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H. Charles Nelson


Chuck Nelson established the Nelson Funeral Home in 1965. Chuck and his wife Patricia, native of Gaylord, MI,  have five children; Carol, Susan, David, Kelly and Elizabeth. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chuck is a Past President of MFDA, CEO of the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service and member of St. Mary Cathedral. As a community leader Chuck supports Knights of Columbus, Eagles, VFW, Otsego County Economic Alliance, Otsego County Ambulance Corps, and many other community organizations.

Henry Jacobs

Licensed Funeral Director

Henry was born and raised in Roscommon, MI. After graduating from high school there, he went on to Delta College and then to Wayne State University to study Mortuary Science. A graduate of the 2016 class, Henry has returned to Northern Michigan with his wife, Brittany.  He is passionate about serving the families of Otsego County and meeting the kind and caring people of Gaylord.

Jan Lake

Prearrangement Specialist

Jan has been married to her husband John, for 35 years, together they have raised two children. She attends the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church and is active with the Michigan Veterans Coalition and the Otsego Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  Jan is available by appointment to allow quality time for your pre-arrangement and will also work with our families to create lasting memorials by designing a monument for your loved one.  She offers unparalleled compassion to each family she serves.

Debra “Deb” Wojtkowiak

Support Staff

Born in Gaylord, MI, she is a 1977 graduate of St. Mary High School. She attended North Central Michigan College in Petoskey and is a Member of St. Mary Cathedral parish. Deb began working for the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in 1979 and is a valuable support staff employee at our firm.

Elaine Downham

Support Staff

A valuable employee of our firm, Elaine helps the families we serve in any way possible. She too believes in our core motto of quality service and compassionate staff. Elaine enjoys volunteering in her Wolverine community, and she adores her grandchildren.

Elizabeth Nelson Tobias

Business Marketer

Born in Gaylord, MI and is the 5th child to Patricia & H. Charles Nelson, Elizabeth has been working with the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service since May 2009. Focusing on the business, marketing and improving the technology aspects of the funeral home; she enjoys working with our amazing staff. Married to Philip Tobias of Gaylord, MI, Elizabeth has two children and lives in both Dillon, CO and Gaylord, MI. She travels to MI often to help the family business with the guidance of her father. A graduate of Michigan State University, she is excited to be involved in the family business and pleased to be a part of such a fabulous community.

Trudy Koscielniak

Support Staff

An employee of our firm for over 25 years, Trudy helps the families we serve during visitations. She is a staple in the Gaylord community and an integral member of the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service staff.