Caring Staff

At W. L. Case and Company, we are dedicated to caring for the people in our community. Our experienced staff understands the needs of those who have lost a loved one and approaches each family with the utmost care and professionalism. We know how important it is to leave your loved ones in the care of those you can trust. That is why each member of our staff is dedicated to providing respectful and dignified service. For your peace of mind, we are available 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Some of our services include:

  • Helping families through each step of the planning process.
  • Providing a warm and peaceful environment for people to gather and pay their last respects.
  • Honoring cherished traditions and customs.
  • Personalizing services and products unique to each individual family.
  • Acting as a primary resource for helpful information.


In addition, we are able to help with plans prior to a death. Our staff is very knowledgeable in the rules and regulations established by the State of Michigan regarding pre-paid funeral agreements.

For information on additional services we offer or to start planning, call (989) 793-9700 to speak with a qualified W. L. Case and Company representative.

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Brad W. Schuknecht Funeral Director

Brad W. Schuknecht was born in Saginaw.   He is a 1982 graduate of Freeland High School and a 1988 graduate of Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science.  Brad acquired his license as a funeral director in 1988.  After beginning his career as a licensed funeral director in Arizona, Brad returned to Michigan and has been with Case’s since 1998.

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Gabriela "Gabbi" A. Hawk Funeral Director

Gabriela "Gabbi" A. Hawk was born and raised in Allegan, Ml. She graduated as valedictorian from Otsego High School in 2012. She attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience in 2016. Gabbi then went on to receive her Mortuary Science degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2018. She joined Case Funeral Home as an apprentice in September of 2018 and received her Mortuary Science License in 2019.

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Brad D. Balderstone Funeral Director

Brad D. Balderstone was born in Saginaw and is a 1986 graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School.  He acquired his professional skills and training at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, graduating in 1991 and achieving his funeral director’s license at that time.  Brad joined W. L. Case & Company in 2000.

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Taylor J. Smith Funeral Director

Taylor J. Smith was born in Midland and is a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School. She received her Michigan Cosmetology License in 2014. Taylor played softball for Macomb Community College and for Olivet College where she graduated having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science. She continued her education at Wayne State University College of Mortuary Science in 2018. Taylor joined W.L. Case & Company in 2018 and acquired her license in 2019.

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Jason Wright Funeral Director

Jason has been working as a licensed funeral director for the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapels since July 2018. He is a 1997 graduate of Cass City High School. Jason attended both Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University where he studied biology and pre-mortuary science. Jason is a proud 2009 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and became licensed funeral director that same year. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from American Public University and is an adjunct faculty instructor at Delta College, teaching death and dying.

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Megan M. Van Hautte Funeral Director

Megan M. Van Hautte was born and raised in Saginaw. She is a 2015 graduate of Heritage High School. After graduating, Megan attended Delta College where she studied science and pre-mortuary science. She acquired her professional skills and training at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, graduating in 2018. She then obtained her license in 2019. Megan began her career in funeral service with W. L. Case and Company, serving and helping families honor the memories of their loved ones.

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John C. Tapley Funeral Director

John C. Tapley was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 1970.  He is a 1965 graduate of Hoover High School in San Diego, CA and obtained his professional training at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, graduating in 1983.   A licensed funeral director since 1984, John joined W. L. Case in 2003.

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Michael J. Schuknecht Funeral Director

Michael J. Schuknecht is a life-long resident of Saginaw.  He is a 1972 graduate of Saginaw High School and a 1976 graduate of Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, becoming a licensed funeral following his graduation.  Mike joined the W. L. Case and Company firm in 1990.

Brad W. Schuknecht

Funeral Director
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Brad W. Schuknecht was born in Saginaw.   He is a 1982 graduate of Freeland High School and a 1988 graduate of Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science.  Brad acquired his license as a funeral director in 1988.  After beginning his career as a licensed funeral director in Arizona, Brad returned to Michigan and has been with Case’s since 1998.

Gabriela "Gabbi" A. Hawk

Funeral Director
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Gabriela "Gabbi" A. Hawk was born and raised in Allegan, Ml. She graduated as valedictorian from Otsego High School in 2012. She attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience in 2016. Gabbi then went on to receive her Mortuary Science degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2018. She joined Case Funeral Home as an apprentice in September of 2018 and received her Mortuary Science License in 2019.

Brad D. Balderstone

Funeral Director
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Brad D. Balderstone was born in Saginaw and is a 1986 graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School.  He acquired his professional skills and training at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, graduating in 1991 and achieving his funeral director’s license at that time.  Brad joined W. L. Case & Company in 2000.

Taylor J. Smith

Funeral Director
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Taylor J. Smith was born in Midland and is a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School. She received her Michigan Cosmetology License in 2014. Taylor played softball for Macomb Community College and for Olivet College where she graduated having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science. She continued her education at Wayne State University College of Mortuary Science in 2018. Taylor joined W.L. Case & Company in 2018 and acquired her license in 2019.

Jason Wright

Funeral Director
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Jason has been working as a licensed funeral director for the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapels since July 2018. He is a 1997 graduate of Cass City High School. Jason attended both Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University where he studied biology and pre-mortuary science. Jason is a proud 2009 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and became licensed funeral director that same year. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from American Public University and is an adjunct faculty instructor at Delta College, teaching death and dying.

Megan M. Van Hautte

Funeral Director
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Megan M. Van Hautte was born and raised in Saginaw. She is a 2015 graduate of Heritage High School. After graduating, Megan attended Delta College where she studied science and pre-mortuary science. She acquired her professional skills and training at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, graduating in 2018. She then obtained her license in 2019. Megan began her career in funeral service with W. L. Case and Company, serving and helping families honor the memories of their loved ones.

John C. Tapley

Funeral Director
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John C. Tapley was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 1970.  He is a 1965 graduate of Hoover High School in San Diego, CA and obtained his professional training at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, graduating in 1983.   A licensed funeral director since 1984, John joined W. L. Case in 2003.

Michael J. Schuknecht

Funeral Director
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Michael J. Schuknecht is a life-long resident of Saginaw.  He is a 1972 graduate of Saginaw High School and a 1976 graduate of Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, becoming a licensed funeral following his graduation.  Mike joined the W. L. Case and Company firm in 1990.