Rich and Ann currently own and operate the Hafemeister Funeral Home with the assistance of their two sons and licensed funeral directors, Michael and Mark. Peggy Theder is the secretary and receptionist. There are also three part-time funeral director’s assistants who are available to assist when needed.
In 2001, the building underwent a major renovation, including an addition. Prior to the renovation, portions of the funeral home were not accessible to many of our physically challenged clientele. Space for simultaneous visitations and casket display was not adequate, and the facility did not meet our standards for privacy and comfort. The original funeral home operated in approximately 6,100 sq. ft. The building was once used as a furniture store and funeral home but since the renovation, it is all used as funeral home. This now has been expanded to over 12,200 sq. ft. Some of the improvements include a second chapel, a new entrance to the funeral home, a business office, a 2+car garage, and a unisex, accessible restroom in addition to accessible separate men’s and ladies restrooms. We now offer a lounge area equipped with kitchen facilities to be used during visitations and a play area for children. A new elevator was added to gain access to a new casket selection room located on the second floor, along with a new preparation room that meets our needs and exceeds state regulations. The building also features a sound system to be used during visitations and funeral services. A second lounge located on the second floor adjacent to the selection room can be used for finalizing funeral arrangements. Our facility is totally handicapped accessible. We have a parking lot that will accommodate thirty vehicles plus two handicapped stalls, and a large amount of convenient street parking is available in the area.
In the fall of 2013 a state of the art crematory was added to our current building. We pride ourselves on better serving families that choose cremation by having an on-site crematory.
Our expertise is not limited to at-need service. We pride ourselves in providing a pre-need program depending on individual preference. As funeral directors, we work closely with various clergy, cemeteries, fraternal organizations, military groups and the media. If an individual desires to plan every detail, we assist them in fulfilling those wishes. We also offer many ways of pre-financing a funeral for future need. As a funeral home, we do not hold anyone’s money for future needs. In working with each individual, we help him or her decide whether insurance funding or bank trust funding would be best suited for them. The service and merchandise selected can be pre-funded in full or payments can be made incrementally.
We have an established name in the community. The Hafemeister name is recognized as a funeral home offering outstanding professional service and merchandise. In the past as well as today, our staff is involved in numerous civic and social groups as well as religious membership and involvement. We are generous with contributions to local and area fund raising. New referrals to funeral homes are often a “word of mouth” recommendation. For example, we offer our professional services and facility at no charge to a family who has lost an infant. Our advertising dollars are best spent in these areas rather than “big ads” that other retailers or service providers find beneficial.