History & Staff

At Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, we have provided customizable traditional memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved one in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
When you’re seeking a personalized celebration of life in Jefferson and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

In 1892 Frank M. Jung established this funeral home.  It was known as Jung Undertaking and was located on Jefferson’s Main Street, where the Urban Restaurant is currently located. 

In 1930 Gordon Matters, who had been employed by Jung, purchased the business.

Jung Undertaking later became known as the Matters Funeral Home.

In 1940 Gordon Matters purchased the Kerschensteiner home at 402 South Center Avenue in Jefferson, put an addition on the home, and moved Matters Funeral Home to our current location.

In 1968 the funeral home was purchased by Tom Curry, who had been employed by Matters.  It then became known as the Curry Funeral Home.

In 1977 Curry Funeral Home built a new facility and relocated from 402 S. Center Ave. to the present location at 900 West Racine Street in Jefferson.

In January 1991, Curry Funeral Home was purchased by Marla (Wieting) Schneider and her former spouse, changing the name to Schneider Funeral Home.

Marla’s history in the funeral business began with her father Merlin A. Wieting.  In 1953 Merlin began operating the Techman-Wieting Funeral Home in Hilbert Wisconsin, with his business partner Harvey Techman.  In 1960 Merlin bought the Luecker Funeral Home in Brillion Wisconsin from Fred Luecker when he retired.  In 1972, Marla’s brother Wayne “Bud” Wieting joined the family business and in 1974 Marla’s other brother Merlin Jr. “Fuzzy” Wieting joined the family business.  In 1975 the Wieting’s purchased the Pfeffer Funeral Home in Chilton and the Reedsville Co-op Funeral Home in Reedsville.  Marla’s former spouse joined the family business in 1983.  Choosing to leave the family business and branch out on their own they purchased the Curry Funeral Home in 1991.  Marla graduated from Mortuary School with High Honors in 1995.   Passing the Wisconsin State Funeral Directors Board exam and the National Funeral Directors Board exam, and completing a one year internship Marla became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1996.  In 1997, Marla became the sole owner of the funeral home.   

In 2001 Marla (Wieting) Schneider married Ronald Michaelis, a life time resident of the Jefferson, Johnson Creek and Lake Mills area, and the business became known as the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home LLC.

Marla and Ron maintain a close relationship with the family businesses her brothers and nephew own in Brillion, Reedsville, and Chilton Wisconsin.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Marla Michaelis
Licensed Funeral Director

Marla E. Michaelis is a 1977 graduate of Brillion High School in Brillion Wisconsin. She received her associate degree in Marketing from Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin in 1979, married with three children she went back to College in 1993 to complete her associate degree  in mortuary science at Milwaukee Area Technical College and became a licensed funeral director in 1996.

Marla and her husband Ronald live in Jefferson. Together they have five children and seven grandsons and one granddaughter. Marla and Ron are members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Marla serves on the  board of directors for the Cab Ride Program in Jefferson and serves as a Commissioner on the Jefferson Utilities Board. She also is a past member of the Kiwanis Club.

Email: marla.michaelis@schneidermichaelis.com
Office Phone: 920-674-3960

Ronald Michaelis
Funeral Attendent

Ron Michaelis is a native of the Jefferson area.  He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1966, served in the United States Army from 1968-1971.  He then attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.   Ron received his B.A. degree in Management Communications from Concordia University.  Ron was employed at APV Crepaco in Lake Mills, Wisconsin for 43 years, until the plant closed in December of 2008 finishing his career as a manufacturing engineer.

Ron is a member of the Jefferson Rotary Club, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Council of the Performing Arts.  Ron volunteers his time for other Jefferson Civic organizations and was honored as Citizen of the year for 2013. He is currently a member of the Re-Development Authority (RDA) for the city of Jefferson. Ron currently serves as President of the Church Council at Trinity.

Email: rjmichaelis@charter.net
Office Phone: 920-674-3960

Vicki Gleason
Funeral Attendant 

I grew up in Jefferson and left for college, never dreaming I would return to retire here 38 years later!  I received a degree in music therapy and enjoyed working with the elderly and the developmentally disabled in a variety of settings in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  A job change for my husband led to a move for our family, and a career change for me; teaching music to elementary school students.  After 15 years of teaching, I retired to take care of my aging Mom.  It was at her funeral that I met Marla and Ron, and commented on how many long hours went into planning and executing several funerals in just days! It was then that I realized that I would love to be a part of helping families make this difficult experience as comforting as possible. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my 3 Grandsons!

Email: vicki.gleason@schneidermichaelis.com
Office Phone: 920-674-3960

Robert Knippel
Advance Funeral Planner

Robert Knippel was born in the small northwestern town and graduated high school in Menomonie, WI. To feed his growing desire for serving people, he began his training for the public ministry. He received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Northwestern College, Watertown, WI, and a Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Thiensville, WI. Robert served as pastor for ten years in Rice Lake, WI before serving ten years as pastor in Madison, WI.

One of the true joys in his parish ministry involved serving families at their time of loss, and eventually his career path led him to funeral service which he has enjoyed for eleven years. Robert serves as the Advance Funeral Planner for Nitardy Funeral Homes in Whitewater, Fort Atkinson and Cambridge. Robert and his wife Mary Beth have been married 31 years and have been blessed with two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys woodworking, fly fishing, and loves to travel.

Email: rjknippel@gmail.com
Office Phone: 414-380-0862