Our Team

Our dedicated and supportive team are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in anticipating your needs and strive to do our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

Our Licensed Funeral Directors

Brian S. Merkle L.F.D.
Manager of  North Monroe
President of Merkle Funeral Service, Inc.

Brian S. Merkle is a lifelong Monroe County resident. The son of Larry W. and Marilyn S. (Voss) Merkle he is the oldest of two boys.  He married the former Tammy (Haynes) on June 22, 2001 and together they have three children, Olivia, Merin, and Ethan and two dogs, Lola a Certified Therapy Dog and Layla.

​Brian is a 1996 Monroe High School graduate, and a 1999 Monroe County Community College graduate. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in Mortuary Science in 2000 whiles serving his practicum at the Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian.

Brian completed Funeral Service Apprenticeship with the Bennett Funeral Homes in Monroe and Erie, and the David C. Brown Funeral Home in Belleville, Michigan. For four years Brian served the residents of Monroe as a Licensed Funeral Director at the Bennett Funeral Homes. He also managed the Erie Facility for three years. For more than two years Brian worked as a Licensed Funeral Director with Ochalek-Stark Funeral Service, Milan and Stark Funeral Service, Ypsilanti.

On July 17, 2007, the Merkle family opened Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe to better serve the Monroe Community. In 2011, Brian obtained his State of Ohio Embalmers and Funeral Director's dual licenses.

Brian currently serves his community as an Emergency Medical Technician for Monroe Community Ambulance where has been employed since June of 2006. He also is a state certified member of the Monroe County Critical Incident Stress Management Team. For more than fifteen years, Brian has been a member of the Monroe Exchange Club. He is a past President, past blood drive chair, and is active with the GoodFellows Paper Sale.

Brian is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he is a past Chair Person of the Day School Commission, Elder, Principals Advisory Committee, and as the Vice-President of Education on Church Council. He currently serves as an usher and on the Endowment Fund Committee, and on the Church Board of Directors.

A state certified firefighter and an Ice Rescue Technician, Brian served from 1997 until 2010 with the Monroe Charter Township Fire Department. He was the past chairperson of the 9-11, Memorial Tower Climb Committee, was appointed as a Trustee and chaired the Board of Review for Monroe Township. He was chosen as the Firefighter of the Year in 2004 by the Monroe Kiwanis Club.

Brian is a former member and Vice-President of the Dundee Business Dynamics and of the Business Network International Chapter I, Monroe.

In 2014, Brian was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious 20 under 40 Award. This Leadership Recognition Program showcases young, dynamic leaders in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40. The program recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.

In April of 2018, Brian was chosen as the Alumnus of the Year for Monroe County Community College.   He also serves with the Monroe Aging Consortium as the Vice-President.

 In his free time Brian enjoys spending time with his family, running, weight lifting, and playing soccer.

Janice L. Redden L.F.D.
Manager of Dundee

Secretary/ Treasurer of

Merkle Funeral Service, Inc.

Advanced Funeral Planner

Janice joined the Merkle Funeral Service Team in July of 2012 as a Funeral Directors Apprentice.   She graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University in August of 2012 achieving her Bachelor Degree in Mortuary Science.   She became a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Michigan in March of 2013 and then obtained her Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Ohio dual license on March 17, 2015 to better serve families.

In 2018, Janice obtained her limited life insurance license through the State of Michigan.  She serves Merkle Funeral Service by assisting families with their advanced planning needs.   Janice loves to educate our clients with one on one appointments or group seminars to discuss options and the value of advanced planning.   She loves being involved in the local community and is an active member of the Dundee Downtown Development Authority, volunteers at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, and is a volunteer of the Michigan Defense Force.   Janice also gives back to her profession as a member of the Wayne State University Advisory Board.

Janice also takes great pride in overseeing the Memorial Division of Merkle Custom Memorials.  She appreciates the opportunity to help families design permanent memorials for their loved ones.

Janice had previously spent more than twenty years in the dental profession, graduating from the University of Michigan in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene.   She was employed for Dr. Robert Farber of Dearborn for thirteen years, and had previously worked as a Dental Assistant at Concord Dental for seven years. 

Janice grew up in the Westland area, where she met her husband of more than twenty years, Jeff Redden.   The couple and their two children Elliah and Gavin moved to Monroe County in 2006.   Jeff is employed as a Supervisor by Jacobs Technology at Ford Motor Company. 

In her free time Janice enjoys spending time with her family and completing home improvement projects.   She loves outdoor activities including bike riding and spending time at the beach, and she also enjoys hula.

Noel Lipinski, L.F.D.
Manager of South Monroe

Noël Lipinski joined the Merkle Funeral Service Team in January 2020. She graduated High School in 1990 from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel High School in Wyandotte, Michigan. She married her high school sweetheart, Jonathan Lipinski in April of 1996 and have three children together: Madison, Laura and Walter.
Noël spent many years as a stay at home mom, before deciding to enroll at Wayne State University to attain her degree. Noël began working at the Czopek Funeral Home, Wyandotte, Michigan in December of 2004, served her apprenticeship and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science in August of 2006.  She was honored with the prestigious Walter D. Pool award for leadership in Mortuary Science.  Noël would continue working at Czopek’s until August of 2009, where she secured a spot on the “Top 20 under 40 professionals” in the Fall of 2007 from the Downriver News Herald Newspaper.

Noël worked at the John K. Solosy Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Lincoln Park, Michigan from February 2010 until January 2020.  Her education, training and numerous years working as a Funeral Director have helped Noël gain tremendous perspective and has enabled her to offer great compassion to assist the families in their greatest time of need. 

Noël and her family currently live in Wyandotte and is a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Lincoln Park, Michigan. She stays actively involved at St. John Paul, II Classical Catholic School in Lincoln Park as Secretary of the Booster Club and Trustee of the Parent Teacher Association. 

Marc W. Littleson, L.F.D.

Manager of Erie