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Looking Back: Kaul Funeral Home

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 17, 2020


ST. CLAIR SHORES — In 2020, Kaul Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores celebrates 93 years in business.

It was in 1927 that Roy J. Kaul opened a funeral home on Jefferson Avenue, at Martin Road, in St. Clair
Shores. He had gotten his experience being “associated with the Harry P. Pequignot Co. in the undertaking business” on Pine Street in Mount Clemens, according to a newspaper account at the time.

Kaul was born in Mount Clemens on Oct. 20, 1896, and attended St. Mary High School. He served in the infantry in World War I, spending two years in Europe, including a year with the Polar Bears in Russia. The Polar Bears were the American Expeditionary Force, a contingent of about 5,000 troops that landed in Russia as part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War.

Kaul also served as treasurer of the village of St. Clair Shores and completed two terms as Macomb County coroner. He died on Feb. 21, 1970, and after services at the funeral home and St. Gertrude Church, he was buried at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

The Kaul business has been located at 28433 Jefferson Ave. since it opened; it is pictured here in about 1952.

The business added locations in Roseville in 1937 and Clinton Township in 1985, but Kaul Funeral Home continues to serve the people of St. Clair Shores from the original Jefferson Avenue location.

— Submitted by Heidi Christein, archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library