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A Family Tradition of Dignified Service

Our History


/LynchandSons-Milford/History01.jpgLynch & Sons Funeral Directors, one of the largest family owned and operated funeral firms in the country, traces its origins to the licensure, in 1948, of Edward J. Lynch, Jr. (1924-1992). It was his belief that the most valuable asset of any funeral service firm was the trust and confidence of the community it served.
 
In the 1970's his sons, Thomas, Patrick and Timothy Lynch and a son-in-law, Michael Howell, joined him in forming Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. To the funeral homes they operated in Clawson, Milford and Walled Lake in the 1970’s they have added facilities in Plymouth, Oxford, Lapeer and Brighton, bringing to seven the number of family owned and operated facilities.

Meanwhile, a third generation of licensees has joined the various operations: Tim Lynch, Jr. in Walled Lake, Michael Lynch in Brighton, Katie Lynch Capstick in Lapeer, Kevin Lynch in Oxford, Julie Howell Romein in Plymouth and Paddy Lynch in Clawson. In addition to licensed members of the firm, Mary Lynch Howell is the bookkeeper for the Clawson location, Julie Lynch Kenrick is office manager in Clawson, Brigid Lynch is a licensed counselor who handles bereavement services in Clawson and Milford, Edward Lynch III served the firm for many years as a family services coordinator. Recently, Edward took a position as family service coordinator at a funeral home in North Carolina, and Sean Lynch is the coordinator of family and support services in Milford.
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In 2007, PBS Frontline broadcast The Undertaking- a documentary film based on the book by the same name, written by Thomas Lynch. Filmed at our locations in Milford and Clawson and directed by Karen O'Connor and Miri Navasky, this film focuses on the realities of dying, death and bereavement and the place of the funeral and the funeral director in the continuum of care to families in grief. The Undertaking was broadcast nationally on all Public Television stations in October, 2007, and is used now as a teaching tool in seminaries, universities, medical and mortuary programs across the country. In September of 2008 it won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary in Arts & Culture.

/LynchandSons-Milford/History03.jpgLike his father, who served as President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association in the late 1970's, Patrick Lynch was president of MFDA in 2003 and 2004. He was the founding chair of the Consumer Protection Committee and under his leadership, the association was successful in seeing landmark preneed funding legislation signed into law by Governor Granholm. Pat served as President of the National Funeral Directors Association in 2010/2011, the largest association of funeral directors in the world, where his leadership helped to shape the future of funeral service. As a family we are committed to the communities we serve and to maintaining the reputation our father established for excellence and honesty in meeting the needs of the bereaved. Now in seven locations, in four counties and our third generation, after more than sixty years, we are locally known and nationally recognized for compassionate care of the living and the dead as we continue to uphold "A Family Tradition of Dignified Service."

 

Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors is the only firm in the nation to have received the highest awards for excellence from The National Funeral Directors Association, The Cremation Association of North America and the International Order of the Golden Rule. We owe this to the personal excellence of the women and men who make up our staff. They represent a rich variety of experiences, interests, professional and educational backgrounds, from senior and emeritus staff, to students and apprentices. Each makes, in his or her own way, an important contribution to the services we provide to families in need and to the communities we serve.

 

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Pat Lynch Licensed Funeral Director

Pat Lynch, President and Co-founder of the Clawson location is a second generation funeral director. After graduation from Brother Rice High School in 1968, he attended the University of Dayton on a football scholarship and graduated from Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science, where he served as class President, in 1972.

In 1977 he was instrumental in the opening of Lynch & Sons, Clawson location. An active member of funeral service associations, he served as President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association in 2003-2004 and as the President of the National Funeral Directors Association from 2010-2011. Among his primary focuses in association work has been consumer protection. As president of the Michigan association he helped to pass landmark consumer protection legislation and he is a founding member of the Preneed with Integrity Task Force of the National Funeral Directors Association.

Pat is committed to community service. He has been President of the Birmingham Optimist Club, the Oakland County Branch of the American Cancer Society, the Brother Rice High School Alumni Association, the Archdiocese of Detroit, Troy Vicariate, and the Millpond Homeowners Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of Brother Rice High School, Everest Academy, Angel’s Place (homes for the developmentally disabled and MIRA (Mental Illness Research Association) He has served as Chairman of the Guest House Dinner and the Most Holy Trinity “Sharin’ of the Green” Event. And, he has been a member of the Marian High School and Brother Rice High School Dad’s clubs, the Birmingham Rotary Club and the University of Dayton and Wayne State University Alumnae Associations. He has been active in the Village Players and St. Dunstan’s Theatre.

Pat and his wife, Mary Callaghan Lynch married in 1977 at Holy Name Church in Birmingham, where they have both been lifelong members. Mary is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Motor City Lyric Opera Company. www.mclopera.org They are the proud parents of Caitlin, a professional opera singer and graduate of the University of Michigan and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Patrick “Paddy”, a graduate of Boston College and Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science and third generation member of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors.

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Gene Andrus, CFSP, CCO Licensed Funeral Director

A native of Bay City, Gene graduated from Wayne State University’s College of Mortuary Science in 1985, where he served as Class President. Gene brings over 25 years of experience to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. He is past-President and former District Director of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association for Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair Counties. Recently, Gene was installed as President of MFDA at the 136th annual convention in Lansing, Michigan. As a MFDA board member, Gene served on the Cremation Front Company Task Force. Gene is a instructor at Wayne State University and a long-time participant of the WSU practicum program. He has also sponsored and mentored several young resident trainees during his career. Gene is an advocate of continuing education and best practices in funeral service. As part of his on-going education, he regularly attends funeral related programs and events, earning his CFSP designation by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and is a Certified Crematory Operator through the National Funeral Directors Association.

Gene is a twelve year participant of the National Funeral Directors Pursuit of Excellence Award, a presenter at the 2011 NFDA convention in Chicago, and a volunteer for MI-MORT. He is active in the Troy and surrounding communities and is a member of The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Community in Troy, Knights of Columbus Council #4188, The American Cancer Society-Relay for Life, and the Clawson Rotary Club, where is the recipient of the “Rotarian of the Year” and “Paul Harris Fellow” awards.

Gene and his wife Kathy reside in Troy and are proud parents of four children; Matthew, Christopher, Lauren, and Emily. His interest includes baseball, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.

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Paddy Lynch Licensed Funeral Director paddylynch@lynchfuneraldirectors.com

A 2002 graduate of Brother Rice High School, Paddy went on to play football at Boston College, where he double-majored in English and Theology. In 2006, he graduated Cum Laude from BC’s College of Arts and Sciences, after starting at fullback during his senior season and receiving Dean’s List First Honors, Athletic Director’s List First Honors, and ACC First Team All-Academic Honors.

Upon graduation from BC, Paddy joined the Xaverian Brothers International Ministries and moved to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where he worked primarily with orphans teaching English and computer literacy. He also assisted Mother Teresa's Order, the Missionaries of Charity, at one of their homes for the sick and dying. After Haiti, Paddy graduated from Wayne State University's Department of Mortuary Science and joined Lynch & Sons as a fulltime licensed funeral director.

In recent years, Paddy has taught 8th grade catechism and served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Name Church in Birmingham, where he has been a lifelong parishioner. He is also a member of St. Hugo of the Hills, where he has coached the varsity football team. Most recently, he served as the varsity linebackers coach at Brother Rice.

A resident of Detroit since 2011, Paddy has enjoyed restoring the former Stanley Kresge mansion in Arden Park, where he has hosted a wide variety of cultural and charitable events over the last several years. His most recent restoration project is The Schvitz, Detroit's original public steam house and health club. Paddy also serves on the Board of Directors at Cristo Rey High School in Southwest Detroit, South Oakland Shelter, Lynch & Sons Fund for the Arts, and Christ Child House of Detroit. 

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Melanie Neddow Licensed Funeral Director melanieneddow@lynchfuneraldirectors.com

Melanie Neddow joined Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in April 2013. 


A native of Manistique, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, Mel graduated from Manistique High School in 2010. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before graduating from Wayne State University’s Department of Mortuary Science in August 2013. Mel completed her apprenticeship at Lynch & Sons and in May 2014 she recieved her Mortuary Science License and has been working as a Licensed Funeral Director ever since. 

In her free time Mel enjoys playing basketball, umpiring softball games, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Regarding her work at the funeral home, Mel says, “Anything I can do to help a family on one of their worst days, no matter how small, brings me great joy.”

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Brigid G. Lynch, MA, LPC Bereavement Counselor

Brigid G. Lynch, MA, LPC, is the bereavement counselor for Lynch & Sons and has a private practice in Farmington Hills. She provides follow-up services and individual and group counseling for the families we serve. She is also frequently called upon for crisis intervention in our local school districts. Specialized in grief, depression, and anxiety counseling, Brigid has access to many resources and maintains a lending library. She has been with the funeral home for twenty years, previously working in preneed services and office management. Brigid received her Masters in Counseling from Oakland University and her BA in Human Resources from Michigan State University. She is a National Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association and the Michigan Counseling Association.

Brigid can be reached directly at 248-330-2474.

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Edward J. Lynch III Director of Family Services

A 1979 graduate of Brother Rice High School, where he was an All-State athlete, Edward J. Lynch III went on to attend Western Michigan University on a football and baseball scholarship, where he also majored in Psychology. Named after his father, the founder of Lynch & Sons, Ed has worked in funeral service since childhood and has spent time working with all of the firm’s locations. 

 

Active in the community throughout his career, Ed has been a youth football coach, a renowned public speaker, and has served on the boards of multiple organizations, including the National Association of Christian Business Administrators (N.A.C.B.A.), the Substance Abuse Advisory Council for Oakland County Health Division, the Huron Valley Advisory for Safe and Drug Free Schools, Nominating Committee for Milford Citizen of the Year Award, Milford Police Athletic League, the Highland Business Association, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, Holy Spirit Catholic Church Parish Council, and the Knights of Columbus Council #8500. He is also a three-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award from the Huron Valley School Administration Board for exceptional contributions to the lives of students.


Ed currently resides in North Carolina, and is the proud father of Edward IV, Joseph, and Patti-Rose Lynch, and grandfather to Edward V. and Hailey Jade.

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Julie Lynch Kenrick Office Coordinator

Julie Lynch Kenrick is a lifelong resident of Bloomfield Hills. In 1976, she graduated from Marian High School in Bloomfield and studied Social Work at Central Michigan University. Before raising her family, she worked for several years at the Judson Center in Beverly Hills and Wing Lake Center for the Developmentally Disabled in Bloomfield. She has worked with the funeral home since the mid 1990's and is currently the Office Manager.

Julie has been an active member of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s School Community, where her husband and three sons attended. A member of the Marian High School Mothers Club, Julie served on the Parent Networking Committee. She is a member of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church of Orchard Lake and is an avid supporter of the IHM Community.

Julie and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of Jimmy, who is a graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and the University of Michigan, presently on the faculty at OLSM teaching English, Rosemary, who is a graduate of Marian High School and Michigan State University, currently teaching first grade at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, Christopher, a graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary's and Michigan State University, currently employed at JMJ Phillip Group in Troy, and Patrick, a graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Michigan State University and Wayne State University Mortuary School, currently working at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth.

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Mary Lynch Howell Comptroller

Mary Lynch Howell is a lifelong resident of Birmingham. She graduated from Marian High School and attended Michigan State University. She is a very active member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Beverly Hills, has served on the Parent Networking Committee and Tradition and Vision Campaign at Marian High School and has been a great supporter of the IHM Community. Mary has been the Comptroller of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors for over 30 years. She, and her husband, Mike Howell, who is a licensed Funeral Director, own and operate Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth.

Mary and Mike are the proud parents of two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Julie Howell Romein, is a graduate of Marian High School, Michigan State University and Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science. Julie is a licensed Funeral Director working with her parents at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. Their daughter, Molly Howell is also a graduate of Marian High School and Michigan State University. She is a teacher at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. Mary and Mike’s true pride and joy are their darling granddaughters, Mary Rose and Hannah Grace Romein.

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Mary Callaghan Lynch Vocalist

Mary Callaghan Lynch has served as vocalist for Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors since our founding in 1977.

Mary a professional opera singer, graduated from Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills. She has since been elected to Marians Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Mary received her BFA from Marygrove College in Detroit.

Mary has performed in countless operas, was the soloist for the 1988 Papal visit to Detroit, and has performed for First Lady, Barbara Bush. She serves as classical voice coach for the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Motor City Lyric Opera whose charitable outreach program has brought music with a message free of charge to over 50,000 of Metro Detroit’s underserved since its founding in 2002. But, Mary’s greatest joy is bringing comfort to the bereaved by singing at the funerals of their loved ones.

Mary is married to Lynch & Sons Co-Founder, Patrick Lynch. They are the proud parents of Caitlin, also a professional opera singer and Paddy an apprentice funeral director with Lynch & Sons.

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James F. Kenrick Funeral Directors Assistant

James F. Kenrick, III is a grandson of founder Edward Lynch. He began working at Lynch & Sons while a student at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, from which he graduated in 2005. While at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Jimmy was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Iron Man Award, given to the graduate who has shown outstanding fortitude while a student there. In fact, the award has been renamed as the “James Francis Kenrick Iron Man Award”, in Jimmy’s honor. He graduated from the University of Michigan, in 2009, and is presently teaching English at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. He continues to work at the Clawson location as a funeral director’s assistant during breaks from school.

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Helen Martens Senior Receptionist

Helen Martens has served as senior receptionist with Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors since 1979. She and her late husband Ed were among the first members of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church of Birmingham, where Helen is still very active. In addition to serving as receptionist, Helen also oversees the funeral home's landscaping design. She is a regular recipient of the Beautification Award in her community.

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Susan Doyle Receptionist

Susan Doyle joined Lynch & Sons in 2002 as a receptionist. She is a long time member of St. Anastasia Parish, in Troy, where she has been serving as a Bereavement Minister since the program was organized in 1985. Being involved in funeral service and ministering to grieving families through her church has allowed her to honor the life of her young son who died at age seven. Susan also has two grown sons and one granddaughter.

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Geraldine Linder Receptionist

Geraldine "Gerri" Linder joined Lynch & Sons in June of 2011. Gerri is a member of Christ, Our Light! Catholic Church in Troy. She enjoys participating in their choir as well as serving on the Parish Council. Gerri lived in Livingston County for 25 wonderful years but happily returned to Metro Detroit in 1998. “Welcoming families and friends who visit is a privilege. I’m honored to serve in that capacity.”

Pat Lynch

Licensed Funeral Director
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Pat Lynch, President and Co-founder of the Clawson location is a second generation funeral director. After graduation from Brother Rice High School in 1968, he attended the University of Dayton on a football scholarship and graduated from Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science, where he served as class President, in 1972.

In 1977 he was instrumental in the opening of Lynch & Sons, Clawson location. An active member of funeral service associations, he served as President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association in 2003-2004 and as the President of the National Funeral Directors Association from 2010-2011. Among his primary focuses in association work has been consumer protection. As president of the Michigan association he helped to pass landmark consumer protection legislation and he is a founding member of the Preneed with Integrity Task Force of the National Funeral Directors Association.

Pat is committed to community service. He has been President of the Birmingham Optimist Club, the Oakland County Branch of the American Cancer Society, the Brother Rice High School Alumni Association, the Archdiocese of Detroit, Troy Vicariate, and the Millpond Homeowners Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of Brother Rice High School, Everest Academy, Angel’s Place (homes for the developmentally disabled and MIRA (Mental Illness Research Association) He has served as Chairman of the Guest House Dinner and the Most Holy Trinity “Sharin’ of the Green” Event. And, he has been a member of the Marian High School and Brother Rice High School Dad’s clubs, the Birmingham Rotary Club and the University of Dayton and Wayne State University Alumnae Associations. He has been active in the Village Players and St. Dunstan’s Theatre.

Pat and his wife, Mary Callaghan Lynch married in 1977 at Holy Name Church in Birmingham, where they have both been lifelong members. Mary is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Motor City Lyric Opera Company. www.mclopera.org They are the proud parents of Caitlin, a professional opera singer and graduate of the University of Michigan and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Patrick “Paddy”, a graduate of Boston College and Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science and third generation member of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors.

Gene Andrus, CFSP, CCO

Licensed Funeral Director
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A native of Bay City, Gene graduated from Wayne State University’s College of Mortuary Science in 1985, where he served as Class President. Gene brings over 25 years of experience to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. He is past-President and former District Director of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association for Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair Counties. Recently, Gene was installed as President of MFDA at the 136th annual convention in Lansing, Michigan. As a MFDA board member, Gene served on the Cremation Front Company Task Force. Gene is a instructor at Wayne State University and a long-time participant of the WSU practicum program. He has also sponsored and mentored several young resident trainees during his career. Gene is an advocate of continuing education and best practices in funeral service. As part of his on-going education, he regularly attends funeral related programs and events, earning his CFSP designation by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and is a Certified Crematory Operator through the National Funeral Directors Association.

Gene is a twelve year participant of the National Funeral Directors Pursuit of Excellence Award, a presenter at the 2011 NFDA convention in Chicago, and a volunteer for MI-MORT. He is active in the Troy and surrounding communities and is a member of The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Community in Troy, Knights of Columbus Council #4188, The American Cancer Society-Relay for Life, and the Clawson Rotary Club, where is the recipient of the “Rotarian of the Year” and “Paul Harris Fellow” awards.

Gene and his wife Kathy reside in Troy and are proud parents of four children; Matthew, Christopher, Lauren, and Emily. His interest includes baseball, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.

Paddy Lynch

Licensed Funeral Director
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A 2002 graduate of Brother Rice High School, Paddy went on to play football at Boston College, where he double-majored in English and Theology. In 2006, he graduated Cum Laude from BC’s College of Arts and Sciences, after starting at fullback during his senior season and receiving Dean’s List First Honors, Athletic Director’s List First Honors, and ACC First Team All-Academic Honors.

Upon graduation from BC, Paddy joined the Xaverian Brothers International Ministries and moved to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where he worked primarily with orphans teaching English and computer literacy. He also assisted Mother Teresa's Order, the Missionaries of Charity, at one of their homes for the sick and dying. After Haiti, Paddy graduated from Wayne State University's Department of Mortuary Science and joined Lynch & Sons as a fulltime licensed funeral director.

In recent years, Paddy has taught 8th grade catechism and served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Name Church in Birmingham, where he has been a lifelong parishioner. He is also a member of St. Hugo of the Hills, where he has coached the varsity football team. Most recently, he served as the varsity linebackers coach at Brother Rice.

A resident of Detroit since 2011, Paddy has enjoyed restoring the former Stanley Kresge mansion in Arden Park, where he has hosted a wide variety of cultural and charitable events over the last several years. His most recent restoration project is The Schvitz, Detroit's original public steam house and health club. Paddy also serves on the Board of Directors at Cristo Rey High School in Southwest Detroit, South Oakland Shelter, Lynch & Sons Fund for the Arts, and Christ Child House of Detroit. 

Melanie Neddow

Licensed Funeral Director
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Melanie Neddow joined Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in April 2013. 


A native of Manistique, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, Mel graduated from Manistique High School in 2010. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before graduating from Wayne State University’s Department of Mortuary Science in August 2013. Mel completed her apprenticeship at Lynch & Sons and in May 2014 she recieved her Mortuary Science License and has been working as a Licensed Funeral Director ever since. 

In her free time Mel enjoys playing basketball, umpiring softball games, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Regarding her work at the funeral home, Mel says, “Anything I can do to help a family on one of their worst days, no matter how small, brings me great joy.”

Brigid G. Lynch, MA, LPC

Bereavement Counselor
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Brigid G. Lynch, MA, LPC, is the bereavement counselor for Lynch & Sons and has a private practice in Farmington Hills. She provides follow-up services and individual and group counseling for the families we serve. She is also frequently called upon for crisis intervention in our local school districts. Specialized in grief, depression, and anxiety counseling, Brigid has access to many resources and maintains a lending library. She has been with the funeral home for twenty years, previously working in preneed services and office management. Brigid received her Masters in Counseling from Oakland University and her BA in Human Resources from Michigan State University. She is a National Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association and the Michigan Counseling Association.

Brigid can be reached directly at 248-330-2474.

Edward J. Lynch III

Director of Family Services
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A 1979 graduate of Brother Rice High School, where he was an All-State athlete, Edward J. Lynch III went on to attend Western Michigan University on a football and baseball scholarship, where he also majored in Psychology. Named after his father, the founder of Lynch & Sons, Ed has worked in funeral service since childhood and has spent time working with all of the firm’s locations. 

 

Active in the community throughout his career, Ed has been a youth football coach, a renowned public speaker, and has served on the boards of multiple organizations, including the National Association of Christian Business Administrators (N.A.C.B.A.), the Substance Abuse Advisory Council for Oakland County Health Division, the Huron Valley Advisory for Safe and Drug Free Schools, Nominating Committee for Milford Citizen of the Year Award, Milford Police Athletic League, the Highland Business Association, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, Holy Spirit Catholic Church Parish Council, and the Knights of Columbus Council #8500. He is also a three-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award from the Huron Valley School Administration Board for exceptional contributions to the lives of students.


Ed currently resides in North Carolina, and is the proud father of Edward IV, Joseph, and Patti-Rose Lynch, and grandfather to Edward V. and Hailey Jade.

Julie Lynch Kenrick

Office Coordinator
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Julie Lynch Kenrick is a lifelong resident of Bloomfield Hills. In 1976, she graduated from Marian High School in Bloomfield and studied Social Work at Central Michigan University. Before raising her family, she worked for several years at the Judson Center in Beverly Hills and Wing Lake Center for the Developmentally Disabled in Bloomfield. She has worked with the funeral home since the mid 1990's and is currently the Office Manager.

Julie has been an active member of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s School Community, where her husband and three sons attended. A member of the Marian High School Mothers Club, Julie served on the Parent Networking Committee. She is a member of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church of Orchard Lake and is an avid supporter of the IHM Community.

Julie and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of Jimmy, who is a graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and the University of Michigan, presently on the faculty at OLSM teaching English, Rosemary, who is a graduate of Marian High School and Michigan State University, currently teaching first grade at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, Christopher, a graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary's and Michigan State University, currently employed at JMJ Phillip Group in Troy, and Patrick, a graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Michigan State University and Wayne State University Mortuary School, currently working at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth.

Mary Lynch Howell

Comptroller
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Mary Lynch Howell is a lifelong resident of Birmingham. She graduated from Marian High School and attended Michigan State University. She is a very active member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Beverly Hills, has served on the Parent Networking Committee and Tradition and Vision Campaign at Marian High School and has been a great supporter of the IHM Community. Mary has been the Comptroller of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors for over 30 years. She, and her husband, Mike Howell, who is a licensed Funeral Director, own and operate Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth.

Mary and Mike are the proud parents of two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Julie Howell Romein, is a graduate of Marian High School, Michigan State University and Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science. Julie is a licensed Funeral Director working with her parents at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. Their daughter, Molly Howell is also a graduate of Marian High School and Michigan State University. She is a teacher at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. Mary and Mike’s true pride and joy are their darling granddaughters, Mary Rose and Hannah Grace Romein.

Mary Callaghan Lynch

Vocalist
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Mary Callaghan Lynch has served as vocalist for Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors since our founding in 1977.

Mary a professional opera singer, graduated from Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills. She has since been elected to Marians Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Mary received her BFA from Marygrove College in Detroit.

Mary has performed in countless operas, was the soloist for the 1988 Papal visit to Detroit, and has performed for First Lady, Barbara Bush. She serves as classical voice coach for the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Motor City Lyric Opera whose charitable outreach program has brought music with a message free of charge to over 50,000 of Metro Detroit’s underserved since its founding in 2002. But, Mary’s greatest joy is bringing comfort to the bereaved by singing at the funerals of their loved ones.

Mary is married to Lynch & Sons Co-Founder, Patrick Lynch. They are the proud parents of Caitlin, also a professional opera singer and Paddy an apprentice funeral director with Lynch & Sons.

James F. Kenrick

Funeral Directors Assistant
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James F. Kenrick, III is a grandson of founder Edward Lynch. He began working at Lynch & Sons while a student at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, from which he graduated in 2005. While at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Jimmy was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Iron Man Award, given to the graduate who has shown outstanding fortitude while a student there. In fact, the award has been renamed as the “James Francis Kenrick Iron Man Award”, in Jimmy’s honor. He graduated from the University of Michigan, in 2009, and is presently teaching English at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. He continues to work at the Clawson location as a funeral director’s assistant during breaks from school.

Helen Martens

Senior Receptionist
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Helen Martens has served as senior receptionist with Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors since 1979. She and her late husband Ed were among the first members of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church of Birmingham, where Helen is still very active. In addition to serving as receptionist, Helen also oversees the funeral home's landscaping design. She is a regular recipient of the Beautification Award in her community.

Susan Doyle

Receptionist
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Susan Doyle joined Lynch & Sons in 2002 as a receptionist. She is a long time member of St. Anastasia Parish, in Troy, where she has been serving as a Bereavement Minister since the program was organized in 1985. Being involved in funeral service and ministering to grieving families through her church has allowed her to honor the life of her young son who died at age seven. Susan also has two grown sons and one granddaughter.

Geraldine Linder

Receptionist
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Geraldine "Gerri" Linder joined Lynch & Sons in June of 2011. Gerri is a member of Christ, Our Light! Catholic Church in Troy. She enjoys participating in their choir as well as serving on the Parish Council. Gerri lived in Livingston County for 25 wonderful years but happily returned to Metro Detroit in 1998. “Welcoming families and friends who visit is a privilege. I’m honored to serve in that capacity.”