Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Janowicz Family Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

History of Mohnke Funeral Home

1916

In 1916 Irving Wagner opened a new business on Michigan Avenue in downtown Big Rapids, called Wagner Funeral Home and Furniture Store. In 1929 he purchased property less than a block away on the corner of Warren and Elm where he built his new funeral home. At that time, this facility was the largest building between Grand Rapids and Traverse City that was built specifically to be a funeral home.

1945

Following Mr. Wagner's death in 1945, Harry G. Rogers purchased the business from Mrs. Wagner. Mr. Rogers served the Big Rapids area for many years as funeral director and ambulance service.

1972

In 1972 Ronald Mohnke moved to Big Rapids to become Harry's partner. Ron worked in funeral service in Lansing, Flint and Dearborn. Upon Mr. Roger's retirement in 1976, Ron took over as the sole owner of the Rogers-Mohnke Funeral Home.

1984

In 1984 Ron's son Mike joined his father in the family business. In 1996, Mike bought the business from his father but Ron remained active in the business he loved until his death in November 2010. Mike graduated from Big Rapids High School, Ferris State University and the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science.

2024

As manager and funeral director Mike continues the tradition of care and compassionate service that generations have associated with Mohnke Funeral Home.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.Together, we make this place amazing.

Melissa L. Janowicz

Melissa L. Janowicz

President/Licensed Funeral Director
Michael Mohnke

Michael Mohnke

Funeral Director
Shari Blades

Shari Blades

Office Manager
Margo Sisco

Margo Sisco

Apprentice Funeral Director
Frank  Stevens

Frank Stevens

Immediate Response Team
Bob Beers

Bob Beers

Immediate Response Team
Ethan  McNeal

Ethan McNeal

Immediate Response Team
Paula Stevens

Paula Stevens

Receptionist
Mark Klumpp

Mark Klumpp

Immediate Response Team/ Funeral Assistant

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