Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Randall J. Mundt President/Owner/Funeral Director office@cremationsociety-wi.com

In 1973, Randy became a licensed funeral director. In 1985, Randy and his wife, Jean moved to Eau Claire and they began managing Stokes & Sons Funeral Chapel. In September of 1987, Randy & Jean purchased the funeral chapel, and changed its name to Stokes and Mundt Funeral Chapel. In December of 2001, the newly built Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapel & Crematory opened in Altoona, WI. In January 2007, Randy and Jean purchased both Prock Funeral Home, Ltd. and the Cremation Society of Wisconsin, which now holds the names of Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel and Crematory and Cremation Society of Wisconsin.

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Beth Kayhart General Manager bkayhart@cremationsociety-wi.com

Beth grew up in Medford with parents Lester & Mary Meyer, and brothers Bill & Jesse. She graduated from Medford Senior High in 1995. Beth and her husband Corey were married in May 1999 and welcomed their son Kyler in April 2002. They relocated to the Altoona area in July 2011 to follow Corey’s job.

Beth was hired by Stokes, Prock & Mundt in September 2011. Beth previously worked as an Administrative Specialist for 13 years at a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities in Medford. She also served as a volunteer firefighter for five years and has always enjoyed helping others.

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Laura Sandberg Funeral Director - Manager lsandberg@cremationsociety-wi.com

Laura J. Sandberg is from Mondovi, WI. She started her career at Proko Funeral Home, Kenosha in 2002 as an apprentice. She attended Gateway Technical College and received her degree in Consumer Marketing. She then received her Mortuary Science degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2006. She is licensed Funeral Director in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She joined the team at Stokes, Prock, & Mundt Funeral Chapel and Cremation Society of Wisconsin in January of 2015.

Laura is married to Dan Nowaskey and lives in Rock Falls with their son, Nicklaus and dog daughter, Cocoa. She is a member of the Mondovi Garden Club, Mondovi Lions Club and Zion Lutheran Church, Mondovi. She enjoy’s spending time with family and friends.  

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Kailee Sommerfeld Funeral Director ksommerfeld@cremationsociety-wi.com

Kailee was born and raised in Cumberland, WI to parents Bryan and Beth Sommerfeld. She graduated from Rice Lake High School in June of 2010. After graduating high school, she attended college at the University of Wisconsin Barron County in Rice Lake, WI and received her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences. After attending Barron County, Kailee attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL where she graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science. After graduating she joined our staff in June of 2017.

 

Kailee lives in Eau Claire, WI. In her free time, she enjoys biking, swimming, helping on her father’s farm and spending time with family and friends.  

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Aleta Cardinal Funeral Director Intern acardinal@cremationsociety-wi.com

Aleta is originally from Bloomington, Illinois and is very enthusiastic to be starting her Funeral Service career at Stokes, Prock & Mundt as an apprentice. Aleta graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelor in Mortuary Science & Funeral Service in May of 2017. She is currently working toward her Wisconsin Funeral Directors license.

 

Aleta is a former Girl Scout of 12 years and has several crafting hobbies including crochet, felting, and watercolor painting. She is a big fan of theater and musicals, and can often be caught singing when she thinks she’s alone. Aleta also likes to spend her free time in the kitchen trying new recipes or gardening and tending to her plants.

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Arnold Zimmerman Pre-Need Specialist office@cremationsociety-wi.com

Arnie was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Rural Fall Creek, WI.  He is the oldest of six siblings, and graduated from Fall Creek High School in 1961. He attended a short course in Madison, WI, and went on to accept a management position with Eau Claire County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, where he worked for seven years. Arnie married his high school sweetheart, Carol, in 1964; and they were blessed with two children, Paul and Jan. In 1968, he accepted a position with Tri-State Breeders Co-op as a genetic craftsman, working with farmers. Arnie also assumed various management positions within the company. In 1992, he opened up his own insurance business in Fall Creek, representing FBL & Rural Insurance.

After the loss of his wife, Carol, in the summer of 2000, Arnie retired from his insurance business.  He then accepted a position as pre-need specialist with Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapels of Eau Claire and Fall Creek. In January of 2007, Arnie was part of the merger that joined Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapels with Prock Funeral Home and Cremation Society of Wisconsin.  He holds a pre-need insurance license for the State of Wisconsin, and assists in various aspects of serving families in funeral and cremation services.

Arnie offers the gift of caring for and listening to people, and has the ability to work with all ages.  He is proud to be able to offer the highest possible quality of care and services to families facing the pain of loss.  Arnie serves on various boards, and is very active in his church.  In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.  He also enjoys camping, golfing and taking care of others.

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Jackie Erickson Administrative Specialist jerickson@cremationsociety-wi.com

Jackie is a native to Altoona, graduating from Altoona High School in 1994. Go Railroaders! She has always had an interest in Funeral Homes and was hired at Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel in February 2015. Delivering exceptional customer service and helping others are very important to her.

Jackie enjoys spending her free time with her three children, Jaiden, Devina, and Merci and all the activities they are involved in; which include, volleyball, softball, basketball, equestrian, church activities and family time.

“Our prime purpose in this lifetime is to help others.  And, if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” 

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Samantha Meurett Administrative Specialist smeurett@cremationsociety-wi.com

Samantha is from Wausau, WI, and graduated from D. C Everest High School in 2009. She married her high school sweetheart, Jake, in 2010, and moved to Eau Claire in 2011 to attend the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. There, she double majored in philosophy and creative writing and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015. Her interests include reading, crafting, and her dog, Lily. She is often found skating with Chippewa Valley Roller Derby or playing music with her friends.  

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Tammy Pinkerton Receptionist tpinkerton@cremationsociety-wi.com

Tammy was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI.  She received her Associate degree in records and image management in 2001.  Tammy enjoys reading, spending time with family, and playing with her dog and two cats.

 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

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Jerry Kressin Grief Educator/Bereavement Service Provider

Jerry Kressin grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He later moved to Alaska, where he lived for 17 years. Jerry is married to Virginia, and has two grown step-children. He enjoys practicing Yoga, hunting, nature study, and spending time outdoors.

Jerry pursued his career in bereavement services after he cared for and counseled his mother-in-law during her terminal illness. Jerry has six years of hospice experience. He holds a Masters Degree in Community Counseling, with the emphasis of his studies in grief and loss issues. 

Once a family has experienced a loss, Jerry will follow up with them several times over the coming year and provide grief materials. He can offer referrals for local grief support or one-on-one education for those seeking additional assistance in dealing with their loss. He will also visit the family upon request. We can also offer materials and support to those who are currently caring for an ill family member. This can be a very difficult time for caregivers. When Jerry was pursuing his Masters Degree, he wrote a project paper titled “Companionship at Death: Who People Want With Them When They Die.”

Often in grief we don’t know what to do, what is normal, or how to get through our sorrow. It is possible to not only go through grief, but to grow through grief as well. Getting through our pain requires work. It may involve doing things we’ve never done before. It can be very scary, but also very hopeful.

All services provided by Jerry are free of charge to you and your family, and are part of the ongoing support provided by Stokes, Prock & Mundt and Cremation Society of Wisconsin. If you have any questions about your grief or your family’s grief, or if you feel you need support, please give Jerry a call at 715-832-3428.

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Thelma Schilling Funeral Home Lunch & Custodial Care

After working 37 years, Thelma retired from Ameritech in 1994. She then worked as an operator and at the engineering department. She enjoys bowling, throwing horseshoes, and golfing. Thelma resides in Fall Creek with her husband of 52 years, Jerry. She is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and is a true Cricket fan. She has been with Stokes, Prock & Mundt and the Cremation Society of Wisconsin since 2003. She enjoys meeting new people and helping them during their time of need.

“Life is a gift from God, live it to the fullest.”

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Dave Tackmann Funeral Assistant

Dave grew up in Lake City, MN, and attended college at Rochester Community College and UW-LaCrosse. He graduated from UW-LaCrosse in 1978 and got his first job in his hometown for the 1978-79 school year. While back in Lake City, he met his wife, Deb. In 1979, Dave moved to Eau Claire and taught Health Education in Altoona schools until retiring in 2011. Throughout his college, teaching, and even into retirement, Dave coached many different sports (football, basketball, track, baseball, and tennis), but now finds more enjoyment as an active spectator.

 

Dave and his wife have three grown sons and three grandchildren. They have been active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire since 1980. In Dave’s free time, he loves hunting, fishing, traveling, and also plays an occasional round of golf.

 

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - John Wooden

 

Randall J. Mundt

President/Owner/Funeral Director
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In 1973, Randy became a licensed funeral director. In 1985, Randy and his wife, Jean moved to Eau Claire and they began managing Stokes & Sons Funeral Chapel. In September of 1987, Randy & Jean purchased the funeral chapel, and changed its name to Stokes and Mundt Funeral Chapel. In December of 2001, the newly built Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapel & Crematory opened in Altoona, WI. In January 2007, Randy and Jean purchased both Prock Funeral Home, Ltd. and the Cremation Society of Wisconsin, which now holds the names of Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel and Crematory and Cremation Society of Wisconsin.

Beth Kayhart

General Manager
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Beth grew up in Medford with parents Lester & Mary Meyer, and brothers Bill & Jesse. She graduated from Medford Senior High in 1995. Beth and her husband Corey were married in May 1999 and welcomed their son Kyler in April 2002. They relocated to the Altoona area in July 2011 to follow Corey’s job.

Beth was hired by Stokes, Prock & Mundt in September 2011. Beth previously worked as an Administrative Specialist for 13 years at a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities in Medford. She also served as a volunteer firefighter for five years and has always enjoyed helping others.

Laura Sandberg

Funeral Director - Manager
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Laura J. Sandberg is from Mondovi, WI. She started her career at Proko Funeral Home, Kenosha in 2002 as an apprentice. She attended Gateway Technical College and received her degree in Consumer Marketing. She then received her Mortuary Science degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2006. She is licensed Funeral Director in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She joined the team at Stokes, Prock, & Mundt Funeral Chapel and Cremation Society of Wisconsin in January of 2015.

Laura is married to Dan Nowaskey and lives in Rock Falls with their son, Nicklaus and dog daughter, Cocoa. She is a member of the Mondovi Garden Club, Mondovi Lions Club and Zion Lutheran Church, Mondovi. She enjoy’s spending time with family and friends.  

Kailee Sommerfeld

Funeral Director
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Kailee was born and raised in Cumberland, WI to parents Bryan and Beth Sommerfeld. She graduated from Rice Lake High School in June of 2010. After graduating high school, she attended college at the University of Wisconsin Barron County in Rice Lake, WI and received her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences. After attending Barron County, Kailee attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL where she graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science. After graduating she joined our staff in June of 2017.

 

Kailee lives in Eau Claire, WI. In her free time, she enjoys biking, swimming, helping on her father’s farm and spending time with family and friends.  

Aleta Cardinal

Funeral Director Intern
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Aleta is originally from Bloomington, Illinois and is very enthusiastic to be starting her Funeral Service career at Stokes, Prock & Mundt as an apprentice. Aleta graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelor in Mortuary Science & Funeral Service in May of 2017. She is currently working toward her Wisconsin Funeral Directors license.

 

Aleta is a former Girl Scout of 12 years and has several crafting hobbies including crochet, felting, and watercolor painting. She is a big fan of theater and musicals, and can often be caught singing when she thinks she’s alone. Aleta also likes to spend her free time in the kitchen trying new recipes or gardening and tending to her plants.

Arnold Zimmerman

Pre-Need Specialist
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Arnie was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Rural Fall Creek, WI.  He is the oldest of six siblings, and graduated from Fall Creek High School in 1961. He attended a short course in Madison, WI, and went on to accept a management position with Eau Claire County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, where he worked for seven years. Arnie married his high school sweetheart, Carol, in 1964; and they were blessed with two children, Paul and Jan. In 1968, he accepted a position with Tri-State Breeders Co-op as a genetic craftsman, working with farmers. Arnie also assumed various management positions within the company. In 1992, he opened up his own insurance business in Fall Creek, representing FBL & Rural Insurance.

After the loss of his wife, Carol, in the summer of 2000, Arnie retired from his insurance business.  He then accepted a position as pre-need specialist with Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapels of Eau Claire and Fall Creek. In January of 2007, Arnie was part of the merger that joined Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapels with Prock Funeral Home and Cremation Society of Wisconsin.  He holds a pre-need insurance license for the State of Wisconsin, and assists in various aspects of serving families in funeral and cremation services.

Arnie offers the gift of caring for and listening to people, and has the ability to work with all ages.  He is proud to be able to offer the highest possible quality of care and services to families facing the pain of loss.  Arnie serves on various boards, and is very active in his church.  In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.  He also enjoys camping, golfing and taking care of others.

Jackie Erickson

Administrative Specialist
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Jackie is a native to Altoona, graduating from Altoona High School in 1994. Go Railroaders! She has always had an interest in Funeral Homes and was hired at Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel in February 2015. Delivering exceptional customer service and helping others are very important to her.

Jackie enjoys spending her free time with her three children, Jaiden, Devina, and Merci and all the activities they are involved in; which include, volleyball, softball, basketball, equestrian, church activities and family time.

“Our prime purpose in this lifetime is to help others.  And, if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” 

Samantha Meurett

Administrative Specialist
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Samantha is from Wausau, WI, and graduated from D. C Everest High School in 2009. She married her high school sweetheart, Jake, in 2010, and moved to Eau Claire in 2011 to attend the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. There, she double majored in philosophy and creative writing and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015. Her interests include reading, crafting, and her dog, Lily. She is often found skating with Chippewa Valley Roller Derby or playing music with her friends.  

Tammy Pinkerton

Receptionist
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Tammy was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI.  She received her Associate degree in records and image management in 2001.  Tammy enjoys reading, spending time with family, and playing with her dog and two cats.

 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Jerry Kressin

Grief Educator/Bereavement Service Provider
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Jerry Kressin grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He later moved to Alaska, where he lived for 17 years. Jerry is married to Virginia, and has two grown step-children. He enjoys practicing Yoga, hunting, nature study, and spending time outdoors.

Jerry pursued his career in bereavement services after he cared for and counseled his mother-in-law during her terminal illness. Jerry has six years of hospice experience. He holds a Masters Degree in Community Counseling, with the emphasis of his studies in grief and loss issues. 

Once a family has experienced a loss, Jerry will follow up with them several times over the coming year and provide grief materials. He can offer referrals for local grief support or one-on-one education for those seeking additional assistance in dealing with their loss. He will also visit the family upon request. We can also offer materials and support to those who are currently caring for an ill family member. This can be a very difficult time for caregivers. When Jerry was pursuing his Masters Degree, he wrote a project paper titled “Companionship at Death: Who People Want With Them When They Die.”

Often in grief we don’t know what to do, what is normal, or how to get through our sorrow. It is possible to not only go through grief, but to grow through grief as well. Getting through our pain requires work. It may involve doing things we’ve never done before. It can be very scary, but also very hopeful.

All services provided by Jerry are free of charge to you and your family, and are part of the ongoing support provided by Stokes, Prock & Mundt and Cremation Society of Wisconsin. If you have any questions about your grief or your family’s grief, or if you feel you need support, please give Jerry a call at 715-832-3428.

Thelma Schilling

Funeral Home Lunch & Custodial Care
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After working 37 years, Thelma retired from Ameritech in 1994. She then worked as an operator and at the engineering department. She enjoys bowling, throwing horseshoes, and golfing. Thelma resides in Fall Creek with her husband of 52 years, Jerry. She is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and is a true Cricket fan. She has been with Stokes, Prock & Mundt and the Cremation Society of Wisconsin since 2003. She enjoys meeting new people and helping them during their time of need.

“Life is a gift from God, live it to the fullest.”

Dave Tackmann

Funeral Assistant
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Dave grew up in Lake City, MN, and attended college at Rochester Community College and UW-LaCrosse. He graduated from UW-LaCrosse in 1978 and got his first job in his hometown for the 1978-79 school year. While back in Lake City, he met his wife, Deb. In 1979, Dave moved to Eau Claire and taught Health Education in Altoona schools until retiring in 2011. Throughout his college, teaching, and even into retirement, Dave coached many different sports (football, basketball, track, baseball, and tennis), but now finds more enjoyment as an active spectator.

 

Dave and his wife have three grown sons and three grandchildren. They have been active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire since 1980. In Dave’s free time, he loves hunting, fishing, traveling, and also plays an occasional round of golf.

 

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - John Wooden