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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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Deborah L. Cipta

Deborah L. Cipta, age 66, of Stockbridge, MI, passed away at her home on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. She was born on October 10, 1952 in Jackson, MI the daughter of Harry and Maxine (Minix) Arnett.

On April 14, 1973, she married Gregory M. Cipta, and he survives. Also surviving are three children, Loretta (Jason) Yoder of Hastings, MI, Ginger (Stephen) Hardy of Arizona, and Joseph (Micki) Cipta of Gregory; six grandchildren, Travis, Alisha, Lauren, Paxson, Macy and Owen; two sisters, Linda Satterthwaite of Ann Arbor, and Gerry (Harry) Green of Rives Junction; two brothers, Johnny (Maxie) Arnett of Salyersville, KY, and Harry (Gwen) Arnett of Salyersville, KY.

Deborah had lived in the Jackson area most of her life. She worked for Chelsea Milling Co. for 18 years. She loved cooking, gardening, and going to Bluegrass Festivals. She was a caring person, and would do for others before herself.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Larrel Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to SAESA.


0 #3 Diane Carpenter 2019-04-22 22:13
I treasure the wonderful memories I have of our three young families all sitting in Jerry & Rita's backyard while our kids all played. Our sympathy and Prayers. Nick and Diane Carpenter
0 #2 Chris Good 2019-04-19 22:30
My heart is heavy, so sad to hear this. I'm thinking of you all & keeping you all in my prayers
0 #1 Margaret Hayes 2019-04-19 18:03
My thoughts and prayers to Greg and family at this difficult time, may Debbie RIP

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