History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

Our History

William F. Hackett started W.F. Hackett and Son Funeral Home in 1903 in SW Detroit on the corner of Vernor Hwy and Junction St. For almost 80 years the family firm served the Holy Redeemer Parish and the surrounding community.

William was later joined in the firm by several of his children but due to illness, his son, Francis L. Hackett, was the only one to survive and carry on the family business.

He eventually passed the business on to his daughter, Mary Kay Hackett who became one of the first few women to be licensed in mortuary science in the state of Michigan.

She later married her classmate, William J. Metcalf whom she met while attending mortuary science school right after WWII. William J. Metcalf was an accomplished pilot in WWII and was attending mortuary science school under the GI bill so he could join his family firm back in Grand Rapids, MI.

They married in 1948 and together managed both locations, eventually closing the Detroit location in 1981. In 1960, construction began on the Dearborn funeral home (our current location).The business name was eventually changed to include both the Hackett and the Metcalf names. The fourth generation to enter the business was Thomas P. Metcalf (son of Mary Kay & William Metcalf). He began working at the family funeral homes in his teen years and is currently managing the remaining Dearborn location. Tom and his wife Andrea have four children that currently work in various unlicensed roles at the funeral home.

Our Valued Staff

  • Thomas Metcalf

    Thomas Metcalf President/ Funeral Director

    Thomas is a 4th-generation funeral director, not just on one side of his family but on both his maternal and paternal sides. He was truly born into the business, and can claim over 40 years of experience caring for families and their loved ones. Thomas graduated from Wayne State University's Mortuary Science School in 1980. The college classroom taught him more than just the academics of funeral service; it taught Thomas to be a civic leader in the community. He is the past president of the Southern Wayne Division of the American Heart Association, and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Dearborn, where he has been a member for the past 30 years. Thomas is also a 3rd Degree member of Father Patrick O'Kelly Knights of Columbus Council, and a member and former officer of the Dearborn Optimist Club. He is also a past president, serving 3 terms, of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, District 1. Thomas is proud to be a current member of the Centurions’ Club of Dearborn, and an active parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wyandotte, Michigan.

  • Lorrie Johnson

    Lorrie Johnson Funeral Director

    Lorrie graduated from Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights in 1992. She later attended Wayne State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 1999. Her experience in funeral service dates back to 1996, and Lorrie has been a part of the Hackett-Metcalf professional family since September of 1998. Her attention-to-detail, expertise and warmth are assets both to the firm, and to her client families.

  • Andrea Metcalf

    Andrea Metcalf Grief Counselor

    Andrea was awarded her Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University in 1980, with an emphasis in group work and case work. She specialized in working with children, teens, and families.Andrea is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social Workers, the National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children, and the Michigan Catholic Guidance Council. She has over thirty years experience in working with families during difficult transitions and traumatic life events, such as foster care, adoption, divorce, and other experiences of grief and loss. The community has benefitted from her work as a grief, loss and transitions facilitator and consultant for the: • Downriver Guidance Center• Wayne County Head Start Programs• Parenting Grief Support Groups for Arbor Hospice• Divine Child Elementary School • Catholic Schools in Wayne CountyShe has been the Bereavement Counselor and group facilitator for Hackett-Metcalf Funeral Home since 1982.

  • Leslie Metcalf

    Leslie Metcalf Funeral Counselor/ Bookkeeper

    Leslie is a graduate of Divine Child High School, having worn the cap and gown in 2000. She later graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Family Community Services. In May of 2011 she received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. Leslie is working on her certification as a Level 1 Trauma Specialist through the National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Lifetime member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.Leslie currently has over 10 years experience working in the family funeral home. The families who come to us may benefit from her knowledge about trauma and loss, but they especially benefit from her caring, compassionate nature. We benefit from her shining smile, and attention-to-detail in keeping the funeral home records in order.

  • Megan Metcalf

    Megan Metcalf Funeral Assistant

    Megan graduated from Divine Child High School in 2005, and most recently, Megan graduated from Western Michigan University, in 2009, with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology.She is an extraordinary funeral assistant. After all, Megan has been a part of the family business all her life, so her awareness of excellence in service and compassionate care of our families is deeply ingrained.