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History & Staff
At Tiffany Funeral Home, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Lansing and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Tiffany funeral home was established in 1961 (under the name of Jessen Funeral Home) as the fulfillment of the dream of offering to the Lansing community a new concept in funeral homes. It was ahead of its time, being totally handicapped assessable, and very modern with many windows making it very light, bright and cheery in the interior.
The west side of Lansing was chosen for this facility in order to serve Lansing Township and the growing area of Delta Township in addition to the traditional Lansing area. Doyle H. and Gwendolyn A. (Gorsline) Jessen were the co-owners of the new facility. Gwendolyn’s father, Ray Gorsline, was one of the original founders of Lansing’s Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, and the Jessen’s had the complete support of Ray’s widow, Martha, at the time of the project. An ambulance was on site, and ambulance service was offered to the community 24 hours a day.
In 1972, John Tiffany, a Grand Rapids native and employee of Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, Lansing, came on staff at Jessen Funeral Home.
In 1976, the Jessen’s offered John and his wife, Jeanne, ownership of the business, which they happily accepted. Jeanne came on staff at that time and served in the capacity of co-owner and all around assistant, helping her husband in all areas of the business. In approximately 1981, the name of the funeral home was changed to Tiffany-Jessen Funeral Home to reflect the new ownership, and in 1987, the Jessen name was completely dropped and the funeral home name became Tiffany Funeral Home.
1997, the Tiffany’s elected to semi-retire and began pursuing a national company to purchase the funeral home. Their wish was to find a company that would keep the hometown atmosphere, which they had worked so hard to cultivate, alive. They found this in Keystone and sold the business to them. John remained on staff in a semi-retired capacity serving as funeral director/consultant/advisor to keep the hometown face to the business during the transition from private ownership to corporate ownership.
In 2010, many of the funeral homes owned by Keystone were sold, but 2 of the original founders were so fond of the Lansing community that they kept Tiffany as one of their funeral homes and renamed their privately owned corporation Foundation Partners Group. Tiffany remains with Foundation Partners Group which has grown nationwide.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Tiffany, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Location Leader/Funeral Director
Paul Tate is from Hart, MI. He grew up in funeral service working for his father who owned and operated the funeral homes in Hart and Pentwater. He is a graduate of Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. He has worked as a funeral director/manager/owner in several areas of the state, including St. Johns, DeWitt, Hart, Edmore and Lansing. He joined the staff at Tiffany Funeral Home as General Manager in 2003. He is an avid MSU fan and enjoys attending football and basketball games when possible. He is a member of Lansing-DeWitt Sunrise Rotary where he held the position of President. He also belongs to, and is involved in, numerous other community activities. He is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Myrna, have 3 children and 2 grandsons.
Kevin Schaible is a graduate of Worsham Mortuary College, Wheeling, IL. He has been licensed since 1992, but has worked in the business since 1984. He began his career working as an assistant in a small town funeral home while going to college where he was pursuing a degree in Accounting. His experience in funeral service at that time led him to switch his major in order to serve families in their time of need. He has been on staff with Tiffany Funeral Home since 1992.
John Blanchard was admitted to the practice of law in the courts of Michigan in 1978. He is also admitted to the United States District Court, both Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. In 2006, John was admitted to the United States Supreme Court where he had the honor of arguing a case. He served as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General for 31 years and was in charge of the Attorney General's Insurance and Banking Division. Following retirement from the Attorney General's office, he volunteered at St. Vincent Catholic Charities. John has worked at Tiffany Funeral Home for 9 years in a variety of capacities, including several community outreach projects such as the Memorial Day Essay Contest, the Edgemont Park Neighborhood Party, the Christmas Gingerbread House Competition for the cub scouts, and the Estate Planning Seminar. He has been an active member of St. Mary Cathedral Parish in Lansing for over 30 years where he is presently a Lector and Commentator, and a 4th degree founding member of the Knights of Columbus. John and his wife Patricia live in Haslett. They are proud of their 2 grown sons, John and Joe, and adore their 3 grandchildren, Anna, Johnny and Henry. They are all fans of The University of Michigan. Go Blue!
Dennis Schaible is a General Motors retiree, having worked there for 32 years. He joined the staff of Tiffany Funeral Home as a Funeral Director’s Assistant in 1997.
Jack Martin came to the Lansing area in 1976 and has lived in the area since that time. He is a veteran, having served in the Air Force Reserve. He is a pilot and enjoys flying as well as talking about anything concerning planes. He has also built a small aircraft. He serves the funeral home in several capacities, including working on services, on community outreach programs, and running errands. He enjoys helping people. He is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Betty, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Jim Finnerty is a native of Lansing. He has lived in East Lansing for the past 40 years, and worked for the City of East Lansing. He retired after 25 years of service. He is a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church. His passion is cars, and he loves talking about them. He serves the funeral home as a Funeral Director Assistant, helping plan funerals, driving cars, and assisting with building and car maintenance. In his spare time, he enjoys going to his cabin where he likes to fish and “sail the seas” on his pontoon boat.
Mae Haan has been a resident of Lansing since 1968, when she and her late husband, Paul, and their son and daughter moved to the area from Tennessee. Upon their arrival in the Lansing area, the search was on to find a church that would serve all of the needs of their family. They landed at Immanuel Community Reformed Church, and as time passed, became members. They often served as greeters, and she became part of a very active social group, planning and serving funeral lunches as well as buying and preparing food for other events. The years that followed found her as a waitress in several of Lansing’s finer restaurants. She also worked for the Grand Ledge School District as a food service employee, retiring in 2017. She said the decision to leave was difficult because she had made so many friends during her years of employment. Those friendships still remain strong. For the past 3 years, she has worked at Tiffany Funeral Home where she serves as a greeter, and also covers desk and answers phones. Because she is very social by nature, she has thrived in this position. She enjoys her work, the staff, and all of the people she has come to meet. She spends her free time home decorating, gardening, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She uses her talents to create crafts which she displays and sells at craft shows in the surrounding communities.
Gerry Schaible is a State of Michigan retiree, having worked there for 22 years. She joined the staff of Tiffany Funeral Home as Receptionist in 2003.
Myrna Tate is from Lansing and is a graduate of Michigan State University where she majored in Audiology and Speech Science. While in college, she was a dance teacher for Lansing’s Wilde Conservatory of Music and Dance. After graduation, she was a teacher for many years before becoming a Legal Secretary. She worked for 13 years for the Michigan Department of Attorney General where she was a Division Head Secretary. She joined the staff at Tiffany Funeral Home as Office Manager in January, 2010. She is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. She and her husband, Paul, have 3 children and 2 grandsons.
Linda Norris lived in Lansing most of her life before moving to St. Johns in 1982. She has been a hairdresser for 52 years and still loves it. She has been working as a hairdresser in the funeral business since 1980. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI. She and her husband, Michael, have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Larry Dumeney is a lifelong resident of Lansing. He is a veteran of the US Air Force, and served 30 years in law enforcement. He also served as a driver for the Lansing Lugnuts baseball team for 16 years. He is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He enjoys singing, which led him to join Delta Community Choir. He is currently employed as a Funeral Director’s Assistant at Tiffany Funeral Home. In his spare time, he enjoys watching action thrillers. He and his wife, Marie, have 2 children.
Frank Mayes is a native of Bay City and lived in that area until he moved to the Lansing area recently. He worked in sales for 50 years before retiring. He has worked for funeral homes in his spare time for many years, and is currently employed as a Funeral Director’s Assistant with Tiffany Funeral Home. He also works with community outreach programs. He enjoys gardening. He and his wife, Maggie, have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren.
Don Crater is a Lansing and Mason native. He graduated from Mason High School in 1966 and received his Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Lansing Business University in 1968. He is a retired Chief Petty Officer, having served in the United States Navy from 1968-1995. He was a Systems Analyst for Chemical Bank in Midland, MI from 1995 – 2000, an Auditor for the State of Michigan, Department of Transportation from 2000 -2013, and has been a Certified Tax Return Preparer in Lansing, DBA BookWorx, from 2003 to the present. He joined the staff at Tiffany Funeral Home as a Funeral Director Assistant in the fall of 2017.
Ralph Russell has lived in the Lansing area since 1979 and was the owner of a small business prior to joining the Tiffany team in August 2018. He and his wife, Charlene, have five daughters and too many grandchildren to count! They have a cabin up north, and they all enjoy Mother Nature to her fullest.
Ralph is the PreNeed Manager for Tiffany, helping those families that choose to plan their funerals in advance. He also serves as a Funeral Directors Assistant as needed.
Zachary Patino is a 2012 graduate of Northwood University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. His background is in financial services, and he works for Lake Trust Credit Union and the State of Michigan, Office of Financial Management. Zach joined the Tiffany Staff in August 2018 as a Funeral Directors Assistant.
Rest in Peace
July 31, 1937-February 19, 2018