Owner, Licensed Funeral Director, Certified Preplanning Specialist
Considerate, Caring and Compassionate
Personal Keys to Success
A note from Kristy:
My family moved to Princeton, Wisconsin in 1991 from Illinois. I graduated from Princeton High School in 1996 and attended Marian College in Fond du Lac from 1996-2000 majoring in Psychology. I was led into the funeral services career midway through Marian College in 1998 when I became a Funeral Director Apprentice for Uecker-Witt Funeral Home in Fond du lac. In 2000, I moved to West Allis and attended MATC from 2000-2003 majoring in Funeral Service.
While waiting to take my State of WI and National Funeral Director Board Exams in 2003, I received my license as a WI Agent for Burial Agreement and became a Preplanning Specialist until I was officially a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. I moved to Ripon in 2004 and began working as a Preplanning Specialist at Wachholz Family Funeral Home and accepted the position as a Licensed Funeral Director/ Manager in 2005. I actively managed the three funeral homes until resigning in 2008. In October 2012, I was extremely blessed to have an opportunity to own my own funeral home. Divine Passage Funeral Home opened on February 25, 2013.
I have a true passion to serve my community. I am a member of Ripon Community Church. I am a member and Secretary for the Ripon Noon Kiwanis Club; receiving Distinguish Secretary Award, Governor Award as well as Outstanding Kiwanian Award. In 2009, I co-charter the Ripon Aktion Club, a Kiwanis leadership club for adults with developmental disabilities at Diverse Options. I am a member, Unit 306 Secretary and District Secretary for the Green Lake American Legion Auxillary. I am a member and Treasurer for Ripon/ Green Lake Professional Womens Connection. In 2016, I was awarded the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from Ripon/ Green Lake Women in Management.
I am very grateful to be blessed with the skills necessary to make me the best funeral director and embalmer I can be. I am very passionate and always serve families as if they were my own. The feeling of comfort is overwhelming when I know I have done my job to the fullest in assisting families through one of the toughest times in their lives and they are very thankful for all I do for them.
Licensed Funeral Director/ Preplanning Specialist WI Registered Agent for Burial Agreement
A note from Janice:
I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from Messmer High School. For more than fifteen years I preformed and studied, ballet, tap, modern and acrobatic dancing. I also taught dance to young children and attended UW-Milwaukee as a dance major for a few years.
Upon having children, I worked thirteen years as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Three of those years were as a Critical Care Nurse in the Intensive Care, and Coronary Care Units. The last five years were in Pediatric Hospice. When I returned to college to get my Bachelor’s degree, I met a girl who was going into the Funeral Service Program, something clicked and two years later I became a Licensed Funeral Director.
I have been married to a Funeral Director for twenty five years and have three children, one step-daughter, six grandsons and one granddaughter. My hobbies are Zumba (I still must have some dance in my life) long walks, Biking, especially with my grandson, my vegetable garden, designing theme patterns and crocheting them into blankets.
I have been a Licensed Funeral Director for twenty five years, nineteen of those years have been specializing in Preneed. I have been a part of, and watched the preneed industry grow almost since its inception. And best of all, I’ve been blessed to see how much funeral preplanning has helped and been a comfort to families throughout the years. I wouldn’t do anything else!