Our Staff

We invite you to discover who has made Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services the ultimate provider of creating healing experiences in the community. This section contains the heritage, vision, and the people behind Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services's reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust.

Sir Winston Bailey Brown

Sir Winston is our English Golden Retriever Therapy Dog. Sir Winston truly enjoys meeting new people. His favorite time of the day is when the staff is baking fresh cookies. Winston is sneaky, and always tries to find a way into the kitchen to get his paws on some cookies. Sir Winston is available as a greeter for services. There is nothing he loves more than loving on people, and getting affection back from them. If you ever need to spend some time with a caring dog, Sir Winston is always up for the task. 

Tim Brown 

Tim is the owner and a  funeral director at Brown Funeral Home. 

Mandy Rodriguez

Mandy has been a member of the Brown Funeral Home staff when they first began serving the community in 2004.  She currently assists with creating meaningful experiences with families, before the time of need, working with veterans on their benefits and also working with families after a loss to help them navigate the many different avenues of a loved one's estate.

Mandy originally received her teaching degree from Western Michigan University; however she found her passion when she transitioned to serving families in her current capacity. As she reflects on her career she feels very blessed to be allowed the privilege to serve families, along with a remarkable team, in this community.

Connecting with family and friends through trips to different states, "Up North" to a favorite family hangout or even a competitive game of Skip Bo certainly brings much happiness to her life.  She enjoys home improvement projects, gardening, and a great game of U of M basketball.  However, her face lights up the most when she gets a chance to talk about her sons, Brennan and Tyler.

Heather Heath 

In 2002 Heather graduated from Wayne State University with her bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science.  In 2006 Heather moved to Niles and joined the team at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services as a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Cremation Specialist.  Since moving to Niles Heather has become very active in the community.  She currently serves as a Victim’s Advocate for the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s Victim Services Unit and as President of the Women’s Auxiliary for the New Buffalo Township Fire Department.   

Tami Helmuth-Delong 

Tami Helmuth-DeLong joined the Brown Funeral Home staff in October of 2017, after several years in the funeral industry.  She is currently assisting families in their journey, creating meaningful services.  She is dedicated to serving her community during a difficult time period. Tami makes her home in Dowagiac with her husband Brian and their three children. 

Laurie Vergon

Laurie recently began her career in funeral service, joining our staff in 2015 as Office Manager. 

Although her professional experience has been primarily in the advertising industry, her most recent experience had been working closely with families at a child development center.

Along with her caring and dedicated co-workers, she looks forward to continuing to serve grieving families at such a critical time in their lives and feels that her current position has truly been the most rewarding of her career. 

Laurie has always been an active volunteer in her community.  She has served on several committees, and has worked with many different organizations over the years,  including Girl Scouts, Buchanan Community Schools and Meals on Wheels. 

She and her husband, Scott, live in Buchanan with their two daughters, Hannah and Katelyn.

As a family, they enjoy time with their dogs Brody & Bentley,  U of M football, Buchanan Bucks sporting events, Buchanan Band performances and especially, spending time camping at their seasonal site in Indiana.

Teri Anstiss-Ottinger

Teri was born in Niles and raised her children Christopher and Ashlyn Thompson here.  She attended First Assembly Christian School and graduated from Niles Community Schools. Following graduation, she received her degree from Southwestern Michigan College.

While Teri is relatively new to the Brown Funeral Home staff, she is no stranger to the community.  She brings over 15 years of experience in assisting families, friends, and community in funeral service; this is something she has grown to feel honored and privileged to do in her hometown.

Teri and her husband of 10 years, Douglas, are currently board members with the cancer support group Betty’s Buddies.  They are dedicated to helping those fighting cancer. Sadly, this is something that has touched many in our tight-knit community.  She is also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Three Oaks Michigan, Post #204.  Teri can also be found at the Rise & Shine Café, “serving” her family and friends. 

Teri enjoys reading and traveling to anywhere tropical with Doug. Their travels have taken them to Hawaii, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and several destinations in Mexico. When not traveling, Teri’s greatest joy is spending time with her two-year-old granddaughter, Olivia. 

Larry Thompson

After retiring from a lifelong career working for natural gas companies, Larry began his career in the funeral industry, joining our staff in 2012.

Always one who enjoys helping others, he served his community for 28 years on the Buchanan City Fire Department and for 15 years on the Bertrand Township Fire Department. He also held 2 terms on the Buchanan City Commission and 2 terms as a SMCAS board member. In addition, Larry has been a member of American Legion Post 51 in Buchanan for over 50 years, and is currently serving as the post chaplain.  

Larry and his wife, Patsy, live in Buchanan. They have 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 

Larry loves University of MICHIGAN football, cookouts and time spent with family and friends. He also enjoys hunting and an occasional game of golf.

Kyle Brown

Kyle is the son of owner Tim Brown. He joined the staff in 2018.

Drew Mikel

Drew graduated from Niles High School in 2017 and currently attends Hope College where he studies Athletic Training. He decided to come alongside our staff as an intern during his summer break. 

Linda McGregor

Linda serves as our secretary. If you ever pop in, you will definitely find her with a smile on her face.