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Dutcher Funeral Home

440 West Chicago St., Coldwater, MI 49036

Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home

321 East Chicago Street, Bronson, MI 49028

Our Story


Dutcher Funeral Home was est. in 1972 when Steve & Marina Dutcher purchased the former Baggerly Funeral Home, and relocated to it's current location. Mr. Dutcher was dedicated to serving the Coldwater community for many years, until his retirement in 2005.

Mark & Kathy (Dutcher) Barone purchased the funeral home to continue the family tradition of serving local families in their time of need. In July of 2009, Leonard and Betty Kolcz of the Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson also retired after many years of service to the Bronson community. Kathy and Mark acquired the Kolcz Funeral Home as an expansion of their dedication to funeral service . Both are lifelong residents of the Branch Co area and are eager to continue serving the needs of both communities in the way Mr. Dutcher and Mr. Kolcz have.

"We provide a valuable service to our friends and family within our community. We are very dedicated to our profession and believe in what we do." When we are called on to serve a family in need, it is reassuring to know the money that is spent at our funeral homes for services that we provide, stays here in Branch County.
Our smoke free funeral homes are comfortable and pleasant with a home like atmospheres. They are entirely handicapped accessible with ample amount of parking. We can seat approximately 250 people at our Coldwater location and 200 at our Bronson location.

Our firms are members of the Michigan Funeral Directors Assoc. and the National Funeral Directors Assoc., dedicated to the advancement of the funeral profession and to the best possible service for the public.

We offer lounges in both facilities and areas to occupy young children.

We invite you to use our refrigerators, microwaves and coffee bar, and encourage families to bring food and drinks for breaks during long visitations. We feel it is important to make children a part of the services, but realize their ability to tolerate the long hours is limited. Our children's area gives them a place of their own to play or just get away from the sometimes tense environment of a funeral or visitation.

We know and understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one, especially during the holidays. After the death of Marina Dutcher we started our annual holiday memorial service in remembrance of those who have died in the past year. We invite all of the families we have served through the year and each of them are given a personalized ornament. It is a beautiful, candlelight vigil with music and memories and a wonderful tribute to their loved one.

We offer to the public the use of our completely restored, antique horse drawn hearse, circa 1900. It is available for use at no additional charge, weather permitting and depending on cemetery location.
Sometimes flowers just don't say enough. We offer a larges selection of keepsake items available for sale. From Inspirational Angels and Throws to Thumbie necklaces and cremation jewelry. We provide each family with an online guestbook where friends and families may share memories or express condolences with those who have lost a loved one.

For those desiring a traditional full service we make memorial tribute videos consisting of up to 25 photos, set to music and custom video footage. We provide one copy for the spouse, additional copies may be purchased.

Book of Memories

The pinnacle of memorialization, any family member or friends can take advantage of this free services by creating an account and a book to memorialize their loved one.

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Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

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Proudly Serving the Communities of Coldwater, Bronson, Quincy, Union City, Branch County, Sherwood, and Athens
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