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Family-Owned Versus Chains

Over the past several years, large publicly traded companies have been purchasing funeral homes across Wisconsin and the United States, including several in the Fox Valley. The early nineties saw hundreds of family operated funeral homes across North America brought into the fold of large multi national firms. Recent media reports such as 60 Minutes, Time, and US News and World Report conclude that these death care business operations, while trying to maintain the facade of a family operation, quickly increase prices considerably and enforce merchandising policies on employees geared to significantly increase their bottom lines.

Is Wichmann & Fargo Funeral Homes independently owned or is it operated by a large chain or corporation?

Yes, the Wichmann & Fargo Funeral Homes is family owned and independently operated. It is not operated by a large public corporation. We take pride in our local ownership and the many ways in which we contribute to our communities through educational offerings, charitable donations and hundreds of volunteer hours. Our investment in the community spans over one hundred years and we passionately believe in doing our best to make the Fox Cities a better place to live.

Not all funeral homes in the Fox Valley are privately owned. We feel there is a distinct difference between our funeral homes and those owned by publicly traded companies.

Wichmann Funeral Homes is proud to be voted the Best Funeral Home
for the ninth straight year by readers of the Appleton Post Crescent newspaper.


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