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Wayne F. Tauber

Wayne F. Tauber

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Wayne is from the local area of Appleton and graduated from Appleton East High School. He earned an Associates Degree from Fox Valley Technical College in Criminal Justice and an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College. 

Wayne came to Valley Funeral Home as a Funeral Director in 1995. Over the years he has dedicated himself to making Valley Funeral Home a place where families can feel comfortable and welcome as they experience one of the most difficult times in their lives. He has built the business on his belief of "Serving as would be Served." 

Wayne has two children, Taylor and Alec and resides in Appleton.

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: wayne@valleyfh.com


Mark A. Vande Kolk

Mark A. Vande Kolk

Licensed Funeral Director

Mark has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1977. He attended Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac and Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been a Funeral Director for Valley Funeral Home since 2010. Mark brings with him a career dedicated to serving and assisting families. 

Mark and his wife, Bethany, live in Appleton and are attending First United Methodist Church in Neenah. He and Bethany enjoy family outings to Brewers, Timber Rattlers and Packers games. Most of all, Mark enjoys working in the yard or a barbecue with neighbors and friends.

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


Matthew MacKenzie

Matthew MacKenzie

Licensed Funeral Director

Matthew has been a Licensed Funeral Director in Wisconsin since 2000.  He has also been licensed as a Funeral Director in Minnesota since 2007.  Matthew acquired his Wisconsin insurance agent license in life and health in 2014.  He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm/Shield.  Matthew has been honored to serve families at the Valley Funeral Home since 2011. 

Matthew is married and has one daughter.  They live in Greenville, and are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Appleton.

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


Sue Gerds

Sue Gerds

Licensed Funeral Director

Sue is a Wisconsin native of Iola all her life.  She is marred to her wonderful husband, Darren.  Together they have 4 children and 9 grand children.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time up at her camper at Camp Holiday Campground in Boulder Junction; fishing, hunting & just being with family & friends.  After working in factory work all her life she wanted something that was more meaning full. She came into this industry 5 years ago.  Sue will tell you  that this is not always easy but she finds it to be very rewarding to help others in a difficult time.

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


Alyssa B. Nelson

Licensed Funeral Director

Alyssa grew up in Green Lake County and graduated from MATC in 2008 as the president of the mortuary fraternity Sigma Phi Sigma and has been practicing ever since.  Alyssa joined Valley Funeral Home in October 2017. 

She is married to Brian and they have a son.  They are members of St. Luke's in Little Chute.  Alyssa is the current President of the Paper Valley Garden Club and in their free time they enjoy hunting, fishing and spending time up north with their two dogs.

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


Katie Krohn

Katie Krohn

Apprentice Funeral Director

Katie & her husband Bobby live in Neenah with their three wonderful children. They are members at Trinity Lutheran Church of Neenah.  She enjoys spending time with her family, doing crafts, and cooking.

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


Scott Zonick

Apprentic Funeral Director

Scott has long had a great passion for funeral service and has joined Valley Funeral Home in June 2017.  He is truly honored to serve families during the darkest time of their lives, after they've lost a loved one. 

In his spare time, he enjoys time with his wife, Andi, and their two children, Brianna and Brandon.  Scott is an avid Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers fan and enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

"I am very grateful and honored to be in funeral service, and look forward to continuing the Valley Funeral Home motto, "Serving as would be Served."

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


Stacy Olson

Stacy Olson

Licensed Advance Planner

Stacy joined Valley Funeral Home in 2012 and has loved every minute of it! Stacy was born and raised in Appleton; graduated from Appleton North High School and later from Fox Valley Technical College. In 2014 Stacy earned her Life Insurance License and is honored to assist families with advance planning and funding of funeral services.   

Stacy is married to, her loving husband, Chad. Together, they enjoy attending sporting events and spending time with their family and friends. Stacy and Chad welcomed their first son, Chase in September 2014!

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: stacy@valleyfh.com


Shannon O'Hearn

Shannon O'Hearn

Administrative Assistant

Shannon and her husband Nathan together are raising 3 boys.  They keep very busy with basketball and football games.  In her free time she likes to go up north to Door County and stay at their trailer.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  When she isn't up north or at sporting events, she likes doing crafts for the house and watching a good movie.

Telephone: 1-920-733-5435

Email: valley@valleyfh.com


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