The History of Gramer Funeral Home

Gramer Funeral Home History Photo

The Gramer Funeral Home in Clawson from the 1950’s

Our tradition of service started in 1952 when Henry Gramer first purchased our funeral home, the historic building located on Main Street in downtown Clawson. The building had been operating as a funeral home since the early 1940s. Both Henry and his brother Richard served the community for many years, offering quality funeral services. Henry passed away November 21, 2005, and Richard is now retired. Paul, Henry’s son, continues to carry on their legacy of service. Our landmark home has been preserved and remodeled extensively to create a bed and breakfast feel that is inviting and relaxing.

In 2003, Paul purchased our second location, Diener Chapel in Shelby Township. The Diener Funeral Home was founded by Dale Diener and has been serving the community for over 50 years. You may notice a name change; however, in recognition of the Diener family and our commitment to Shelby Township and Utica communities, this location is now called Gramer Funeral Home – Diener Chapel. Dale is enjoying retirement, and his daughter Dawn Diener-Drozd works in close relation with our staff.

We are proud to offer service as family-owned funeral homes. We believe this is important and meaningful to families, because we understand the importance — and the personal reward — of assisting friends and neighbors in times of need.

We also consider it our duty to preserve the landscape of the communities we serve. In 2000, we received the Clawson Beautification Award for landscaping enhancements to our original Clawson location, a well-regarded landmark with the distinction of being the town’s oldest house.

In 2005, after renovations both inside and out, our second location, Diener Chapel, was also honored with the Shelby Township Summer Beautification Award.

Welcome to the Family of Gramer Funeral Home: Large Enough to Serve You, Small Enough to Know You!

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Paul Gramer and his staff were responsible for making my father’s funeral exactly as my mother wanted it. They were attentive to our every need. Their support was a source of great comfort at this difficult time.