Cress Funeral Home



Let’s Meet Our Staff

Not all families are alike.  If they were, they might request a standardized funeral service.  The truth is that families are not at all alike…and that’s why the experience of our staff in helping families in all walks of life is so vitally important.  Every member of our staff has been selected for their specific fitness to the high standards that the Cress Family has maintained for over 137 years.  We have been enriched and blessed with a caring and compassionate staff that truly are involved in our communities and want to make a difference in people’s lives.

W. Robert (Bob) Cress Company Founder and Funeral Director †In Memory
William (Bill) R. Cress President
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I like to call Stoughton my home.  It was in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin where I graduated from high school in 1969 and lettered in football at Sun prairie High school.  In 1973, I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Psychology.  The following year, in 1974 I graduated from the Southern Illinois University Mortuary School.  In 1975 I became a licensed funeral director.  Two years later, I was promoted to Vice President.  I currently serve as President of Cress Funeral Service. In 1979 I married Sherry Georgi. I am very proud of my wife and our family which includes three sons – Rob, Matthew and Patrick.  I can tell you that nothing means more to us than our health.  My wife Sherry is a cancer survivor and we are blessed to have each day with the ones we love.  Sherry is a very active and vibrant member of the Stoughton Relay for Life.I am a member of the Stoughton Lions Club, Christ Lutheran Church in Stoughton, Zor Shrine and the State of Wisconsin Crematory Council.  I enjoy my family foremost and in no particular order of importance – photography, computers and traveling the globe.

I have spent my entire career serving the families of Southern Wisconsin with care and compassion.  I never take any passing lightly.  This is why I became a funeral director.  To care for families in their time of need.  That’s what really a funeral director is all about – helping people in our community through a difficult time.  This job is never easy.  Each experience has taught me a new lesson and I believe has gained me the true meaning of a helping hand.

At Cress Funeral Service, I hope you find the best quality of service available at a fair price.  I also hope you know that because each family is unique, we want to help tell your “story”.  At Cress Funeral Service, our focus is “personalizing” your remembrance, not just having a funeral.

Carey Cress-FoseVice President
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Thank you for visiting Cress Funeral Service. As a member of the Cress family and leadership team, I want to make myself available to visit with you at your convenience for any need you may have. Please, feel welcomed to contact me at

Since my start in 1982 as an intern in public accounting, I have also worked in manufacturing, productivity consulting and non-profit organizations fine-tuning my operational perspective, constraint management practices and leadership skills, while building a caring and robust business culture. I bring this broad knowledge base along with compassion and respect to my work in the funeral business alongside other family members and a deeply committed group of staff members.

My husband, Mike Fose and children, Carter and Whitney have lived in Middleton since 1998. As a family, we love to explore the Wisconsin waterways, romp in the fields with our dog, Ritz, and traverse the slippery slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

The opportunity to work with our family operated funeral, cremation and reception business has been wonderful. It is very fulfilling to be side-by-side with family and staff members who are passionate about extending care to the communities we live in. In addition, it is especially significant to be a part of my father’s dream and to be contributing to his legacy of service.

Dan Fose Vice President & Treasurer
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I was born in Madison and grew up primarily in Sun Prairie with my parents, four brothers and one sister, graduating from Sun Prairie High School in 1976.  During my high school years, I enjoyed practically every sport. You could always find an excuse to be outdoors playing a pick-up game with your friends. I particularly enjoyed playing hockey, football and baseball in high school.

After high school, I stayed close to home attending the University of Wisconsin here in Madison. I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting in 1980 and received my CPA certification shortly thereafter.

I married Mary Cress in 1982 and together we have raised three wonderful children.  I might add that all three have helped with the family business handling regular chores like lawn mowing, planting flowers and computer data entry.  You can say, it has been a family affair.

From 1981-1986 I enjoyed working as a CPA,  primarily with Smith and Gesteland, CPA’s.  In 1986, I joined Cress Funeral and Cremation Service as Vice President and Treasurer. Through my work at Cress, I have learned much more than I ever did in college.

I am a member of the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club, Blackhawk Church, and Zor Shrine as well as several other community based organizations.  In my free time you will find me snow skiing, playing soccer, enjoying a good book or any activity that involves my family.

It is a privilege and honor to be part of the Cress family.  Both Bob and Bill Cress are men filled with integrity and the desire to help serve each family with compassion during their time of loss.  I have been blessed with the gifts of encouragement, service, love and compassion.  My hope is that we will be an encouragement to each and every family that we serve with the opportunity to touch their lives with love and compassion.

Scott Kundinger Operations Manager & Funeral Director
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With a family background in funeral service, Scott took immediate interest in providing care to families in the death of their loved one. He has been with Cress since 1999. Scott graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science in 1996. In his “off time” he enjoys a good round of golf, hunting and spending time with his wife and three children. Scott also enjoys watching Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer football games. Scott takes great pride in establishing a strong bond with the families he serves. He has helped implement a Veterans service package honoring those that have served our country. Scott is a Regional Representative of the Funeral Service and Cremation Alliance of Wisconsin (FSCA), which has allowed him to learn more about funeral service and develop his professional strengths. As Operations Manager, Scott oversees the daily operations of all eight Cress locations. Feel free to contact Scott regarding any questions or concerns you may have and how the Cress Family can help serve you better.

Lisa BronkFuneral Director and Certified Cremation Specialist
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Lisa graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996, with a B.S. in mortuary science. She previously was a licensed funeral director in California before she obtained her funeral director’s license in Wisconsin in 2001. Lisa resides in Sun Prairie with her husband and two children. She is a member of St. Albert Catholic Church. Lisa enjoys her profession because of the families she meets and the stories they share about their loved ones.
Deb Wood Brown Continuing Care Coordinator
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Family, it is an institution that has been held in highest priority for me since I was a child growing up in rural Black Earth. I have extensive experience serving families in our surrounding communities and it is what brings me the most satisfaction in my work. I enjoy being a community educator and providing great service to our families here at Cress. The Cress family has a “families first” motto that I am proud to be a part of.

My family enjoys being a part of our Middleton community and all that it has to offer. In the summer, we look forward to spending a lot of time at the pool and visiting with neighbors and during the school year we are love watching our girls dance, craft, snuggle up with movies and spend time with extended family.

It would be my pleasure to share the journey of pre-planning with you and your family.

Bill ClarkC.A.R.E. Specialist & Funeral Director
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With the primary focus on my family, being a husband, father and grandfather, I understand the importance of serving your family and I transcend this same purpose into my profession with over forty years of experience in funeral service.

Kevin CollopyFuneral Director and Monument Design Specialist
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Kevin was born and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, specifically Skokie. He graduated from Niles West Township High School in 1996. In high school Kevin made junior varsity basketball history by accidentally scoring a lay-up on the wrong basket. His coach immediately pulled him from the game, placed a towel over his head, but allowed him to cheer on his team’s eventual victory from the far end of the bench.

He went on to undergraduate studies at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. In 2000 he graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He has been licensed as a funeral director since 2002, and currently has over 10 years of experience helping families in their time of need.

Kevin resides on the eastside of Madison with his new wife, Yvett W. Collopy, a fellow funeral director with the Cress Team, and Angie, their Yorkie/Shih Tzu mix. Yvett and Kevin were married in a simple backyard ceremony, surrounded by friends and loved ones, September 8, 2012. They welcomed their first child, a son, Cullen Mason, on May 9th of this year.

Matthew Cress Funeral Director
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I am excited to follow in my grandfather and father’s footsteps by becoming a 3rd generation funeral director. I received my degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2011. I am also a graduate of the Disney College Program with training in guest services, team work, effective communication while in an international setting. My goal is to use the knowledge I have obtained from my family and work experiences to help design a meaningful and healing celebration for your loved one.

Sherry Georgi Cress Office Assistant and Community Outreach
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I grew up in the Sun Prairie – Cottage Grove area, a daughter of Walter and Jerry Georgi, the 5th of six children. I’m a 1978 graduate of Sun Prairie High School. In 1979 I married Bill Cress and I’m the proud mother of three sons. I have worked in the family business ever since. When the boys were small I coached youth soccer and was a Den Mother and Scoutmaster.

I’m a cancer survivor and very active in the American Cancer Society. I serve on the Relay for Life Committee, am a Sponsor and Team Captain. I am a member of the Daughter’s of the Nile and of Christ Lutheran Church in Stoughton.

I enjoy movies, music, dancing, photography and playing the hand bells at church. If you see me out, you will probably see me with a camera.

Laurie Furseth Continuing Care Coordinator
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Laurie has worked in Funeral service for the past seven years, joining our staff in September of 2014 as a Continuing Care Coordinator. She loves being able to help our families in the days and weeks that follow the service. Laurie is very active in her community through the Chamber of Commerce, where she served as President from July 2014-June 2015. She also serves on the Syttende Mai Executive Committee.

Laurie is married to Dale Furseth. Together they enjoy golfing, road trips and playing with their grandchildren.

nicole-gensler-2016Nicole Gensler Managing C.A.R.E. Specialist and Funeral Director
renee-gray-2016Renee Gray Administrative Assistant
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I live in McFarland and am the mother of four children, Cassie, Luke, Alyssa and Michael. Not long after my husband passed away, I began working at HospiceCare, Inc. and really grew to love supporting people during their time of loss. I am very excited to be working at Cress where I am able to provide support to our clients, as well as the incredible staff. I feel that my personal and professional experience with loss will help me provide the kindness and compassion that people deserve at this time. Outside of work, I enjoy doing anything with my family!

Roger Head Facilities & Grounds Coordinator
jennifer-heimdahlJennifer HeimdahlFuneral Director and Monument Design Specialist
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Jennifer Heimdahl has been a licensed funeral director for eleven years and has been a part of the Cress Family since 2007. She was born and raised in Trempealeau and Blair, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and transferred to Minneapolis, graduating in 2002 from the University of Minnesota’s Mortuary Science Program. She is a member of the McFarland American Legion Auxiliary. “It’s a natural curiosity to wonder how someone decides to choose this career; for me, losing loved ones at a young age gave me perspective that funerals are tributes and a valuable part of the grieving process. That understanding inspired me to pursue a career offering that help and support to families through their times of tragedy and loss.”

Heather Holy Advance Planning Specialist
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I was born in Madison WI, and grew up in a small town not too far away, Village of Mt. Horeb. Now I am live with my family just outside of Lodi on Lake Wisconsin where we take advantage of our short Wisconsin summers on the lake with many boating trips and outings. During the winter, I tend to stay warm with a good movie or I travel! When it comes to travel, anywhere it’s sunny and warm is fine by me!

I am honored to be a member of the Cress Family. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with and serving our families. I see so much value to planning in advance and I have seen many sighs of relief from this gift.

When you are ready to ask a few questions, I look forward to being able to help you and your family.

Andrew Johnson Managing Funeral Director & Certified Cremation Specialist
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Andrew is married with two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grand-daughters. He enjoys travel and whatever the season, outdoor activity. He has been with Cress since 2001. In addition to funeral director, Andrew also has specialized certification and experience in crematory operations and instructs state approved classes for funeral directors continuing education. Andrew has developed a special infant care program with the area hospitals, and was instrumental in establishing Cress’ recycle program. Andrew is the managing director at the Cress University Ave. location and actively involved with the crematory operations for Cress.

Tawny Martinez
C.A.R.E Specialist & Funeral Director
Darrin KolkaAdvance Planning Specialist
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I was born and raised in Wild Rose, WI. I then moved to the Fox Valley area to attend Fox Valley Technical College and received my Associate’s Degree in Marketing in 1997. After marrying my wife Melissa in 2000, we moved to Sun Prairie in 2001 and have been living in the Madison area ever since. I enjoys bicycling and volleyball in the summer months and snowboarding in the winter months. I am also the head coach for Middleton High School boys and girls snowboard teams.

I am happy to be working for the best company in all of Dane county. I love helping families plan for the future and teaching them how advance planning is the right move for everyone to make. I look forward to working with you and your family.

StaffPick-CorrectElena P. Kostecke-Sengstock Funeral Director
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Elena is a Wisconsin native. She attended UW-Madison, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology in 2009, followed by MATC-Milwaukee for her Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 2012. She joined the Cress family as an apprentice in 2013, and received her Funeral Director’s License the following year. Elena takes great pride in her work; striving to provide the best possible care to the families she serves, and providing support to her teammates. Elena lives in Madison with her husband, Peter, and their two cats. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, fitness, and food.

Clayton Strang
C.A.R.E Specialist & Funeral Director
Walter Kubly Funeral Director
Mike Larson Funeral Assistant
2015 Michelson, CChristine MickelsonFuneral Director and Certified Cremation Specialist
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Christine is originally from Hartland/Oconomowoc area. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from UW-Oshkosh, she realized her true passion was to pursue a career in funeral service. She was fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve her apprentice at Krause Funeral Home in Milwaukee. After graduating from Milwaukee Area Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science, she received her Wisconsin funeral licensure in 2008. She has been a proud member of the Cress team since May of 2014.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, Justin, their spunky daughter, Penelope and new born son, Chance. She is honored to be a part of the Madison community and looks forward further serving her surrounding community.

Jim MuellerFuneral Assistant
Debbie OlsonAdministrative Assistant
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I was born in Texas, grew up in Colorado, and have lived most of my adult life in Wisconsin. I currently reside in Madison and I am the proud mother of two beautiful grown daughters, Ashley and Kelly. I am an animal lover and enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I believe that my own personal experience with the loss of my husband will help me assist in providing the kindness and compassion to others that was given to me and my family by Cress. I am very pleased to have joined the Cress Team.

Jeff OlsonManaging Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant and Monument Design Specialist
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I was born and raised in Brodhead WI and graduated from Brodhead High School in 1983. I was a specialty food salesman for 17 years, until with the love and support of my wife I returned to school, graduating from MATC-West Allis in 2006 with an Associates Degree in Funeral Service. I live in Brodhead, and have been married to my wife Stacey for 20 years, and have three children, Caitlyn, Brianne and Brendan. I like to spend time with my family, and working on home improvement projects. I enjoy assisting families in their time of need, and am pleased to be part of the Cress organization.

Jessica Pharo Managing Funeral Director, Monument Specialist
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Jessica was born in Madison and graduated from McFarland High School. She attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and received her Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service. Jessica has been devoted to helping the families of Cress Funeral & Cremation Service since 1998. She is active in the community as the Director for Leadership Stoughton, Board Member of Stoughton Hospital Foundation, Events Coordinator for McFarland Chamber of Commerce and Verona PTO. When not at work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband and three sons.

Daniel Plitzuweit Funeral Director
Lon SlonakerFuneral Director and Monument Design Specialist
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Lon was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran High School in 1992. He attended a semester at Wisconsin Lutheran College before transferring to Milwaukee Area Technical College where he received his Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 1997. Lon received his Funeral Director’s License in 1997. He moved with his wife Yvonne, to De Forest in 1998. They have two daughters Kelsey and Morgan. He has served families in the De Forest area as a Funeral Director since 1998 and continues to serve the community at the Cress Funeral Home in Sun Prairie and Madison. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, fishing and reading.

Yvonne SlonakerManaging Funeral Director and Certified Celebrant
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Yvonne is a native of Lake City, Minnesota and a graduate from Lake City High School. She attended University of River Falls and then transferred to Milwaukee Area Technical College, where she received her Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. In October of 1997 Yvonne married her college sweetheart, Lon.  In the fall of 1998 they moved to DeForest and have resided there ever since. They have two daughters Kelsey and Morgan.

Yvonne is proud to be part of the Cress Family.  Cress Funeral Home has given Yvonne the opportunity to serve families with a personal touch, gentle approach, and provide a memorable service to families at their greatest time of need.

When Yvonne is out of the office she enjoys being a mom, baking, sewing, taking vacations and most of all spending time with her family.

Caralyn StellflueAdministrative Assistant
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Caralyn is has worked in funeral service for over 7 years in both Rhinelander and here in Madison. Along with caring and dedicated co-workers, she looks forward to continuing to serve grieving families at such a critical time in their lives. She finds helping people through this difficult period to be truly rewarding and is honored to be part of the Cress team.

Caralyn is a graduate of UW-Madison. She and her husband, John, reside in Sun Prairie with their two daughters, Carissa and Katelyn. Spontaneous family adventures are her favorite part of life, but she also enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, and boating. All members of the Stellflue family are devoted fans of the Badgers and Packers.

erik-thompson-2016Erik Thompson C.A.R.E. Specialist and Funeral Director
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Erik is a native of Menasha, WI. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ancient History and Classical Civilization. In 2014 he graduated summa cum laude from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago as class valedictorian and also with distinction in the area of Restorative Art. During his time in Chicago, he interned with Smith-Corcoran Funeral Homes. He returned home to Wisconsin to complete his funeral director apprenticeship in Prairie du Chien, WI in 2014, and became a licensed director and embalmer the following year. He is glad to serve his community at Cress, whose state-of-the-art practises allow us to cater to each family’s individual needs. “We show our compassion to those grieving by giving them each and every attention. This gives them the ability to have that special and personal moment with their loved one, which is both meaningful and comforting.”

In his free time, Erik enjoys cheering on the Green Bay Packers, fencing, and spending time with his cat Toby. As a member of the 501st Legion, he regularly appears at numerous fundraisers and charity events not only in the Madison area, but also all across Wisconsin.

Yvett WerthFuneral Director and Certified Celebrant
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Yvett grew up around the Watertown area. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work and religion from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1997. In 2004, Yvett attended Mortuary School in Milwaukee. Yvett has been living in the Madison area for the past 14 years and is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Ginger WinnFuneral Assistant
Harvey WinnFuneral Director

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