Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Gary L. Strand Co-Founder / Owner / Funeral Director
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Kelly Scott Funeral Director
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Paul Schaefer Apprentice Funeral Director
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Mark Schaefer Apprentice Funeral Director
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Jeff Buenger Crematory Manager / Certified Crematory Operator
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Jess Sedgwick Funeral Assistant
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Lloyd "Skip" Larson Associate / Certified Crematory Operator
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Cheryl Buenger Marketing Assistant
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Jon Welfel Associate
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Don Johnson Buildings & Grounds Maintenance
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Tiffany Bragulla Housekeeping

Gary L. Strand

Co-Founder / Owner / Funeral Director
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Gary, as co-founder of Purath-Strand, remains an active owner and continues in his role as a funeral director and manager of daily business operations. Gary is a native of Racine. He graduated from Racine Lutheran High School, after which he served in the U.S. Air Force on both active duty and reserve status for seven years during the early 70's. Gary began his career in funeral service in 1975 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Illinois and Wisconsin. He passed the National Board of Funeral Service Examiners in 1978. Gary is a licensed Insurance Intermediary. He is also a Certified Crematory Operator. He holds a Bachelor of Science with emphasis in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch College. Gary is a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Moose Lodge #437 and is a past President and Director Emeritus on the Board of Directors of Racine Fourth Fest. Gary and his wife Gay have four children and 2 grand daughters. In his spare time he enjoys sporting events and is an avid Badgers, Packers and Nascar fan. But most of all he loves spending time with his family, and traveling with his wife.

Kelly Scott

Funeral Director
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Paul Schaefer

Apprentice Funeral Director
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Mark Schaefer

Apprentice Funeral Director
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Jeff Buenger

Crematory Manager / Certified Crematory Operator
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Jess Sedgwick

Funeral Assistant
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Lloyd "Skip" Larson

Associate / Certified Crematory Operator
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Cheryl Buenger

Marketing Assistant
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Jon Welfel

Associate
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Don Johnson

Buildings & Grounds Maintenance
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Tiffany Bragulla

Housekeeping
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