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 family has been in funeral service for six generations! Gerrit Jonkhoff (1st generation funeral director) was born in 1840 in the Netherlands. He came to America in 1872 at the age of 32. Gerrit settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan as he was a furniture craftsman and Grand Rapids was known for fine furniture. He worked for the Barcklay & Gray Furniture Company for approximately 30 years as a cabinet maker.

He also perfected his skills at “coffin” making and started the first Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Grand Rapids in 1884 along with his son Ralph (2nd generation funeral director).

In the early ’30s, Ralph’s son Harold (3rd generation funeral director) entered the funeral service profession as well. Eventually Harold took over the family business and remodeled their facilities in 1941. He and his wife Margaret had two sons, Jack and Bob. Jack became a licensed funeral director in 1950 and Bob in 1955. For ten years the funeral home provided the local ambulance service too. Jack and Bob eventually acquired the Jonkhoff Lake Drive Chapel and Jonkhoff Caledonia Funeral Home after their father died in 1966. Over the years, Jack became responsible exclusively for the Caledonia Funeral Home and Bob merged with the Metcalf family to form Metcalf-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in 1976. Jack and Maxine decided to sell their Caledonia Funeral Home that same year and leave their hometown for northern Michigan.

Jack (4th generation funeral director) and Maxine made the bold move from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in December of 1976 and purchased the Reynolds-Hansen Funeral Home from Fred and Bert Hansen effective January 1, 1977. Dan (5th generation funeral director) came to work with his parents that same year after having just completed his degree in Mortuary Science at Wayne State University. In 1983, the family changed the name to the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. In 1992, Dan and Peg Jonkhoff acquired the funeral home from Dan’s parents when Dan’s father retired after 40 years in funeral service.

In terms of the future, Chris Jonkhoff graduated from Michigan State and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois. The latter college was the same college her grandfather Jack graduated from in 1950. Lindsey graduated from Bowling Green University in Ohio with a Psychology degree. In 2009, she graduated from Wayne State University, just like her father Dan. Both of Dan and Peg’s daughters are proud to carry on the Jonkhoff family tradition of excellence in funeral service.

The Jonkhoff family has been fortunate to be able to surround themselves with a gifted, dedicated staff. In 1977, it was just Jack, Maxine and Dan. Today, 28 full and part-time staff members work at the funeral home. We are able to help so many families each year thanks to our highly trained, compassionate “work family”.

Our Valued Staff

  • Dan  Jonkhoff

    Dan Jonkhoff, Co-owner, Fifth Generation Funeral Director, CFSP

    email: danj@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Dan graduated from Wayne State University in 1976. Dan started his career in funeral service at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in 1977 working with his father, Jack Jonkhoff, a fourth generation funeral director. Dan is a member of Central United Methodist Church, Rotary Club of Traverse City and Past President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, Munson Medical Center’s Corporate Board member, Munson Hospice Advisor and serves on the Traverse City Golf and Country Club Board of Directors.

  • Peg  Jonkhoff

    Peg Jonkhoff, Co-owner, Administrative Director

    email: pegj@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Peg has an Associates Degree from Northwestern Michigan College and Bachelors and Masters Degree from Ferris State University. She has worked full-time at the funeral home since 1992. She is a former Board Chair (2011) of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Grand Traverse alumni class of 1997 and enjoys helping with the funeral home’s sponsorship of the Chairman’s Reception prior to the Chamber’s Annual Celebration. Peg is a member of Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City Golf and Country Club (President 2008-2010) serving currently on the House and Social Committee, Zonta Club of Traverse City (President 2004-2006) serving on the November event at Golden Fowler Home Furnishings, The Friendly Garden Club (President 1990-1991, life member and Master Gardener), mAIDens of Michigan member and founding member of the Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan.

  • Chris  Jonkhoff-Hater

    Chris Jonkhoff-Hater, Sixth Generation Funeral Director, CFSP, Licensed Funeral Insurance Agent

    email: chrisj@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Chris graduated from Traverse City Central High School, Michigan State University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She is a member of the Traverse City Junior Golf Association Board of Directors, Traverse City Golf and Country Club Sports Committee member and is a member of the Traverse City Elks Lodge. Chris is currently serving as President of Michigan Funeral Director Association’s District 8. Chris is married to Brian Hater and they reside in Traverse City.

  • Lindsey  (Jonkhoff) Rogers

    Lindsey (Jonkhoff) Rogers, Sixth Generation Funeral Director, CFSP

    email: lindseyj@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Lindsey graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 2004, Bowling Green State University in 2008, and Wayne State University Mortuary Science Program in 2009. Lindsey is married to another TC Native, Chris Rogers. Chris is an attorney at Kuhn Rogers specializing in real estate and estate planning. They enjoy spending time outdoors, especially with their sons Harvey (Born in April of 2013) and Carson (Born in June of 2015). Lindsey serves on the NMC BBQ Board, is a member of Central United Methodist Church and the Traverse City Golf and Country Club. She is the creator of Hannah Bear, a coloring book for children who experience a death in their family. For more information on the coloring book please stop in or email Lindsey.

  • Rick  Harkert

    Rick Harkert, Funeral Director, CFSP

    email: rickh@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Rick graduated from Wayne State University in 1976. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1976 and with the funeral home since 1997. He and his wife attend West Side Community Church and Rick is a member of the noon Kiwanis Club of Traverse City and Past President of Michigan Funeral Directors District 8. He and his wife Jody, who is employed by The Traverse Bay Intermediate School District in Student Placement, have three grown children and three grandsons. They enjoy biking, camping, kayaking and snowshoeing.

  • Don Rigda

    Don Rigda, Funeral Director, CFSP

    email: donr@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Don graduated from Wayne State University in 1992. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1995. In January 2013, Don and his family moved to Traverse City to continue his work in funeral service at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Don and his wife Kathryn are of the Catholic faith and have two daughters, Emily and Gwen.

  • Chad Craker

    Chad Craker, Funeral Director

    email: chadc@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Chad was born and raised in Northport and graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He is an avid bike rider and enjoys skiing and hunting with his two sons. Chad has served on the Grand Traverse Ski Club board for 9 years, served as the Parade of Homes Chair for 7 years. He is a member of Rainmaker Ministries. Chad is active in the TART Trails. He volunteers for both Nordic skiing and mountain bike activities. Chad was recently married to Stephanie McKenzie in his hometown of Northport.

  • Eric Rizzio

    Eric Rizzio, Funeral Director

    Eric was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan, graduating from Marquette Senior High School in 2010, and graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2014, with a B.S. in Business Management. Eric moved to Traverse City in January 2016, and looks forward to contributing to this wonderful community of Traverse City. Eric is a member of the Traverse City Young Professionals and is also apart of the Grand Traverse Hockey Association, where he volunteers as an assistant coach. In his spare time, Eric enjoys cycling, running, skiing, kayaking, cooking and reading.

    email: ericr@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

  • Tom Gorsline

    Tom Gorsline, Funeral Service Specialist

    email: tomg@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Tom was born in Williamston, Michigan, and is a 4th generation family member of the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes in Lansing. Tom graduated from Central Michigan University in 1979, with a B.S. in Secondary Education, and he taught at Haslett High School for several years, and then moved to Maryland, where he founded and published Frederick Magazine, a regional monthly lifestyle magazine for the mid-Maryland region. Tom and his wife Teri have relocated to Traverse City, where Teri is the publisher of Bay LIFE North a regional lifestyle magazine. Tom and Teri are very active in the community and attend and sponsor area charitable events and non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Yacht Club, a parent sponsor with the Mt. Holiday Ski Race Team, Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer and Seung-ni Academy. He enjoys sailing; snow skiing, photography, and introducing their daughter Teaghan, to the wonders of Northern Michigan.

  • Megen Doerr

    Megen Doerr, Funeral Service Specialist

    email: megend@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Megen is a native to Traverse City. She graduated from Traverse City West Senior High in 1998. While in high school she was the Editor and Chief of the high school yearbook. Megen is joining the staff at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home after fifteen years in the medical field where she traveled from coast to coast with the company implementing new contracts in hospitals and training. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children; camping, fishing, hunting and boating.

  • Nicole  Westrick

    Nicole Westrick, CPC (Certified Preplanning Consultant)

    email: nicolew@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Nicole graduated from Traverse City Senior High in 1990 and Michigan State University in 1994. She is a Certified Preplanning Consultant, earning her license in 1997. Nicole is a member of Bay Area Senior Advocates, Faith Reformed Church, and served for five years on the Traverse City Senior Center Advisory Board. Since 1998, she has been a mentor to young students with Kids Hope USA. She is married to Kevin Westrick and has two teenage daughters, Claire and Ellen. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys Bikram Yoga, running, travel, reading and outdoor activities.

  • Brooke  Stevens

    Brooke Stevens, Preplanning Consultant

    email: brookes@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Brooke is originally from Flint, Michigan. She is married to Wayne, has three children, Charlie, Garrett, and Abby, and a Pomeranian-mix dog named, Bogey. Brooke's family attends East Bay Calvary Church. She enjoys spending time with her family, golf, and attending community and church related activities. Previously, Brooke served in development roles at hospitals in both Michigan and Montana.

  • Judy Platt

    Judy Platt, Director of Community Outreach

    Judy is originally from the suburban Detroit area and relocated to Traverse City in 2013. Judy is married to Chris and they have 2 boys, Christopher and Brian. She is a graduate of Michigan State University.

  • Jillian Thaxton

    Jillian Thaxton, Administrative Services

    email: jilliant@reynolds-jonkhoff.com

    Jillian was born and raised in Traverse City and has lived here her whole life. Jillian graduated from Traverse City Central High School and went into food and beverage management where she spent 15 years. Jillian managed one of the top restaurants in the area. She has a son named Cameron who was born on Easter. Jillian and Cameron do everything together especially anything that involves being outside in the warm sun, walking, cooking, cleaning - yes cleaning, traveling to tropical places and learning other cultures.

  • Christine Taylor

    Christine Taylor, Administrative Services

    Christine was born and raised in the Traverse City area. She has been married to Kirby Taylor since 2005, has three children, five step children and 11 grandchildren.

    When she is not at work, she enjoys horse back riding, watching the sun go down on the beaches of Lake Michigan and spending time with her family.

  • Ann Miller

    Ann Miller, Administrative Services

    Ann is originally from Saginaw but has been a resident of Traverse City for almost 30 years. She is married to her husband Jack, and together they have two children and five grandchildren.

    While not at work, Ann enjoys travelling, spending time at doors, and having fun with her family.

  • Tim Gutowski

    Tim Gutowski, Administrative Services - Accountant

    Tim was born and raised in Manistee and graduated from Davenport University. Tim and his wife Sandie have two son's Mark and Luke. Tim is an active member of his community by serving as a scout leader for Boy Scouts of America and assisting as a parent volunteer at school events.

    Both of Tim's sons have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Tim and his family are members of Saint Francis Catholic Church.

  • Cheryl  Kloosterman

    Cheryl Kloosterman, Administrative Services - Accounting

    Cherly was born and raised in Traverse City. She is married to her husband Dale and they enjoy spending time boating.

  • Deb Cormier

    Deb Cormier, Administrative Services

    Deb is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She married her husband, Ray, in 1979 and together they raised 2 children, Michelle and Ryan. Deb and her family attend Bayview Wesleyan Church in Traverse City.

    In her spare time, Deb enjoys camping, kayaking, gardening, working in stained glass, and acting in her church’s Christmas Dinner Theatre.

  • Barb Valesano

    Barb Valesano, Administrative Services

    Barb is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but has lived most of her life in Traverse City. She is an alumna of Traverse City Senior High School and Northwestern Michigan College. She previously worked as an administrative assistant in the health care field. She has been married to her husband, Jim, since 1986. They have 4 children and are members of Central United Methodist Church. Barb is an avid walker and loves reading and camping.

  • Kyle Barsheff

    Kyle Barsheff, Media Services, IT-Technology, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Kyle is married to his wife Liz and they have five wonderful children. Kyle handles our in house media services including video tributes, webcasts, creative memories, social media, website and technology-related projects.

  • Brandon Lohr

    Brandon Lohr, Media Services, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Brandon was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University.

    In his free time, Brandon enjoys playing music, reading, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying all of the great outdoor opportunities Northern Michigan has to offer.

  • Anne  Noble

    Anne Noble, Veteran's Benefits Specialist

    Anne is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy, and the New England School of Art & Design. After many years in Boston and the Pacific Rim, Anne returned to Leelanau County, the place of childhood vacations. She is a member of Freedom Riders. Joining Reynolds Jonkhoff reconnects Anne to her own family history of four generations of the H. Noble & Sons Funeral Home in Mitchell, SD.

  • Sharon McDermott

    Sharon McDermott, Administrative Services

    Sharon is a graduate of Carnegie Institute, a certified medical assistant and a cardiology technician. She was employed with NBD/Bank One as an executive assistant, semi-retiring prior to joining the funeral home in 2005. Sharon is a member of West Side Community Church. Sharon and her husband, Jim, volunteer for the State Theatre, Traverses City Film Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and she also volunteers at her church. In her spare time, she enjoys bowling with Wally’s Seniors, baking cheesecakes, pencil/graphite drawing, reading, and traveling.

  • John Block

    John Block, Veteran's Service Volunteer

    John is a retired United States Coast Guard Chief, and served four years in the United States Air Force and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. John now volunteers with many local Veterans organizations and helps coordinate Veterans-related events.

    John and his wife Judi have been married for over 40 years and they enjoy spending time with their family.

  • Dave Maxson

    Dave Maxson, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Dave is a native of Traverse City and veteran of the United States Navy. He is married to his wife Sally, and is the proud father of Scott and Amy, and the extremly proud grandfather of three.

    Prior to his time here at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Dave was a radio broadcaster for 43 years. He has a few hobbies, but loves to work and spend time with his family, especially his grandsons and their sporting events.

  • Ron  Howard

    Ron Howard, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Ron was born and raised in Illinois. Ron is a retired member of the United States Coast Guard where he honorably served the United States. He was stationed in Alaska, Florida and Michigan. He is married to his wife Julie and together they have two sons.

  • Jon Chaisson

    Jon Chaisson, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Jon is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is a former Detroit Police Officer. He lives in Elk Rapids with his wife Stephanie. Jon and Stephanie enjoy traveling.

  • George Prewitt

    George Prewitt, Funeral Director's Assistant

    George was born Lexington, KY. He has been married to Judy Prewitt since 1973. They have two children, 1 grand child. He and Judy moved to Traverse City in 2004 to open the FASTSIGNS store. The Prewitts sold it in 2011.

    When not at work, he enjoys fishing, water sports and wood working.

  • Nate Cook

    Nate Cook, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Nate is part of our talented team of funeral director assistants.

    Nate lives in Traverse City with his wife.

  • Keith Bonner

    Keith Bonner, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Keith was born in Frankfurt, Germany to an Air Force family. He lived all across the U.S. Keith Graduated from Columbia International University with a B.S. in education. Keith is a retired journeyman wireman, and a federal air traffic controller for 24 years. Keith is married to his wife Susan, an award winning author, and they have two grown children.

    Keith enjoys driving, sailing, kayaking, hiking and people.

  • Richard  Lewis

    Richard Lewis, Funeral Celebrant

    Richard has lived in Traverse City since 1991. Richard received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Kentucky University and a Masters in Business Administration from Murray State University. Most of Richard's career has been in public management which includes 17+ years as City Manager for the Traverse City. Richard has been involvement in many civic and church activities and currently is a City Commissioner for Traverse City. Richard has completed Celebrant training and looks forward to assisting families.

    Richard and Colleen have been married for celebrated 37 years of marriage. They have five daughters and ten grandchildren. Hobbies include reading, golf and being a grandfather.

  • Ann McNamara

    Ann McNamara, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Ann has four children, one step daughter and six grandchildren. She is also a great grandmother and great aunt.

    In addition to Reynolds Jonkhoff Ann works for St. Francis Catholic Church.

  • Val Winans

    Val Winans, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Valerie Winans is a retired state government manager. She graduated with honors from Northwestern Michigan College. She is an author, participates in reader’s theatre at the Old Town Playhouse, tap dances with the Happy Tappers at the Senior Citizens Center, and enjoys membership in a local writing group.

    Valerie is a member of Christ the King church, and serves as both a lector and Eucharistic minister there. She has been a member of the Zonta Club of Traverse City since 2002. Valerie has been married for 52 years, and has 5 children, 19 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

  • Nancy Bordine

    Nancy Bordine, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Nancy is a graduate of Michigan State University. After four decades of an active career in Nursing and Nursing Education, she is enjoying part-time work assisting families at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

    Nancy is a vintage clothing aficionado who loves history, reading and writing. She and her husband enjoy traveling, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, skiing, hiking and learning.

  • Rodney Woodring

    Rodney Woodring, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Rodney is a native of Traverse City and is an Army Veteran. He is married to his wife Cheryl and they have 1 daughter who lives in Wyoming and 2 step sons who live in Traverse City.

    Rodney is a bagpiper with the Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums.

    In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife Cheryl. Rodney's hobbies include golfing, ballroom dancing, skateboarding, and downhill skiing.

  • Cathie Cline

    Cathie Cline, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Cathie grew up in Traverse City, graduating from Traverse City Senior High and received her Associate Degree in Medical Assisting from Northwestern Michigan College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Central Michigan University in 1979.

    Cathie lived 25 years in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan where she raised three daughters. She returned to Traverse City in 2005 to be closer to family. Her greatest joy is spending time with her two granddaughters and grandson.

  • Nadine Vipond

    Nadine Vipond, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Nadine joined our dedicated team of funeral director assistants.

    Nadine helps with visitations and services.

  • Janice VanLear

    Janice VanLear, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Janice was born and raised in Ohio & moved to Traverse City in 1990. She worked in the dental profession for over thirty years from which she is now retired.

    Janice volunteers at Munson Hospital and at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she is a parishioner.

    Janice likes fly fishing with her husband Dan, kayaking, spending time at the beach on lLake Michigan, cooking and has a love for animals.

  • Tim Sinclair

    Tim Sinclair, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Tim joined our talented team of funeral director assistants after previously working in the law and real estate field.

    He also works at the Grand Traverse Resort as a starter on the golf course.

  • Doug  Tull

    Doug Tull, Funeral Director's Assistant

    Doug was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He and his wife, Lori, moved to Traverse City in 2006 to be with family. The Tulls have a blended family of three daughters, two sons, and 8 grandchildren. Over 9 years, they have fostered 31 children. The Tulls are members of Living Hope Church where Doug is a Deacon and head of the Security Team.

    Doug attended Central Michigan University and retired after 30 years in the automotive industry as an engineer and a Corporate Quality Executive. He served his community for over 8 years by patrolling for Canton Township, and with the Michigan Police Department as a Certified Police Reserve Officer. Doug keeps busy during ‘retirement’ running Advanced Driving Academy, bus driving for special needs children, and as a security Officer for NMC and Cherry Capital Airport.

    His favorite pastime is spending time with his family.