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Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home Becomes North Ridge Funeral Home

Mr. Thomas Cheslek happily “passed the baton” to the new owners this past July, officially selling in late October. After 30 years of selflessly serving the community, Tom chose to sell to partners Timothy Plaisier, Brandon Poortenga, and Timothy Valk. With Toms’ extremely generous heart and deep-rooted sense of community, selling the business was secondary to finding the “right fit” for Sparta.

“We are excited to be a part of the Sparta Community” and “We love it here!” were some of the first words out of the new owners’ mouths when we had the chance to meet. They joked it is taking two to three people to replace Tom. “We often say a few times a day, “How did Tom do this alone?” The new owners have big plans and genuinely look forward to serving the Sparta and area communities for years to come.

A big welcome to Timothy Plaisier, Brandon Poortenga, and Timothy Valk! And congratulations to Tom; Enjoy your retirement!


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