Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

photo
George Rafaidus Licensed Funeral Director and President George@TheFordFuneralHome.com

George Rafaidus, CFSP, is President of Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services, of Center Line, Michigan and has been in Funeral Service since 1974. He was recognized for his 40 years as a Licensed Funeral Director at the recent Michigan Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention. George graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in 1977 and received his Michigan funeral director’s license in 1980. As part of his ongoing education, he has completed all the requirements to be recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice’s Board of Trustees. George is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) and the National Funeral Directors Association. He is the past President of MFDA District Six and is active with various civic and fraternal organizations within the city of Center Line and Macomb County, including as the Center Line Lions Club as Chaplain, former Supervisory Board Member of Eastside Family Credit Union, a Knights of Columbus member, a member and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church and a member of the Center Line High School Academies Advisory Board. You can also find him guest lecturing at his alma mater, participating as a career day speaker at local schools, and he has spoken at the Florida Mystery Writers Conference. George and his family are lifelong Macomb County residents.

photo
Charlene Rafaidus COO

Charlene has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2012, as Office Manager. She is a life long Macomb County resident and a retired teacher from the Detroit Public School System. Charlene received both her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education Degrees from Wayne State University. She is a member of the Center Line High School Academies Advisory Board, Center Line Lions Club and attends St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church. At Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services, she is responsible for completing and coordinating the filing of forms and documents for our families, scheduling staff, necessary bookkeeping, and assisting with funeral services. When she’s not at the funeral home, she enjoys cooking, reading, and being with her family.

photo
Brittani Crisp Licensed Funeral Diector Brittani@TheFordFuneralHome.com

Brittani Crisp is a Licensed Funeral Director and a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Illinois, in 2014. She received her State of Michigan Mortuary Science License in 2015. Brittani recently graduated from Madonna University with a degree in American Sign Language Interpretation. When time permits she enjoys crocheting and listening to local bands and concerts.

photo
Andrew Rafaidus Resident Trainee

Andrew has been with Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2016 and has been in Funeral Service since 2007. Presently he is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science with the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science. Andrew is a Certified Crematory Operator and received this recognition after receiving his training from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). He is a 2011 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts where he received his degree in Culinary Management and Classic French Culinary Techniques. Also, Andrew was a professional cook in Scottsdale, Arizona before returning to Michigan and completing his Mortuary Science Degree and Resident Training at Ford Funeral Home. Andrew is the Financial Secretary for the Center Line Lions Club an Usher at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church and member of American Polish Century Club. As an avid Detroit sports fan, you will find him rooting for the team of the season.

photo
Elyse Rafaidus Office Manager Elyse@TheFordFuneralHome.com

Elyse has been a member of the staff for Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2017. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University in 2009 and her Master's in Business Administration Degree from Wayne State University in 2013. Elyse is a student at the Wayne State University, School of Mortuary Science. When time permits she enjoys to read, cook and work in her garden.

photo
Barb Greeter

Barb serves Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services as a Greeter. She comes from an office related background and is an active member of St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church.

photo
Daniel Greeter

Daniel is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has been a member of the Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2018. He assists during visitation and Funeral Services.

photo
Judy Greeter

Judy has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services as a Greeter since 2017. When possible, she enjoys to read and cheer on her Detroit Tigers.

photo
Marilyn Greeter

Marilyn has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services as a Greeter for many years and comes from a retail consumer-based background. She is an avid Detroit Tiger fan.

photo
Sue Greeter

Sue is our newest employee at Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services. She an active member of the community and enjoys being with family and friends.

photo
Rex Rafaidus Greeter

Rex was our lovable fifteen year old Beagle that would greet you when you visited the funeral home. His previous owner was not capable of having him at their new home, so he was part of our family for the past five years. When away from the funeral home, Rex enjoyed walking and taking naps.

Rex Rafaidus died on Sunday, November 19, 2017 and was born May 17, 2002. Rex was a greeter and friend to many at the Ford Funeral Home. Canine companion to Charlene, George and Andrew Rafaidus, Elyse, David and Emma Erickson.

George Rafaidus

Licensed Funeral Director and President
photo

George Rafaidus, CFSP, is President of Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services, of Center Line, Michigan and has been in Funeral Service since 1974. He was recognized for his 40 years as a Licensed Funeral Director at the recent Michigan Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention. George graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in 1977 and received his Michigan funeral director’s license in 1980. As part of his ongoing education, he has completed all the requirements to be recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice’s Board of Trustees. George is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) and the National Funeral Directors Association. He is the past President of MFDA District Six and is active with various civic and fraternal organizations within the city of Center Line and Macomb County, including as the Center Line Lions Club as Chaplain, former Supervisory Board Member of Eastside Family Credit Union, a Knights of Columbus member, a member and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church and a member of the Center Line High School Academies Advisory Board. You can also find him guest lecturing at his alma mater, participating as a career day speaker at local schools, and he has spoken at the Florida Mystery Writers Conference. George and his family are lifelong Macomb County residents.

Charlene Rafaidus

COO
photo

Charlene has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2012, as Office Manager. She is a life long Macomb County resident and a retired teacher from the Detroit Public School System. Charlene received both her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education Degrees from Wayne State University. She is a member of the Center Line High School Academies Advisory Board, Center Line Lions Club and attends St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church. At Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services, she is responsible for completing and coordinating the filing of forms and documents for our families, scheduling staff, necessary bookkeeping, and assisting with funeral services. When she’s not at the funeral home, she enjoys cooking, reading, and being with her family.

Brittani Crisp

Licensed Funeral Diector
photo

Brittani Crisp is a Licensed Funeral Director and a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Illinois, in 2014. She received her State of Michigan Mortuary Science License in 2015. Brittani recently graduated from Madonna University with a degree in American Sign Language Interpretation. When time permits she enjoys crocheting and listening to local bands and concerts.

Andrew Rafaidus

Resident Trainee
photo

Andrew has been with Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2016 and has been in Funeral Service since 2007. Presently he is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science with the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science. Andrew is a Certified Crematory Operator and received this recognition after receiving his training from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). He is a 2011 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts where he received his degree in Culinary Management and Classic French Culinary Techniques. Also, Andrew was a professional cook in Scottsdale, Arizona before returning to Michigan and completing his Mortuary Science Degree and Resident Training at Ford Funeral Home. Andrew is the Financial Secretary for the Center Line Lions Club an Usher at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church and member of American Polish Century Club. As an avid Detroit sports fan, you will find him rooting for the team of the season.

Elyse Rafaidus

Office Manager
photo

Elyse has been a member of the staff for Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2017. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University in 2009 and her Master's in Business Administration Degree from Wayne State University in 2013. Elyse is a student at the Wayne State University, School of Mortuary Science. When time permits she enjoys to read, cook and work in her garden.

Barb

Greeter
photo

Barb serves Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services as a Greeter. She comes from an office related background and is an active member of St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church.

Daniel

Greeter
photo

Daniel is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has been a member of the Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2018. He assists during visitation and Funeral Services.

Judy

Greeter
photo

Judy has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services as a Greeter since 2017. When possible, she enjoys to read and cheer on her Detroit Tigers.

Marilyn

Greeter
photo

Marilyn has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services as a Greeter for many years and comes from a retail consumer-based background. She is an avid Detroit Tiger fan.

Sue

Greeter
photo

Sue is our newest employee at Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services. She an active member of the community and enjoys being with family and friends.

Rex Rafaidus

Greeter
photo

Rex was our lovable fifteen year old Beagle that would greet you when you visited the funeral home. His previous owner was not capable of having him at their new home, so he was part of our family for the past five years. When away from the funeral home, Rex enjoyed walking and taking naps.

Rex Rafaidus died on Sunday, November 19, 2017 and was born May 17, 2002. Rex was a greeter and friend to many at the Ford Funeral Home. Canine companion to Charlene, George and Andrew Rafaidus, Elyse, David and Emma Erickson.