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Manager & Funeral Director, CFSP
In October of 2015, I will begin my 39th year of undertaking. Undertaking is a term that comes with the rich heritage I received from my teacher and mentor, my Dad, Harold W. Vick. Undertaking, or it’s current title of funeral service, now comes with the changing technologies of the 21st Century; websites, video tributes, cremation jewelry and cremains launched into outer space.
What will not change is why I am an undertaker. This calling fulfills my need to serve and walk with individuals that are traveling through the experience of the death of a loved one. Calling on the experience of deaths in my own family, my understanding was enriched by the deaths of my father Harold W. Vick (March 24, 2001) and mother Viola E. Vick (December 26, 2006).
I have a unique staff that enables us to accomplish our goals. I recognize their value in both my success and that of the funeral home. Each position is critical to our mission. My ability to successfully serve and enhance the lives of families we touch are directly linked to the staffs’ passion for excellence. (Please visit their biography pages to meet the staff).
In many ways what we do is a way of keeping my Dad’s memory alive and continue the traditions and commitments he started. Now it is up to us to redefine that commitment for our time and the future.
1976 was the year I graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director the same year. Currently I am the manager of the Harold W. Vick Funeral Home. I am a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and hold certification as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. I am also a member of the Michigan and National Funeral Directors Association. Community minded, I currently serve on the Baker College Board of Regents, and am a member of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club.
My husband James and I have been married 38 years. On a personal level, Jim and I are passionate about Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan as puppy raisers, foster parents and in the Re-Home program.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and collecting hand painted vintage china.
Funeral Director, CFSP, CPC
Thanks for visiting my biography page and inquiring a bit more about me.
I was born in Mount Clemens during the summer of 1972 and shortly thereafter, my parents moved to Sterling Heights where I spent most of my early years into my mid 20's. Today, I am a resident of Clinton Township and enjoy living on the "east side" of the county.
I started my career at the Vick Funeral Home in the summer of 1989 washing cars, mowing the lawn, and performing general chores. Working at the funeral home six nights a week during my college years, proved very beneficial. It was never my first choice, as I had always wanted to be a stock broker on the New York Stock Exchange. This young endeavor allowed me to pursue my BBA - Finance, graduating in 1996 from Walsh Business College, Troy.
After seven years at the funeral home (still working mostly evenings), I decided it was time for a change and began my search for a career in financial planning. After enjoying the summer (after graduation) and getting serious about moving to New York.... my whole world changed. During the month of November 1996, I received "my calling" into funeral service. The service that I had assisted with, changed my life forever and made me dedicate the next four years to going back to college to earn my degree in Mortuary Science. Shortly thereafter, I applied for my apprentice license and worked under the instruction of Harold W. Vick and Mary E. Vick Spaulding, who together have taught me the dignity in funeral service.
I graduated from Wayne State University in August 2000 and shortly thereafter, passed my National and State Board Exams. Today, I am proud to say I am a funeral director at the Harold W. Vick Funeral Home, as many people have passed through these doors and I have been able to know and grow with the community.
I believe it is important to continue one's education in his/her profession in order to best meet the needs of the families we serve. In March 2007, I completed a Certified Preplanning Consultant program through the National Funeral Director's Association - NFDA. (Fewer than 1000 current funeral directors across the country are allowed to carry the CPC designation). The CPC certification is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.
I also earned admittance to the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in April 2007 by completing 180 hours of continuing education requirements earning the - Certified Funeral Service Practitioner - CFSP designation. Although the State of Michigan does not have CEU requirements, the Academy requires them to maintain the designation of CFSP.
In Spring 2008 I earned recognition into the Michigan Institute of Funeral Service offered through the Michigan Funeral Director's Association - a program similar to the CFSP above. I also currently volunteer as a uniformed member of MI-MORT - a mortuary response team for mass casualties in Michigan. In June of 2008, I had the privilege of being elected to MFDA - District 6 Board of Directors, (oversees MFDA members in Oakland/Macomb/St.Clair counties). I continued serving on the Board until June 2013.
Funeral Service Assistant
Hello, my name is Bob. I was born in the mid 1970’s as an only child to a United States Marine “lifer” Tim and my mother Cindy. I spent all of my childhood moving from base to base as my father’s career demanded it. I graduated from a small high school in the mountains of California where I settled for a few years. I started my career as a public servant in the fire department of Antelope Valley, California and later in Twentynine Palms, CA (located in the southern part of the state).
I moved to Michigan to be near my family and continued to serve the public. I graduated from Superior Medical Education in Ferndale, MI and worked part time as a licensed EMT at a special events EMS company. After several years here, my wife Jana and I decided to settle down and buy a house in Sterling Heights, MI. This is where we decided to raise our four children; Rian, Bobby, Barbie, and Zoey. I have also worked for several monument dealers over the past years creating headstones and grave markers. While my duties here focused primarily on production and delivery, I was also able to work with families during the difficult time of selecting and creating a marker.
I retired from EMS services in 2010 after having often thought about funeral service over the years and my personal drive to assist. It is during these times where I can assist, that I am at my best.
If you visit Vick Funeral Home, you will probably find me in the lobby as a host during our evening visitations, assisting on a funeral service with one of the directors, or working in the office. I’ve come to Harold W. Vick Funeral Home for more than just employment. I’m here to learn as much as possible, eventually attend Mortuary School, and become a funeral director at Vick Funeral Home.
Candy Stevens Job
Receptionist / Housekeeper
My name is Candace Stevens Job and I grew up in the Mt. Clemens area. I worked at Dopp Furniture, Mt. Clemens until it closed in early 2007. I once again have the pleasure of working in a family owned - Mt. Clemens business.
I have four children, four grandchildren, and am a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mt. Clemens.
My main tasks are to keep the funeral home as neat and as clean as possible at all times, greet people at the door, and work with the families during visitation times. I also assist during funeral services in a variety of ways.
I hope that my life experiences will help me in being an asset to the Vick Funeral Home.
Funeral Family Assistant
My name is Ashley Haynes and thank you for visiting my biography page. I was born in the early 90’s in Harrison Township and have been a resident there ever since. I started working here at the Vick Funeral Home when I was just 16 years old and still in high school. I worked here as an archive technician as well as helping out with visitation in the evening. After I graduated from L’Anse Creuse High School in 2010, I focused on college and stopped working at the funeral home. In the fall of 2010, I started my classes at Wayne State University where I have pursued my love for dance.
After working a few retail jobs, I was asked to come back to work at the funeral home where you can find me working in the office or helping out and assisting families with visitation. I will graduate in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in dance, after graduation, I plan on moving to New York, and eventually I plan on making my way over to Europe to dance and travel.
Receptionist / Hairdresser
Hello, My name is Edna.
I have been blessed to be the hairdresser for the past six years at Vick Funeral Home. I also serve our families and their loved ones during visitation hours as a greeter and receptionist. It is an honor to assist with a family in their time of need and I hold that with the highest respect.
I am a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Clemens and am proud to have a loving family - which means everything to me. Thanks for visiting me and please say “Hi” should you see me around the funeral home.
My name is Kim Stokes. I'm a greeter and visitation caregiver at the funeral home. Should you call the funeral home, you may hear my friendly "Hello" as the receptionist.
I have one daughter whom I love spending time with. I also enjoy decorating my home and making memories with the family.
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