Recent Obituaries

Our Staff

One of the greatest challenges in providing outstanding service to grieving families is the retention of qualified, caring individuals who can work as a team to provide comfort and guidance when it is needed most. Our staff has over 35 years' experience in funeral service and each member of our family continues their education on an annual basis to better serve your family. We firmly believe you won't find a more committed and sincere team of funeral service providers in the valley.

   
Wayne F. Tauber

Wayne F. Tauber
Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Wayne is from the local area of Appleton and graduated from Appleton East High School. He earned an Associates Degree from Fox Valley Technical College in Criminal Justice and an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Wayne came to Valley Funeral Home as a Funeral Director in 1995. Over the years he has dedicated himself to making Valley Funeral Home a place where families can feel comfortable and welcome as they experience one of the most difficult times in their lives. He has built the business on his belief of "Serving as would be Served."

Wayne has two children, Taylor and Alec and resides in Appleton.

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: wayne@valleyfh.com


   
Mark A. Vande Kolk

Mark A. Vande Kolk
Licensed Funeral Director

Mark has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1977. He attended Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac and Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been a Funeral Director for Valley Funeral Home since 2010. Mark brings with him a career dedicated to serving and assisting families.

Mark and his wife, Bethany, live in Appleton and are attending First United Methodist Church in Neenah. He and Bethany enjoy family outings to Brewers, Timber Rattlers and Packers games. Most of all, Mark enjoys working in the yard or a barbecue with neighbors and friends.

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


   
Matthew MacKenzie

Matthew MacKenzie
Licensed Funeral Director

Matthew has been a Licensed Funeral Director in Wisconsin since 2000.  He has also been licensed as a Funeral Director in Minnesota since 2007.  Matthew acquired his Wisconsin insurance agent license in life and health in 2014.  He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm/Shield.  Matthew has been honored to serve families at the Valley Funeral Home since 2011.

Matthew is married and has one daughter.  They live in Greenville, and are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Appleton.

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


   
Stacy Olson

Stacy Olson
Licensed Advance Planner

Stacy joined Valley Funeral Home in 2012 and has loved every minute of it! Stacy was born and raised in Appleton; graduated from Appleton North High School and later from Fox Valley Technical College. In 2014 Stacy earned her Life Insurance License and is honored to assist families with advance planning and funding of funeral services.  

Stacy is married to, her loving husband, Chad. Together, they enjoy attending sporting events and spending time with their family and friends. Stacy and Chad welcomed their first son, Chase in September 2014!

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: stacy@valleyfh.com


   

Susan M. Gerds
Licensed Funeral Director

Sue is a Wisconsin native of Iola all her life.  She is marred to her wonderful husband, Darren.  Together they have 4 children and 6 grand children.  In her spear time she enjoys spending time up at her camper at Camp Holiday Campground in Boulder Junction; fishing, hunting & just being with family & friends.  Sue came into the funeral industry 5 years ago and wished she would have done it sooner.

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


   

Katie Krohn
Apprentice Funeral Director

Katie & her husband Bobby live in Neenah with their three wonderful children. They are members at Trinity Lutheran Church of Neenah.  She enjoys spending time with her family, doing crafts, and cooking.

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


   

Jamie Chaney
Licensed Funeral Director

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


   

Shannon O'Hearn
Administrative Assistant

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


   
Melissa Tisch

Melissa Tisch

Melissa is from the Fox Valley area and has been with Valley Funeral Home since 2005. Prior to joining the staff at Valley Funeral Home, Melissa worked in the insurance industry and most recently, at Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology.  It is because of this background and that of life's experiences, she has come to understand the significance of our motto, "Serving as would be Served". Melissa is licensed to assist families with advanced planning and funding of funeral services.

Melissa is married to Ken and currently lives north of Appleton. Her interests include reading, gardening, golf and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa recently retired from Valley Funeral Home, however,  we wish her lots of joy and happiness as she dives into the next chapter in her life!

Tel: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com