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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Jeff Krcil

Jeff Krcil

Funeral Director, Certified Crematory Operator

"I joined Helke Funeral Home in 2007 after working in Minnesota.  I am a graduate of the Carl Sandburg College Mortuary Science program and also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa.  In 2016, I earned my Certified Crematory Operator certification and completed training to become a Certified Celebrant.

I entered funeral service with the desire to help families through some of the most difficult days that they will ever have.  My view of funeral service is being attentive to their needs and offering options to best suit those needs.  With that, I am interested in the technological innovations that can assist us in funeral service;  utilizing DVD creation programs for making memorial DVDs, offering webcasting services and the expanded use of internet services to connect and communicate with family that is spread across the world."

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Cortney Drake-Heck

Cortney Drake-Heck

Funeral Director, Certified Crematory Operator

“I grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and have spent my entire life here. In the past six years I have completed my apprenticeship, graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service and became a Licensed Funeral Director.

I am honored and excited to become a member of the Helke Funeral Home Team and I look forward to continuing to serve the families in my hometown. I know that each death is difficult, and each life is unique. I believe special relationships are to be honored and I look forward to helping each family celebrate their memories, while honoring their life with a personalized service that is as unique as their loved one.”

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Dean Welker

Dean Welker

Funeral Director Emeritus

"In 1961, I graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee.  The first funeral home I worked at was Ritter and Deutsch Funeral Home in Wausau. In 1963, I began my career at Helke Funeral Home.  One of my primary responsibilities was making sure that the preparation, cosmetics and casketing of each decedent was absolutely perfect, every time.  The last viewing of the deceased is a very important part of the grieving process.

I have made more friends, shared more stories and become part of the lives of more families than I could have ever imagined in my 57 years as a funeral director.  Even though I am "retired", I am honored when families ask if I can help with their loved one's funeral. I still always try to be there for them."


Kelly Lang

Kelly Lang

Office Manager

"During the hardest moments of a person’s life, we can see the best and worst emerge in people.  It is important to know that what you are doing is meaningful to those you are serving and I welcome the challenge that comes along with it. 

When a loved ones funeral needs to happen, there is a lot of paperwork that needs to be put in place, so if it is working with the death certificates, social security, insurance companies, printing memorial products, or doing one of the many other items, I want to be there to make these hardest moments run smooth. I want to be there for the family, so they can be there for each other."

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Lisa Zahrt

Lisa Zahrt

Family Care Coordinator

"I have always had an interest in helping people.  I now provide that help at a very emotional and challenging time for people, after the loss of someone very special.  Through personal visits and phone calls I provide support to families following the death of a loved one.  Grief does not end when the funeral service ends, that is why I am here to support the family.  I want to walk with them through their grief.  Our funeral home has a lending library of books and also a large selection of support materials.  I coordinate a local support group called “Friends” that meets once or twice a month at various places. The group allows those who are grieving a chance to make connections with others who are experiencing the same feelings, while they enjoy visiting some special sites in our community.

I truly enjoy spending time with families and hearing the stories that make their eyes sparkle with love.”  ~Lisa

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Ed Jensen

Ed Jensen

Funeral Assistant

"I was a barber in Wausau for 45 years.  I served in the Army Reserves and am currently a commissioner on the Rib Mountain Sanitary Board.  I am a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.  My wife, Martha and I have been married 53 years and have three children and one grandson.  For relaxation, I enjoy woodworking, reading and taking long walks.  At Helkes, I like working with the families and the variety of the job."


Dick Knudson

Dick Knudson

Funeral Assistant

“I am a Wausau native who left Wausau in 1961 to wear my country’s uniform, first at West Point and then the Army, until I retired in 1990. I then eventually returned to Wausau and worked at the Marathon County Chapter of The American Red Cross until 2003. In 2004, I joined my long time Kiwanis friend, John DeLaporte at Helke Funeral Home as an assistant. It is a job that involves a wide variety of tasks, which I enjoy. Additionally I get to work with a great group of people.”

Dick has been married to Marianne since 1968, and they have a son and a daughter who have blessed them with six wonderful grandsons.


Sue Hilgemann

Sue Hilgemann

Funeral Assistant

I have found life to be meaningful providing healthcare to patients and their families in the Wausau area for 35 years. I truly understand how difficult the passing of a loved one can be, and as a funeral assistant, my goal is to offer support in a variety of roles to make the funeral service run smoothly. I find it rewarding to assist families at their time of loss by providing compassion and understanding.

 

As an active member of Saint Anne's Catholic Church, I chair the annual golf outing, lector, and work at the fish fries. I enjoy playing pickleball, mahjong, golfing, and assembling puzzles. Spending time and traveling with family gives me the most pleasure.


In Loving Memory of Patrick Mayo

In Loving Memory of Patrick Mayo

Funeral Director

Patrick Jason Mayo, a fisherman, age 46 of Stevens Point, left this world too soon on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by family and lots of love. 


Patrick was a funeral director for over 20 years and served families honorably and with great passion. His warm smile and caring heart are missed greatly.  


The tales you told about each catch
Its stature and its girth
Will live in memories unmatched
As days pass here on earth
Until we meet again, one day
Upon God’s golden sand
We’ll picture you, no other way
Than with a pole in hand.



In Loving Memory of Paul Bruss

In Loving Memory of Paul Bruss

Funeral Assistant

Paul passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was in retail management for Fleet Farm and Petco before retiring.  In 2016, Paul joined the staff at Helkes in helping to assist the funeral directors and the families we serve. 

We are going to miss his enthusiasm, bright smile, positive work ethic and spirited discussions on how the Packers and Badgers were doing. 


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