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About Smith Family Funeral Home

For nearly a century, the Smith family has been a fixture in providing funeral and cremation services in the Port Huron area. The family business was begun in 1919 by Arthur E. Smith who also served many years as coroner for St. Clair County. Arthur B. Smith joined his father in 1943, and he also served the area as county coroner. In 1964 Arthur C. Smith received his license and joined the family business along with his father and grandfather.

funeral directorsIn June of 1997 Arthur C. Smith and his son, fourth generation Michael D. Smith, took over the family business. Today, Smith Family Funeral Home continues the long-standing tradition of providing the Port Huron area with dedicated and personal service. Smith Family Funeral Home is a member of both the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.


Meet Our Staff

Michael D. Smith
Licensed Funeral Director/Owner

Mike graduated from Port Huron Northern High School in 1986. He then graduated from Wayne State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and the Michigan Embalmers Society. He and his family are members of Holy Trinity Parish’s St. Stephen Catholic Church in Port Huron Township, where he also lectors. Michael is a past president and current member of the Rotary Club of Port Huron, past president and current member of the Port Huron Business Association, member of the St. Clair County Community College Foundation Board, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Board of Trustees, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Strategic Planning Committee, and the Knights of Columbus Immaculata Council 8274, and a past member of the Port Huron Hospital Foundation Board. He lives in Port Huron Township with his wife, Donna, and 2 children, Margaret Anne and Robert Arthur. He enjoys playing hockey, golfing, and hunting. Mike is a 4th generation funeral director in the Smith family. His great-grandfather, who founded Arthur Smith Funeral Home in 1919, was Arthur E. Smith. His grandfather, Arthur B. Smith, was a Funeral Director, and his father, Arthur C. Smith is a Funeral Director and Prearrangement Specialist. From 1981 until 1997 both funeral homes were sold to a corporate funeral provider. Mike and Arthur C. purchased the funeral business back in 1997. Today both funeral homes are simply known as Smith Family Funeral Home.

 

Arthur C. Smith
Licensed Funeral Director/Pre-planning

Art was born in Port Huron, graduated from Port Huron High School in1958, Albion College in 1962, and Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1963. He is a third generation funeral director and has been a licensed since 1964. As a member of both the National Funeral Directors Assn. and Michigan Funeral Directors Assn, Art is a former MFDA board member.

Art is a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Kiwanis Club of Blue Water Area, (and former President) Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame board, Port Huron Golf Club, (former board member) Robinson Memorial Tennis Tournament committee, Blue Water Audubon, Michigan Seniors Golf Assn., St. Andrews Society of Detroit, and Clan Cochrane. He is a former member of the Port Huron Hospital Board, Salvation Army Advisory Board, St. Clair County Community College Foundation Board, and in 1972 was the recipient of the Port Huron Jaycees’ “Young Man of the Year” award.

Art’s interests include tennis, golf, running, and birding. He received three letters in tennis from both Port Huron High School and Albion College. He has the distinction of being the only participant who has played in every Francis Robinson Memorial Tennis Tournament since it’s inception in 1958. He played many years in the Port Huron Slo Ball League and has run hundreds of road races including six Detroit Free Press marathons and five Boston marathons.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Art co-owned and operated several Little Caesars Pizza stores, and in 1990, he received Little Caesars national “Marketeer of the Year” award.

Art lives in Port Huron with his wife of over 48 years, the former Susie Boerre. They have three children, Stephen Smith, Michael Smith, and Sarah Markovic, five grandchildren, Margaret, Robert, Casey, Carly, and Nicholas, and their current English Springer Spaniel, Molly.


Susan Smith
 

Clifton Friedland

Cliff graduated from Port Huron High School in 1948. He was employed in the Port Huron Fire Department for 40 plus years. He served the last 14 years of that time as Fire Chief. He also headed other Departments during that time.

He is a Veteran of the Korean War as a U.S. Navy member for 4 years. He lives in Port Huron with his wife Beverly. They have two sons, Jeffery and Charles, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He enjoys golf, travel, sports and his grandchildren


William Hall (Bill)

Born and raised in Muskegon until 1964, when his family moved to Port Huron. Graduated in 1965 from Port Huron Northern and started a lifelong career in the Furniture and Flooring Business, retiring in April of 2010.

In 1968 he married Lynda B. Brown from Lakeport. They have two grown children along with two grandsons. Bill and Lynda enjoy the outdoors and traveling. They attend the Lakeport Wesleyan Church and reside in Fort Gratiot.


Robert E. Moak

Bob graduated from Port Huron High School in 1957. He attended Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. Upon graduation from college he entered the Army and reached the rank of First Lieutenant. Bob worked at Moak Machine and Foundry Company serving as Vice President and General Manager, Battery Division and world wide sales manager of the Grid Mold Division.

Bob is involved in the following community activities: Board of Directors Port Huron Hospital, Board of Directors Port Huron Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors St. Clair County Community College Foundation, Board of Directors Port Huron Yacht Club, Board member NBD bank, Chairman of Manufacturing Committee United Way, Director of Business and Professional Committee Port Huron Hospital, Commodore of Port Huron Yacht Club. Bob has been past president of St. Clair County Community College Foundation, Port Huron-Marysville Chamber of Commerce, Blue Water Council Boy Scouts of America, and Pine River Hunt Club.

Bob lives in Fort Gratiot with his wife Julie of 48 years. They have two children, Virginia and Robert Jr.

Bob’s family have a long connection to the area having settled in Port Huron in 1832 and certified as a Sesquicentennial family (been in Michigan for over 150 years) He enjoys sailing, having recently completed twenty five Mackinaw races and hunting with his two English Setters Molly and Shirley.


Patrick Moore
Pat graduated from Port Huron Northern High School in 1971. Attended ST. Clair Co. Community College, Member of the Knights of Columbus, Member St. Edwards Catholic School Board and St. Edwards Catholic Church and Member of the Parrish Finance Council. Pat has worked for the Port Huron Fire Dept. for the past 25 years and Heads a non-profit The Harvest of Haiti. He also sells real estate for Joann Wine. Pat enjoys hunting and missionary work in Haiti. He lives in Fort Gratiot Twp. with his wife and 3 Children.

Traci L. Palmateer
Licensed Funeral Director

Traci has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayne State University and is a graduate of Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science Program. She is national and state board certified and a member of Michigan Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and Michigan Embalmers Society. Traci has had extensive training in reconstruction and cosmetics through the Fountain National Academy in Springfield, Missouri. She helps teach a class every spring at Wayne State University on air brushing and cosmetics. She is a member, Elder and sings in the choir at First Presbyterian Church of Yale and a member of the Elks Club. Traci and her husband, Tim, have three daughters, Dana, Lena and Trudi, one grandson, Chase, and reside in Yale.


Jenifer O'Neill Roberts

Jenifer O'Neill Roberts grew up in the Funeral business. Her parents own a funeral home in Northern Michigan. Growing up in the business gave Jenifer a chance to learn all the aspects of the funeral business. She has been with Smith Family Funeral Home for almost five years. Jenifer also works in the Dental field as a Dental Assistant which has done for over 8 years. She lives in Port Huron area with her Husband and Daughter.

Stewart Adams

Although professionally trained in commercial art and interior design, Stewart enjoys most, his history as a professional limousine/funeral coach driver since 1994 with his families limousine service and as the funeral coach driver for Smith Family Funeral Home.

He takes great pride in participating in the celebration of each life and feels privileged to be entrusted to transport your loved ones to their final resting place.

Edwin J. Priemer
Ed has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Oakland University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He currently serves as Board Chairperson for both the Community Mental Health Authority Board and the Thumb Alliance Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan. Ed is a member of First Congregational Church of Port Huron where and has served in a various capacities including Moderator, Treasurer, Executive Board and the Board of Trustees. Ed has over 10 years in funeral service.
Bruce E. Lindke
Licensed Funeral Director

Bruce began working for the Smith Family Funeral Home in 1964 as a funeral assistant and ambulance attendant after graduation from Port Huron High School. He then graduated from the former Port Huron Junior College and later from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After passing the National Board of Examiners Mortuary Science Examination and the State of Michigan written and oral board examinations he received his Michigan Funeral Director's License. He is a member of the National and Michigan Funeral Directors Associations and the Michigan Embalmers Society. Bruce has worked for all 4 generations of the Smith Family.

He and his wife Merlene have two children Laura and Jon, and two grandchildren, Calvin and Katherine. Bruce and Merlene reside in Marysville.

Diane Slingerland

Diane is a graduate of Port Huron Northern High School, St. Clair County Community College, Patricia Stevens Career College (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and attended the University of Wisconsin.  Diane is employed full time as Administrative Manager and Financial Secretary of First Congregational Church of Port Huron since 1995.  Early in her career she served as Collection and Foreclosure Manager with Mortgage Associates, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Diane returned to Port Huron as Budget and Financial Analyst for Mueller Brass then worked many years with Jo Ann Wine and Associates, Inc. Diane serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.  Diane is a life-long member of First Congregational Church and served on the church’s Executive Board, Board of Trustees, Board of Christian Education, and Building Management Committee prior to becoming a member of their staff. She is a member of the Port Huron Yacht Club, Port Huron Power Squadron, Port Huron Golf Club, and Woman’s Life-Chapter 830.  Diane enjoys boating, jet skiing, collecting beach glass and spending time with her family.

Pat McPharlin
Pat graduated from warren High School in 1962, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and a Master of guidance Counseling degree from Central Michigan University.  He retired from the Port Huron Area School District in 1997 after 30 years of education. He and his wife, Mary Gale, have three children, Michael and Timothy McPharlin and Tova Selepack. Pat enjoys his family and grandchildren, hunting, camping and travel. He has worked with the Smith Family Funeral Home since 1998.
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