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.

Our History

Our History

Rooted in community commitment, Skorupski’s was founded on the belief that care of the dead, and service to the living is a calling. With a reputation earned, not inherited, our company has been built and grown by carefully caring for the needs of the community before, during, and after losing a loved one. Family owned and operated, founder Spencer A. Skorupski knew this was his calling in life after attending the funeral of his grandfather at the age of 12. He became the youngest funeral home owner in the State of Michigan at age 22 when Skorupski’s original Bay County location was opened on March 1, 2013. Together with Mara Shorkey, Julie VanTol, and the dedicated team of Skorupski’s, in January of 2019, the company grew to include the addition of the former Reitz-Herzberg Funeral Home in Saginaw Twp. Spencer and his wife Chelsea, along with Mara and Julie, expanded the firm’s original Bay County location in March of 2020 by relocating four driveways south to 821 N. Pine Rd., after tremendous growth in their first seven years. This state-of-the-art building was custom-designed by the Skorupski Team, with the professional assistance of Beagle Construction. Featuring a much needed 5,000 more square to meet the needs of the community. Complete with additional and closer parking, along with a safer back lawn for the hosting of our many community events, our new Bay County location is the most up-to-date funeral facility east of the Mississippi River. By always putting the needs of the families we are privileged to serve first, we are humbled to have amassed more five-star reviews than any other funeral home or cremation service in the entire State of Michigan. This speaks to our commitment to the families of the greater Saginaw, Bay, and Tuscola County communities not only today, but for years to come. Through an unmatched work ethic, a commitment to offering multiple options and personalized life celebrations, meticulous attention to detail, paired with a genuine concern and dedication to those in need, your family can be assured to always have a pillar of comfort and hope to help you through life’s most difficult days.  when you make the decision to choose family, choose local, and choose Skorupski’s, you and your family can be assured on this journey we all will walk, you’ll never be walking alone.

Our Saginaw County History: Care, compassion, and dedication to detail are staples of Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services' daily operations. Over the past year, the greater Saginaw area has welcomed the new to the area (but not to the business) funeral firm. Formerly Reitz-Herzberg Funeral Home, new owners, Spencer & Chelsea Skorupski took over the operations on January 17, 2019. Rev. Theophilus Reitz founded his funeral ministry in 1904 and bought the firm from Blank & Baker. Rev. Reitz at the time was the minister at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church on King & Portsmouth Roads. In 1940, Rev. Reitz passed away and the business was then carried on by Don & Elizabeth Stahl. Carl Herzberg joined the firm shortly after, prior to serving honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Carl's son, Tom Herzberg joined the firm at age 16 and received his funeral director's license in 1980. The firm moved from Saginaw's East side to S. Midland Rd. in Saginaw Twp. in 1975. Current director, Spencer Skorupski knew after attending the funeral of his grandfather at the age of 12 that care to the grieving was his life's calling. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2011, where he served as the class president. Skorupski also operates another funeral home in Bay County's Hampton Twp., and together, the two funeral homes employ over 30 full and part-time employees. Skorupski's attention to detail has earned them more five-star reviews than any other funeral home or cremation service in the entire State of Michigan. They provide all-encompassing care before, during, and after the loss of a loved one. The "before" portion is reflected in their many community events, hosted not only to educate the community about cremation and burial options, advance planning preparations, different religious views on arrangements, and estate planning, but to also support many different worthwhile causes. This past summer, Skorupski's hosted a community barbeque on their grounds, where they raised thousands of dollars for Mustard Seed Shelter. This past October, they also hosted a Community “Trunk or Treat” where hundreds of children were provided a safe trick or treating environment on their spacious grounds. Recently remodeled, Skorupski Family Funeral Home, located on Midland Rd., between State & Gratiot, provides personalized and custom-tailored arrangements to area families. “From simple to elaborate or formal to casual, nothing is off-limits when it comes to celebrating a life well-lived,” said Spencer A. Skorupski. The Wesley Room at Skorupski’s is a unique feature to the area, providing an on-site reception area in the funeral home for families to have a luncheon and even a tribute cocktail hour, all in one convenient location. 


Our Valued Staff

  • Keith Amyotte

    Keith Amyotte, Ceremony Assistant & Transfer Specialist

  • Carolyn Budry

    Carolyn Budry, Hostess

  • Michael Call

    Michael Call, Transfer Specialist

  • Vicki Close

    Vicki Close, Transfer Specialist & Hostess

  • Kyle Hanley

    Kyle Hanley, Ceremony Assistant & Transfer Specialist

  • Sue Herzberg

    Sue Herzberg, Former Owner of Skorupski’s Saginaw Twp. & Consultant

  • Tom Herzberg

    Tom Herzberg, Former Owner of Skorupski’s Saginaw Twp., Licensed Director & Consultant

  • Tammy Hopp

    Tammy Hopp, Hostess

  • Larry Jacobs

    Larry Jacobs, Ceremony Assistant & Transfer Specialist

  • Paul Kerbyson

    Paul Kerbyson, Parlor Pianist

  • Cheryl Koziatek

    Cheryl Koziatek, Hostess

  • Gerald Madaleno

    Gerald Madaleno, Ceremony Assistant

  • Daniel  Martin

    Daniel Martin, Transfer Specialist

  • Alma Medina

    Alma Medina, Hostess

  • Jeremy Owen

    Jeremy Owen, Transfer Specialist

  • Chris Potter

    Chris Potter, Hostess

  • Joseph Roznowski

    Joseph Roznowski, Ceremony Assistant & Transfer Specialist

  • Mara R. Shorkey BBA, CLCP

    Mara R. Shorkey BBA, CLCP, Vice President, Manager of Family Care & Licensed Advance Planner

  • Chelsea R. Skorupski

    Chelsea R. Skorupski, Vice President & Hospitality Coordinator

  • Spencer A. Skorupski, CFSP

    Spencer A. Skorupski, CFSP, President, Licensed Director & Licensed Advance Planner

  • Linda Steep

    Linda Steep, Hostess

  • Elaine Strzelecki

    Elaine Strzelecki, Coordinator, The Wesley Room at Skorupski's

  • Julie VanTol

    Julie VanTol, Licensed Director & Managing Partner, Saginaw Twp.

  • Alan Verhagen

    Alan Verhagen, Licensed Advance Planner

  • Beth Verhagen

    Beth Verhagen, Manager of Family Care

  • Debbie Verhaeghe Gallagher

    Debbie Verhaeghe Gallagher, Licensed Advance Planner & Hostess

  • Amanda Walraven

    Amanda Walraven, Administrative Assistant & Hostess

  • Timothy Wisniewski

    Timothy Wisniewski, Senior Ceremony Assistant & Transfer Specialist

  • Sharon Woolhiser

    Sharon Woolhiser, Hostess

  • Mary Jane Yatch

    Mary Jane Yatch, Hostess