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William H. Fuller, Jr. Owner/Funeral Director whfuller@sawyerfuller.com

In 1953, while still attending Berkley High School, Bill was hired by the funeral home to help on ambulance runs, cut the grass, paint the building, and assist with funerals. Bill left the funeral home for a few years when he joined the U.S. Navy, working as an electrician. After three years in the Navy, he returned to Michigan and resumed working at the funeral home while attending college and then Mortuary School. Once he received his license in 1965, he became full-time staff member at the funeral home. Ten years later he purchased the business from the Sawyers, and acquired his current title as president of Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home.

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Yvonne Fuller Daughter of founder, Ed Sawyer; wife of current owner, William Fuller yfuller@sawyerfuller.com

Although she grew up around the funeral home, Yvonne did not start working there until 1964. She helped with bookkeeping, greeting families, and answering phone calls. In the late 70s, Yvonne started volunteering at the Detroit Zoo where she worked as a docent untill the late 80s. During this she continued to help at the funeral home until 1986--at which point she purchased the Flower Cart, a small flower shop in Berkley. She contiuned to work closely with the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home for the next 14 years, untill she sold the Flower Cart in 2000. Since then she has resumed her previous role of helping out around the funeral home with administrative duties.

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Gerald A. Mahrle, Jr. Vice President jmahrle@sawyerfuller.com

Gerald, better known as Jerry, was hired by the firm while still attending Berkley High School where he graduated in 1973. He has been a funeral service counselor over 40 years--as well as a Pre-need insurance agent. He became the Vice-President of the firm in 2000. Jerry is married to his wife, Carol, and they reside in Farmington Hills. He is a member of the Berkley Sons of the American Legion and enjoys golf, muscle cars of the 60s and 70s, and motorcycling. He also has been involved with the Berkley Cruisefest Parade for the last 15 years.

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Thomas M. Basel Funeral Director tbasel@sawyerfuller.com

Tom received his mortuary license in 1984, a year after graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. Tom is an unwavering supporter of the Maize and Blue, and on Saturdays in the fall, if he is not at work, he is sure to be watching the Wolverines. He is married to his wife, JoAnne and is a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Knights of Columbus, where he is able to actively engage with other members of the community. Tom's experience and likeable personality has been an asset to Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home since he began working there in 2005.

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Peter Jensen Funeral Director pjensen@sawyerfuller.com

Pete was born in Pusan, South Korea, and moved to Michigan with his family in 1996. He graduated from Tawas Area High school in 2001. After graduation, he attended Wayne State University, where in three years he received his Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. In 2005, a year after graduating, he began working at Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home. He also is a Free & Accepted Mason, Berkley Lodge 536. He is married to his wife, Monica, who is a surgical techologist in Oakland County. They own three dogs, Tuon, Chanel, and Dozer, and seven cats, Moo, Lane, Chloe, Vin, Vasher, Kaladin, and Sarene. In their freetime, they enjoy spending time in the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. He is also the Vice President of the Do Only Good Animal Rescue, which assists in getting dogs at Oakland County Animal Shelter adopted.

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Michael L. Schuneman Funeral Director mschuneman@sawyerfuller.com

Mike graduated from North Branch High school in 1984. For two years after high school, he attended pre-mortuary school at Ferris State University. From Ferris, he went to Wayne State University to obtain his mortuary science degree. In 1988, after a one year apprenticeship, Mike officially received his license and moved to the east side of Detroit where he worked as a funeral director for 20 years. He joined Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in 2008, where he has been a valuable member ever since. He is a member of the Lions Club, and he enjoys golfing, playing cards, and fishing. To Mike there is nothing more important than spending time with his family--wife, Lori, and son, Eric who is attending Illinois State University on a Presidential Scholarship.

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Ardian Vukpalaj Funeral Director avukpalaj@sawyerfuller.com

Ardi moved to Michigan in May of 1999 from the former Yugoslavia. He worked for Lutheran Social Services while continuing his education. In 2004, he graduated from Wayne State University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. He worked for almost 10 years at funeral homes in Macomb County before joining the staff Sawyer Fuller Funeral Home in 2013. During the years, he has helped many different communities from Eastern Europe and the US. He is married to his wife, Lily, and they a daughter, Ariana. They also have a dog named, Rroni. Ardian loves soccer, playing the guitar, and reading. He, Lily, and Ariana are active members of Our Lady of Albanians Catholic Church (formerly St. Ives Catholic Church). He is fluent in English, Albanian, Serbian, and Croatian.

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Tyler Bernstein Funeral Director tbernstein@sawyerfuller.com

Tyler is the grandson of Bill and Yvonne Fuller. He began working at the funeral home in January of 2016. He graduated summa cum laude with an associate’s degree in science from Oakland Community College and graduated from the Wayne State University Mortuary Program in 2018. He lives in Madison Heights and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and exploring the outdoors. He is excited to be part of such a significant aspect of his family’s history and to keep the family business serving the community.

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Michael Garnett Funeral Assistant

Mike is a retired Public Safety Officer of Berkley. He is a fan of muscle cars and lives in Royal Oak with his wife, Claudia.

William H. Fuller, Jr.

Owner/Funeral Director
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In 1953, while still attending Berkley High School, Bill was hired by the funeral home to help on ambulance runs, cut the grass, paint the building, and assist with funerals. Bill left the funeral home for a few years when he joined the U.S. Navy, working as an electrician. After three years in the Navy, he returned to Michigan and resumed working at the funeral home while attending college and then Mortuary School. Once he received his license in 1965, he became full-time staff member at the funeral home. Ten years later he purchased the business from the Sawyers, and acquired his current title as president of Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home.

Yvonne Fuller

Daughter of founder, Ed Sawyer; wife of current owner, William Fuller
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Although she grew up around the funeral home, Yvonne did not start working there until 1964. She helped with bookkeeping, greeting families, and answering phone calls. In the late 70s, Yvonne started volunteering at the Detroit Zoo where she worked as a docent untill the late 80s. During this she continued to help at the funeral home until 1986--at which point she purchased the Flower Cart, a small flower shop in Berkley. She contiuned to work closely with the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home for the next 14 years, untill she sold the Flower Cart in 2000. Since then she has resumed her previous role of helping out around the funeral home with administrative duties.

Gerald A. Mahrle, Jr.

Vice President
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Gerald, better known as Jerry, was hired by the firm while still attending Berkley High School where he graduated in 1973. He has been a funeral service counselor over 40 years--as well as a Pre-need insurance agent. He became the Vice-President of the firm in 2000. Jerry is married to his wife, Carol, and they reside in Farmington Hills. He is a member of the Berkley Sons of the American Legion and enjoys golf, muscle cars of the 60s and 70s, and motorcycling. He also has been involved with the Berkley Cruisefest Parade for the last 15 years.

Thomas M. Basel

Funeral Director
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Tom received his mortuary license in 1984, a year after graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. Tom is an unwavering supporter of the Maize and Blue, and on Saturdays in the fall, if he is not at work, he is sure to be watching the Wolverines. He is married to his wife, JoAnne and is a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Knights of Columbus, where he is able to actively engage with other members of the community. Tom's experience and likeable personality has been an asset to Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home since he began working there in 2005.

Peter Jensen

Funeral Director
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Pete was born in Pusan, South Korea, and moved to Michigan with his family in 1996. He graduated from Tawas Area High school in 2001. After graduation, he attended Wayne State University, where in three years he received his Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. In 2005, a year after graduating, he began working at Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home. He also is a Free & Accepted Mason, Berkley Lodge 536. He is married to his wife, Monica, who is a surgical techologist in Oakland County. They own three dogs, Tuon, Chanel, and Dozer, and seven cats, Moo, Lane, Chloe, Vin, Vasher, Kaladin, and Sarene. In their freetime, they enjoy spending time in the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. He is also the Vice President of the Do Only Good Animal Rescue, which assists in getting dogs at Oakland County Animal Shelter adopted.

Michael L. Schuneman

Funeral Director
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Mike graduated from North Branch High school in 1984. For two years after high school, he attended pre-mortuary school at Ferris State University. From Ferris, he went to Wayne State University to obtain his mortuary science degree. In 1988, after a one year apprenticeship, Mike officially received his license and moved to the east side of Detroit where he worked as a funeral director for 20 years. He joined Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in 2008, where he has been a valuable member ever since. He is a member of the Lions Club, and he enjoys golfing, playing cards, and fishing. To Mike there is nothing more important than spending time with his family--wife, Lori, and son, Eric who is attending Illinois State University on a Presidential Scholarship.

Ardian Vukpalaj

Funeral Director
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Ardi moved to Michigan in May of 1999 from the former Yugoslavia. He worked for Lutheran Social Services while continuing his education. In 2004, he graduated from Wayne State University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. He worked for almost 10 years at funeral homes in Macomb County before joining the staff Sawyer Fuller Funeral Home in 2013. During the years, he has helped many different communities from Eastern Europe and the US. He is married to his wife, Lily, and they a daughter, Ariana. They also have a dog named, Rroni. Ardian loves soccer, playing the guitar, and reading. He, Lily, and Ariana are active members of Our Lady of Albanians Catholic Church (formerly St. Ives Catholic Church). He is fluent in English, Albanian, Serbian, and Croatian.

Tyler Bernstein

Funeral Director
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Tyler is the grandson of Bill and Yvonne Fuller. He began working at the funeral home in January of 2016. He graduated summa cum laude with an associate’s degree in science from Oakland Community College and graduated from the Wayne State University Mortuary Program in 2018. He lives in Madison Heights and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and exploring the outdoors. He is excited to be part of such a significant aspect of his family’s history and to keep the family business serving the community.

Michael Garnett

Funeral Assistant
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Mike is a retired Public Safety Officer of Berkley. He is a fan of muscle cars and lives in Royal Oak with his wife, Claudia.