Managing Funeral Director, Certified Crematory Operator
"Charles Helke gave me my start in funeral service in 1977. I knew I wanted a career that helped people and Mr. Helke offered me an apprenticeship to experience funeral service first hand. During my apprenticeship I was able to see the directors professionalism, guidance, respect and how to organize the hundreds of details needed to provide a meaningful funeral ceremony. In 1979, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science.
Some people say this is a morbid business and ask how I can do what I do. But, I’ve discovered that funeral service is not about the business. It’s about the people I have met (both deceased and living), the stories and history that families have shared and the strangers who are now friends.
Helke Funeral Home has been serving Wausau area families for over 142 years. What a beautiful testimony to the service that the many funeral directors and staff have provided over these past years."