All of our staff is eager to help you in any way we can. We are a family-owned business, so we do not have to report to stockholders or worry about other locations. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet your needs.
Allen Cole has been the owner and manager of Cole Funeral Chapel since 1999 when he purchased the business from his father. He is a former high school teacher, and has been a licensed funeral director since 1991. He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1984, and earned his Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. He has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Wendy, since 1988. An Eagle Scout, he spent 14 years as a Cub Scout leader in Pack 435 here in Chelsea, and is now the Troop Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 413. Allen is a member of the Free Methodist Church. Allen has been a runner since his days on the Chelsea High School Cross Country Team, and tries to complete a marathon and/or triathlon most years.
Wendy Cole is Allen’s wife, the co-owner, and is the office manager for the funeral home. She often helps write and submit obituaries, and sometimes helps at visitations. Wendy & Allen have three children, Brian (recently married and living in Grand Rapids), Josh (a freshman at Spring Arbor University), and Nathan (in 8th grade). Wendy enjoys gardening, cooking, and crafts.
Donald Cole is a licensed funeral director who owned and managed the funeral home from 1977 - 1999. He has been married to Linda for over 50 years, and raised three children (Beth, Allen, and Dale). Don is an active member of Chelsea Kiwanis Club and enjoys old cars. He owns two antique hearses that he restored, and can be seen driving around town in his 1967 Corvette. Although retired, he helps Allen and Wendy when needed.
Linda Cole is Don’s wife, and also helps at the funeral home as needed. She is a volunteer at the Chelsea Community Hospital. Don and Linda attend St. Paul United Church of Christ.
Lindsay Payne is a licensed funeral director, and the newest member of our staff. Lindsay graduated from Milford High School in 2010, and graduated from Wayne State University's Mortuary School in 2015. She resides in Hamburg with her dog, PJ. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crocheting, mountain biking, and taking PJ to dog parks.
Paul Marshall is a funeral assistant from Chelsea. He and his wife Barbara, raise therapy dogs.
Tim Ehnis is a funeral assistant, he lives in Chelsea with his wife Judy and is a member of North Sharon Baptist Church. Tim retired from the US Postal Service.
Angela Holick and her husband, Mike, live in the Chelsea area with their son.
Ken Sharp is a funeral assistant who has worked in Chelsea for many years.