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Our caring professionals are committed to understanding your individual needs, traditions, and customs. We are available around the clock to assist you during this difficult time. In addition to our professional funeral directors, we have a full time support staff to assist you with arrangements, paperwork, and other administration.

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Robert C. Cover

Robert C. Cover

Funeral Home Owner Emeritus

Robert Clyde Cover was born on April 15, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio.   He was one of four children born from the union of Robert Eugene Cover and Catherine Leone (Allen) Cover.   At the age of 12, Bob’s father passed, and this would soon shape his young life in many ways.   The Cover Family chose the local, neighborhood funeral home, Lyle Elliott, and Bob was moved by the funeral director’s compassion.   During high school, Bob would take a position under the tutelage of Mr. Elliott.   He soon found that funeral service was his passion.  

Bob graduated from Warren High School with the Class of 1971.   With his new found call to serve others he would take employment with the Temrowski Funeral Home.   Bob continued his studies completing his Associates Degree in 1973 at Macomb County Community College, and then entered the mortuary program at Wayne State University where he would graduate in 1974.    

Bob spent seven years with the A.H. Peters Funeral Home.   He learned all he could from many professionals during this time, but he always felt there was more.  

In 1984, Bob and Sherry Cover started a new chapter in their lives by moving their young family to Dundee, Michigan and purchased what was then known as the Buhl Funeral Home.   They quickly fell in love with the small town knowing it was where they wanted to raise their children.   Bob was adamant in supporting his local community both with his finances and with his time.   He was a member of the Dundee Parks and Recreation and Dundee Zoning Board of Appeals.   He also served as a member and Chairperson of the Dundee Housing Commission.  

Bob was Past President of the Dundee Lions Club and the Chancellor Commander of the Dundee Lodge 206 Knights of Pythias.   In 1992, he would complete his Bachelor’s degree with the first class from Siena Heights University at Monroe County Community College.   Bob also served his profession being the Past President of Michigan Funeral Directors Association District #2.

Bob loved to help others.   He was often a confidant to his children and their friends always having an open door and willing to put a pot of coffee on at any hour.  One of his greatest gifts was that of being an expert conversationalist, striking up dialog with people both young and old.   He was kindhearted and generous often paying it forward.  

Although, he was extremely intelligent and methodical in his thinking he was down to earth.   He loved genealogy, classic cars owning a few throughout the years, and architecture.    

Robert Clyde Cover, age 65, of Monroe formerly of Dundee passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 after a valiant battle with cancer.  Preceding Bob in his passing were his parents; two brothers:  Thomas and Gregory Cover; and a granddaughter:  Lillian Grace Allard.

To cherish his memory, Bob leaves a loving wife Cheryl Cover of Monroe; two children:  Paul (Lindsey) Cover of Skagit County, Washington and Carol (George) Allard of Allen Park; a sister:  Karen Cover (Ted Cushard) of Clinton Township; a sister-in-law:  Julie Cover of Bloomfield Township; three grandchildren:  Lucas and Noah Allard and Miles Cover; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may gather from 1:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Cover Funeral Home, 297 Tecumseh Street in Dundee.   He will lie in state from 10:00am until 11:00am on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, 460 Riley Street.   Funeral services will follow at 11:00am also at the church with Reverend Jen Kiefer pastor of the church officiating.   Procession will follow to Maple Grove Cemetery for burial.

Memorials are suggested to Gabby’s Ladder or the American Cancer Society.   Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort by visiting www.coverfuneralhome.com.  

Sherry Cover

Sherry Cover

Former Administrative Assistant

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Phone: 734-529-3156

Sherry Cover was born in Lake Orion, Michigan and graduated from Lake Orion High School.   Sherry and Robert "Bob" moved to Dundee in 1984 when they purchased the former Buhl Funeral Home.   She is the proud mother of son:  Paul and daughter-in-law:  Lindsey Cover and daughter:  Carol and son-in-law:  George Allard.   She is also a beloved grandmother to her three grandchildren:  Lucas and Noah Allard and Miles Cover.

Amber J. Miles

Amber J. Miles

Manager

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734-529-3156

The youngest of four children born to Gary and Renee Miles of Belleville, Michigan, Amber, was raised in the small town of New Boston and graduated from Huron High School with the Class of 2006. Fresh out of high school, Amber took employment with Michigan Memorial Funeral Home as a Receptionist, while she attended Wayne County Community College earning an Associate of Science Degree.

At Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, she worked in many capacities learning all facets of funeral service. She soon grew to love her work finding that she had a passion for serving others and chose to further her education at Wayne State University attending Mortuary School and graduated in 2012. Through her steady progression in education and knowledge in funeral service she would earn the title of Director of Funeral Operations at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.

Looking for new opportunities, Amber left her position at MMFH in August of 2017. On August 21, 2017 she joined the Merkle Funeral Service Team as a Licensed Funeral Director and Manager of the South Monroe location.

Amber loves staying active. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend, taking many trips Up North to the cottage, fishing, playing softball on a co-ed league, and spoiling her Boxer, Brennan.

Amber loves being a funeral director. She is very compassionate and takes care of every family as if they were her own. Although, being there for someone during the most difficult time in their life can be challenging, she is grateful for the opportunity and finds her work extremely gratifying.

Brian S. Merkle

Brian S. Merkle

President

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734-529-3156

Brian S. Merkle is a lifelong Monroe County resident. He has been married to Tammy (Haynes) since June 22, 2001 and together they have three children, Olivia, Merin, and Ethan and two dogs, Lola a Certified Therapy Dog and Layla.

Brian is a 1996 Monroe High School graduate, and a 1999 Monroe County Community College graduate. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in Mortuary Science in 2000 whiles serving his practicum at the Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian.

Brian completed Funeral Service Apprenticeship with the Bennett Funeral Homes in Monroe and Erie, and the David C. Brown Funeral Home in Belleville, Michigan. For four years Brian served the residents of Monroe as a Licensed Funeral Director at the Bennett Funeral Homes. He also managed the Erie Facility for three years. For more than two years Brian worked as a Licensed Funeral Director with Ochalek-Stark Funeral Service, Milan and Stark Funeral Service, Ypsilanti.

On July 17, 2007, the Merkle family opened Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe to better serve the Monroe Community. In 2011, Brian obtained his State of Ohio Embalmers and Funeral Director's dual licenses.

Brian currently serves his community as an Emergency Medical Technician for Monroe Community Ambulance where has been employed since June of 2006. He also is a state certified member of the Monroe County Critical Incident Stress Management Team. For more than fifteen years, Brian has been a member of the Monroe Exchange Club. He is a past President, past blood drive chair, and is active with the GoodFellows Paper Sale.

Brian is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he is a past Chair Person of the Day School Commission, Elder, Principals Advisory Committee, and as the Vice-President of Education on Church Council. He currently serves as an usher and on the Endowment Fund Committee, and on the Church Board of Directors.

A state certified firefighter and an Ice Rescue Technician, Brian served from 1997 until 2010 with the Monroe Charter Township Fire Department. He was the past chairperson of the 9-11, Memorial Tower Climb Committee, was appointed as a Trustee and chaired the Board of Review for Monroe Township. He was chosen as the Firefighter of the Year in 2004 by the Monroe Kiwanis Club.

Brian is a former member and Vice-President of the Dundee Business Dynamics and of the Business Network International Chapter I, Monroe.

In 2014, Brian was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious 20 under 40 Award. This Leadership Recognition Program showcases young, dynamic leaders in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40. The program recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.

In April of 2018, Brian was chosen as the Alumnus of the Year for Monroe County Community College.   He also serves with the Monroe Aging Consortium as the Vice-President.

In his free time Brian enjoys spending time with his family, running, weight lifting, and playing soccer.

Janice L. Redden

Janice L. Redden

Advanced Funeral Planner

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734-529-3156

Janice joined the Merkle Funeral Service Team in July of 2012 as a Funeral Directors Apprentice.   She graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University in August of 2012 achieving her Bachelor Degree in Mortuary Science.   She became a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Michigan in March of 2013 and then obtained her Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Ohio dual license on March 17, 2015 to better serve families.

In 2018, Janice obtained her limited life insurance license through the State of Michigan.  She is a resident agent for the National Guardian Life (NGL) Insurance Company, and serves Merkle Funeral Service by assisting families with their advanced planning needs.   Janice loves to educate our clients with one on one appointments or group seminars to discuss options and the value of advanced planning.

Janice also takes great pride in overseeing the Memorial Division of Merkle Custom Memorials.  She appreciates the opportunity to help families design permanent memorials for their loved ones.

Janice had previously spent more than twenty years in the dental profession, graduating from the University of Michigan in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene.   She was employed for Dr. Robert Farber of Dearborn for thirteen years, and had previously worked as a Dental Assistant at Concord Dental for seven years. 

Janice grew up in the Westland area, where she met her husband of more than twenty years, Jeff Redden.   The couple and their two children Elliah and Gavin moved to Monroe County in 2006.   Jeff is employed as a Supervisor by Jacobs Technology at Ford Motor Company. 

In her free time Janice enjoys spending time with her family and completing home improvement projects.   She loves outdoor activities including bike riding and spending time at the beach.