Meet Our Staff

Owner / Director
Calvin Funeral Home: (269) 621-4101
Leonard Funeral Home: (269) 674-8131


Gerald M. Birmele is the current Owner and licensed Funeral Director for both the Calvin and Leonard Funeral Homes. He has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1991 and has been owner of the Funeral Homes following the retirement of his father-in-law, Dale Leonard, on January 1, 1997.

Gerald, or Jerry as he is known by most, is a lifelong resident of Hartford, where he grew up on Washington Street in the downtown area. He is a 1970 graduate of Hartford High School, a 1975 graduate of Western Michigan University (bachelor’s degree in education) and a 1991 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. Before becoming a Funeral Director, he taught elementary school on an Indian reservation in Norris, South Dakota.

Gerald married his wife, the former Cindy Leonard, on December 28, 1980. They are the current co-owners of the Funeral Homes and reside in Hartford in a home right across the parking lot from the Calvin Funeral Home. They have three grown children — Janell (29), Jerrod (26) and Jenna (19). They are excited to continue the tradition of family owned, operated and caring funerals for the Hartford and Lawrence communities.


Dale D. Leonard Cindy Birmele Jerrod Birmele
Licensed Manager Funeral Home Co-Owner Office Manager / Web Site Admin
Al Rosier David Norden Robert Walker
Funeral Assistant Funeral Assistant Funeral Assistant