History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
To find a time when the Wasik family was not providing funeral care in the Detroit area, one would have to go back to the start of the 20th century. Founded in 1904 by Frank J. Wasik, Wasik Funeral Home is currently celebrating its 110th year of service and fourth generation of family ownership. Through its long history, Wasik Funeral Home has never strayed from the integrity and principals the company was founded on over a century ago.
Until his death 1924, Frank J. Wasik owned and ran Wasik Funeral Home on the east side of Detroit . After Frank J. passed away, his oldest son, Frank A. Wasik managed the company until his death in 1932. Hedwig Wasik, the wife of Frank J., took over the operations of the funeral home until 1942. Jerome F. Wasik, the son of Frank Wasik, became the proprietor and funeral director of the firm at that time. With business expanding, Jerome Wasik moved the home to a larger location just around the corner from where the original space was located. During 1964, both of Jerome's sons, Jerome F. Wasik, Jr. and Joseph J. Wasik had joined their father in the family business upon their completion of Mortuary Science programs. As the business continued to expand even further, the Wasik family decided to open a second funeral home location in Detroit . Wasik Funeral Home closed its original Detroit location in 1988, and later sold the other Detroit home, ending 84 years of continued funeral care service in the city of Detroit. By 1989, the Wasik Funeral Home turned its focus to Detroit 's neighboring city, opening the current Warren location in January of that year.
Jerome F. Wasik, Sr., the president and inspiration of Wasik Funeral Home passed away in 1996, after 54 years of running the family business. His two sons succeeded him as owners of Wasik Funeral Home, and not long after, started planning the development of a second home in Shelby Township . Their project came to fruition in 2000, and on April 1 st of that year, a second Wasik Funeral Home began operation.
Today, six Wasik family members spanning four generations are involved in the running and maintenance of the Wasik Funeral Homes. With 100 years of family tradition and experience, we look forward to continually serving the area with quality funeral care service for the next 100 years.
Our Valued Staff
Jerome F. Wasik, Owner/President/Funeral Director
Jerome F. Wasik, Jr. joined Wasik Funeral Home in 1958 after graduating from the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, although he had been helping his father since he was a teenager. Before attending Wayne State , he graduated from Central Michigan University and served in the United States Army. During his tenure at the Wasik Funeral Home, Jerry has served as a member of both the Michigan and National Funeral Directors Association, and was District One President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. He is a licensed Michigan Funeral Director, and since 1996, he has been the co-owner of Wasik Funeral Home and oversaw the expansion of the firm into Shelby Township in 2000.
Joseph J. Wasik, Retired
Joseph J. Wasik has been a funeral care professional for 40 years, and continues to bring his knowledge and experience to Wasik Funeral Home. After graduating from St. Mary’s Prepatory of Orchard Lake in 1959, Joseph J. Wasik studied at the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in until he completed the program in 1964. He became a licensed funeral director later that year, and then began working at Wasik Funeral Home. Joseph J. Wasik is currently a member of the Michigan and National Funeral Directors Association, and resides in Shelby Township with his wife Camille. Joe retired from his role in day to day operations in 2007 but still holds a place on the Wasik Funeral Home board of directors.
Joseph P. Wasik, Vice President/Funeral Director
Since 1990, Joseph P. Wasik has been a member of Wasik Funeral Home. After graduating in 1986 from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, he went on to the Wayne State School of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1991. He is currently a Funeral Director at Wasik Funeral Home, and also served as the President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association in District Six. Outside of work, Joseph P. Wasik has been a board member of the YMCA from 1992 to 2002. He presently resides in Macomb Township with his wife Lee Ann and his three children, Noah, Jacob and Matthew and are active members of St. Isidore Catholic Church.
Mary Ellen Wasik-Corio, Vice President/Funeral Director
Since 1991, Mary Ellen Wasik-Corio has been an integral part of Wasik Funeral Home. While growing up in Detroit and later Shelby Township, she attended Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights graduating in 1990. By 1991 she was working with Wasik as an Assistant Funeral Director and then attended the School of Mortuary Science at Wayne State in 1998. Mary Ellen graduated from Wayne State in 2000 and also received her license as a Funeral Director during that same year. She currently holds the position of Funeral Director at Wasik Funeral Home and is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. Mary Ellen and her husband Ross reside in Grosse Pointe Woods and are member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.
Michael J. Wasik CFSP, Vice President/Funeral Director
Michael J. Wasik is a licensed funeral director and has been a member of the Wasik Funeral Home staff since 2000. A 1991 graduate of De La Salle High School, Michael went on to attend Albion College , where he graduated in 1995. In 2003, he completed his classes in mortuary science and graduated from Wayne State University and earned his license in mortuary science. He is currently a member of both the Michigan and National Funeral Directors Association, as well as a member of the Michigan Embalmers Society. He is a past President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association District 6 (Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties) and in 2009 he received his CFSP certification from the Academy or Professional Funeral Service Practice. In 2010 Mike gained his accreditation as a Michigan Advanced Planning Professional and was honored with membership in the Michigan Institute of Funeral Professionals both honors bestowed by the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. Mike has lived in Shelby Township since 2005 with his wife Alissa and their daughters Alaina and Lauren where they are active members of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church.
Audrey Jeffrey, Funeral Director
Audrey is a 1987 graduate of Regina High School and also graduated from Wayne State University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development as well as in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. While in Mortuary school , Audrey was the recipient of the Gerald P. Cavallier Excellence in Embalming Award. Audrey is a member of St. Michael Catholic Community and currently resides in Clinton Township with her husband Keith and their two children, Adam and Caitlin.