About Us

Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Matthew R. Daniels Owner and President

Matt followed in his father's footsteps and has been in both the funeral and furniture business since 1977. He is currently the Owner and President of Schuette-Daniels Inc. and Polnasek-Daniels Inc.  He is active in the community, serving as a member of the Burlington Rotary Club, past President of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, and retired member of the Burlington Rescue Squad. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association as well as being a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He and his wife Donna reside in Burlington and have 3 sons.

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Craig Hancock Business Manager

Craig began his career with Schuette-Daniels in 1978. He worked full time at the furniture store, and after hours at the funeral home when needed. Prior to the fire which resulted in the closing of the store in November of 2014, Craig filled the role of store manager. Craig joined the funeral home full time in November 2014 assuming the duties of business manager along with assisting with funeral services. Craig and his wife Marian live in Burlington. They have three married children and seven grandchildren. Craig enjoys golfing, camping, and spending time with his family.

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Jeffrey R. Werth Funeral Director jeffwerth@danielsfamilyfuneral.com

Jeff lives in Union Grove and works in both locations. His great uncle opened the Burlington funeral home in 1929. His grandfather was one of the original partners and his father also worked for the firm. He represents the fourth generation working at the funeral home. Jeff enjoys hunting in the fall and is active in the Burlington Conservation Club. He is a longtime member of the Union Grove Yorkville Fire Department. He has been married to Stacy (nee Rygiewicz) since 1995, and together they have 4 children. He has been very active with his kids by coaching sports teams and and helping with the Union Grove Cub and Boy Scouts. He is Currently the President of the Southeastern District for the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.

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Lars Ekornaas Funeral Director larsekornaas@danielsfamilyfuneral.com

Lars has been with the company since 2004 when he began his career in funeral service. He works in both our Burlington and Union Grove locations. He is married and has two daughters. He currently resides in Trevor.

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Eric Daniels Funeral Director ericdaniels@danielsfamilyfuneral.com

Eric followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. He works in both our Burlington and Union Grove locations. He is an active member of the community belonging to the Union Grove Lions and a Past President of Union Grove Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of St. Mary's church in Burlington where he, his wife Sarah  and children Norah, Rosalie, Reed and Wren reside.

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Marlene Daniels Office Manager UnionGrove@danielsfamilyfuneral.com

Marlene joined the family business in January of 2011. She can be found mainly at the Union Grove location in the office and anywhere else she is needed, enjoying both the variety of the job and being part of the family business. After losing her son Ben, in an accident, she feels the calling to help those who have lost a loved one. Knowing firsthand how it feels and realizing how different each one of us handles our grief, she wants to share her experience, strength and hope assisting families in their time of need. She is the facilitator of our monthly grief support group that is open to anyone going through the grief process.  Marlene has two daughters Chantry (Doug) Kerkman and Valerie Ketterhagen and a proud grandma to Joshua Kerkman.  She lives in Union Grove and is a member of St, Mary's Catholic Church, Burlington. Marlene enjoys being involved with the community, biking, working out and being outdoors. But, more than anything she values and loves the time spent with her grandson Joshua, her girls and her large, close-knit family. 

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Pat Oberst Office Manager Burlington@danielsfamilyfuneral.com

Pat has been part of the funeral business for almost 20 years.   She feels honored to work in the community she has lived in for over 40 years.  She is a long time active member of Cross Lutheran Church, serving in various areas.  She is a member of the American Legion Riders and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Her family consists of her husband, Ric, their four children, and 7 grandchildren.  She enjoy's reading and crocheting. 

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Jeanna Cole Funeral Director jeannacole@danielsfamilyfuneral.com

Jeanna grew up in the North Cape area and attended Waterford High School, graduating in 2002.  In 2005 she joined the Army Reserves as a Medic and spent 8 years in the Army.  It was during her time in the military that she decided she wanted to help families who are experiencing a death.  She attended Milwaukee Area Technical College graduating in 2014 in Mortuary Science.  Right after graduation, Jeanna started working at Daniels Family Funeral Homes, first as an Apprentice and then as a Funeral Director once she got licensed in 2015.  Jeanna moved to Burlington in 2010 and lives there with her husband, David, his son Ty, and their two weiner dogs Balou and Gus.  

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Mitchell Daniels

Matthew R. Daniels

Owner and President
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Matt followed in his father's footsteps and has been in both the funeral and furniture business since 1977. He is currently the Owner and President of Schuette-Daniels Inc. and Polnasek-Daniels Inc.  He is active in the community, serving as a member of the Burlington Rotary Club, past President of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, and retired member of the Burlington Rescue Squad. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association as well as being a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He and his wife Donna reside in Burlington and have 3 sons.

Craig Hancock

Business Manager
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Craig began his career with Schuette-Daniels in 1978. He worked full time at the furniture store, and after hours at the funeral home when needed. Prior to the fire which resulted in the closing of the store in November of 2014, Craig filled the role of store manager. Craig joined the funeral home full time in November 2014 assuming the duties of business manager along with assisting with funeral services. Craig and his wife Marian live in Burlington. They have three married children and seven grandchildren. Craig enjoys golfing, camping, and spending time with his family.

Jeffrey R. Werth

Funeral Director
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Jeff lives in Union Grove and works in both locations. His great uncle opened the Burlington funeral home in 1929. His grandfather was one of the original partners and his father also worked for the firm. He represents the fourth generation working at the funeral home. Jeff enjoys hunting in the fall and is active in the Burlington Conservation Club. He is a longtime member of the Union Grove Yorkville Fire Department. He has been married to Stacy (nee Rygiewicz) since 1995, and together they have 4 children. He has been very active with his kids by coaching sports teams and and helping with the Union Grove Cub and Boy Scouts. He is Currently the President of the Southeastern District for the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.

Lars Ekornaas

Funeral Director
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Lars has been with the company since 2004 when he began his career in funeral service. He works in both our Burlington and Union Grove locations. He is married and has two daughters. He currently resides in Trevor.

Eric Daniels

Funeral Director
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Eric followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. He works in both our Burlington and Union Grove locations. He is an active member of the community belonging to the Union Grove Lions and a Past President of Union Grove Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of St. Mary's church in Burlington where he, his wife Sarah  and children Norah, Rosalie, Reed and Wren reside.

Marlene Daniels

Office Manager
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Marlene joined the family business in January of 2011. She can be found mainly at the Union Grove location in the office and anywhere else she is needed, enjoying both the variety of the job and being part of the family business. After losing her son Ben, in an accident, she feels the calling to help those who have lost a loved one. Knowing firsthand how it feels and realizing how different each one of us handles our grief, she wants to share her experience, strength and hope assisting families in their time of need. She is the facilitator of our monthly grief support group that is open to anyone going through the grief process.  Marlene has two daughters Chantry (Doug) Kerkman and Valerie Ketterhagen and a proud grandma to Joshua Kerkman.  She lives in Union Grove and is a member of St, Mary's Catholic Church, Burlington. Marlene enjoys being involved with the community, biking, working out and being outdoors. But, more than anything she values and loves the time spent with her grandson Joshua, her girls and her large, close-knit family. 

Pat Oberst

Office Manager
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Pat has been part of the funeral business for almost 20 years.   She feels honored to work in the community she has lived in for over 40 years.  She is a long time active member of Cross Lutheran Church, serving in various areas.  She is a member of the American Legion Riders and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Her family consists of her husband, Ric, their four children, and 7 grandchildren.  She enjoy's reading and crocheting. 

Jeanna Cole

Funeral Director
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Jeanna grew up in the North Cape area and attended Waterford High School, graduating in 2002.  In 2005 she joined the Army Reserves as a Medic and spent 8 years in the Army.  It was during her time in the military that she decided she wanted to help families who are experiencing a death.  She attended Milwaukee Area Technical College graduating in 2014 in Mortuary Science.  Right after graduation, Jeanna started working at Daniels Family Funeral Homes, first as an Apprentice and then as a Funeral Director once she got licensed in 2015.  Jeanna moved to Burlington in 2010 and lives there with her husband, David, his son Ty, and their two weiner dogs Balou and Gus.  

Mitchell Daniels

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