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Staff

Staff

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.


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Jeremy S. Hansen Funeral Director/Owner

Jeremy’s interest in funeral service began when, as a teenager, he assisted his father and grandfather with the remodel of an area funeral home. Infused with a strong work ethic and desire to expand his horizons, Jeremy began his quest to become a funeral director while in high school. Following his graduation from Marquette Senior High School, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University with his Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science. By 2004, Jeremy was employed in funeral service locally for several years before becoming a partner in the Fassbender Funeral Home. In 2006, he was involved with the merging of the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home with the Fassbender Funeral Home, the working association that resulted has enhanced service for clients of both firms. Presently, Jeremy is the sole owner of both funeral homes. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, golfing, skiing, and snowboarding. He currently serves on many local boards and committees, including the UP Home Health and Hospice P.A.C. Board, Chairman of the UP Home Health and Hospice Foundation, Upper Peninsula Family Solutions, Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, Treasurer of Michigan Funeral Directors Association District 10, and President of the Marquette Investment Club. Jeremy is deeply committed to the funeral service and the families it serves. 

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John H. Oberstar Funeral Director/Manager

John joined Fassbender Funeral Home in 1974, following his graduation from Northern Michigan University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and St. Christopher Catholic Church.  

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Ben Poquette Funeral Director

An Iron Mountain native, Ben came to the team in 2009. Following a high school Career Day lecture and tour, Ben first thought of the prospect of working in funeral service and assisting individuals through difficult times. When not working, Ben enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, traveling along wooded trails in his Jeep, and archery. He belongs to several service and sportsman’s clubs including, St. Michael Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. His choice of career has been meaningful and productive and he is a valued member of the team.

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Reverend Leon G. Jarvis Pre-Planning & After Care Director

Leon has lived in Marquette for the past 30 years.  He was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Dearborn, Michigan.  Leon started religious life in the Roman Catholic Church when he graduated from high school in 1976,  He entered Saint Benedict Monastery in Oxford, Michigan in 1978 and continued his monastic vocation for ten years.  Leon worked with the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent DePaul , a community of Roman Catholic religious women, at the Saint Vincent - Sarah Fisher Center for Children in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  The residential center cared for children and youth who had been abused or neglected and needed treatment.  Leon worked with the Sisters for six years.  Leon eventually was dispensed from his monastic vows and left the monastery.  Several years after leaving the monastery, he married, and he and his wife moved to Marquette.  Leon attended Northern Michigan University School of Nursing and graduated with his Certificate in Practical Nursing.  He was employed at Marquette General Hospital for 28 years, ten years in the Upper Michigan Rehabilitation Center and 18 years as the hospital chaplain.  Leon was ordained in 2005 as a priest in the Episcopal Church USA for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan.  Leon has helped several area churches when they have needed pulpit supply and served the community officiating at many funerals for those without a minister.  Leon has two daughters in their twenties and lives with the family dog, Bella.

He is a member of the Professional Chaplains Association and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.  Leon is certified in the Sacred Art of Dying.  Leon likes all things Yooper; the people, pasties, Presque Isle, Copper Country, waterfalls and the lighthouses.

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Jacob Peterson Funeral Director Assistant

Jacob is a Marquette native.  He graduated from Marquette High School.  He joined the team in 2015.  Jacob is currently in the apprenticeship program and is planning to attend the Mortuary Science program through Wayne State University.  He enjoys the outdoors, snowboarding, hiking, playing hockey, and spending time with his family.  Jake loves to listen to music and is our IT man when it comes to making slideshows and recording those special songs that families request for services. 

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Cathy DeRocher Office Manager

Cathy joined us in 2010, following 20 years as a dental receptionist. She has traveled the world until she landed in Marquette in 1979. She is married to David and they have two children, Crystal and Levi. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking as well as enjoying many outdoor activities. Cathy serves as part time bookkeeper and is in charge of handling insurance inquiries and processing paperwork.

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Amanda Stenfors Office Manager

Amanda has been a member of our team since 2015, previously working as a medical transcriptionist and certified nurses aide. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Amanda is married to William and they have three children, Alaina, Luke, and Caitlin. She enjoys traveling, gardening, crafting, photography, reading, and watching her kids participate in their various sports such as hockey, Highland Dance competitions, and tennis. Amanda handles all veteran’s paperwork, filing death certificates and the daily paperwork at the funeral home.

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Dona Hansen Office Manager

For over 20 years, Dona enjoyed being employed locally as a legal assistant.  When her son, Jeremy, purchased the Fassbender Funeral Home, and later the Swanson-Lundquist Home, he asked his mother to join him in his new venture in 2004. In addition to her role as Office Manager, Dona and her husband, Steve, spearhead the renovation projects at the funeral homes. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, walking, reading, and spending time with family. Her and Steve have two sons, Jeremy and Michael (wife, Jonelle Peterson), and a grandson, Glenn.  She enjoys the fulfillment that comes with belonging to an organization that serves people, especially during their most difficult  hours. 

Jeremy S. Hansen

Funeral Director/Owner
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Jeremy’s interest in funeral service began when, as a teenager, he assisted his father and grandfather with the remodel of an area funeral home. Infused with a strong work ethic and desire to expand his horizons, Jeremy began his quest to become a funeral director while in high school. Following his graduation from Marquette Senior High School, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University with his Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science. By 2004, Jeremy was employed in funeral service locally for several years before becoming a partner in the Fassbender Funeral Home. In 2006, he was involved with the merging of the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home with the Fassbender Funeral Home, the working association that resulted has enhanced service for clients of both firms. Presently, Jeremy is the sole owner of both funeral homes. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, golfing, skiing, and snowboarding. He currently serves on many local boards and committees, including the UP Home Health and Hospice P.A.C. Board, Chairman of the UP Home Health and Hospice Foundation, Upper Peninsula Family Solutions, Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, Treasurer of Michigan Funeral Directors Association District 10, and President of the Marquette Investment Club. Jeremy is deeply committed to the funeral service and the families it serves. 

John H. Oberstar

Funeral Director/Manager
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John joined Fassbender Funeral Home in 1974, following his graduation from Northern Michigan University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and St. Christopher Catholic Church.  

Ben Poquette

Funeral Director
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An Iron Mountain native, Ben came to the team in 2009. Following a high school Career Day lecture and tour, Ben first thought of the prospect of working in funeral service and assisting individuals through difficult times. When not working, Ben enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, traveling along wooded trails in his Jeep, and archery. He belongs to several service and sportsman’s clubs including, St. Michael Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. His choice of career has been meaningful and productive and he is a valued member of the team.

Reverend Leon G. Jarvis

Pre-Planning & After Care Director
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Leon has lived in Marquette for the past 30 years.  He was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Dearborn, Michigan.  Leon started religious life in the Roman Catholic Church when he graduated from high school in 1976,  He entered Saint Benedict Monastery in Oxford, Michigan in 1978 and continued his monastic vocation for ten years.  Leon worked with the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent DePaul , a community of Roman Catholic religious women, at the Saint Vincent - Sarah Fisher Center for Children in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  The residential center cared for children and youth who had been abused or neglected and needed treatment.  Leon worked with the Sisters for six years.  Leon eventually was dispensed from his monastic vows and left the monastery.  Several years after leaving the monastery, he married, and he and his wife moved to Marquette.  Leon attended Northern Michigan University School of Nursing and graduated with his Certificate in Practical Nursing.  He was employed at Marquette General Hospital for 28 years, ten years in the Upper Michigan Rehabilitation Center and 18 years as the hospital chaplain.  Leon was ordained in 2005 as a priest in the Episcopal Church USA for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan.  Leon has helped several area churches when they have needed pulpit supply and served the community officiating at many funerals for those without a minister.  Leon has two daughters in their twenties and lives with the family dog, Bella.

He is a member of the Professional Chaplains Association and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.  Leon is certified in the Sacred Art of Dying.  Leon likes all things Yooper; the people, pasties, Presque Isle, Copper Country, waterfalls and the lighthouses.

Jacob Peterson

Funeral Director Assistant
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Jacob is a Marquette native.  He graduated from Marquette High School.  He joined the team in 2015.  Jacob is currently in the apprenticeship program and is planning to attend the Mortuary Science program through Wayne State University.  He enjoys the outdoors, snowboarding, hiking, playing hockey, and spending time with his family.  Jake loves to listen to music and is our IT man when it comes to making slideshows and recording those special songs that families request for services. 

Cathy DeRocher

Office Manager
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Cathy joined us in 2010, following 20 years as a dental receptionist. She has traveled the world until she landed in Marquette in 1979. She is married to David and they have two children, Crystal and Levi. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking as well as enjoying many outdoor activities. Cathy serves as part time bookkeeper and is in charge of handling insurance inquiries and processing paperwork.

Amanda Stenfors

Office Manager
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Amanda has been a member of our team since 2015, previously working as a medical transcriptionist and certified nurses aide. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Amanda is married to William and they have three children, Alaina, Luke, and Caitlin. She enjoys traveling, gardening, crafting, photography, reading, and watching her kids participate in their various sports such as hockey, Highland Dance competitions, and tennis. Amanda handles all veteran’s paperwork, filing death certificates and the daily paperwork at the funeral home.

Dona Hansen

Office Manager
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For over 20 years, Dona enjoyed being employed locally as a legal assistant.  When her son, Jeremy, purchased the Fassbender Funeral Home, and later the Swanson-Lundquist Home, he asked his mother to join him in his new venture in 2004. In addition to her role as Office Manager, Dona and her husband, Steve, spearhead the renovation projects at the funeral homes. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, walking, reading, and spending time with family. Her and Steve have two sons, Jeremy and Michael (wife, Jonelle Peterson), and a grandson, Glenn.  She enjoys the fulfillment that comes with belonging to an organization that serves people, especially during their most difficult  hours. 

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