Who We Are

A companion pet is a beloved member of the family and their loss can be devastating. As pet parents ourselves, we seek the same level of care, with respect and dignity for our pets, as we do for human family members. However, service levels and operational practices vary greatly from pet cremation provider to pet cremation provider with no assurance in quality. Not only is this extremely concerning but it is very challenging for pet parents to find reputable pet cremation providers that will care for their deceased pet with the respect and dignity their companion deserves.

 

Paws to Remember is a division of O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes and not part of a chain or franchise. Our total focus is on you, the pet parent. Paws to Remember is your assurance of exceptional professionalism, quality, and unparalleled customer care and satisfaction. Serving you is our privilege and we will never violate that sacred trust.


Paws to Remember has quickly grown to be the name families and veterinarians turn to for professional and compassionate pet aftercare.

Paws To Remember

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Don O'Guinn President / Owner

Don received his B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University and his Masters in Speech Communication from Texas Christian University. He also graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio. Don completed his doctoral studies at the University of Arkansas and graduated with a Ph.D. in Forensic Sociology.

 

Don was awarded the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in 1996 and won national election  to the APFSP Board of Trustees in 2013. He currently serves as Board Vice President of the Academy. He is a graduate of the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming in Columbia, Missouri. Don is certified in advanced postmortem reconstructive surgery. He was inducted into the prestigious British Institute of Embalmers in 2000. He is also a member of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors.

 

Don is a graduate of the FEMA - Emergency Management Institute and is certified in Incident Management and Public Disaster Communication. He received certification in Aviation Disaster Management from the Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans. He is a long standing member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

 

Don is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and serves the Michigan Funeral Directors Association as a member of the Government Relations Committee. Don was also appointed Chairman of the Sciences Committee for the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. He is also certified by the In-Sight Institute of  Oklahoma as credentialed Celebrant. 

 

Don has two sons: Ryan and Aaron. He is past President of the Montrose Board of Education, the Montrose Blueberry Festival and the Montrose Chamber of Commerce. Don is also a current member and past director of the Clio Downtown Development Authority and  Birch Run Area Chamber of Commerce. Don enjoys auto racing, boating, antique cars and traveling in his spare time.

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Julie O'Guinn Business Manager

Julie serves our staff as Director of Business and Finance. She handles accounts payable, receivable and payroll. She also works as our tax and insurance liaison.

 

Julie was born and raised in Millington. She graduated from Millington High School and Mott Community College. She completed her studies in Accounting at Central Michigan University. Julie was employed in banking and restaurant management for many years. She was also a longtime member of the Montrose Blueberry Festival Committee and the Clio Chamber of Commerce. 

 

In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel and  interior design. She is also an active member of the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Grand Blanc.  Aside from her two sons, Ryan and Aaron, Julie enjoys spending time at home with her dogs, Brandy and Ella . 

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Crystal Woodworth Funeral Director / Pet Aftercare Specialist / General Manager

Crystal serves as General Manager of O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes and has been an integral part of our funeral home family since 2007.  She oversees personnel and operations at all four O'Guinn locations. Crystal graduated from Fenton High School and completed the Pre-Mortuary Science program at Mott Community College in Flint. She served her internship and residency at O'Guinn's and realized early on that funeral service was her life's calling.

 

Crystal completed her studies at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois, graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science. She is nationally certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and is licensed by the State of Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science.

 

Crystal is very gifted in the preparation arts and has extensive training as a professional embalmer. In 2015, she completed graduate studies at the Fountain National Academy of Embalming in Springfield, Missouri. She achieved certification in Advanced Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery and served as a Graduate Assistant at the academy. She also had the high honor of being inducted into the prestigious British Institute of Embalmers, based on her demonstrated proficiency and dedication to excellence in the field of embalming.

 

"It's the details that make the difference in all that we do," says Crystal. "When making arrangements I like to focus on personalization and making a funeral as unique as the indivdual. I believe that celebrating a life is a critical part of mourning a death. When presenting a loved one for viewing,  I work hard to comfort families by making their loved ones look as natural and peaceful as possible because last impressions are important too." We are very blessed to have Crystal on our team and look forward to many years of serving families together.

 

Her professional affiliations include memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She is also a member of the Pet Loss Professional Alliance.

 

Crystal currently resides in Grand Blanc. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga, travel, reading and spending time with her dog, Dexter. 

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Norm Smith Funeral Director / Pet Aftercare Specialist

Norm joined the O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes staff in May of 2017 and we are delighted to have him as part of our profesional team.

 

Norm is a licensed funeral director with over 22 years of service in the funeral industry. He graduated from Carson City - Crystal High School in 1984 and served in the U.S. Army for 6 1/2 years. He is a member of the American Legion Post #57 of Owosso.

 

Norm also graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is Board certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and is licensed by the State of Michigan.  He was formerly employed by the Smith Family Funeral Homes in mid-Michigan and came to us as the General Manager of the Keehn Funeral Home in Brighton.

 

Norm is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, the Cremation Association of North America, and the NRA.

 

Norm has a tremendous passion for serving people and has been extremely well received by our client families. In his free time, he enjoys motorcycling, boating and spending time with his family. He and his wife,Lisa, reside in Corunna and have 3 children and 1 granddaughter. 

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SSG Jacob Beebe, U.S. Army Resident Intern / Pet Aftercare Specialist

We had the good fortune of adding Jacob to our professional staff in 2017 and he has been a tremendous asset to our team. He came to us with an extensive background in funeral service and a state certified license as a Mortuary Science apprentice. 

 

Jacob was born and raised in Otisville, Michigan and attended Lakeville Memorial High School. He graduated with honors from Mott Community College, earning a degree in pre-mortuary studies. Jacob is currently enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he is dividing his time between on campus and distance learning studies. 

 

In 2012, Jacob joined the U.S. Army and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He also completed logistical, advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Upon completion of training, he was placed for duty in Saginaw with the 919th Inland Cargo Transfer Company. In 2015, he earned the rank of Sergeant and was promoted to Staff Sergeant in January of 2018.

 

Jacob enjoys fishing, hunting, woodworking, riding ATVs, playing with his dogs and spending time with his wife, Jennifer. He currently resides in Mayville and is a big supporter of Quality Deer Management Areas (QDMA) of Tuscola County. Jacob will complete his mortuary education this year and we look forward to having him on staff and serving with him for many years to come.  

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Gary Keeler Staff Supervisor / Aftercare Transportation

Gary has been a longtime employee of O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes. He retired from GM's Chevrolet Manufacturing Division in 1999 and is a member of UAW Local 659.

 

Born and raised in Maple Grove Township, Gary has resided in Montrose for nearly 50 years. He is a U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War veteran and is a member of the Montrose American Legion - Harry Baker Post #367.

 

Gary serves as our staff supervisor and handles scheduling, logistics, fleet management and general building operations. He serves as a Montrose Township Trustee and as Chairman of the Planning Commission. Gary also serves on various board committees.

 

Gary attends Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Montrose. He is an active member of the  Knights of Columbus - Good Shepherd Council #8669 and has held several organizational offices including that of Grand Knight.

 

He and his wife Lois are active members of the Montrose community. They have 4 children. In his spare time Gary enjoys gardening and yard work.

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Tony Hornak Aftercare Transportation

Tony is a very dedicated and longtime member of our family and we are honored to have him on staff. He serves in numerous capacities at our homes and is always willing to help where needed.

Tony retired from Saginaw Steering Gear / Delphi with over 40 years of service. He was also a member of UAW Local 699. He is a U.S. Army, Vietnam War veteran and is an active member of the Birch Run VFW Post 7542.

He is a former member of the Birch Run Auxiliary Police Dept. and the Taymouth Twp. Fire Dept. Tony was also a longtime trustee of the Taymouth Township Board. He is a member of St. Francis & Clare Catholic Church in Birch Run. He enjoys hunting, fishing and woodworking. Tony resides in Montrose and  has two sons. 

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Fred Sheridan Aftercare Transportation

Fred joined our staff in January of 2017. He is a lifelong resident of Birch Run and graduated from Birch Run High School in 1966. Fred is a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Siding World with 35 years of service with 30 years in management. He was instrumental in opening 17 stores in 3 states.

 

He is a member of Saints Francis & Clare Parish in Birch Run where he has served as Chairman of the Parish and Finance Councils. Fred also serves as a trustee of the Birch Run Township Board and as a member of the Township Planning Commission. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, and the National Hot Rod Association.

 

In his spare time, Fred enjoys drag racing his 9.5 second '71 Dodge Demon, old cars, and working with his hands. Fred and his wife, Beth, reside in Birch Run. With their combined families, they have 8 children, 18 grandchildren, 21 graet-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.  

Don O'Guinn

President / Owner
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Don received his B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University and his Masters in Speech Communication from Texas Christian University. He also graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio. Don completed his doctoral studies at the University of Arkansas and graduated with a Ph.D. in Forensic Sociology.

 

Don was awarded the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in 1996 and won national election  to the APFSP Board of Trustees in 2013. He currently serves as Board Vice President of the Academy. He is a graduate of the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming in Columbia, Missouri. Don is certified in advanced postmortem reconstructive surgery. He was inducted into the prestigious British Institute of Embalmers in 2000. He is also a member of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors.

 

Don is a graduate of the FEMA - Emergency Management Institute and is certified in Incident Management and Public Disaster Communication. He received certification in Aviation Disaster Management from the Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans. He is a long standing member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

 

Don is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and serves the Michigan Funeral Directors Association as a member of the Government Relations Committee. Don was also appointed Chairman of the Sciences Committee for the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. He is also certified by the In-Sight Institute of  Oklahoma as credentialed Celebrant. 

 

Don has two sons: Ryan and Aaron. He is past President of the Montrose Board of Education, the Montrose Blueberry Festival and the Montrose Chamber of Commerce. Don is also a current member and past director of the Clio Downtown Development Authority and  Birch Run Area Chamber of Commerce. Don enjoys auto racing, boating, antique cars and traveling in his spare time.

Julie O'Guinn

Business Manager
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Julie serves our staff as Director of Business and Finance. She handles accounts payable, receivable and payroll. She also works as our tax and insurance liaison.

 

Julie was born and raised in Millington. She graduated from Millington High School and Mott Community College. She completed her studies in Accounting at Central Michigan University. Julie was employed in banking and restaurant management for many years. She was also a longtime member of the Montrose Blueberry Festival Committee and the Clio Chamber of Commerce. 

 

In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel and  interior design. She is also an active member of the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Grand Blanc.  Aside from her two sons, Ryan and Aaron, Julie enjoys spending time at home with her dogs, Brandy and Ella . 

Crystal Woodworth

Funeral Director / Pet Aftercare Specialist / General Manager
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Crystal serves as General Manager of O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes and has been an integral part of our funeral home family since 2007.  She oversees personnel and operations at all four O'Guinn locations. Crystal graduated from Fenton High School and completed the Pre-Mortuary Science program at Mott Community College in Flint. She served her internship and residency at O'Guinn's and realized early on that funeral service was her life's calling.

 

Crystal completed her studies at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois, graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science. She is nationally certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and is licensed by the State of Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science.

 

Crystal is very gifted in the preparation arts and has extensive training as a professional embalmer. In 2015, she completed graduate studies at the Fountain National Academy of Embalming in Springfield, Missouri. She achieved certification in Advanced Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery and served as a Graduate Assistant at the academy. She also had the high honor of being inducted into the prestigious British Institute of Embalmers, based on her demonstrated proficiency and dedication to excellence in the field of embalming.

 

"It's the details that make the difference in all that we do," says Crystal. "When making arrangements I like to focus on personalization and making a funeral as unique as the indivdual. I believe that celebrating a life is a critical part of mourning a death. When presenting a loved one for viewing,  I work hard to comfort families by making their loved ones look as natural and peaceful as possible because last impressions are important too." We are very blessed to have Crystal on our team and look forward to many years of serving families together.

 

Her professional affiliations include memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She is also a member of the Pet Loss Professional Alliance.

 

Crystal currently resides in Grand Blanc. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga, travel, reading and spending time with her dog, Dexter. 

Norm Smith

Funeral Director / Pet Aftercare Specialist
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Norm joined the O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes staff in May of 2017 and we are delighted to have him as part of our profesional team.

 

Norm is a licensed funeral director with over 22 years of service in the funeral industry. He graduated from Carson City - Crystal High School in 1984 and served in the U.S. Army for 6 1/2 years. He is a member of the American Legion Post #57 of Owosso.

 

Norm also graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is Board certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and is licensed by the State of Michigan.  He was formerly employed by the Smith Family Funeral Homes in mid-Michigan and came to us as the General Manager of the Keehn Funeral Home in Brighton.

 

Norm is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, the Cremation Association of North America, and the NRA.

 

Norm has a tremendous passion for serving people and has been extremely well received by our client families. In his free time, he enjoys motorcycling, boating and spending time with his family. He and his wife,Lisa, reside in Corunna and have 3 children and 1 granddaughter. 

SSG Jacob Beebe, U.S. Army

Resident Intern / Pet Aftercare Specialist
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We had the good fortune of adding Jacob to our professional staff in 2017 and he has been a tremendous asset to our team. He came to us with an extensive background in funeral service and a state certified license as a Mortuary Science apprentice. 

 

Jacob was born and raised in Otisville, Michigan and attended Lakeville Memorial High School. He graduated with honors from Mott Community College, earning a degree in pre-mortuary studies. Jacob is currently enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he is dividing his time between on campus and distance learning studies. 

 

In 2012, Jacob joined the U.S. Army and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He also completed logistical, advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Upon completion of training, he was placed for duty in Saginaw with the 919th Inland Cargo Transfer Company. In 2015, he earned the rank of Sergeant and was promoted to Staff Sergeant in January of 2018.

 

Jacob enjoys fishing, hunting, woodworking, riding ATVs, playing with his dogs and spending time with his wife, Jennifer. He currently resides in Mayville and is a big supporter of Quality Deer Management Areas (QDMA) of Tuscola County. Jacob will complete his mortuary education this year and we look forward to having him on staff and serving with him for many years to come.  

Gary Keeler

Staff Supervisor / Aftercare Transportation
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Gary has been a longtime employee of O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes. He retired from GM's Chevrolet Manufacturing Division in 1999 and is a member of UAW Local 659.

 

Born and raised in Maple Grove Township, Gary has resided in Montrose for nearly 50 years. He is a U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War veteran and is a member of the Montrose American Legion - Harry Baker Post #367.

 

Gary serves as our staff supervisor and handles scheduling, logistics, fleet management and general building operations. He serves as a Montrose Township Trustee and as Chairman of the Planning Commission. Gary also serves on various board committees.

 

Gary attends Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Montrose. He is an active member of the  Knights of Columbus - Good Shepherd Council #8669 and has held several organizational offices including that of Grand Knight.

 

He and his wife Lois are active members of the Montrose community. They have 4 children. In his spare time Gary enjoys gardening and yard work.

Tony Hornak

Aftercare Transportation
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Tony is a very dedicated and longtime member of our family and we are honored to have him on staff. He serves in numerous capacities at our homes and is always willing to help where needed.

Tony retired from Saginaw Steering Gear / Delphi with over 40 years of service. He was also a member of UAW Local 699. He is a U.S. Army, Vietnam War veteran and is an active member of the Birch Run VFW Post 7542.

He is a former member of the Birch Run Auxiliary Police Dept. and the Taymouth Twp. Fire Dept. Tony was also a longtime trustee of the Taymouth Township Board. He is a member of St. Francis & Clare Catholic Church in Birch Run. He enjoys hunting, fishing and woodworking. Tony resides in Montrose and  has two sons. 

Fred Sheridan

Aftercare Transportation
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Fred joined our staff in January of 2017. He is a lifelong resident of Birch Run and graduated from Birch Run High School in 1966. Fred is a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Siding World with 35 years of service with 30 years in management. He was instrumental in opening 17 stores in 3 states.

 

He is a member of Saints Francis & Clare Parish in Birch Run where he has served as Chairman of the Parish and Finance Councils. Fred also serves as a trustee of the Birch Run Township Board and as a member of the Township Planning Commission. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, and the National Hot Rod Association.

 

In his spare time, Fred enjoys drag racing his 9.5 second '71 Dodge Demon, old cars, and working with his hands. Fred and his wife, Beth, reside in Birch Run. With their combined families, they have 8 children, 18 grandchildren, 21 graet-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.