Merkle Funeral Service acquired the former Bennett Funeral Home located at 9156 Summit Street in Erie, Michigan on November 15, 2009.
The Erie facility was originally built as a personal residence around the turn of the twentieth century. It is believed to have become a funeral home in the 1950's. In 1965 Darrell and Jean Bennett purchased the facility then known as the Maurice Funeral Home.
The facility has undergone many changes throughout the years. The Bennett's added the current gathering area in the 1960's, and added the rear entrance and enclosed handicap ramp in the 1980's. In 2002 the facility seen more change with a major renovation and the addition of a handicap restroom.
Since our purchase in November 2009 many new and exciting changes are taking place. We have added a merchandise room offering keepsakes, gifts, monuments and memorials, caskets, urns, vaults, etc... We have also added technology with plasma screens and the ability to record services on DVD. We hope to continue the modifications well into the future to give Erie and the rest of the South County Community a facility to be proud of.
Brian S. Merkle, President of Merkle Funeral Service stated; “I served as the Manager of the Erie location for the Bennett’s for several years, and I am excited to be back in the South County Community.”