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.
Steve & Denise, licensed funeral directors, and their children, Ann, Andrew, Michelle, Stefanie and Caleb
We are a small family owned funeral home serving Omro and the surrounding communities. The funeral home has been in existence since the early 1900’s. In March of 2002, we took over and became the new owners. Although we are relatively new to the community, we have been providing quality, sensitive care to families in their time of need for the past 40 years. Omro enjoys a rich heritage and history and we are proud to be a part of the community.
Many things about our funeral home set us apart from others. We are not a large or fancy funeral home. We do not believe a new funeral home makes the funeral meaningful. We believe it simply adds to the cost of the funeral. There are however, some things that one cannot put a price tag on. Intangibles like staff sensitivity, compassion, care and respect for the deceased, and the genuine feeling you are being cared for, not only by professionals, but by friends as well. That feeling when after the funeral service, your friends and neighbors ask how everything was, and you respond by saying “Wow! I can’t believe all the details they thought of, all the things they took care of for us, and how they made us feel so at home and a part of their family.” We feel this is what sets us apart from others.
In October 2011, we chose to branch out; we purchased the Seefeld Funeral & Cremation Services. We will continue to live Omro, and occasionally bring some of the Seefeld staff to help us.
We want you to feel so taken care of, that if you are not completely satisfied with the manner in which you were cared for, we will make any adjustment it takes until you are completely satisfied.
Steve and Denise Kwiatkowski
Our Valued Staff
Stephan Kwiatkowski, Owner/Funeral Director
Steve Kwiatkowski Steve was raised in Redgranite and attended Wautoma High School. Even in his younger years, Steve knew he would someday be a funeral director. After graduating from High School, he moved to Milwaukee, attended Mortuary College, and became a licensed funeral director in 1976. Through the years, he has held various management positions within funeral service. This vast experience has taught him that when it comes to providing funeral services, short cuts are never allowed, attention to detail is mandatory and always treat people by the golden rule. Steve is active in the Omro Area Community Center and is an active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Omro. firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Kwiatkowski, Funeral Director
Denise grew up in Illinois. It was a life long ambition of hers to become a funeral director. This came about by the experiences she had as a young person, when her mother died. When her oldest children were starting their high school education, Denise decided the time had come for her to follow her dream. Denise attended Milwaukee Area Technical College for mortuary school. After serving her apprenticeship at one of the largest funeral homes in the state of Wisconsin, she received her funeral director’s license in July of 2000. Since that time, she has personally served hundreds of families. In 2005, Denise went to school to be a Certified Funeral Celebrant, so she can help families with Eulogies, and performing services. Any family that has personally dealt with Denise can attest to the fact that her passion for helping people, her attention to detail, and her overall concern for the families she serves is unparalleled. Denise is an active member of Waukau United Methodist Church. Steve and Denise married in the summer of 2002 at the funeral home. Together they have 5 children; Michelle, Ann (Jason), Stefanie (Tim), Andrew, Caleb (Allison), and four grandsons, Ryan "Buster", Cole "Skeeter", Ezekiel "Pooh" and Owen (who doesn't have a nickname). Caleb graduated from Omro High School, and now is a graduate from UW Madison, and is continuing on to complete his PhD at Madison. The Kwiatkowskis enjoy the outdoors, especially gardening, camping, fishing and taking walks. DAsqKwiat@aol.com
Brian Hesterberg, Funeral Director
Brian was raised in Rosendale and graduated from Laconia High School in 1990. Four years later, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he did different jobs until finding his way into funeral service, completing his apprenticeship and graduating as funeral service valedictorian from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2001. Loving the Fox Valley Area, he was privileged to spend 11 years in the Appleton Area as a funeral director. Being that, “It’s all about people,” the move to Oshkosh was an easy decision when he had the opportunity to work with Steve, Denise, Paul, Geoff, Larry and Andy. Having discovered a healthier, active lifestyle, workouts and playing disc golf are among Brian’s favorite activities. Even though Brian spends most of his working day at the Seefeld Funeral Home, he will be helping out in Omro from time to time.
Paul Narveson, Funeral Director
Paul was born and raised in Dodgeville, WI, which is about forty miles west of Madison. His family farmed for many years. After high school, Paul attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and received his mortuary science training at Milwaukee Area Technical College, graduating in 1976. He was employed at funeral homes in Dodgeville and Eau Claire before coming to Oshkosh in 1990. In addition to over thirty years experience in funeral service, Paul was very active in the Jaycees for many years, and received the Clint Dunagan Memorial Award for regional directors in 1987. His professional training also includes time served as an EMT with Iowa and Eau Claire counties. His hobbies include fishing, hunting and volunteering at Springbrook Sportsmans Club.. Paul spends most of his time at Seefeld Funeral & Cremation Services, but you will see him helping out in Omro occasionally.
Larry Wunderlin, Administrative Assistant
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Mary was born, raised and still resides on the family farm outside of Omro. She has two grown sons and a treasured grandson. Mary enjoys quilting, farming and spending time with her animals.
Andy Weninger, Licensed Funeral Planner/Family Follow-up Specialist
Andy grew up in Eagle River, WI, graduating from Northland Pines High School in 1982. After graduation he spent 3 ½ years doing volunteer work in Brooklyn, New York. After moving to Ohio and marrying his wife Tonya, they moved back to Wisconsin to care for family. Andy has spent 11 years helping families with preplanning funeral arrangements, having worked with Steve & Denise at one of the largest funeral homes in Wisconsin for 10 years. When Steve & Denise purchased the Seefeld Funeral Home in Oshkosh, they knew they needed Andy to provide the follow-up care he specializes in. In his free time, Andy enjoys fishing, golfing and family time.
Dorothy Kwiatkowski, Associate
Andy & Dorothy are the parents of Steve. Since Steve and Denise purchased the funeral home, you can find Dorothy helping wherever she is needed. Sometimes she answers phones, helps out on funerals, we can even count on her to dust and vacuum when the need arises. Andy and Dorothy moved to Redgranite from Milwaukee in 1962. This move came about because of the desire to raise their 5 children someplace other than the city. In 1977, they moved to Wautoma to be closer to their jobs. Andy retired from the Waushara County Sheriff’s Dept. in 1994, and kept active helping out various funeral homes in the area. Dorothy retired from the Union State Bank in Wautoma in 1995. After a short illness, Andy passed away May 13, 2000 and is buried at St. Mark’s Cemetery in Redgranite. In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, Dorothy is active in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wautoma and spends her free time volunteering with the Relay for Life, and McComb-Bruchs Performing Arts Center in Wautoma.
Tom McMasters, Associate
Tom and his wife, Toni, live in Berlin. Tom is retired from the insurance industry. Tom helps out on funerals, by opening doors, greeting guests and hanging coats. He also answers phones at the funeral home and helps out in any way he can.
Gordon Moran, Associate
Gordie is a lifelong resident of Omro. He married Elaine Magnuson from Winneconne in 1949. Together they raised four children, three girls, and one boy. Gordie has owned and operated Moran TV Sales & Service in Omro since 1953. He is a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Omro, The Omro HistoricalSociety, The SUVCW, (Sons of the Union Veteran’s of the Civil War), The Knights of Columbus of which he is a 4th Degree Honor Guard Member. Through the years, Gordie has been active in city government, serving as Alderman and past Municipal Judge. Gordie has recently retired from the funeral home. We are glad that he has been with us for the past nine years.
Michaelene Dowers, Funeral Director
Michaelene Dowers was born and raised near Long Beach, CA. She received her mortuary science degree from Cypress College in California. After completion of her studies, she became licensed in the state of California and met her husband, Jack, who was in the military. After being a funeral director in California, and once they were ready as a family, Michaelene and Jack moved to Wisconsin where she became a Wisconsin licensed funeral director. Holding a dual license has given her the ability to see the different cultures and customs across the country. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Bachelor Degree in Religious Studies from Grand Canyon University and plans to obtain her Masters in Thanatology and Divinity as well. Michaelene is very patriotic; loves to travel with her husband and learn about different areas of the United States; as well as donate her time to veteran related assistance and animal rescues. Michaelene and Jack have a beagle named Sugar Grace. Michaelene has a great attention to detail and looks forward to giving families of Oshkosh the best personalized care they deserve.