Obituaries

Karen Schultz
B: 1953-05-01
D: 2017-03-20
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Schultz, Karen
James Ellsworth
B: 1923-03-25
D: 2017-03-20
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Ellsworth, James
Willard Hilinske
B: 1920-11-30
D: 2017-03-20
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Hilinske, Willard
Ronald Raether
B: 1930-03-03
D: 2017-03-18
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Raether, Ronald
Robert Koss
B: 1945-02-02
D: 2017-03-17
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Koss, Robert
Margaret Barranco
B: 1946-11-11
D: 2017-03-17
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Barranco, Margaret
Robert Swanson
B: 1927-01-25
D: 2017-03-13
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Swanson, Robert
Edward Madson
B: 1952-10-19
D: 2017-03-13
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Madson, Edward
Michael Pera
B: 1949-03-15
D: 2017-03-13
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Pera, Michael
Barbara Finch
B: 1939-02-06
D: 2017-03-12
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Finch, Barbara
Ernestine Boisits
B: 1931-06-01
D: 2017-03-09
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Boisits, Ernestine
Cynthia Buchholz
B: 1949-05-07
D: 2017-03-07
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Buchholz, Cynthia
Kenneth Zenecke
B: 1972-09-23
D: 2017-03-06
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Zenecke, Kenneth
Christine Van Kylen
B: 1949-11-13
D: 2017-03-05
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Van Kylen, Christine
James DeLuca
B: 1924-11-06
D: 2017-03-05
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DeLuca, James
Patricia Solomon
B: 1934-02-23
D: 2017-03-03
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Solomon, Patricia
Matthew Morris
B: 1935-03-03
D: 2017-03-02
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Morris, Matthew
Shannon Betancourt
B: 1972-02-17
D: 2017-03-01
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Betancourt, Shannon
Diane Schuette
B: 1937-09-08
D: 2017-02-28
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Schuette, Diane
Bernadine Welch
B: 1932-02-26
D: 2017-02-25
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Welch, Bernadine
Enrico Franco
B: 1924-12-25
D: 2017-02-25
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Franco, Enrico

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John Klein, General Manager
Email: john@wisconsinfh.com

John grew up in the Milwaukee area before graduating from New Berlin West High School in 1991. He continued his education at UW-Waukesha and UW-Whitewater with emphasis on Psychology before completing his Degree in Mortuary Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College – West Allis in 1999.

He started as a Funeral Director Apprentice with Molthen-Bell and Sons Funeral Home in 1995 and became a Licensed Funeral Director with them in 1999. He continued his career with Molthen-Bell and Sons until 2007 when he took the Location Manager position with the Schramka Funeral Homes in Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls and Thiensville. In 2009 he expanded his group with the Schramka-Borgwardt Funeral Homes in West Allis and Hales Corners and continuing his work with Molthen-Bell and Sons.

He is currently the General Manager of the Molthen-Bell-Schramka-Borgwardt group serving South Milwaukee, Hales Corners, Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls and Thiensville.

John currently lives in West Allis with his wife, Laura Klein who also works with Molthen-Bell and Sons, and their two children, Sammy and Alex. John enjoys fishing, cheering on the Packers and traveling to Eagle River in the summer and Ft. Myers, Florida in the fall with his family.

Alexandra Salisbury, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Email: alex@wisconsinfh.com

Alex earned her degree in Funeral Service from the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2013. She began working at Molthen-Bell & Sons
Funeral Home as an apprentice in 2011 before becoming a licensed funeral director.

Before that, she graduated from Alverno College in 2008 with a degree in Marketing/Business Management and is a 2004 graduate of Thomas More High School. Alex grew up in Saint Francis and now resides in South Milwaukee. She serves with the South Milwaukee Lions and volunteers with the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Nick Schilling, Licensed Funeral Director
Email: nick@wisconsinfh.com

Nick was born and raised in West Allis. He graduated from Nathan Hale high school in 2007 and went on to attend UW-Waukesha, UW-Parkside and MATC. Nick completed the Funeral Service Program at MATC and became a licensed funeral director in 2011.

In his spare  time, he enjoys traveling, vacationing in Boulder Junction, WI, cooking, and hiking. Nick currently resides in Oak Creek with his girlfriend.

Tajai Turner, Licensed Funeral Director
Email: tajai@wisconsinfh.com

Tajai was born in Chicago, IL but raised in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from Bay View High School Class of 2008. Tajai obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin Parkside in 2013. She furthered her education by earning a degree in Mortuary Science from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She served as an Apprentice Funeral Director for Schramka Funeral Home as well as Molthen-Bell and Son Funeral Home. Tajai became a Licensed Funeral Director in 2016 serving families throughout the Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Hales Corners, Thiensville and Menomonee Falls area. She is also licensed by the State of Wisconsin as an Insurance Intermediary.

Tajai enjoys the freedom of expression through various forms of art such as music, dance and fashion. She is passionate about healthy living whether it be physically, spiritually or mentally.

Jerry Werth, Licensed Funeral Director
Email: jerry@wisconsinfh.com

Jerry was born and raised in Burlington. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1988, and went to Milwaukee Area Technical College for his Mortuary Science Degree. He started working at
Molthen-Bell as an apprentice in 1989. He became a licensed funeral director in 1993.  

He got married to his wife Mary in 1996 and has 5 children: 4 boys and 1 girl. He now resides in Waterford. Jerry is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Waterford. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and watching numerous sporting events in which his children are involved.  He is an active member of the Waterford Area Kiwanis Club and a Past-President of that club.

Laura Klein, Licensed Funeral Director
Email: laura@wisconsinfh.com

Laura graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2002. Before attending Milwaukee Area Technical College, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she studied nursing.

She began her career at Molthen-Bell and Sons in 2000 as a Funeral Director Apprentice and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 2002. Currently, she continues to serve the families of South Milwaukee, Cudahy, St. Francis and Oak Creek communities with honor and dignity.  

Corey Stephens, Licensed Funeral Director
Email: we_care@wisconsinfh.com

Corey Stephens, a fourth generation Molthen, followed in his grandfather's footsteps and became a licensed funeral director in 1994 after graduating from the MATC Mortuary Science Program. Before entering funeral service, Corey graduated from New Berlin West High School. He currently lives in Cedarburg with his wife and 4 children. Corey continues to carry out the traditions and values of dedicated service set forth by his family.