Our History
Past to Present

Bill Toson, the third generation of the Toson family, acquired ownership of Pinelawn Memorial Park from his father in 1987 and turned management over to his daughter, Christine Toson Hentges, representing the fourth generation in 2000. The cemetery remains one of a few family owned and operated memorial parks in the State of Wisconsin, which the Toson family takes great pride in.

Throughout the 2000’s, Pinelawn has continued to expand and build additional burial options to accommodate options available for burials.  The mausoleum chapel was expanded and updated, adding glass and bronze front cremation niches within the comfort of an interior building.  Additional mausoleum garden buildings which includes space for caskets and cremation urns were constructed in 2000 and in 2014.  The majestic fountain that used to be the focal point in Section 7 and was torn down in the mid-1990’s was replaced with Tranquility Waters, which is an updated outdoor water feature with bubbling water pools and cascading water.  This feature also included exclusive cremation burial options that embrace the peace that water brings to nature.

Today, Pinelawn is one of four cemeteries within Wisconsin, family owned and operated by a division of The Tribute Companies. The Tribute Companies (see www.tributeinc.com for further information) is owned by Christine, who succeeded her father and founder, Bill in 2016.  The Tribute Companies is based in Hartland, Wisconsin and consists of three different divisions offering various products and services to the cemetery and funeral industry.