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Our History... Founded in 1853 by Frank Staffan, the funeral home business has been passed down from father to son for several generations. The Mitchell family moved to Chelsea in 1981.  John Sr. and Gloria Mitchell bought the Staffan Funeral Home from George and Kathryn Staffan, ending a four-generation Staffan legacy.
About Green Burial Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home continues to be leaders in the industry. We are proud to offer biodegradable caskets, burial shrouds, environmentally friendly embalming fluid, and burial wash.
Memorial Keepsakes Who was this loved one? What were their passions, their beliefs? What did they like to do in their spare time? Who did they love and what were the gifts and joys they gave to us? A memorial should reflect and pay tribute to the person it commemorates.


In 2001 the Mitchell family moved the funeral home from the downtown district to its current location at 901 N. Main St. As one of the newest funeral homes built in Washtenaw County, the 8,000 square-foot barrier-free building is spacious and open. It radiates a warm, home-like atmosphere.

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Funeral Service in Stockbridge is provided by the Mitchell Family.  John and Gloria, and  son Johnny and his wife Cindy purchased the business from the Caskey family in August of 1995. In 2004 Mike Mitchell joined the business and now the brothers run the operation together.  Since 1995 the Mitchell family has been fortunate to carry on the tradition of care that had been set by the Milner and Caskey Families.

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John Cullen

John Anthony Cullen, age 68, of Lyndon Twp., MI, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. John proudly served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam, from 1969- 1972, attaining the rank of Sgt. He was born the son of Donald and Kathleen (Stack) Cullen on February 1, 1951 in Detroit, MI. John is survived by his wife, Karen Ann Heiman, children,  Melanie Heiman (Jon Houghton), Hans Heiman (Krystin), his grandchildren Jackson, Kelsey, and Logan; he is the dear brother of Anna (Kirk) Rado, Peggy (Michael) Lafferty, Sheila Cullen, Linda Fetty, Anthony (Melanie) Cullen and will be missed by many dear friends and family.

John enjoyed traveling, camping, baseball, good food, and dancing. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially his kids and grandkids. John was good at and passionate about delegating. He was a list maker and was known to write in all caps with a sharpie. John was a proud, compassionate person, yet he could be headstrong and stubborn at times. He was very proud of being a redhead and the reputation it entailed. He was also very proud of keeping his driver's license despite his vision problems.

John organized eight fundraising events to collect toys and money which were used to purchase toys for children at Christmas time. These were distributed to Community Outreach in Stockbridge and Faith & Action in Chelsea. He participated in many cancer fundraisers and walked one of the first Avon 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk with his cousin, David.

Burial will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI.


0 #3 Patricia IEslleu 2019-04-29 13:27
We will always remember the good times we had, when Karen and you came to Vancouver. I will always think of John when I see the American flag. John instructed us how to properly hang in on the beach,
The love of John’s family and friends is a strong reflection of the loving person that he was.
0 #2 Melanie 2019-04-21 06:05
Dad, you will forever be missed. Your guiidance and love will be held close to my heart forever. I will never stop missing you. I love you always and forever. Thank you always loving me even on the hard days.
0 #1 Karen and Barry Timm 2019-04-15 20:56
John was a kind and generous friend and will be missed! Love to the whole family from
Barry, Karen, Jaryd and Lauren Timm and Theresa Flintham

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