Four Generations of Caring for Generations to Come

Our Team

Christine Toson Hentges, CCE
Christine Toson Hentges, CCE
President

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.

Email: ChristieH@tributeinc.com

Clyde Rupnow
Clyde Rupnow
Director 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.

Email: ClydeR@tributeinc.com

Mary Cronin
Mary Cronin
Office Manager

Meet Mary Cronin. Mary joined the Pinelawn team as office manager at the end of September. Mary lives in Hartford, Wisconsin with her life partner, Mike, and their dog, Ernie. She has spent her career working in many different industries and those experiences will serve her well in this role! In her spare time, Mike and Mary are the “entertainment” hub for family and friends. They are also big fans of road trips – it’s all about the journey!

Email: maryc@pinelawn.net

Sarah Soetenga
Sarah Soetenga
Family 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.

Email: familyservice@pinelawn.net

Jeff Kovnesky
Jeff Kovnesky
Grounds 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 Scanlan
Joe Scanlan
Grounds 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 Jamar
Thomas Jamar
Grounds 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.

Our Mission

to be the most respected, responsible and value oriented provider of cemetery products and services in the community.

Our Vision

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.