Being a funeral director was not my first choice in careers. Up until I was a junior in high school, I was going to be a registered nurse. It wasn't until that time that becoming a funeral director even crossed my mind.
As with most family owned businesses, the kids of the boss were given small jobs. Those small jobs at a funeral home may consist of vaccuuming, dusting, washing cars, tending to flowers and mainly any other minor chore. I, along with my brother Scott, helped out with those tasks during high school. It was during this time that the idea of being a funeral director even occurred me.
My grandfather, Leander, was a very traditional type of a man. He was not very accepting of a female doing a man's job. Over time, I believes that Grandpa came to accept the fact that I could do the job as well as my brother could.
It is my hope that I will be able to continue to serve the families in the area as well as my grandfather did for over 60 years.
I am a member of the West Bend Noon Rotary Club and Holy Angels Church. At Holy Angels, I occasionally help out with Liturgy of the Word for Children and volunteer to sing with the cantor choir for weekend Mass, and also for Christmas Day Mass and Easter Mass. Singing with this talented group has given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and to improve my back-up singing skills. I also love to spend time with my niece and nephews.
Growing up in the business prepared me for this career. It started when I was a child and would "help" my grandpa with chores around the building. I say help but I am sure I slowed him down quite a bit. I cherish the times I was able to spend with my grandpa and realize just how much he taught me.
My wife Julie and I are the proud parents of 2 growing and active sons, Aidan and Owen. They are 4th generation students at Holy Angels School and keep us quite busy. We also have a golden retriever named Sunny who comes to work with us most days. If you like dogs please feel free to stop by and play with her as she loves attention.
I feel it is important to volunteer as it gives me a way to give back to the community that has given me so much. I am a member of the West Bend Kiwanis Early Riser Club, the Downtown West Bend Association, the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus and the West Bend Germanfest Committee. Julie and I are also very active volunteers at Holy Angels Church and Holy Angels School.
In my free time I like to swim, golf and spend time with family and friends.
Office and Funeral Director's Assistant
Scott and I were married April 29, 2000 and I became officially involved in the business in December of 2000. I began by helping out in the office and doing a majority of the cleaning at both funeral homes. Over the years, my duties have expanded and I consider myself a "Julie of all trades" or someone who sees what needs to be done and is more than willing to help out. I enjoy making sure that all of the minor details are taken care of for funeral services.
Scott and I are the proud parents of two boys. Aidan was born 10/04/02 and Owen was born 2/28/04. They keep us very busy.
I started working for the Schmidt Family in June of 1974. My years with them have been very rewarding and a great experience.
My duties over the years have been many and were very enjoyable. At this time I am mainly involved in Acounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.
My husband Gene and I live at rural Kewaskum and have 2 married children and have five of the greatest grandchildren.