Our professional staff is made up of individuals that have a passion for helping others. At Gunderson Funeral Home, we work together as a family to provide you with the best care and support that we would expect our own families to receive. Our work is important to us, not only are we committed to the families that we serve, but also to the communities that we belong to.
I first dealt with Gunderson Funeral Home in Middleton in 1984, when our dad died unexpectedly. Pete Gunderson was so kind and good to our family, and really helped us through a difficult time. I have a favorable opinion and experience with Gunderson Funeral Home for more than 30 years. About 6 years ago, I became the music director at St. Bernard Church, which is right across the street from the funeral home. Through these years, I have worked with Gunderson Funeral Home for funerals that have taken place at the church, and I say with complete honesty and conviction, the staff at Gunderson Funeral Home is the best around. They understand and respect church, and they have a warm and gentle way with people. When my mom died in February, I knew that she and our family would be in the best hands with Gunderson Funeral Home. I called Dan Dederich shortly after she died, and he was willing to help us in any and every way possible. He was so easy to work with, and really made the planning of the visitation and funeral a labor of love. I also have to add that mom looked absolutely beautiful in the casket. They truly did a wonderful job. I also want to mention Joan Laufenberg in the office, who is also wonderful to deal with. She is so good at what she does. Greg and Lyle also worked the funeral and I love these two like my own dad. As you can tell, there are not enough adjectives to describe my appreciation and respect for the staff at Gunderson Funeral Home. They are the best at what they do, and we are so blessed to have them here in Middleton. I am so grateful for Pete, Dan and Joan for all they’ve done for our family during this difficult time, and the rest of the staff as well for their care and concern. Thank you for letting me share these thoughts with you.
June 27, 2016
Michelle and Rachel,
Every wish I had, Every honor he deserved, and was presented with beauty and dignity. I can't take you enough for your outstanding service. I am just now learning about your aftercare program. It was perfectly timed, and I think I need it. Thank you so much!
May 09, 2016
I am writing to tell you how much my family and I appreciate the considerate and professional service provided to us by the Gunderson staff during this difficult time since my mother, Sylvia Wirth, passed away.
Rachel Wartes called me promptly within a few hours of my mother's passing. Despite a short notice and busy Saturday morning schedule, she contacted mother's priest to arrange a funeral day and time. We, then, were able to compose a shortened obituary in time to be published, next day, in the Sunday edition of the Wisconsin State Journal. I felt it was important to have this notice published on a Sunday. I was grateful for her assistance.
When my husband, daughter, and I arrived at the Gunderson Funeral Home in Middleton for the planning meeting, Jeff Hron was waiting to greet us. He was well informed and patient while presenting our options. The selections were made and all was presented as planned on the day of the funeral. I remember how carefully staff handled our items while putting up displays, and payed close attention to detail for arrangements on the casket and altar.
At the cemetery, Mr. Dahmen distributed fleece blankets to our seated guests so they would be protected from the cold. The blankets were very clean and looked brand new.
Flower bouquets, we had chosen for Attic Angel Place, were taken there promptly. Our items were returned to us. "Thank you" cards were prepared for our use.
Follow-up calls, letters and notes from the Gunderson Funeral Home showed concern for my family and me, as we process through this difficult time. We appreciate knowing we have people to contact if we are in need of support.
I feel the funeral was very well organized, and handled with excellent care.
February 08, 2016
Thank you for the presentation, “ Holidays for Hope, Remembering with Love. “ Your book, “Renewing Your Spirit,” I have read several times and find it very helpful. Death is not the end, but like flowers (in May) it holds the seeds of a New Beginning. Lighting the candle and writing a special message for the tree in memory of our loved one was very meaningful to me. I recall that everything was set up very nice for the visitation and funeral, it was nice that it all looked very professional, yet personal. The funeral staff (Jack, Mark, and Dave) went above and beyond. Thank you to everyone for being so kind, friendly and supportive during such a very difficult time for my family and friends. Thank you all for making this holiday season a little brighter. The Sandy Esselman Family
January 07, 2016
Dear Mr. Gunderson,
We thank you kindly for your warm and sincere words at this most difficult time in our lives when our beloved spouse, mother and grandma, Tania Welyczko fell asleep in the Lord.
We also feel gratitude to you for your caring offer through your “Pathways through Grief” Aftercare program. We look forward to receiving the additional letters and information you mentioned.
We also wish to take this opportunity to commend most highly Mr. John Jacobsen for his unequaled and superb services granted to our beloved Tania, our sons Roman, Andrew, our family and myself. Mr. Jacobsen deserves praise for his professional, courteous, compassionate, thoroughly knowledgeable and generous services offered to Tania and to us. We felt very pleased meeting with Mr. Jacobsen and comfortable entrusting him and Gunderson Funeral Home with the final care arrangements for Tania. We greatly appreciate Mr. Jacobsen’s thoughtful, respectful and very attentive care.
Please convey to Mr. Jacobsen our most heartfelt expressions of gratitude and that we were honored and delighted meeting the very best member of your staff.
Gregory and sons, Roman, Andrew Welyczko and families
Gregory and sons, Roman, Andrew and families
July 20, 2015
Words are inadequate to express my deep, heartfelt gratitude for your service to my family during this traumatic time. Your caring, compassion, organization, attention to all details and smooth management of the Visitations, Funeral and Burial components allowed my family to focus on personal grieving, celebrating Dad’s life, and sharing stories with hundreds of people touched by Dad. I remember so many special moments orchestrated by you: “if you start walking, the others will follow,” smoothly having me follow the casket out of the service, “you’re all welcome to start your cars now,” the flowers picked individually from the casket spray at the gravesite and placed with Dad before the exterior container… the list is endless, and it’s in my heart. Thank you.
Please also share my thank yous with the fine staff at Gunderson. The poise, dignity, and professionalism exhibited by all members of your staff ensured that every moment was sacred. Thank you for providing such a valuable service in the midst of pain and loss.
July 19, 2015
We were very pleased with the sensitivity, care, concern, expertise, time and talent. We never felt rushed. Jacob answered all our questions and when we were in doubt offered suggestions. I was so impressed with the layout of the room-it eased my pain. I couldn't have prepared the room myself to the level they did. We received many comments- Thank You!
May 22, 2015
Everything was handled very well. Very pleased with the outstanding service Mike Smits gave us. Extremely caring, compassionate and professional. Exceptional Man!!!
May 22, 2015
Thank you so much for the amazing job you did in getting our mother/grandmother, Julia DeYoung, ready for her grand send off from this earth. She looked absolutely beautiful, back to her lovely, youthful self. Thank you for capturing the essence of who she was; a kind, gentle woman who lived her life to help others. You have a special gift for bringing out the best features of the individuals under your care. We are honored that you utilized your gift to bring out the best features in our mother/grandmother.
The DeYoung Family
The ENTIRE (DeYoung) Gaertner Family
May 01, 2015
I and my family received many comments on the whole funeral service, and everything connected to it. We all thought it was very well done and we thank you so much. Mark Linder was so helpful from the beginning, and throughout the funeral service and military rites at the cemetery. He let us know what was happening every step of the way. He was very sensitive to my and all of the family’s feelings and needs. We could not have wished for anyone who would have been better than Mark. We thank him and Gunderson Funeral Homes for a most memorable experience.
With our sincere gratitude and thanks.
Emily B. and Family
April 22, 2015
"Mike Smits did an exceptional job in helping our family through 2 funerals in 10 days. His attention to detail, professionalism, and empathy helped us to get through this difficult time. He has also made several calls & sent notes after the funeral that has meant a lot to us as well. Mike’s service is exemplary! My husband is a Pastor and he has worked with Mike over the years and he says that Mike has been the best person he has ever worked with."
January 16, 2015
Dear Mr. Gunderson,
I want to thank you again for such a great opportunity you gave me this summer. I thought the process of setting up the internship would be much more difficult than it was, but thanks to you and Mike it was simple. My time was short but filled with great experiences and information. I really enjoyed seeing how much you demand of your employees especially when it comes to details, making your funeral home the best it can be.The Gunderson staff is top notch, I was very fortunate to be able to work with such great directors, administrators, and service assistants this summer. They taught me everything they know and instilled the "Gunderson way" into me. The representation you and your family have built is incredible. The relationships I made at Gunderson this summer are very valuable to me and I hope they last a lifetime. I enjoyed learning what the funeral business all entailed, as well as, the advice and life lessons that was passed onto me. The facilities at Gunderson are amazing and I am excited to see the Monona location after the remodeling project is done. I have great respect for you, your staff, and the way you run your business! I again want to say thank you for such a great summer apprenticeship.
September 08, 2014
Thanks so much to you all, especially to Mark, who was so very wonderful during this very difficult time. The service was beautiful, and it meant so much to us to see so many people come celebrate Jake's life. Gunderson took the best care in handling all the details that made a lovely service.
July 08, 2014
From the DiPiazza Family to the Gunderson Funeral Home Family, we send our heartfelt appreciation. Our first contact with Stephanie was one of caring and compassion. After our initial visit with her she connected us with Mark L. His attention to detail and caring for our families needs and suggestions we never thought of touched our hearts. He never rushed us throughout the arrangement process and truly cared for Ashley's needs and his comfort and his delivery of sensitive details made it very bearable for us. He called our family everyday and never made us feel that he didn't care or that we were just another number.
The care that was taken by Gundersons for Ashley's visitation and funeral was at a level of excellence. The detail of the room and delivery to our families needs were truly one of a kind. All our pictures and music was handled with care. The politeness of the staff members and Marks detail to care of our family and friends was exceptional. In our darkest hours of need everyone was there.
We also want to extend a heartfelt appreciation for loving care that Emily took in the cremation process of Ashley. We feel that she truly cared for Ashley and she even wore pink the day that we cremated Ashley. Mark and Emily never rushed the process as we were deeply grieving the loss of our beautiful Ashley. When we saw tears in both of their eyes we knew where their hearts truly were.
We truly believe the Gunderson Family is one of a kind and appreciate everything.
Sincerely with all our heart.
Joseph and Tami D.
May 31, 2014
Your business is run with professionalism and yet you find time to comfort people. You made one of the most difficult times in our lives a lot easier. Thank you Mike and all those that assisted us. Hazel's family March 27, 2014
March 27, 2014
My family and I want to thank you for helping us through this hard time. We were comforted that Bob's funeral was what he would want. A big thanks to Dick Rinehart for being there for us.
January 21, 2014
On behalf of the boys, I would like to thank you for everything you have done to help us through losing Joe. You made the most difficult time in my life-and in my son's, like a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful man. Thank you for your contribution to MEF in Joe's name. He was always very proud of me for being affiliated with the foundation.
Dan, Michael, and Kevin
January 21, 2014
We have been so blessed because of you and the whole Gunderson Family. Thank you, Stephanie, for being "extra" everything!
Bob, Fayth, Karl and Ronnie
January 21, 2014
Thank you for taking such good care of providing honest compassion to our families. I am blessed to have you as a colleague.
January 21, 2014
"Keep on doing what you are doing. Every detail, every effort, every kindness which were extended to us truly helped us. Your life's work is very important and valuable."
August 29, 2013
"I was very impressed with the support provided for the funeral of Signe. Requests were addressed promptly and efficiently by all of the staff. In an era of decreasing service in many areas, it was a pleasant surprise to be treated so well."
August 20, 2013
"Thanks so much for your care and concern - it means more than you know. I entrusted Gunderson with my Aunt's service for a reason - you all are caring, loving, and spiritual. I can't thank each of you enough for the kindness and professional services that you provided.
My Aunt Carrie was laid to rest peacefully and she was absolutely beautiful! I was blown away by the care and attention to detail that Emily displayed in my aunt's appearance - I couldn't have asked for more and my aunt would have loved the look (smile)."
August 20, 2013
"I just want to make a special note that Mike Smits and Dina Opsahl were absolutely fantastic. They were creative, prompt, kind, gentle and supportive. This was my first time through this experience and I was exhausted and fragile following the weeks of my mother's end of life. I work in the field of mental health and know how difficult it is to work with people in need. Please know that you have two wonderful staff members working for you."
March 22, 2013
"Our representative from Gunderson was Sierra and she was so understanding and caring. She had to deal with many emotions and challenges but did so with the utmost professionalism and caring and when the day of the funeral came, she was AMAZING! She attended to detail and helped organize and comfort all of us. Gunderson should be proud to have such a caring and compassionate employee!"
February 27, 2013
"Just continue your wonderful pattern of caring professionalism and of exceeding expectations. Gunderson is truely a five-star facility. We are grateful for the services we received."
February 27, 2013
"Mike Smits was very professional and helpful. Our every concern was addressed immediately and it seemed like he anticipated concerns before I could bring them up. It was one less thing the family had to worry about."
February 27, 2013
"I cannot say how much we thank Gunderson for their patience. They went way beyond what was necessary. They were the best & we so appreciate it"
February 07, 2013
"I cannot say how much we thank Gundersons for their patience. They went way beyond what was necessary. They were the best and we so appreciate it."
February 07, 2013
"On behalf of our entire family, I want to take a minute today to tell all of you at Gunderson Funeral Home how much we appreciate the 'closure' needed for our family in the passing of our father, Roger M. I know today, he would be very proud of the way we worked through this with your team at Gunderson. My parents are in a great place today, in part because of your caring and compassion shown to each family member by the staff at Gunderson Funeral Home. I simply wanted to reach out to all of you and say... Thanks."
July 10, 2012
"Just wanted to send you a note of thanks for everything you and Gunderson have done for us over the last year. I know Mary said she was just expecting someone to hand her Stacey's urn, but when you had it displayed she became emotional. It is just one of the many very classy things you guys have done and made this whole experience that much less painful. Keep up the great work as it is greatly appreciated by so many."
December 14, 2011
"I was especially pleased and thankful that I was able to participate in the cremation process for my father. It was very moving and provided exceptional closure."
November 07, 2011
"I had the best experience - My uncle was treated with respect and that was awesome to see. It made the healing in my heart start. I would not change a thing."
October 07, 2011
"The funeral for my husband was handled perfectly in every way- suggestions well taken - Gunderson Funeral Home made a sad experience one we could feel contentment and live with."
July 06, 2011