked wonderful, it is nice to know you take the time to send people off with care and concern for their appearance. Again, thank you so very much. Read more

  • Ann M. Merkle

    April 20, 2012

    As featured in the December 14, 2011 edition of The Leader & The Kalkaskian A kind thanks to Bruce Zenner. I am writing this letter to recognize an outstanding citizen in the community of Kalkaska. The person I am writing about to you today is Mr. Bruce Zenner II. I am not related to Mr. Zenner, Nor is anyone in my family. My husband and I were referred to Mr. Zenner to help with funeral arrangements for my father. Mr. Zenner is not only professional, but one of the most compassionate people that we have come in contact with. He worked with us in ways that allowed us to have the best funeral possible for my father. I can’t say enough about how he treated us and our entire family. I think an individual with the qualities that Mr. Zenner has should be recognized for that. This is not a plea for business in any way. This is simply a very strong grateful family expressing some gratitude to a man that helped make a very difficult process much easier. Thank you, Mr. Zenner. Read more

  • Irene & All the Family

    April 20, 2012

    Kindness in Times of Sorrow Your kindness in our time of sorrow was deeply appreciated. Thank you for all you have done for us, we appreciate it. Read more

  • The Family of Judith

    April 20, 2012

    A Gentle & Professional Manner Bruce, Thanks for making a potentially unpleasant time easier for us. We appreciate your gentle and professional manner. Good luck with your new business, we will keep your card and be sure to mention your services to others. Read more

  • Sincerely, Maureen

    April 20, 2012

    Kalkaska is Fortunate Bruce Z – Thank you for your time today. It was such a pleasure to meet and have you in our lives. Kalkaska is fortunate you have joined our community. Read more

  • The Family of Wayne

    April 20, 2012

    A Memorable Service Thank you for a wonderful funeral service, your caring & generous nature was appreciated. Thank you so much for being a part of our community. Read more

  • My Best Wishes Always ~Lee

    April 20, 2012

    Caring Respect Dear Bruce, For all your help and patience, words just don’t do justice to the heartfelt gratitude that I will always feel. I was treated with great caring respect at a time that had more heartache’s than I want to remember. Thank you Bruce for doing such a great job for our community. Read more

  • The Yaklin / Wadysz Family

    April 20, 2012

    Kindness & Attention to Detail Bruce – We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for your consideration, kindness and attention to detail during this time of sadness in our lives. You really took a lot of stress out of this difficult time. Your professionalism and knowledge helped us greatly to only focus on what was important, celebrating the life of our father. Thank you so much! Read more