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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.
Gary D. Wilke
Gary D. Wilke graduated from Janesville Craig High School in 1984 and UW-Milwaukee in 1989. He joined Nitardy Funeral Homes in 2006. Since earning his associate’s degree in mortuary science from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2007, Gary has served our professional staff as a funeral director.
Gary and his wife Chris reside in the town of Hebron and have two children, Craig and Carly. He is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
Location Leader / Funeral Director
Marti comes from a large family in Burlington where he is number 12 out of a family of 13 children. He is a second generation funeral director. Marti attended Milwaukee area Technical College and became a licensed funeral director in 1990. He joined the Nitardy team in 2017.
Marti is a resident of Cambridge and enjoys downhill skiing, snowmobiling, riding his motorcycles, but most of all spending time with his family. Marti has three grown children Nicole, Carmen and her husband Mike and their son Joseph, and his son Kieran.
Marti is a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church
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!
Office Phone: 920-214-5433
Autumn Harden, a native of Fort Atkinson, graduated Fort Atkinson High School in 2012. She attended Mortuary Science College in upstate New York and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Funeral Services Administration. She joined the Nitardy funeral home team in 2018 and feels honored to be back in her hometown serving the local community members. When she is not working and the weather is right, she enjoys utilizing the Fort bike trail and attending local farmer’s markets.
Natalie Brahm graduated from Westosha Central High School in 2014. She received an associates degree in business administration from Gateway Technical College in 2018 and an associates in mortuary science from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2020. She joined the Nitardy Team in 2022. Natalie and her husband, Marshall, reside in Elkhorn and enjoy riding horses, rehabbing houses and being outside whenever possible. She is an active member at Great Lakes Church in Kenosha.
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 Second-Generation licensed funeral director in 1996.
Marla and her husband Ronald live in Aztalan. Together they have five children and eight grandsons and one granddaughter. Marla and Ron are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson. Marla serves on the board of directors for the Cab Ride Program in Jefferson. Marla has served on the Funeral Directors Examining Board and as a Commissioner on the Jefferson Utilities Board. She also is a past member of the Kiwanis Club. In her free time Marla enjoys canning, gardening, and traveling to new places.
Office Phone: 920-214-5433
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 as Rotary Club President twice and 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 Jeffersons’ Citizen of the year for 2013. Ron has served as President of the Church Council at Trinity Lutheran Church and other committees.
Office Phone: 920-214-5433