to be the most respected, responsible and value oriented provider of cemetery products and services in the community.
Four Generations of Caring for Generations to Come
Christine Toson Hentges, CCEPresident
Christie oversees all aspects of The Tribute Companies, which owns four cemeteries in Wisconsin as well as Precast concrete manufacturing facilities in Illinois and Indiana and an Architectural firm that specializes in cemetery and funeral home design and development. She currently serves as President-Elect for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Home Association (ICCFA) and has served in leadership positions for several other state and regional cemetery and funeral associations.
Clyde RupnowDirector of Buildings and Grounds
Clyde oversees all aspects of operations of buildings and grounds for each company owned cemetery. His responsibilities include grounds personnel development, purchasing, and safety compliance at all Tribute locations.
He has owned and managed operations for cemeteries for over 25 years and has been active with the Wisconsin Cemetery Association and served as Cemetery Chairperson for the Wisconsin Cemetery Board under the direction of the State’s Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Lynnae HendersonOffice Manager
LaVera AdamsAdministrative Assistant
Sarah SoetengaFamily Service Counselor
My integrity is very important to me and is used in all my interactions. I believe in helping families find the right solutions for their needs and hopefully making friends along the way. I am an animal lover who volunteered at the WIHS for 3.5 years, assisting with adoptions. I have 2 dogs that I am thankful for every day. I love history and my favorite way of learning it, is through personal stories.
David SmithFamily Service Counselor
Meet David P. Smith. David joined the Pinelawn team as a Family Service Counselor in early December 2018. David formerly worked for his father and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations. In his free time, David enjoys being in the company of his friends and family. David is an avid outdoorsman and loves sports, especially basketball and tennis.
Jeff KovneskyGrounds Foreman
Jeff is Pinelawn's grounds manager and is responsible for all staff, building and ground's functions. Jeff takes great pride in the way the cemetery looks in its entirety; from first impressions at the entrances to the meticulous details of each grave and memorial.
Joe ScanlanGrounds Technician
Joe assists with all aspects of the grounds operations at Pinelawn. Paying attention to details and respecting each family's needs for their burial service are Joe's strength. From time to time, Joe also shares his adorable furry companion, Larry the dachshund with his co-workers.
Thomas JamarGrounds Technician
Thomas has been with Pinelawn since fall 2017. Tom has been in the manufacturing and landscaping industry for many years. What he enjoys about Pinelawn most is how well the team works together, and the variety of work he gets to do. Tom has been married to his wife Amy for almost 30 years, together they have two daughters and 1 granddaughter. In is free time Tom enjoys fishing and watching football.
Mac DouglasGrounds Technician
Meet MacKenzie Douglas. Mac joined Pinelawn in November 2018 as a full time Grounds Technician. Mac recently relocated back to Milwaukee from Madison. He enjoys guitar playing and bike riding when he is not working with the crew at Pinelawn!
to be the recognized cemetery leader in our community, to remain family owned and operated, and to provide caring, compassionate service for many generations. We will maintain beautiful and peaceful surroundings for the deceased and their families while continuously honoring the memory of those who have passed away before us by preserving the genealogy and heritage of their lives.