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.

Our History

In 1912, the old furniture store became known as Romig Funeral home located at 208 West Main Street Marcellus Michigan. After many years of service at the funeral home, John Mater had decided to purchase the business and it was renamed Mater Funeral Home. John and his son William Mater ran the business together before John retired. William had decided to build a new funeral home at 52780 M40 N. Marcellus Michigan which opened in 1994.

 In April 2012, John and Mary Ralston purchased the Mater Funeral Home from William E. Mater, who had served the community for over 40 years before retiring.The funeral home was then renamed Mater-Ralston Funeral Home with John D. Ralston assuming the title of Owner and Manager. John brings over 25 years of funeral experience to the Marcellus community with the intention of continuing the great service the Mater's started and serve the community the best we can.


Our Valued Staff

John & Mary Ralston

John & Mary Ralston, Owners & Managers


Kathy R. Folk

Kathy R. Folk, Office Support/Pre-Need Licensed Agent


Joseph R. Mater

Joseph R. Mater, Previous Owner/Manager


Christian Messner

Christian Messner, Staff


Paul Kubik

Paul Kubik, Staff


Bryn  Shugars

Bryn Shugars, Staff


Sally Messner

Sally Messner, Secretary