After the funeral service, many families reach out to express their gratitude for our support and guidance during one of the most difficult times in their lives, and we’re honored to receive their positive feedback. These messages speak for themselves, so we want to share them with you.
If you feel we’ve met or exceeded your expectations or just want to say thanks, please contact us or submit a testimonial below. We would love to hear from you and know that we made a positive impact on your family during a time of need.
I am so grateful for the excellent service and guidance of the Oregon, WI Gunderson Funeral Home. I never felt alone. They took all of my family's personal wishes to heart. Thank you to Alyssa, Pete, Kali, Michelle and Jim for taking care of our family when we lost Rex Dachenbach.
November 23, 2023
The Gunderson Funeral Home was wonderful to work with. They did an absolute beautiful job at the visitation. Alyssa made sure everything was perfect. They communicated duties to all the pallbearers and showed them exactly what they needed to do. She let me know what to expect each step of the way. She was always in touch with me to see if I needed anything. She was so wonderful to work with. They made a memory book for our family. It had the picture of my brother in the window of the book; they included pictures of all the flowers and the message from the person sending them; they included his obituary, etc. It was so beautifully done. My whole family was very impressed. What a keepsake you have given us of our brother. I just have to look at the memory book and think of all the good memories we had together. Thank-you Alyssa for taking such good care of my brother's memories and us.
November 10, 2023
Ten years ago our daughter and son-in-law lost an 11 day old daughter, Emme Scher, to an enterovirus. You people at Gunderson couldn’t have been more compassionate and caring. We will be forever grateful to what you offered Emme’s parents and us, the grandparents. You are special and generous- beyond words. Thank you for the kindness you showed us, even ten years later. We will never forget.
Kim and Chuck Swanson
October 14, 2023
My father passed away in Florida but his wishes were to have a memorial and meal in Madison. We tried on our own to find locations to do this but struggled to get results. I was trying to do this all on- line or by phone. When I contacted Gunderson' they were extremely helpful and help plan the entire event including recommendations for caterers and places to stay. Everything exceeded expectations. We couldn't be more pleased with the folks at Gunderson (Monona location) with the help, guidance and caring they showed us. Thank You
September 20, 2023
Fran worked at the Hamacher when I was a child. I always found comfort in her presence. I loved to gaze at her face, which I saw as the most beautiful face in the world. Still waters run deep, that was Fran to me.
September 12, 2023
I remember Wayne and Dennis Forstrom from childhood. We are cousins via their mother Irene Cuila...my dad's cousin. I can't believe that they are both gone....it's shocking. We lived only 30 miles apart and visited with Irene and Harry often. So many memories. My dad's youngest sister, Kay...about 85 years old....didn't know that we are all related to Wayne and Dennis....I told her today....8/29/23. This is all hard to absorb....Walter Brey
Walter J. Brey Jr
August 29, 2023
I picked up my Father’s ashes from the Middleton location today. I now need to recognize a few Gunderson team members. Melissa. She came to the house in January and made the pre-planning process “ok.” It was the last thing I wanted to do that day. We got through it and I was happy to have that behind me. Hannah. Fast forward six months. She had the task of picking up my father’s body from Milestone Assisted Living in Stoughton on an early Thursday morning. She was kind and never rushed us. I was in shock, terribly distraught, and not sure what was going to happen next. Hannah was there for US and explained everything very thoughtfully. Stephanie. I met with her at the Middleton location. My choice since it is closer to my home. She helped review the plans from January and set a tentative timeline of things to come. Caring and understanding. Hannah (again). She was there for my husband and I when we said our final goodbye at the Stoughton location. Patient; caring. We could take all the time we needed. I was happy she was there as we had a connection from the previous week. Tyler. NOT a good day for me today. I chose to pickup the ashes from the Middleton location. I sat in my car for a good ten minutes as I didn’t want to pickup the ashes. It made everything too real. Tyler got me through it. A special room was setup. Around the urn was a candle, rose, American flag, and his picture from the obituary. A tremendous tribute to my father that I miss so much. Through my tears and his lending a sympathetic ear to all my thoughts I chose to verbalize, I was able to pickup my father’s ashes. Thank you, Gunderson and thank you to team members Melissa, Hannah, Stephanie, and Tyler. You truly made a positive difference in my life at a difficult time.
July 18, 2023
Highly recommended. Skyler and the staff did an awesome job. I was very impressed with the level of care we received. My aunt looked natural and beautiful. Everything went on without a hitch... thank you again.
March 24, 2023
Very pleased with the services provided to me. Kasey was very patient and helpful in going over choices and selections that needed to be made.
March 23, 2023
The decision to use Gunderson for our loved one was hands-down the right one. My husband passed at home and from that day forward Gunderson was by our side making a difficult journey must easier. There are a lot of time-sensitive decisions to make. Gunderson handled the details from start to finish, compiled an absolutely beautiful tribute slide show, quickly made requested changes, worked closely with our church, and simply took a ton of worry away. We worked primarily with Nickie, and she checked in by phone and email, continually making sure our questions were answered and reassuring us that they had it covered. While we had never met previously, working with Nickie was like having a friend by my side the entire time -- guiding, supporting, and simply being an awesome wingman. I know there were other numerous staff involved and so a big THANK YOU for the special care and respect that you provided to my husband and the rest of our family.
February 06, 2023
My husband recently passed away. We worked with Skyler at Gunderson's in Mt Horeb. We were treated with so much kindness and respect. Skyler was absolutely wonderful and we received a ton of compliments on everything !! Not one detail was forgotten and everything was nothing short of amazing !!! Thank You Gunderson Funeral Home for the top notch service my dear husband deserved - my family is forever grateful.
December 31, 2022
From the moment I contacted Jim he took care of all of our needs. My granddaughter passed away very unexpectedly and Jim took charge when we simply could not. He arranged all aspects of a contemporary Jewish service (of which he had only a little experience) along with helping our devastated family deal with their grief. Gunderson Funeral Home also provided a substantial youth discount for their services which was also much appreciated. We could not be more thankful for their past and continuing assistance through this difficult time. Jim has commented that he will be in touch through out the month of December while we are dealing with Sophie’s birthday and the holiday season to make sure we are dealing with our grief in a healing manner. We could not have asked for a more supportive and caring staff in this difficult time.
Carol St Aubin
December 14, 2022
Gunderson staff from top to bottom was excellent to work with. They are compassionate and accommodating. Kasey provided options that fit our circumstances and my sisters Celebration of Life was perfect.
November 17, 2022
This is long overdue. My father died one year ago. We reached out to Gunderson Funeral Home and dealt with Michelle Rinehart. That was the best decision we made. They were so helpful and supportive and made the painful process so smooth. Not only have they reached out to me throughout the year but on the anniversary of my fathers passing to see if I need anything or need to talk to someone. I cannot thank them enough for everything they did. We made the right decision and would go to Gunderson Funeral Homes. Thank You Michelle and Inez
Michele Dwyer Kiefer
August 08, 2022
The family Of Rose Birzer would like to acknowledge the excellent staff at Gunderson for their service, especially Kasey Wilson who helped us plan the whole service and made things so easy at a hard time. I would also like to send a special Thank You to John Jacobsen. We pointed out after the visitations were complete we only had 11 roses in our vase, not only did he apologize for the error later the day when we arrived at the cemetery there was John with our missing rose. That goes above and beyond special service!
July 12, 2022
You and all of the loved ones have our sympathy and support
Peter and Marilyn Miess
April 19, 2022
My son passed 5 months ago 11/6/2021, while there we had an appointment with Christina Herrera. She made my family feel at ease. She showed so much compassion to our needs and made us feel at ease that my beloved son would be safe while he was there with them. And the rest of the Gunderson Staff were respectful, and knowledgeable. Thank you for all you did for me and my family.
April 11, 2022
Prior to my father's death late last year we had not needed the services of Gunderson. What had not changed in over 33 years was their professionalism, empathy/sympathy, and total dedication to our needs.
February 26, 2022
Our family had a very difficult year this year. Both parents (ages 85/87 yrs.) had falls, health issues, 3 hospitalizations and surgeries. For safety reasons, they both needed to be moved: Mom into assisted living and a separate memory care room for dad. We had to fix, then sell the home they lived in for 65 yrs.- no small task! 3 months later, dad died -on Xmas day and only a week after mom had her surgery. Our heads were literally spinning! We were so blessed to have our AMAZING funeral directer Danielle V. at Gunderson funeral home to guide us during this difficult, head spinning time! She was so proficient at her job that we hardly had to worry about anything other than mom making the decisions for dad's funeral. She took care of everything little detail! She was personable, empathic, compassionate and always accessible for questions. No detail went unattended. Dad's funeral service was calm, comfortable, beautiful and stress free and went off without a hitch. She even called to check up on us shortly after she returned from her vacation to see how we were all coping! I cannot recommend both Danielle and this funeral home enough. We were so very satisfied and appreciative for your excellent service! Thank you!
Vickie Kalscheur (for Ronald Calkins
February 25, 2022
The Gunderson staff is caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, professional and always available to help navigate this difficult journey… from the initial phone call, to coming to our house and processing out with our loved one, to making decisions and arrangements, to follow up calls to see how we were doing in the days and weeks after saying goodbye to our loved one. We are so blessed and grateful to have Gunderson in our community.
November 14, 2021
"We had an exceptional experience with Gunderson Funeral and Cremation 25 years ago with our father’s passing and they went above and beyond once again with our mother’s passing. The makeup and overall physical appearance was done exceptionally well. All staff treat you with respect and dignity as if you are a part of their family. I can’t thank Mike enough for all his help/guidance throughout the hole process and for the continued follow-ups. Highly Recommended!"
August 24, 2021
Thank you, Gunderson Family and staff, for all the kindness and professionalism shown to our family during the loss of our dad. From the day he passed to the military funeral, beginning to end, your kindness, suggestions, help, and guidance were noted and very much appreciated. You are a gift to many families! Thank you!
December 02, 2020
The Gunderson funeral home team was exceptional to work with from start to finish. They were knowledgeable, responsive, caring, helpful, respectful, flexible and easy to work with. I highly recommend them.
November 29, 2020
You pick a good funeral home like you pick a good doctor. Great bedside manner and someone you can trust. You won't find better than Gunderson Funeral Home. All around excellent service. Thank you.
November 29, 2020
Gunderson Funeral Home is the best in the business. I have had the honor of knowing three generations of the Gunderson Family. GFH has been serving Dane County for over 100 years and their experience in managing families in tough times shines through. They truly are a group of caring people, meant to serve in this industry. GFH recently managed my fathers funeral affairs here in Fitchburg with funeral and burial services and in Marquette County. It was so well orchestrated, ending with beautiful military honors. They even followed up a few times making sure the family was dealing with our loss. I have been to a number of funerals and I can attest to them being the best in Dane County, if not the State of Wisconsin. Keep up the awesome work GFH!!
Thomas R Pientka
November 29, 2020
Mr. Sutton provided the best care and concern I have ever seen and I have buried my whole family thru Gundersons. He took the time to listen and helped me when the other kids of my husband tried to take over. My husband and I were married for 43 years and he died from Dementia. His kids would not come to see him when he was dying but thought they could run the funeral their way. Mr Sutton told them very politely that it had to go thru me. He backed me up all the way which is a great credit to Gundersons and I will recommend him to any of my friends or acquaintances. Many thanks to your establishment for the care and concern you show to the grieving men or women that need it. God bless you all
September 25, 2019
Many thanks to you for the beautiful way you handled the funeral for Gene. It couldn't have worked out any better. We especially want to thank Danielle for her great leadership and the pleasant way she went about her business. Our family will be ever grateful for that. May God bless you!
September 06, 2019
Alyssa & Jeff - Thank you so much for the loving care you gave our mom, Jeanne Barger, as you took her from our family home to yours at Gundersons. Your patience and sensitivity to our family's needs in saying good-bye and letter her go was greatly appreciated. Covering her with a quilt was so appropriate. Thank you for the special honks of your horn as mom left our driveway.
June 03, 2019
"We want to sincerely thank the Gunderson staff for taking care in seeing that our mom's wishes for her final plans were carried out. She wanted to make sure that the burden was taken off of the rest of us. She was always the organizer for events and she wanted to do the same for her own final event. We want to thank Ric for taking the time to meet with us and our parents in making preliminary plans for their passings. Mom would have been very pleased with her celebration of life. The memorial service was just beautiful and special due in great part to all the care and details Kasey and Samantha put into everything. Thanks ladies for your time and patience with making sure our family was satisfied with our mom's event being a special occasion. This is something she always did well herself. We want to thank Jim Green, also, for assisting to help make things comfortable for our family in our time of grief. The arrangements of the displays of photo posters, framed pictures, slideshow, music, and floral arrangements gave Mom's event that extra special touch. Thank you also for our request to take our mom for one last ride through our family home driveway before going to her final resting place. Your care throughout this process was evident and our family greatly appreciated it."
May 19, 2019
Dear Carly: My family and I wanted to give you this token of our appreciation for helping us through this difficult time. Alex was a wonderful man and it gave me such consolation to know you were there at the site of the accident and that he was not alone. As I am a person of faith, I do not believe in coincidences and I know that God meant for you to be there. I hope that God will continue to give you the gifts for serving others in this special ministry. I also heard that you were getting married soon. Congratulations on your marriage. May you have many years of happiness.
May 19, 2019
Sara- Even with all the hurdles we had to get over, in the end, the pamphlet for our mom 's celebration of life turned our beautifully. Thank your for working with us to get it done right.
May 19, 2019
I wanted to say a special thank you to the staff at Gunderson Monona. Everything was handled very professionally but still had that personal touch. To the two ladies that helped my sister and I design Mom's memorial card, you were both so helpful. That meant a lot too. Jim, to you who seemed to step in and take care of everything, thank you. I especially appreciated your telling me all about Mom since it was a closed casket. It gave me some piece of mind. You remembered everything just the way we wanted it. The casket, the flowers, everything was so Mom...even the weather, good job! And lastly, to the gentleman who stayed to the end. It was cold and windy. We asked if he needed a coat. He said he was fine. He explained he stayed to make sure everything was handled properly. And Jim, that is the thing I will always remember. As we drove out of the cemetery I looked over and there was the gentleman standing next to Mom's casket. Please let him know how much he is appreciated. I felt she wasn't alone.
May 13, 2019
To All You Wonderful Folks at Gunderson's: We would like to take this opportunity to express our most heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your recent help in providing a thoughtful and memorable service for our dear friend... Ralph was not a family member, but was accepted into our family as a member some five years ago. He was without any immediate biological family, but we are sure that he accepted us as such, as we did him. As a career military member who served his country in Vietnam, and was exposed to Agent Orange, he had contracted many ailments as a result. His final days were with his adoptive family by his side, and we are sure he felt the comfort and peace of our love and respect. During the preparation and performance of his burial, we encountered that same love and respect from all of you at Gunderson's, which softened the grief and angst of a most difficult situation. Your team, totally, gave us the assurance that Ralph received that utmost respect, care and showed us just what caring, generous and beautiful folks you all are. We will be thankful to God for helping us in finding such marvelous people. Thank you so much, and may God bless you for the fine people you are.
March 11, 2019
I am so grateful for the beautiful celebration of Jim's life. All of you were so thoughtful and genuine to us. We could not have asked for anything more.
February 21, 2019
Dear Stephanie: Thank you so much for your caring and compassionate service. You made a difficult time so much calmer. I am beyond words to express how much I (we) appreciated your help in planning everything. You took the stress out of everything. Even the snowstorm couldn't intimidate you. You went above and beyond to make it all work. You are truly a credit to your profession. Mom was a pretty amazing lady and I will miss her terribly. Please let Kasey, Jack and the rest of the staff know how much we appreciate their service also.
February 16, 2019
Mr. Jacobson, Thank you so much for the beautiful service you arranged for Lois Smith. She looked so peaceful. All your efforts to make this sad event easier on us was so appreciated.
February 08, 2019
We want to thank you for doing all that you did to honor the life of our Mother. I think she would have enjoyed it!
February 08, 2019
Everything went great on Saturday and all thanks and praise go to Jeff for helping us pull off a great celebration of Gary's life! He wisely and patiently guided me every step of the way. Jeff actively listened to my, at times, incoherent thoughts and used his knowledge, wisdom, and experience in the industry to guide me towards just the type of celebration Gary would have wanted. The room set up was perfect. I was especially impressed with the two-tier urn table with the complementary green skirting that matched Gary's urn. Also, I could not have been more happy with the setup of the food and beverage area. Lastly, throughout the gathering Jeff, Dennis and Joann were completely service oriented to our family and guests. They anticipated our every need. So, once again, thank you to Gunderson for helping our family through this difficult time. You have a really super crew!
January 09, 2019
Peter, My family is deeply appreciative of the personal relationship we have with you. It is very comforting to know that dad's final arrangements are being taken care of by someone we trust. We are very fortunate that Rick has a relationship with you. Even Rick was surprised that you came in on a Sunday morning and made cookies. What a treat. Personal attention. I am sure that is what makes you successful. Sincerely, Steve G.
December 21, 2018
Pete, Rachel, staff and all involved with the funeral arrangements for James R. Green. Your dedication to Jim's wishes were A++++. The TLC you gave all of us was outstanding. I am so happy that everything was perfect. God Bless you all for the love and care you give everyone. God Bless you!
Bette Lou Esser
November 25, 2018
Hey Pete, I wanted to thank you for your phone call, it meant a lot. We all know it's going to happen but we are all surprised when it does. She was a very strong woman in a frail body.... I will miss her dearly. I also wanted to tell you that Mike did an amazing job helping me and taking care of all the little details. I know your not surprised, but needed to tell you! Off to see the north woods colors and take a break from the rest of the things needed to be done. With huge appreciation, Renee
October 04, 2018
"Pete - you and the staff helped to create a beautiful celebration of life. We all have counted on Gunderson for so many years to assist in difficult times. Many thanks to the best in the business!"
Chuck S. and Family
July 24, 2018
We want you to know how grateful and pleased we were with Herb's funeral. It couldn't have been more perfect. We are most appreciative for the wonderful care and concern shown to us by you and your entire staff here at home, at the visitation, and the funeral. Thank you also for the pre-planning help.
May 09, 2018
A sincere THANK YOU to our dear friends at Gunderson! You helped in so many ways to honor our son and your care and respect was more than felt the entire process. This wasn't easy, but you all went above and beyond to make it less hard. THANK YOU! The Hagen Family
E & R Hagen
May 09, 2018
To All Gunderson Employees, Thank you for your hard work, professionalism and sympathy while preparing for Rita Thalmann's funeral, visitation, church service and burial. Everyone on your staff created a loving, stress-free environment. Your attention to detail was impeccable. You made a time of grieving for the entire family so much easier than expected. A special thanks to Cassidy, Kasey, Martha, John, Joan, Dan, Tom and Don. To Pete, you should be very proud of your employees. They were wonderful to work with and made a very difficult time in our lives very special. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May Rita rest in peace.
December 19, 2017
I don't know where to start. The service we received from the Gunderson family was above and beyond what we expected. Rachel Wartes was the one we worked with the most. She is very good at what she does. It made dealing with a sad situation much easier. We also received many compliments on how things were set up. We can't say enough good things about Rachel. Her promptness and efficiency was superb. (The gentlemen) was very sincere when he came the morning of my dad's passing. He took his time and explained everything to us. Also after the funeral was over he helped with carrying things out to the car. The wood roses added a special touch. Also the flag was an honor for our father since he was a Marine. The office girls, Christine and Alyssa helped out also. The DVD that was made was spectacular. When we showed up with things the girls knew exactly what was going on and what to do. During the funeral Bob and Rachel had everything perfect. We even had food and they helped set that up. Both of them did a wonderful job. I could go on for days if I explained everything that was done for us. We were treated like a family not a number. How names were remembered etc., we were very impressed. We would definitely recommend Gunderson's.
July 12, 2017
"I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that, although it has been almost 60 days since my mother's funeral, the many kindnesses you showed my brother and me have not been forgotten. As I write this today I am thinking back to the arrangement meeting and how compassionate and patient you were. During the time you spent with us that day you took the focus off our grief for a while and turned it towards how best to honor mom's memory. Your advice and attention to detail then resulted in the beautiful celebration of life service on April 12. Please extend my appreciation to all the staff at Gunderson(s). I was so impressed with everyone I had contact with there. It is such meaningful work and you all do it with so much professionalism and genuine care. Thank you so much for everything!"
June 29, 2017
"My brother-in-law needed to be relocated to Houston for a Muslim burial. Rachel was knowledgeable and extremely helpful in flying him to Houston, as well as, assistance with picking him up from the hospital. He did not have prior arrangements made so we expected this to be a real struggle. We were proven wrong. Rachel made the entire process smooth and as comfortable as possible given the situation. Our family will always remember her genuine assistance and overall sweet demeanor."
June 09, 2017
"Thank you very much to you and the staff at Gunderson's for all that you did to make the funeral for our mom so special. My brothers and I feel everything was conducted professionally and with the utmost care for our family."
June 06, 2017
"Thanks to Kasey and all who helped make the celebration of Roger's life so meaningful. You were so helpful, caring and compassionate. My family joins me in our deepest appreciation."
May 24, 2017
"Mark, I can't tell you how much I have valued your sympathy and support throughout this difficult time. You are truly a wonderful person. Hilton's family and friends were very impressed with the funeral arrangements. Everything went well."
May 12, 2017
"Mark, Jim and Staff, Our heartfelt gratitude for all your compassion and support in making Paula Jeanne's Celebration of Life and funeral magical and memorable. You guys are amazing!! We are going to miss you!! She will forever remain in our hearts."
Family of Paula Jeanne R.
April 28, 2017
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
Mr. Gunderson, 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. Respectfully, Gregory and sons, Roman, Andrew Welyczko and families
Gregory and sons, Roman, Andrew and families
July 20, 2015
Dear Stephanie: 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. Blessings, Annette Durkin
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. Sincerely, 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. Sincerely, Tyler Marz
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
Dear Mike, 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
Danielle, 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
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