Nelsons Funeral Home, Professional Care Map It Icon 135 N. Center
P.O. Box 1548
Gaylord, MI 49734
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Funeral Directors & Support Staff: 

  H. Charles Nelson ~ Owner Chuck Nelson established the Nelson Funeral Home in 1965. Chuck and his wife Patricia, native of Gaylord, MI,  have five children; Carol, Susan, David, Kelly and Elizabeth. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chuck is a Past President of MFDA, CEO of the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service and member of St. Mary Cathedral. As a community leader Chuck supports Knights of Columbus, Eagles, VFW, Otsego County Economic Alliance, Otsego County Ambulance Corps, and many other community organizations.

Jan Lake ~ Jan is a native of Gaylord and married to her husband John, for 34 years. Together they have raised two children. She attends the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church and is active with the Michigan Veterans Coalition, Rotary and the Otsego Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Jan serves as the pre-arrangement specialist for our firm and also works with our families creating lasting memorials by designing the monument for your loved one.  She is available by appointment to allow quality time and unparalled compassion to each family she serves.

Debra "Deb" Wojtkowiak ~ Born in Gaylord, MI, she is a 1977 graduate of St. Mary High School. She attended North Central Michigan College in Petoskey and is a Member of St. Mary Cathedral parish. Deb began working for the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in 1979 and is a valuable support staff employee at our firm.
Trudy Koscielniak ~ An employee of our firm for over 25 years, Trudy helps the families we serve during visitations. She is a staple in the Gaylord community and an integral member of the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service staff.

Tom Burzynski Tom Burzynski ~ A father of three, he and his wife reside in Gaylord and are members of St. Mary Cathedral. Tom works for the funeral home part time as a member of the support staff.
   Elizabeth Nelson Tobias ~ Born in Gaylord, MI and is the 5th child to Patricia & H. Charles Nelson, Elizabeth has been working with the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service since May 2009. Focusing on the business, marketing and improving the technology aspects of the funeral home; she enjoys working with our amazing staff. Married to Philip Tobias of Gaylord, MI, Elizabeth has two children and lives in both Dillon, CO and Gaylord, MI. She travels to MI often to help the family business with the guidance of her father. A graduate of Michigan State University, she is excited to be involved in the family business and pleased to be a part of such a fabulous community.
   Ryan Fausett ~ Lead Licensed Funeral Director - A graduate of Wayne State University and Central Michigan University, Ryan has moved to Gaylord from Jackson, MI.  Ryan and his wife Lindsay, are the proud parents to their lovely daughter, Olivia.  He has been practicing mortuary science since 2011 and is excited to be in Northern Michigan and with our firm.

  Henry Jacobs ~ Licensed Funeral Director - Henry was born and raised in Roscommon, MI. After graduating from high school there, he went on to Delta College and then to Wayne State University to study Mortuary Science. A graduate of the 2016 class, Henry has come back to Roscommon with his wife, Brittany.