The Harder Funeral Home staff is dedicated to professionalism but, more importantly, they are kind, empathetic and sincere. Our staff is truly our best asset and they put caring, loving faces to the name of our business.

Upon requesting Harder Funeral Home services, our knowledgeable funeral professionals will be put to work for you. Our family will help guide your family through every step of the journey in order to provide your loved one with the service and memorial they deserve. We won’t complete any part of the process without first explaining our options to you in depth. Our community of funeral home professionals are happy to make recommendations upon your request, take care of all the details, large and small, and help personalize services for your loved ones.

Reach out to any of our professionals with your questions today.

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Eric Harder Funeral Director / President

Eric was born and raised in Brookfield where he graduated from Brookfield East High School. Being a third generation funeral director, Eric grew up in the industry working alongside his grandfather, Herman and father, Dean. At the age of 16, Eric began working part time, mowing lawns and helping maintain the building. In 1992, he started full time while attending the Funeral Service program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. In 1995 Eric graduated from the program and continued to follow in the family path, eventually taking on an ownership position.

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Steve C. Yunto Funeral Director / General Manager

Steve was born to Garret and Helen Yunto in Waupun, WI in 1956. He grew up on the family dairy farm and graduated Waupun High School 1975. On the farm he learned about good work ethic and but had lots of fun in the country, enjoying snowmobiling, riding motorcycle and go-carts.

Steve attended UW Oshkosh and earned his degree in Funeral Service from the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1978. Steve was drawn into the funeral service by a combination of past experience and guidance from his father. "When my grandfather died in 1973, I saw how much help the funeral director was. My father also said that I had to be a minister or funeral director when I grew up, and you didn’t disagree with my dad.

Steve lives in Menomonee Falls with his wife Trudie. He enjoys hunting, golf, and attending car shows with his restored 1968 Camero. He also enjoys taking trips and spending time with his family; daughters, Danielle (Danny) Kohler and Brittney (Justin) Suelflow; and grandsons, Gaborik and Kane Kohler. Steve is a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, the Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce, and the Menomonee Falls Optimist Club.

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Kenneth R Kurtz Funeral Director

Ken was born in Watertown, WI to Kenneth Sr. and Arlene Kurtz. He is a lifelong resident of Watertown, graduating from Watertown High School in 1989. Ken began his career at Harder Funeral Home in 1992 as an apprentice. In 1995 he completed his schooling in the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He married his wife, Gina in 1996 and the two continue to be a part of the Watertown Community with their two children, Ethan and Makaela.

Ken appreciates that each different family has different needs. He enjoys being able to recognize those needs and help families through the funeral process. When not working at the funeral home, Ken enjoys golf, hunting with his son, attending dance competitions with his daughter and vacations with the whole family. He is a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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David J. Busse Funeral Director

Dave was born in Milwaukee and lived in Menomonee Falls until 1975. He then moved to Brookfield where he lived until 1985. His career at Harder Funeral Home started in 1974 as an intern and he graduated, with a degree in Mortuary Science, from the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1976. He lives in Pewaukee with his wife, Cindy. Dave is a member of the Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church and enjoys golf.

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Rachel L. Adas Funeral Director

Rachel was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Elkhorn, WI. Rachel attended Lakeland College and received her mortuary science degree from MATC in 2003. She joined the staff of Harder Funeral Home in 2011, bringing ten years of funeral home experience.

Rachel is a member of Lake Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Chapter of Executive Women International, an organization for networking and leadership development. She lives on the East Side of Milwaukee and enjoys all manner of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and gardening. Rachel especially loves cooking, trying new recipes and beach combing. Most of her family lives in the vicinity of southeastern Wisconsin area and she looks to spend as much time with them as possible.

Years of funeral home experience has taught Rachel to be a good listener and finding ways to try to accommodate the requests of the family. She is proud to be part of a family owned funeral home with such a long history in our area.

 

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James T. Guardalabene Funeral Director

Jim was born in Milwaukee to Tony and Myra Guardalabene, co-owners of the Guardalabene and Amato Funeral Home. He attended UW Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College, earning his degree in mortuary science in 1975. Jim began his career working for his father and his partner Michael Amato in 1973 and became an associate of the Harder Funeral Home in 2010.

Jim lives in Brookfield and has two sons; Jimmy of Caledonia, WI and Michael of Atlanta, GA.

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John J. Clark Funeral Director

John was born in Anderson, Indiana and raised in Oconomowoc, WI. He attended St. Jerome’s Grade School and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. John graduated from Regis College in Denver, CO in 1964 as well as the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science.

John’s father-in-law, Louis Becker, had been in funeral service for many years in the Milwaukee community. When John and Louis’ daughter, Katie were married, he was asked to join the firm.

John and Katie life in Delafield. He loves to play golf, travel, cook and spend time with his family. He is a big Marquette University Basketball fan and very active in the Knights of Columbus and the Irish Community. John is very grateful to the Harder family for providing him the opportunity to continue in the profession he truly loves.

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Teri L. Schultz Funeral Director / Office Executive

Teri was born and raised in Beloit, WI. Growing up, she was involved in 4-H, track, cheerleading and gymnastics. She graduated from Beloit Turner high School in 2005 and graduated from the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2008. In 2009 she began her career at Harder Funeral Service as well as married her husband, Brett. The two live in Greenfield, WI. Teri enjoys fishing, antique shopping, spending time with her pets and visiting with friends and family.

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Dean A. DuBois Funeral Director

Dean was born and raised in West Allis, WI with four brothers and four sisters. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1983. After a short time in the woodworking / cabinet making business, Dean began his career in the funeral industry. In 1986 he started working for the Harder Funeral Home as an apprentice and began attending Funeral Service School at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He graduated from the program and became licensed in 1988. Dean lives in West Allis with his wife, Wendy, and their three daughters. He enjoys competitive archery and bicycling and is a member of the L.A.P.T / Wilde Subaru Cycling Team.

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Sheila M. Falk Funeral Director

Sheila was born in Milwaukee to Don and Gale Adams. In 1980 she moved to Brookfield and graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 1993. In 1997 she graduated from the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She also earned her Associates Degree of Arts and Sciences from UW Waukesha in 1998. In 2003 Sheila was married to Curt Falk and continues to reside in Brookfield. In 2005 she started her career with Harder Funeral Home. Sheila’s desire to help people led her into the funeral industry. Her pastimes include fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities. She also likes listening to music and attending concerts.

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Lauren A. Brown Funeral Director lauren@harderfuneralhome.com

Lauren was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Lauren attended Muskego High School and attended/graduated from Arrowhead High School in Hartland, WI. Class of 2011. She graduated from the Funeral Service Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College where she received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 2015. Lauren joined Harder Funeral Home in October 2015 and became licensed in February 2016. Lauren has been a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of Executive Women International, an organization for networking and leadership development, since November 2016.

In June 2018, Lauren married her husband David. They reside in Sussex, WI. Lauren enjoys spending her free time with her family, cats and friends. She also enjoys spending time outdoors.

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Tom Morris Funeral Director

Tom, originally from Milwaukee currently resides in Hartland. A graduate of Cudahy High School, Tom then went on to earn his prerequisites for the Mortuary Science program in Wisconsin and Michigan before attending grad school at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in N.Y, N.Y. Since becoming part of the funeral profession in 1999, Tom finds a deep appreciation for creating a meaningful funeral for the families being served.

Civically Tom has been a member of Rotary International, Jaycees, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wisconsin Chapter, and youth hockey coach for S.H.A.W. hockey of Milwaukee. Professional organizations include the Wisconsin, Michigan and National Funeral Directors Association’s. Tom is currently a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Wisconsin and Michigan.

In spare time interests include watching and playing ice hockey, especially the Milwaukee Admirals and Nashville Predators, playing polo on horseback with the Milwaukee Polo Club, pheasant hunting and boating.

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Joshua Young Funeral Director

Joshua was born in Pasadena, CA but grew up in Brookfield, WI where he graduated from Brookfield East High School in 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Arizona State University and graduated from the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2017. Joshua enjoys playing guitar, riding motorcycles, playing softball and traveling.

Eric Harder

Funeral Director / President
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Eric was born and raised in Brookfield where he graduated from Brookfield East High School. Being a third generation funeral director, Eric grew up in the industry working alongside his grandfather, Herman and father, Dean. At the age of 16, Eric began working part time, mowing lawns and helping maintain the building. In 1992, he started full time while attending the Funeral Service program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. In 1995 Eric graduated from the program and continued to follow in the family path, eventually taking on an ownership position.

Steve C. Yunto

Funeral Director / General Manager
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Steve was born to Garret and Helen Yunto in Waupun, WI in 1956. He grew up on the family dairy farm and graduated Waupun High School 1975. On the farm he learned about good work ethic and but had lots of fun in the country, enjoying snowmobiling, riding motorcycle and go-carts.

Steve attended UW Oshkosh and earned his degree in Funeral Service from the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1978. Steve was drawn into the funeral service by a combination of past experience and guidance from his father. "When my grandfather died in 1973, I saw how much help the funeral director was. My father also said that I had to be a minister or funeral director when I grew up, and you didn’t disagree with my dad.

Steve lives in Menomonee Falls with his wife Trudie. He enjoys hunting, golf, and attending car shows with his restored 1968 Camero. He also enjoys taking trips and spending time with his family; daughters, Danielle (Danny) Kohler and Brittney (Justin) Suelflow; and grandsons, Gaborik and Kane Kohler. Steve is a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, the Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce, and the Menomonee Falls Optimist Club.

Kenneth R Kurtz

Funeral Director
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Ken was born in Watertown, WI to Kenneth Sr. and Arlene Kurtz. He is a lifelong resident of Watertown, graduating from Watertown High School in 1989. Ken began his career at Harder Funeral Home in 1992 as an apprentice. In 1995 he completed his schooling in the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He married his wife, Gina in 1996 and the two continue to be a part of the Watertown Community with their two children, Ethan and Makaela.

Ken appreciates that each different family has different needs. He enjoys being able to recognize those needs and help families through the funeral process. When not working at the funeral home, Ken enjoys golf, hunting with his son, attending dance competitions with his daughter and vacations with the whole family. He is a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

David J. Busse

Funeral Director
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Dave was born in Milwaukee and lived in Menomonee Falls until 1975. He then moved to Brookfield where he lived until 1985. His career at Harder Funeral Home started in 1974 as an intern and he graduated, with a degree in Mortuary Science, from the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1976. He lives in Pewaukee with his wife, Cindy. Dave is a member of the Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church and enjoys golf.

Rachel L. Adas

Funeral Director
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Rachel was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Elkhorn, WI. Rachel attended Lakeland College and received her mortuary science degree from MATC in 2003. She joined the staff of Harder Funeral Home in 2011, bringing ten years of funeral home experience.

Rachel is a member of Lake Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Chapter of Executive Women International, an organization for networking and leadership development. She lives on the East Side of Milwaukee and enjoys all manner of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and gardening. Rachel especially loves cooking, trying new recipes and beach combing. Most of her family lives in the vicinity of southeastern Wisconsin area and she looks to spend as much time with them as possible.

Years of funeral home experience has taught Rachel to be a good listener and finding ways to try to accommodate the requests of the family. She is proud to be part of a family owned funeral home with such a long history in our area.

 

James T. Guardalabene

Funeral Director
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Jim was born in Milwaukee to Tony and Myra Guardalabene, co-owners of the Guardalabene and Amato Funeral Home. He attended UW Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College, earning his degree in mortuary science in 1975. Jim began his career working for his father and his partner Michael Amato in 1973 and became an associate of the Harder Funeral Home in 2010.

Jim lives in Brookfield and has two sons; Jimmy of Caledonia, WI and Michael of Atlanta, GA.

John J. Clark

Funeral Director
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John was born in Anderson, Indiana and raised in Oconomowoc, WI. He attended St. Jerome’s Grade School and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. John graduated from Regis College in Denver, CO in 1964 as well as the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science.

John’s father-in-law, Louis Becker, had been in funeral service for many years in the Milwaukee community. When John and Louis’ daughter, Katie were married, he was asked to join the firm.

John and Katie life in Delafield. He loves to play golf, travel, cook and spend time with his family. He is a big Marquette University Basketball fan and very active in the Knights of Columbus and the Irish Community. John is very grateful to the Harder family for providing him the opportunity to continue in the profession he truly loves.

Teri L. Schultz

Funeral Director / Office Executive
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Teri was born and raised in Beloit, WI. Growing up, she was involved in 4-H, track, cheerleading and gymnastics. She graduated from Beloit Turner high School in 2005 and graduated from the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2008. In 2009 she began her career at Harder Funeral Service as well as married her husband, Brett. The two live in Greenfield, WI. Teri enjoys fishing, antique shopping, spending time with her pets and visiting with friends and family.

Dean A. DuBois

Funeral Director
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Dean was born and raised in West Allis, WI with four brothers and four sisters. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1983. After a short time in the woodworking / cabinet making business, Dean began his career in the funeral industry. In 1986 he started working for the Harder Funeral Home as an apprentice and began attending Funeral Service School at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He graduated from the program and became licensed in 1988. Dean lives in West Allis with his wife, Wendy, and their three daughters. He enjoys competitive archery and bicycling and is a member of the L.A.P.T / Wilde Subaru Cycling Team.

Sheila M. Falk

Funeral Director
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Sheila was born in Milwaukee to Don and Gale Adams. In 1980 she moved to Brookfield and graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 1993. In 1997 she graduated from the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She also earned her Associates Degree of Arts and Sciences from UW Waukesha in 1998. In 2003 Sheila was married to Curt Falk and continues to reside in Brookfield. In 2005 she started her career with Harder Funeral Home. Sheila’s desire to help people led her into the funeral industry. Her pastimes include fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities. She also likes listening to music and attending concerts.

Lauren A. Brown

Funeral Director
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Lauren was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Lauren attended Muskego High School and attended/graduated from Arrowhead High School in Hartland, WI. Class of 2011. She graduated from the Funeral Service Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College where she received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 2015. Lauren joined Harder Funeral Home in October 2015 and became licensed in February 2016. Lauren has been a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of Executive Women International, an organization for networking and leadership development, since November 2016.

In June 2018, Lauren married her husband David. They reside in Sussex, WI. Lauren enjoys spending her free time with her family, cats and friends. She also enjoys spending time outdoors.

Tom Morris

Funeral Director
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Tom, originally from Milwaukee currently resides in Hartland. A graduate of Cudahy High School, Tom then went on to earn his prerequisites for the Mortuary Science program in Wisconsin and Michigan before attending grad school at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in N.Y, N.Y. Since becoming part of the funeral profession in 1999, Tom finds a deep appreciation for creating a meaningful funeral for the families being served.

Civically Tom has been a member of Rotary International, Jaycees, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wisconsin Chapter, and youth hockey coach for S.H.A.W. hockey of Milwaukee. Professional organizations include the Wisconsin, Michigan and National Funeral Directors Association’s. Tom is currently a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Wisconsin and Michigan.

In spare time interests include watching and playing ice hockey, especially the Milwaukee Admirals and Nashville Predators, playing polo on horseback with the Milwaukee Polo Club, pheasant hunting and boating.

Joshua Young

Funeral Director
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Joshua was born in Pasadena, CA but grew up in Brookfield, WI where he graduated from Brookfield East High School in 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Arizona State University and graduated from the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2017. Joshua enjoys playing guitar, riding motorcycles, playing softball and traveling.