Your Lee-Ellena Funeral Home Team
Staff members of Lee-Ellena Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.
Sarah E. Lee, Owner
Manager, Licensed Funeral Director
Sarah E. Lee (formerly Sarah E. Lee-Ellena) started on her path toward funeral service following the 1999 death of her mother. Finding scarce resources to help those going through bereavement, Sarah began reaching out to help others in the same predicament. In 2004 she became a casualty of the auto industry collapse which launched her new career track. Funeral service seemed an obvious choice. Sarah enrolled in the mortuary science program at Wayne State University, graduated in 2006 and became licensed in 2007. Meanwhile, the long process to bring the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home to life began. Ground was broken in May 2007 and the funeral home opened its doors March 1, 2008.
Caring for the survivors has been Sarah’s specific ministry all along as when she started out in 1999. Lee-Ellena Funeral Home believes every life is worth celebrating. Along with honoring the deceased in funeral services, Lee-Ellena Funeral Home provides follow-up care for survivors to help them on their difficult road back to recovery.
Sarah is past president and a current member of the Mt. Clemens Rotary Club. She is a parishioner of St. Isidore Catholic Church and sings in the 9:30 Ensemble. Sarah also belongs to the Base Community Council, the Daughters of Macomb and the Richmond Community Theater. In 2014 she was a recipient of Turning Point’s Spirit of Leadership Award.
Operations and Building
Tom first came to Lee-Ellena Funeral Home to arrange for his father’s funeral services in 2009. At that time he was retired from Delphi as a logistics manager. Those skills, plus his earlier funeral home work experience, made a perfect match and Tom joined Lee-Ellena in 2010. Tom wears many hats, from overseeing the building and grounds operations to driving the hearse, assisting at visitation and overseeing operations when Sarah is out of town.
Chief of Office Operations
Stephanie is the receptionist and administrative assistant. Stephanie’s gifts can be seen in our printing pieces, the seasonal decorations around the funeral home and social media. She is also responsible for the Holiday Remembrance Service.
Joshua James Dulin
Embalmer and Licensed Funeral Director
Joshua is a 2011 graduate of Wayne State University of Mortuary Science. He has loved the funeral industry, since he was young, attending the funerals of his church family. At Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, Josh enjoys learning about the life of the decedents he cares for and creating a personal and memorable service for them and their loved ones. On Sunday Josh can be found accompanying the choir and congregation of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church in Hamtramck. He also enjoys playing the funeral home’s baby grand piano for services.
Embalmer and Licensed Funeral Director
Tara is a 2015 graduate from Wayne State University, where she received her bachelors degree in Mortuary Science. She has always had a drive to help others, and found her true calling in funeral service. At Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, Tara consistently strives to make strong connections with families, and creating a memorable experience during their difficult time.
Kimberly is a future Wayne State University Mortuary Science graduate, for the class 2017. She assists our funeral directors, and takes care of administrative duties part-time. Kim enjoys working with families to ensure all of their needs are met, and looks forward to becoming a licensed funeral director.
Eugene Puvalowski, Heather Land, Erin Bachula & Zachary Breininger
Our dedicated evening staff work together to ensure visitations and evening services go smoothly for our families. Their many tasks include but are not limited to greeting guests, answering the phone, overseeing the hospitality suite, setting up for evening services and handling the details with the family for the next morning’s service.