Our Support Team Members

Tammy L. Merkle
Chief Operating Officer

Tammy has lived in Monroe for most of her life, and is a 1989 graduate of Monroe High School. She earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Owens Community College in 1998. Following her graduation from hygiene school, Tammy, was employed by Kuras Dental Health Associates of Monroe for more than twenty years.   She began a new page in the Spring of 2019 when she took employment with Nuture Dental in Brighton and then a part-time position with Frenchtown Smiles in Monroe in August of 2019.  Tammy formerly was a certified American Heart CPR instructor.  

Tammy holds a limited life insurance license and a cosmetology license through the State of Michigan, and is a resident agent for the National Guardian Life (NGL) Insurance Company. She assists with advanced planning arrangements at the funeral home and has experience in the sale of permanent monuments and memorials.   In September of 2019, Tammy assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for Merkle Funeral Service and Floral Expressions.   In this capacity she oversees the schedule for all of the companies daily operations as well as team members responsibilities.   

Tammy is a devoted mother to her three children:  Olivia, Merin, and Ethan and to her fur babies:  Lola a certified therapy dog and Layla.   She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.   In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and enjoyed relaxing in Northern Michigan.

  1. Paige Prewitt

Office Manager

Jane Woodbury
Head Floral Designer

Jane Woodbury joined the team at Merkle’s in June of 2013 as the lead Floral Designer. She has been a part of the Monroe community for a lifetime. She graduated from Monroe High school in the spring of 1980. Jane is married to retired Monroe City Firefighter and Firefighter instructor Ralph Woodbury Jr. Together they have three children, Rebecca, William and Hannah (Schmitz), and Alexandra. They have five “grand” dogs: Rosco, Tucker, Charlie, Lily, and Mojo; and a cat Lucy.


Jane has more than 30 years of experience within the Floral Industry starting as Christmas help at the North Monroe Greenhouse in 1977. She worked for Old Town Floral Designs before purchasing the business in March of 2002. In 2007 She moved the business inside Merkle Funeral Service, changing the name to Floral Expressions.

Jane is a current member of the Michigan State Floral Association and a former member, president, vice president of Business Network International, Chapter 1 Monroe, Michigan, and the current secretary for Military families of Monroe County. She is a former member and grief counselor with the Toledo Hospital CARE Group for bereaved parents. In her free time she enjoys gardening, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.

Julie Gerhardt
Outreach Coordinator


​Lola
Grief Therapy


She may be the smallest member of our Merkle Team, but her responsibilities are some of the largest. Lola is a Cock-A-Poo, born June 9, 2008 and is a frequent fixture at any of the Merkle Funeral Service locations. Lola completed Basic Obedience Training at Dundee K9 on October 23, 2009. She loves people and has shown the keen instinct and ability to know when a person is grieving and needs to be comforted. Sometimes just her close presence brings comfort, but she also knows when she needs to be much closer to help and will usually find her way into that person's lap or next to them on the couch or chair. 

Because of this ability, Lola has gone on to complete Canine Good Manners Class on November 15, 2012. She has completed her Therapy Dogs International testing and has obtained certification. 

Merkle Funeral Service families often request to have Lola present at their Gathering and/or Celebration of Life and she is very happy when she gets to officially "work". When she is not working, she loves to spend her time with the Merkle children and her fellow members of the Merkle Funeral Service staff.