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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.


Lee Ellena Funeral Home Sarah E. LeeSarah 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.



Lee Ellena Funeral Home Thomas SextonThomas Sexton

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.




Lee Ellena Funeral Home Stephanie MirabileStephanie Mirabile

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.





Lee Ellena Funeral Home Tara Kornilov

Tara Kornilov 

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.


Lee Ellena Funeral Home Kimberly MortonKimberly Morton

Embalmer and Licensed Funeral Director

Kimberly Morton is a 2017 graduate of the Wayne State University Mortuary Science program. She became a part of the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home team in 2014, where she started as a nighttime greeter, welcoming families during visitations. She later became a full-time member of the team as one of our funeral directors and embalmers. As a funeral director, Kim enjoys working closely with her families that she serves, by creating memorable and personalized funeral services for them. Outside the funeral home, Kim enjoys sewing and spending time with her family.







Heather Land, Margaret Benvenuti, Elaine Wandzel, & Erin Bachula

Evening Staff


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.