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.
Erica WilkieOffice Manager
Erica is responsible for hiring, training and management of office staff at the cemetery. She assures that all burial services are conducted professionally. accurately and in a manner that remembers the life of the person individually. In her position, she develops and implements programs, such as Memorial Day and Remembrance Services, which help celebrate the many lives of the individuals interred within Pinelawn.
Elizabeth ``Beth`` WizaAdministrative Assistant
Beth is Pinelawn's greeter; whether it is on the phone or in the office and she can answer just about any question you have about Pinelawn. She is responsible for entry of all information on burials and genealogy on the individuals interred at Pinelawn and has a true passion for maintaining history and memories of each person.
Kelly PrettyFamily Service Counselor
Kelly coordinates all components of preneed and at need sales within Pinelawn. She assures that all products and services fulfill the wishes of the families who make their cemetery arrangements before the time of their death as coordinates services for the families who are interring their loved one. Kelly’s responsibilities include public relations and educational programs for the community to better understand the importance of end-of-life planning.
Nicole McClendonFamily Service Counselor
Nicole comes to us with 3 years of cemetery sales experience. What Nicole enjoys most about working at Pinelawn is the small, family feel of our staff. Nicole has an 8 year old daughter and she enjoys spending time with her doing art and science projects.
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.
Jackie WoelfelFamily Service Counselor
My life/professional journey includes private business ownership, government youth social service and cemetery family service. Quite the odd combination. I believe all things happens for a reason. The difficulty is discovering the reason. My life philosophy is to be kind today. “Make” somebodies day!
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.
Jake DeLeonGrounds Technician
Jake is diligent with all operational facets of Pinelawn, from services, to mechanics and he does it all with a smile. Jake will assure your family that their site is properly cared for now and in the future.
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.