About Us

Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Philip Stephens Owner/Manager
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Rayme LaBean Owner/Manager
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Ann Johnson Office Manager
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Paul Cote Funeral Director
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Terry McLaren Funeral Director/Manager
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Kathy Zettel Receptionist
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Pete McNamara Assistant
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Josh Ross Assistant
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Steve Morris Assistant

Philip Stephens

Owner/Manager
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Phil has been a licensed funeral director since 2001. That same year he graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelors of Science degree and began working for Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home. 

He became part owner on July 1, 2012 and is the current manager of the West Branch location. 

He belongs to the Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church and serves a President on Board of Directors for the West Branch Chamber of Commerce. Phil also serves on the board for the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan's Ogemaw Chapter, and belongs to the West Branch Optimist Club. He and his wife Kerri were married in June of 2003 and have two daughters, Sadie and Mia.

Rayme LaBean

Owner/Manager
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Rayme has been with Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Homes since August of 1998. In that same month, he graduated from the Mortuary Science program at Wayne State University. Rayme is originally from Gladwin, and has lived in the West Branch area since 1998. Rayme has been a licensed director since 1999 and became part owner July 1, 2012 and is currently the manager of the funeral home in Rose City.

Rayme married Karla Helder on June 28, 2008 and they adopted two girls, Harper and Abbie.

Rayme belongs to the West Branch Optimist Club.  He also enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and bowling.

Ann Johnson

Office Manager
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Ann has been with Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Homes since July 1, 2013.  She was born and raised in West Branch and is the oldest daughter of Dick and Jody Ehinger.  Ann married Craig Johnson on September 12, 1998 and they have two daughters, Grace and Claire.  

 

Ann is a member at St. Joseph Catholic Church and a Catechist for Children’s Liturgy.  She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering within the community.

Paul Cote

Funeral Director
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Terry McLaren

Funeral Director/Manager
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Terry and his wife Patricia have been residents of West Branch since 1976. The have three children, Kerri, Charlotte and Anthony. Terry is now retired as of June 30, 2012. He was the owner of Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Homes since 1984. He was a charter member of the West Branch Optimist Club, a member of the Kiwanis Club, St. Joseph Catholic Church and served on a local bank board for 9 years. He was instrumental in founding Hospice of Helping Hands and was a board member and treasurer for many years.

Kathy Zettel

Receptionist
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Kathy has been working for the funeral home for many years. She helps us on the weekends and evenings as needed. She is a valuable asset to our company.

Pete McNamara

Assistant
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Josh Ross

Assistant
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Steve Morris

Assistant
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