Each licensed funeral director was specifically sought out by the Wujek and Calcaterra families based on their individual talents and expertise. The compassion, dedication, and professional standards displayed by these individuals have earned them numerous accolades, the trust of thousands of families, and the respect of their professional peers.
Every family that entrusts their loved one to their care can rest assured that they’re needs will be met and their expectations exceeded.
Ron Novak has been a licensed funeral director since 1984, and has been at Wujek-Calcaterra since 1995. By the age of 12 years old, Ron had lost both of his parents, 3 grandparents, and several aunts and uncles. The positive experiences he had as a child during these funerals influenced his career path greatly. He began working in a funeral home at age 16, and in 1984 graduated as class president from the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science. Today, aside from serving families with professionalism and dignity, Ron also serves in an appointed position with the Michigan Funeral Directors Association Legislative Committee in Lansing, and has also worked as a special consultant to the Detroit Science Center, where he was responsible for the restoration of the “Mummies of Mexico” traveling exhibit.
Eddie J. Salem, Jr. has been a funeral director at Wujek-Calcaterra since 1998, and has 30 years of experience in funeral service. A 1982 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, Eddie believes he is able to make a difference in the lives of people he serves by honoring the memory of those who have made their transition from life to death. Over the course of his career, Eddie has gained experience in all facets of funeral service. By working in a professional and ethical manner, he has been able to bring the ultimate compassion to grieving families in their time of need.
George Salem was licensed to practice in 1983 after graduation from the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science. He has been a funeral director at Wujek-Calcaterra since 1998. George lists a simple love for people as the reason he entered the profession, and finds it rewarding knowing that he is serving families in their time of need.
Michael Zuzga graduated from the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in 1997, and became a funeral director so that he could help families focus their attention on their emotions and grief, instead of the many details that go into planning a funeral. He takes pride in being a strong support and an expert for people when life has been turned upside down and no one knows what to do. Michael is professional, highly respected, and greatly honored when people place their most prized possession—in some cases a spouse, son, daughter, or parent into his care.
Dominick Astorino has been a funeral director with Wujek-Calcaterra since 2004. Nick earned a B.S. in Biology from Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC) in 2002, and a B.S. in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University in 2003, where he served as class president; he was licensed to practice that same year. Dominick is passionate about his career, and entered the profession because he believes in the value of funerals to society and individuals. He considers it an honor when families entrust him in their time of need, and lists the most rewarding part of his work as being able to exceed the expectations of a grieving family as they go through a difficult time. A proponent of education, he is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, the Michigan Embalmers Society, the British Institute of Embalmers and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Additionally, Dominick is on faculty at the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science where he oversees the lecture and laboratory of the Restorative Art courses; his work in this specific field has also been highlighted by invitations to speak at professional conferences and publications in professional journals in the United States, Canada and Europe.
David J. Mercurio became a funeral director because of a real desire to help people at the most difficult time in their lives. He takes pride in his work in helping families get through a horrible experience and allowing them to look back on the funeral and find comfort in the positive, valued, and cherished memory of their loved one. David earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from Western Michigan University in 1991, and graduated from the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in 2004; he began working at Wujek-Calcaterra immediately after. The most rewarding part of his work is when a family that he has served offers a simple “thank you” either verbally or by sending a card.
Lisa A. Nikkel graduated in 2011 from Wayne State University’s School of Mortuary Science and was recently licensed to practice. She has been employed at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons since May 2011. Lisa has a passion for helping people when they need it the most; she enjoys being able to help families get through one of the toughest times in their lives by guiding them and lessening the stress that is involved in planning a funeral. She enjoys being able to work with and learn from the amazing staff of funeral directors that are just as passionate about her career as she is.
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