Our team's commitment to you

Each of our employees is hired based on their integrity, compassion, willingness to serve, competence, and professionalism. The quality of the individuals on our staff is second to none. Each of them takes great pride in being a member of the Wenig Funeral Home “Family.” Daily they exhibit enthusiasm and pride in serving families to the best of their abilities. Regularly our Funeral Home receives positive feedback in the form of comments and letters, highlighting instances of exemplary service and personal concern. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. The professionalism and personal commitment provide for premier service we have to offer. We are proud to have each one of them on our team.

 

 

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John Wenig President, Licensed Funeral Director
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Barbara Wenig Vice President, Funeral Associate
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Damon Wenig General Manager, Licensed Funeral Director
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James Stephens Managing Funeral Director
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Connie Meier Office Manager
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Dick VanEss Facilities, Funeral Assistant
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Harley Hilbelink Funeral Assistant
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Danette Hoftiezer Funeral Assistant
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Howie Brusse Funeral Assistant
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Mike Daane Funeral Assistant
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Jodi Daane Funeral Assistant
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Johannah Wenig Funeral Assistant, Hair Stylist
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Rev. Steven Bakker Funeral Assistant

John Wenig

President, Licensed Funeral Director
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Growing up on his family dairy farm in Chilton, Wisconsin, John’s values for family, service, and community were instilled in him at a young age. Following the unexpected death of his father while he was in high school, John began to take an interest in lasting impression funeral service can have. After finishing his undergraduate work, he and taught Sales and Marketing at Stevens Point Area High School for five years. In 1982, John and Barbara’s oldest son, Andrew, died of childhood cancer. Following that death, John resigned from teaching and entered mortuary school. While working at two large funeral homes in Milwaukee and Indianapolis, he obtained extensive experience conducting funerals and helping families cope with devastating loss. In 1991, John, Barb, and their family moved back to Wisconsin to purchase the funeral homes in Sheboygan Falls and Oostburg.

 

John is active in many local community, statewide and national organizations. He was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Funeral Directors Assoc. In 2005 he was elected President by his peers of the International Order of the Golden Rule—an invitation only association for progressive and high standard funeral homes. John serves as vice-chairman of the Board of Directors for the St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. John and his wife, Barbara, have four adult children; Kyle (Jayne) Wenig, Angela (Scott) Ring, Evan, and Damon (Johannah) Wenig; and six grandchildren. John and Barb live in Sheboygan Falls and are active members of their church in Oostburg. John’s personal experience of the death of his father and son equip him to more fully understand the needs of those who grieve. 

Barbara Wenig

Vice President, Funeral Associate
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Barb, in many senses is the “encouragement from behind the scenes” for our firm. She has good insight on how we can better serve our families each day. She takes personal pride in keeping our two funeral homes beautifully decorated with personal and seasonal touches. In addition to helping at the funeral homes, Barb volunteers at a local hospice. Barb is retired and worked for over 25 years as an Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the Sheboygan Area School District.  She is married to John, and does an amazing job of maintaining their household and family’s needs. Barb is mom to four adult children, Kyle (Jayne) Wenig, Angela (Scott) Ring, Evan (fiance' Britney) Wenig, and Damon (Johannah) Wenig. She loves being "Nana" to her six grandchildren, Anderson, Leisel, and George Wenig, Keaton, Hudson, and Lacey Ring.  She sings in the choir and is a Pastoral Elder at the First Reformed Church in Oostburg.  In her free time she enjoys flower gardening, reading, biking, exercising, traveling, and music.

Damon Wenig

General Manager, Licensed Funeral Director
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Damon Wenig, son of John and Barb Wenig, grew up in the Oostburg community. Damon attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After completing his undergraduate work, Damon continued his studies at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Damon joins the Wenig Funeral Home team after working for Kolssak Funeral Home in Wheeling, IL.

He finds great significance in serving Sheboygan County families during some of the most difficult moments of their lives. He has a keen sense of customizing the needs of each family to uniquely reflect the individual. Damon and his wife, Johannah, are active members of their church in Sheboygan and enjoy spending time with family and friends in their free time. He also enjoys reading, running, music, and of course a good cup of coffee. 

James Stephens

Managing Funeral Director
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Upon graduating from Utah State University with a B.A. in Spanish, he continued his education at Arapahoe College with a degree in Mortuary Science.

James joins our team with a breadth of experience working in Salt Lake City, Utah, and most recently in his hometown of Green Bay. He found his calling in life as a Funeral Director and takes great pride in serving families ensuring that their experience is exactly what they envision for their loved ones.

He and his wife, Alexis, have two boys, Weston and Jack. In his free time, he enjoys following the Green Bay Packers, golfing, traveling, and being actively involved at his church. 

Habla español con fluidez, está feliz de poder apoyar a la comunidad hispana en el condado de Sheboygan.  *He speaks fluent Spanish and is happy to be able to support the Spanish speaking community in Sheboygan County.

Connie Meier

Office Manager
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Connie joined our team in May of 2009.  She  brings a wealth of organizational skills and ideas to our office. Connie has a pleasant manner in the way she approaches her work. Connie’s duties are widely varied to include the processing of documents, data entry, printing of memorial materials, accounts payable and cheerfully answering any telephone inquiries. She adds great value to our office operations and is pleasant to work with on a daily basis. Connie has two adult children, a son, Matt; and a daughter, Kristin.

Dick VanEss

Facilities, Funeral Assistant
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Dick serves our community with a smile and sincerity. Personal service is always forefront in Dick’s attitude. Dick assists on funerals and helps keep our properties and vehicles in pristine condition, all for the benefit of the families we serve. Dick is retired from the Sheboygan Post Office. He has been an active lifelong member of Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Oostburg. Dick is married to Carol, has three grown children, and enjoys spending time with his ten grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Harley Hilbelink

Funeral Assistant
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Harley is a very capable and personable member of our staff.  He is pleasant and has a wide variety of abilities.  He dutifully takes pride in keeping our facilities, vehicles, lawns and flower gardens in pristine condition, all for your pleasure. Harley also assists with the filing of various documents at the court house and other agencies. He sings in the choir and serves as an elder at the First Reformed Church in Oostburg.  He is married to Jeanne and has three grown children, and eight grandchildren. In Harley’s free time he enjoys sports and spending time in his yard tending to his flower gardens and pond.

Danette Hoftiezer

Funeral Assistant
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Danette has a warm and pleasant smile that greets the people that visit the funeral home. She was raised in Cedar Grove and currently lives in Gibbsville. She is a devoted wife to her husband, Todd, and a busy mother of four children; Lindsay, Alyssa, Nicholas, and Jackie. Their family are active members of Gibbsville Reformed Church, where Danette works as a church secretary.  They enjoy spending weekends at their home in Upper Michigan, enjoy outdoor activities, and attending their children's school and church activities. In Danette’s “spare” time she enjoys scrapbooking, shopping, and traveling.

Howie Brusse

Funeral Assistant
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Howie brings a great deal of comfort to the families we serve with his warm smile and welcoming manner. Being a lifelong member of the community, Howie is a recognizable and caring friend to many. Howie is a longtime and very active member of First Reformed Church in Oostburg.  He is married to Sue and between the two of them, have seven grown children.  Howie enjoys spending time with his 15 grandchildren.  He is a avid Brewer, Packer, and Badger fan and enjoys gardening.

Mike Daane

Funeral Assistant
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Jodi Daane

Funeral Assistant
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Johannah Wenig

Funeral Assistant, Hair Stylist
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Rev. Steven Bakker

Funeral Assistant
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