History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Arthur Pagenkopf

Arthur Pagenkopf began the Pagenkopf funeral business in 1913. Arthur and his wife Weida lived in Ashippun, Wisconsin, and held funeral services in their home and local churches.

The Second Generation

Arthur and Weida's son, Erhard Pagenkopf, followed his father's example and became a funeral director himself. Erhard and his wife Angeline eventually purchased the business, allowing Arthur to retire.

The Third Generation

In 1967, when the third generation of the family entered the business, the Pagenkopf Funeral Home was built in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Erhard's son Keith Pagenkopf became a funeral director, along with his brother-in-law Robert Drenk. Keith's wife Ronna and his sister Donna Drenk worked side-by-side with their spouses to help families in times of sadness.

The Fourth Generation

Kevin Pagenkopf graduated from mortuary school in 1999. As great-grandson of Arthur Pagenkopf, he became the fourth generation of funeral directors at Pagenkopf Funeral Home. Kevin is joined by his wife, Cindy.

Our Valued Staff

Kevin  Pagenkopf

Kevin Pagenkopf, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Kevin is fourth generation owner, licensed funeral director, and embalmer. He has been licensed since 1999 and in the funeral industry for over 25 years.

Kevin is an Oconomowoc native and strong supporter of the community, and he currently serves and volunteers with OPEF (Oconomowoc Public Education Fund), Zachariah's Acres, YMCA of Pabst Farms, and Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce.

Cynthia  Pagenkopf

Cynthia Pagenkopf, Owner/Pre-need Specialist

Cindy oversees the daily operations of the funeral home, and is a licensed pre-funding specialist. A native of Oconomowoc, she cares deeply about the community and currently serves and volunteers at Zachariah's Acres, YMCA of Pabst Farms, James Fuller Memorial Railroad, and ProHealth Care's WomenConnected.

Lisa Dolan

Lisa Dolan, Licensed Funeral Director/Pre-Need Consultant

Lisa Dolan, Licensed Funeral Director/Pre-Need Consultant

Lisa is a Milwaukee area native and joined our staff in January 2015. She attended mortuary school at Milwaukee Area Technical College and later became a licensed Pre-Need Specialist. She loves working to bring comfort and direction to the people she meets, especially families in their time of sorrow. Before becoming a funeral director, Lisa was in nursing for eleven years specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In her free time, she enjoys jewelry making and upcycling crafts. You can contact Lisa directly at [email protected]

Cassandra  Meeks

Cassandra Meeks, Licensed Funeral Director

Cassandra joined our staff as an Apprentice Funeral Director in May of 2017, following her graduation from mortuary school at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. She earned her Funeral Director and Embalmer License in July 2018. She currently resides in Oconomowoc and is a member of the Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, music, video games and computers.

Rev. Allen Behnke

Rev. Allen Behnke, Funeral Director Assistant

Allen is a former pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wales, having retired in 2015. Since then, he has been serving as a funeral director assistant at the funeral home while also spending his retirement traveling and fishing.

Wes Werner

Wes Werner, Clergy and Funeral Director Assistant

Wes serves our funeral home as both a pastor and a funeral director assistant. He currently lives in Watertown with his wife, Holly, and is a native of the area. Wes previously worked in public relations for nearly 20 years before being called to ministry in 2010.
In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, reading, and, above all, a good cup of coffee.

JoAnn Barta

JoAnn Barta, Funeral Director Assistant

JoAnn joined our staff in February of 2018 as Funeral Director Assistant. She is a 1988 graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. JoAnn is a member of Weatherstone Church in New Berlin and serves as a greeter.
She moved to Pewaukee, WI a few years ago to be closer to her son Josh’s family and loves spending time with her three Grandchildren. Her son Jeremy currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he is involved in the Improve Theatre. In her spare time, she loves kayaking and exploring Wisconsin.