Recently, my father died. Four simple words, yet so deeply filled with myriad emotions. I’ve never had somebody so close die, so I never had to participate in any funeral home arrangements or get to know the people who work in that arena. I’m writing to say with utmost honesty and gratitude, that Spencer Skorupski and his amazing staff at Skorupski Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center made it not only bearable, but truly a beautiful experience. Not one to write a letter to an editor, I was literally moved, no make that compelled, to write this one.
First of all, Mr. Skorupski, being a relatively new man in the business, has shown himself to be extraordinarily generous and compassionate. You see, my dad was one of the unfortunate victims of that thieving scam by the former owner of this establishment. (Then it was called Stapish Funeral home) New owner, Spencer Skorupski took it upon himself to rectify what that heinous woman had done to us. This was not his problem or responsibility in any way, yet he provided my dad’s service at his own cost! In fact, although he will never admit it, Mr. Skorupski clearly went well above his own costs. You tell me why a virtual stranger would do something so selfless. Talk about paying it forward! People like this deserve to be recognized.
Sharing our family’s experience is the least I could do for the unexpected kindness we received. First off, the location was so easy to find, so convenient. Like most people, we had a great deal of out of town friends and family coming so this was a major perk. But way beyond that was the overall experience we had at a time that nobody has the desire or energy to attend to final details.
The team at this funeral home handled everything (and then some) for us. The ambiance was beautifully serene, but you could enjoy laughter as well. It was immaculate, spacious, and offered us the convenience of an on-site dining room so nobody had to leave afterward and try to find yet another place. The staff was attentive and friendly; they exuded warmth as though they knew us. Additionally, the extras, such as programs, thank you cards and remembrance bookmarks were top quality, not the flimsy stuff many of us have seen elsewhere. Furthermore, no detail was overlooked and Mr. Skorupski saw to that. In fact, our expectations were greatly surpassed. Our family was able to relax, spend the day with loved ones, and just celebrate my dad’s life and love.
On behalf of my stepmom Nancy Proffer, my brother Neil Hardenburg and myself, I will never forget the generosity of this man, Spencer Skorupski, for making April 11th an above-and-beyond, special day for all who loved my dad, Curtis Hardenburg. I am certainly in no hurry to lose anybody else but when I do, I know who I will be visiting
Tracy A. Samyn
When my husband died of a heart attack suddenly at work, I was completely lost. I had no idea what to do next. His sister suggested calling the funeral home on Pine since she heard positive comments throughout the community. Spencer took care of everything from start to finish. My husband’s wishes were to be cremated with no showing whatsoever. Due to the sudden nature of his passing, along with how terrible he looked at the hospital, we thought it would be best for just the immediate family to see him and then hold the visitation and service with just an urn. After seeing my husband, we were so pleased with his appearance that we decided to have him present for the visitation and Celebration of Life. Skorupski’s truly has a talent for what they do. After the celebration, our guests were warmly welcomed into The Wesley Room (just across the hall), where we were able to host a luncheon, all while staying in one location. Spencer and his amazing staff were truly there for us. They went above and beyond the call of duty and created an environment of such comfort and peace for our family and friends that would have made my husband proud. Thank you so much, I will forever be thankful for your support and will gladly recommend your establishment.
Nettie Rohde, Essexville, Michigan, March 28, 2015
Spencer and his staff made a very difficult time much easier. He takes care of every detail and then some. He provides personal touches that bring joy instead of sadness. It was truly a much more positive experience than what I had expected. Thank you.
The Family of Patricia Davidson (Martens), Essexville, Michigan, March 23, 2015
I highly recommend Spencer Skorupski and his team at Skorupski Family Funeral Home for your funeral needs. Spencer and his team recently took care of my wife's arrangements immediately following her death in February 2015. The best compliment I can pay Spencer and his team is that they absolutely made a very difficult and painful situation less difficult and painful. Spencer and his team turned a funeral into more of a celebration of my wife's life, which also made every visitor feel better in having known my wife. I will always be grateful to Spencer for his professional and passionate approach and for making me and my family feel a little better during a very trying time.
We couldn't have asked for more. Why? Because you, Spencer, and your staff, had already thought of it, or provided it, or suggested it. We, mom's kids, were so well taken care of, that we could spend our time with our family and friends, and in saying our final goodbyes, confident that everything was as it should be. We thank you so much for helping us through a difficult time.
The Family of M. Joan Gatza, Bay City, Michigan, February 16, 2015
Spence and staff, I am not even sure how to begin. Even though it was a very sad time for our family, it was made much easier by all of you. At a time when it was hard just to get through the day, it seemed as if you and your staff were not only there to assist, but also a step ahead of us, always taking care of things, many times even before we could see to them. And for that, we thank you. It was not an easy time for us, but with your guidance it was much easier to handle. Again, thank you!
The Kuehnemund Family, Munger, Michigan, February 09, 2015
My family and I are forever grateful for your wonderful services. Spencer is truly one of the kindest people I know and went above and beyond to help us, and to make my Mom's wishes so special. Thank you so very much!
The Fahrenbruch family
The Family of Geraldine Fahrenbruch, Bay City, Michigan, January 22, 2015
Dear Spencer and all, There are really no words to express how much you did to make mom's passing bearable. From being greeted at the door with kindness and compassion, to gathering our words about mom, to writing such a beautiful obituary, to all the small kindness throughout this time - we thank you. You have a special gift which you shared so well with all of us.
The Family of Maggie Steep, Bay City, Michigan, November 10, 2014
Spencer, I just had to thank you so much for all your hep with everything. You have a gift from God and use it well, right down to your staff, I can't thank Lydia & Julie enough for the love and care they gave us all! You guys rock, thank you again. God bless.
Skorupski's Family Funeral Home is just as described...family! From the beginning we felt the genuine compassion and desire to help our family through a very difficult time. Spencer made the process seamless and effortless for all of us. The funeral was beautiful and personalized to our family's liking. We were blessed to work with the Skorupski Family.
The Family of Paul Baranowski, Essexville, Michigan, November 04, 2014
To Spencer, Julie and Lydia,
Thank you for all you did during the loss of our beloved mother and wife of BJ. You made it so much easier to bear. From the beginning to end and everything in between you were there for us. You went above and beyond and provided so much more than we anticipated. We will ALL be forever grateful.
The Family of Caroline Snyder, Essexville, Michigan, October 22, 2014
Thank you so much for making our time of sorrow bearable. They could not have done more for our family. Made it in so many many ways personal to our needs. They went out of their way to do the extras we hadn't even considered. Always present to ask if they could do anything more! Spencer has something within that many do not possess. He has been taught lessons by someone in his past and it shows. Both our children were very very happy with the whole ceremony and Spencer in being so personal with them. Spencer could not do enough to accommodate us in our own personal way.