OUR STORY

Heritage Funeral Homes was formed by the joining together of a group of like-minded and respected funeral establishments in Milwaukee:

The Scheuerell family began serving Milwaukee in 1914, and passed that tradition through to James Scheuerell, who continues to be involved with Heritage.

In 1965 Wilfred Tebo and his sons-in-law James Peppey and John B. Klemmer started their own firm, and in 1975 John T. Klemmer joined Tebo Peppey Klemmer.

Gillette Johnson & Sons dates back to the 1930’s, with Gillette’s son-in-law Raymond Reiss joining the business. Today, Tim Johnson and Mark Reiss continue their Grandfather’s and Great-Uncle’s traditions of integrity and service.

In February of 1995 James Scheuerell, John Klemmer, Timothy Johnson and Mark Reiss merged their respective businesses into one firm named Heritage Funeral Homes. Later that year, Joseph G. Koch, of Lohman’s Funeral Service, joined the Heritage family.

Heritage has continued to change with the times, working to serve Milwaukee area families with exceptional care and respect. In 2002, our New Berlin funeral home and crematory was completed. 2005 saw Paul Johnson, Tim Johnson’s son, joining the firm, as well as John Klemmer’s sons and Jim Scheuerell’s nephews, Jeff and Jim Klemmer, starting the fourth generation in funeral service for both families. In 2006, after years of ownership at Franzen Jung Kaufman & Weiland, Richard B. Lee joined Heritage, where he still proudly serves Milwaukee’s Latvian community.

In 2007 Altstadt Tyborski Ermenc McLeod joined Heritage Funeral Homes. Altstadt Tyborski has served the families of southeast Wisconsin for over 100 years, and will continue to do so as a part of Heritage Funeral Homes.

We have over 100 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.

THE HERITAGE FAMILY

Mark Reiss
Owner and Funeral Director

I have been a licensed funeral director since 1980, proudly following in the footsteps of my father Raymond Reiss, my grandfather Gillette Johnson, my uncle Lynn Johnson and his son, my cousin, Tim Johnson. I now work next to Tim’s son Paul Johnson who is a fourth generation funeral director. I graduated from Martin Luther High School in Greendale, Concordia College in Milwaukee and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Skokie, IL. I am a member of the Caledonia Lion’s Club, a board member of the M.A. Dailey Foundation as well as an active member of Hales Corners Lutheran Church where I enjoy singing in the Sanctuary Choir, Praise Team, and the Festival Choir. I also help with the design and building of church projects. In my spare time I also enjoy taking care of my yard and looking after my “girls”- my wife Lisa of 39 years, our 3 daughters: Megan (Jeff), Emily (Michael) and Keely (Nathan) and our two dogs Lucy and Millie. I also love being “Papa” to our four grandchildren, Wyatt, Genevieve, Vincent and Francesca. God has blessed me with an awesome family and incredible people to work with, to serve His people when they need it most.

Jeffery Klemmer
Owner and Funeral Director

I am a fourth generation funeral director following in the footsteps of my father, John T. Klemmer, my grandfathers, John B. Klemmer and John Scheuerell, my uncle James Scheuerell, and my great-grandfathers Wilfred Tebo and John Scheuerell. I am a graduate of Pius XI High School and an alumni of Marquette University where I earned my degree in Business Administration. I am married to my wife Kristin and am a resident of Franklin. I enjoy golfing and spending time with my family, friends, and my dog Leinie.

Paul Johnson
Owner and Funeral Director

I am proud to be a fourth generation funeral director, following my great-grandfather Gillette Johnson, grandfather Lynn Johnson, and father Timothy Johnson into the family business. Born and raised on the south side of Milwaukee, I graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School in 2002. I attended MATC’s Funeral Service Program, and was fully licensed in 2008. I enjoy spending time with my wife Moriah and my pup Norm. In our free time, my wife and I love going on long walks with Norm, and we are both actively involved in Milwaukee Brewers FC soccer club.

James Klemmer
Owner and Funeral Director

I was raised on Milwaukee’s south side. I graduated from St. Gregory the Great grade school in 1999, where I am currently a parish member. After graduating from Pius XI High School in 2003, I attended Marquette University, Carroll College, and graduated from the Funeral Service program at MATC in 2008. I became a fourth generation funeral director, following in the steps of my great grandfather, Wilfred Tebo, both my grandfathers, John B. Klemmer and John Scheuerell, and my father, John T. Klemmer, and uncle James Scheuerell.

I enjoy being involved with my community. I currently serve as a board member for the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association and am a past president of the Milwaukee/Waukesha Co. Funeral Directors Association. In my free time I enjoy taking my dog Abbott to the dog park, hiking, cooking, reading, and watching soccer.

John Klemmer Jr.
Retired Owner/Partner, Funeral Director

I am a third generation funeral director following in my father John B. Klemmer’s and grandfather Wilfred Tebo’s footsteps. I was licensed in 1976 and have worked for the family business ever since. I am married to Judy and we have three sons; Jeffrey, Joseph and James. Jeffrey and James currently work with me. My family and I belong to St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church. I am a Past President of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, Past President of the Milwaukee Waukesha County Funeral Directors Association, and Past Chairman of the Wisconsin Funeral Trust.

I currently sit on the board of directors at Layton State Bank. I enjoy golfing, spending time at our Lake Delton property and I also enjoy driving and working on my Corvette. My wife and I are members of the Muskego Corvette Club.

Tim Johnson
Retired Owner/Partner, Funeral Director

I am a third generation funeral director, having followed my dad and grandfather into our business. My wife, Pat, and I have 3 sons and a daughter-in-law—Jerry and Lisa, Paul, and Lee. Paul has joined us as a funeral director at Heritage. We are members of Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church in Franklin, and I enjoy serving on various church-related boards and committees. My favorite pastimes are sailing, camping, biking, and spending time with family.

Jim Scheuerell
Retired Owner/Partner, Funeral Director

John Gamache
Funeral Director

I was born in Milwaukee to the late George and Mary Gamache who operated the Frantz-Gamache Funeral Home until being sold to Johnson & Reiss Funeral Home. It is now a part of Heritage Funeral Homes. I have been married to Jeri since 1985. We have a daughter Jamie who is married and lives in Waukesha with her husband Mike. We have two beautiful grandchildren, a grandson Jackson and a granddaughter Peyton. I have been a licensed funeral director since 1983. I am a member of Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church and a Past President of the Milwaukee /Waukesha County Funeral Directors Association as well as Masonic organizations in the Milwaukee Area.

Christopher J. Kiehl
Funeral Director

I was raised and currently live in Greendale with my wife, Erika and our Papillion dog. I have been in the Milwaukee area my whole life. I have been a licensed Funeral Director since 1999 and have been in the funeral business since 1989. I graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Illinois. I have been a member of the Milwaukee Elks Lodge #46 since 1997. I am an avid golfer and love to spend time with my family and dog.

Megan Walton
Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I belong to Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, attended St. Joan Antida High School, UW Milwaukee and MATC. I am a 2004 graduate of the Funeral Service program and also graduated in 2000 with a degree in Surgical Technology. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, vacationing in Northern Wisconsin, and attending Brewers or Red Sox games. I am the current president of the Milwaukee/Waukesha Co. Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Shamrock Club of Milwaukee.

Phia Vang
Funeral Director, Preperation Manager

As a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer I am proud to be the Preparation Manager here at Heritage Funeral Homes. In my role I oversee embalming preparations, restorations and cosmetic procedures. In 1988, my family came to the United States from Laos. I graduated from Bay View High School in 2001 and completed Mortuary School at the MATC West Allis Campus in 2006. I am a longtime member of Grace Point Community Mission Church in Milwaukee and have a strong commitment to my Faith. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife Liatxias Vang and fishing. I look forward to serving you and your family.

Sarah Rehberg – Ziesmer
Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Menomonee Falls. After high school I attended Mount Mary University, studying Art Therapy with a focus on Grief Therapy. In 2013 I decided to begin my career in Funeral Service. I entered the Mortuary Program at MATC, where I held the title of Vice President in the Sigma Phi Sigma Funeral Service Fraternity. In 2016 I graduated the program and became a licensed Funeral Director. I am proud to serve on the Advisory Board of the Mortuary Science Program for MATC. My husband and I, along with our two chihuahuas, live in Bay View.

Robert Knippel
Pre-Planning Funeral Consultant

Robert was born in the small northwestern town of Menomonie, WI. To feed his growing desire for serving people he began his training for the public ministry. He received a Bachelor or Liberal Arts from Northwestern College, Watertown, WI and a Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Thiensville, WI. Robert served as a pastor for ten years in Rice Lake, WI before serving ten years as a pastor in Madison, WI. One of the true joys of his parish ministry involved serving families at their time of loss, and eventually his career path led him to funeral service. Robert serves as Preplanning Funeral Consultant and Community Education & Event Speaker, joining the Heritage family in August of 2010. Robert and his wife of 29 years, Mary Beth, have two grown children, Emily (and Matthew) and Tyler (and Chelsea) and is a grandpa to 4. Robert enjoys traveling, pontoon sailing, and woodworking.

Kenneth Tyborski
Funeral Director

I am the son of Alvin Tyborski, Funeral Director who started in business in 1950. I graduated from mortuary school in 1967, and then joined the family business. I am married to Ellen and have two daughters and three sons. We have been active members at St. Veronica’s Church. I am the District Chairman, South Shore District of the Boy Scouts, Parade Marshall of Tippecanoe Memorial Day Parade and program honoring our veterans, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, and Bay View Business Association, and a member of other church and civic groups. I enjoy music, computers and woodworking.

James Altstadt
Funeral Director

I have been serving the families of Milwaukee since joining my father Alois in 1963. My family started in funeral service in 1882 when John Altstadt, a cabinet maker, open a store front location around 11th and Mitchell in Milwaukee. Later in 1918 my family built a home on Layton Blvd. which later became the funeral home while we maintained our living quarters above the funeral home. I am currently a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hales Corners, along with my wife Faye and we reside in the Village of Greendale. Golfing with friends and traveling have become a past-time.

Rachael Runkel
Administrative Assistant

I joined the Heritage family in November of 2012. Being in management and retail for 20 years with Walgreens Corp, it is a pleasure to have set hours now to spend more time with my family. I also sell Avon part-time and am an active member of Peace United Methodist Church in Brookfield. It was a joy growing up in Oak Creek on my family farm, Honadel’s Apple Orchard. I am a graduate of Univ. of Wisconsin Stout in Hotel and Restaurant management. Currently I live in Greendale and enjoy playing the piano, reading and cooking or trying new restaurants.

Nancy Gleesing
Administrative Assistant

I was born on Milwaukee’s South Side. I attended St. Vincent Grade School and South Division High School. I was a member of St. Matthew Church for over 40 years, and now am a member of St. Veronica Parish. I have seven grown children – four girls and three boys, and they’ve given me 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren — so far! After being a mother for 18 years, I went to work at Wisconsin Marine Bank. After 22 years and two mergers, I retired from Bank One, and started with Altstadt-Tyborski funeral home, eventually joining the Heritage family. I enjoy crocheting, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and crafting.

Ken Teske
Crematory Manager

I’ve been married since 1981 to my wife Janie. We have two daughters: Jenny and Amanda, and one grandson: Ivan. I was born and raised in Milwaukee and now live in West Allis. I attended Blaine Elementary and graduated from Solomon Juneau High School . I worked at Briggs & Stratton for 30 years until I retired in 2002. I have been at Heritage since my retirement.

Ben Bohl
Funeral Director

I was born and raised in a small farm town west of Appleton, WI. My wife and I moved to the Milwaukee area in 2013. I graduated from MATC and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 2017. Also in 2017 my wife and I welcomed our first son into the world and we couldn't be more happy to have him! I was influenced to become a funeral director by my uncle, who was a funeral director/owner in Oshkosh, WI. I met Mark Reiss as my wife and I were attending new member orientation at Hales Corners Lutheran Church and as they would say, "the rest is history." In my free time I love to spend time with my family, go hunting/fishing and spend time at the gym.

Andrea Laabs
Funeral Director Apprentice

I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I graduated in 2017 from Milwaukee Area Technical College with a Mortuary Science degree. I'm married to my wonderful husband Chris and together we have one chocolate lab named Tank. I love to travel in my free time.

Mary Beth Knippel
Preplanning Administrative Assistant & Waypoints Aftercare Specialist

Mary Beth was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin. She has since had the opportunity to live in all four corners of this beautiful state. Her love of service to others has taken her and her career path in a variety of directions that expands to all age groups. Mary Beth spent 23 years teaching in an early childhood classroom nurturing and caring for the children and families in her care. She joined the Heritage family in 2016 and is currently the Preplanning Administrative Assistant and Aftercare Specialist helping families with their journey after the death of a loved one. Her education includes an Early Childhood Degree from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN, Associate Degree in Marketing and Design from Fox Valley Technical College and a Bachelor’s in Business and Leadership from Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI. Mary Beth and her husband Robert celebrate 29 years of marriage and have two grown children Emily (and Matt) and Tyler (and Chelsea). She loves being a grandma of four. In her free time Mary Beth enjoys time with her husband and family, traveling, crafting and decorating their home.

Carly With
Apprentice Funeral Director

I grew up in New Berlin and graduated from New Berlin West. After graduation, I went to Carroll University for Nursing. After freshman year, I decided to take a semester off because I was looking for more. After some reflection, I attended MATC for Funeral Service and graduated from the program in 2016. I have been in Funeral Service for about 6 years. In my free time, you can find me hanging out with my family, going to Brewer games, and vacationing "up north.” I recently had my first child and she has been the best thing to ever happen to me.

Farrah Welch
Apprentice Funeral Director

I am originally from a small town in northwestern Wisconsin. While in high school I became interested in Funeral Services during a class field trip to my local funeral home. I began working in funeral services two weeks after graduating, while at the same time getting a Business Management degree at WITC in New Richmond, WI. I moved to Milwaukee in August 2018 to attend college at MATC to become a Funeral Director and will start the program in 2019. In my free time I enjoy exploring Milwaukee, crocheting, and reading.

Moriah Johnson
Oak Creek Chapel Attendant

I was born and raised in Milwaukee, and graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 2007, and married Paul Johnson in 2015. I worked in customer service for 12 years and recently was in accounts receivable for a fire protection company. I am excited to have an opportunity to be a part of the heritage family. In my spare time I like to play soccer with my husband on our co-ed team, explore new restaurants and watch movies. I love a rainy day and spending time with family and friends.

Wayne Ziesmer
Maintenance

I grew up in West Allis and joined the Air Force after high school. I then studied at MSOE for engineering, but took a job at the Post Office and was a letter carrier for 32 years before I retired. My wife, Robbie and I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. We have a son Walt (wife Sarah) and daughter Sadie who keep me young and busy! I am excited to be part of the Heritage family; life is good!

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