Helke Funeral Home & Cremation Services
The Helke tradition of funeral service began in 1871, when the Helke family emigrated from Germany to Wausau. Beginning in 1871, the funeral home is Marathon County’s oldest continually operated business.
Helke Funeral Home offers several different services. Our training and experience have prepared us to help, to reassure, and to understand when a family faces the loss of a loved one. Here, one finds a quiet gentleness in an atmosphere of dignity, efficiency, and trust. We believe your service choice is a personal decision.
At our funeral home, we explain the options available, allowing you to make your own decisions. Families are sometimes hesitant to discuss costs, but we believe in being open about all aspects of our services and are confident we can accommodate your family. We are committed to providing meaningful ceremonies to help you memorialize your loved ones. Whether choosing burial or cremation, our staff assists you in creating a personalized service to honor and remember the one you've lost. We provide an opportunity to create a service that reflects individual character and contribution.
Today, more people are recognizing that planning a funeral in advance of need demonstrates love and consideration toward their family members. It is a thoughtful decision that reduces the stress of indecision and uncertainty when death occurs. Our Preplanning Specialist will meet with you at a time that is convenient, and assist you in recording your wishes. You choose everything you want for your funeral: the type of funeral service, casket, burial vault, music, and flowers. Important obituary information will be recorded. Once you have made your selections, you will learn the payment options available to you. A record of your selections will be kept on file at the funeral home until needed.
For further information, please contact our Preplanning Specialist, Mary Machmuller-Gunther. She can provide you with a Planning Guide and assist you with these important decisions that will ultimately affect those you love. You may also click on the link below to begin preplanning. Together, we can help assist you with these important decisions that will ultimately affect those you love.