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Staff members of Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors and funeral director assistants.

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Mike Crawford Funeral Director, Owner

Mike was born and raised in Westfield, WI right here in Marquette County.  He graduated from Westfield High School in 1999. Following high school he attended University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduating with Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. During that time Mike spent his summer's and fall's taking families on wilderness pack trips and guiding hunters in the wildernesses of Wyoming.   

In 2001, he was introduced to funeral service and worked as an apprentice for the Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home of La Crosse.  In March of 2008, Mike graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL.  While attending mortuary school in Wheeling he was employed by Kolssak Funeral Home.

In October of 2008, Mike purchased the funeral home in Montello from the Wachholz Family changing the name from Steinhaus-Wachholz Family Funeral Home to Crawford Funeral Home to reflect new ownership. 

In March of 2009, Mike and Cathy were married at the Triangle X Ranch www.trianglex.com near Jackson, WY which is where the two met.  Living in Montello, Mike still enjoys hunting as well as golf and other outdoor activities in his spare time.  He is also an active member and past president of the Montello Rotary Club and the Montello Chamber of Commerce.

In April of 2013, the Oxford Funeral Home in Oxford was acquired from the Picha family.  At that time, the firm rebranded itself as Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford in an effort to better inform families of the wide array of services offered and to reflect new ownership.


Cathy Crawford

Cathy grew up in Nora, NE and graduated high school in 1999.  She attended college at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agri-Business in 2004. While attending college she spent her summers in the Jackson Hole area assisting with guided scenic float trips down the Snake River. She currently is employed at Brakebush Brothers, Inc. www.brakebush.com in Westfield as a part of their purchasing department. 

She is a vital part of the funeral home; she lends a hand wherever it is needed. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, golfing and other outdoor activities. Together she and Mike reside in Montello and have one son, Kevin and daughter, Kimberly.

 

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Jim Shestock Funeral Director Assistant

A lifelong resident of Montello, Jim is a friendly and sincere gentleman who is there to help you at a visitation or funeral however he can.  A retired muck farmer, Jim now fills his spare time by with continual maintenance projects on his farm and supporting the Montello High School athletic teams.  Jim is also an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church here in Montello and is an avid outdoorsman.

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Randy Stelter Funeral Director Assistant

Randy is a very capable and personable member of our staff.  He assists with funerals and lends a hand wherever needed. Randy is a life-long resident of Montello and in his retirement enjoys spending time with his family, cutting wood and working on his continual maintenance projects.  He is an active member of Trinity (Little Mecan) Lutheran Church and continues to serve the community as a member of the Montello Area Fire Department.

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Stan Kovell Funeral Director Assistant

Stan serves the community with a smile and sincerity.  Stan hails from Oxford; he and his wife Carol moved to the area from California about twelve years ago.  He is an active member and current president of the local Motorcycle Ministies Club and also a member of the Oxford Bible Church. Stan and Carol fill their time enjoying grandchildren and traveling whenever possible.  We are a very fortunate to have Stan as part of our team.

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Mike Crawford

Funeral Director, Owner

Mike was born and raised in Westfield, WI right here in Marquette County.  He graduated from Westfield High School in 1999. Following high school he attended University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduating with Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. During that time Mike spent his summer's and fall's taking families on wilderness pack trips and guiding hunters in the wildernesses of Wyoming.   

In 2001, he was introduced to funeral service and worked as an apprentice for the Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home of La Crosse.  In March of 2008, Mike graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL.  While attending mortuary school in Wheeling he was employed by Kolssak Funeral Home.

In October of 2008, Mike purchased the funeral home in Montello from the Wachholz Family changing the name from Steinhaus-Wachholz Family Funeral Home to Crawford Funeral Home to reflect new ownership. 

In March of 2009, Mike and Cathy were married at the Triangle X Ranch www.trianglex.com near Jackson, WY which is where the two met.  Living in Montello, Mike still enjoys hunting as well as golf and other outdoor activities in his spare time.  He is also an active member and past president of the Montello Rotary Club and the Montello Chamber of Commerce.

In April of 2013, the Oxford Funeral Home in Oxford was acquired from the Picha family.  At that time, the firm rebranded itself as Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford in an effort to better inform families of the wide array of services offered and to reflect new ownership.


Cathy Crawford

Cathy grew up in Nora, NE and graduated high school in 1999.  She attended college at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agri-Business in 2004. While attending college she spent her summers in the Jackson Hole area assisting with guided scenic float trips down the Snake River. She currently is employed at Brakebush Brothers, Inc. www.brakebush.com in Westfield as a part of their purchasing department. 

She is a vital part of the funeral home; she lends a hand wherever it is needed. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, golfing and other outdoor activities. Together she and Mike reside in Montello and have one son, Kevin and daughter, Kimberly.

 

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Jim Shestock

Funeral Director Assistant

A lifelong resident of Montello, Jim is a friendly and sincere gentleman who is there to help you at a visitation or funeral however he can.  A retired muck farmer, Jim now fills his spare time by with continual maintenance projects on his farm and supporting the Montello High School athletic teams.  Jim is also an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church here in Montello and is an avid outdoorsman.

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Randy Stelter

Funeral Director Assistant

Randy is a very capable and personable member of our staff.  He assists with funerals and lends a hand wherever needed. Randy is a life-long resident of Montello and in his retirement enjoys spending time with his family, cutting wood and working on his continual maintenance projects.  He is an active member of Trinity (Little Mecan) Lutheran Church and continues to serve the community as a member of the Montello Area Fire Department.

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Stan Kovell

Funeral Director Assistant

Stan serves the community with a smile and sincerity.  Stan hails from Oxford; he and his wife Carol moved to the area from California about twelve years ago.  He is an active member and current president of the local Motorcycle Ministies Club and also a member of the Oxford Bible Church. Stan and Carol fill their time enjoying grandchildren and traveling whenever possible.  We are a very fortunate to have Stan as part of our team.