Every Detail Counts. Every Memory Matters.

Losing a loved one can be the most difficult time in your life, whether an elderly family member has passed after a long illness or a child was tragically taken from you. Piasecki Althaus has made it our life’s work to extend a compassionate, caring hand to help you in your time of sorrow.


A funeral brings together family and friends to celebrate life and begin the process of healing. It is our mission to honor the legacy of your loved one with a unique, heartfelt tribute. We encourage you to share stories, favorite songs, personal items, and treasured photographs so we can create a truly personalized memorial for your loved one and help you say good-bye.

When you don’t know who to call, you can call us any time day or night. Our caring, attentive staff will answer your questions, anticipate your needs, and exceed your expectations. After the funeral, we will also be here to support you through your grief toward finding joy again.

From at-need services to pre-planning arrangements and support after the funeral, we believe that every detail counts and every memory matters. Originally founded in 1929 in Chicago, we have proudly served Kenosha families since 1931 with our mission of honoring personal legacies in the circle of life.


Nancy Piasecki and Bill Althaus

3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: 262-658-4101

About Us

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Nancy Piasecki – President

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Nancy has been managing the funeral home business office since 1955, when she married Michael Piasecki, Sr. and moved to Kenosha. Her community involvement includes service on the boards of Hospice Alliance Inc., St. Catherine’s Hospital Auxiliary, and St. Catherine’s Hospital. She is a member of the Kenosha County Girl Scout Council and the P.L.A.V. Auxiliary. Nancy has been a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church for over 40 years and is former chair of St. Peter’s Finance Committee. She has four children and six grandchildren and loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Bill Althaus

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Bill began working for Piasecki Funeral Home in 1984 and partnered with Nancy Piasecki in 1986 to form Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. Service to his hometown of Kenosha includes involvement with St. Catherine’s Hospital Development Council, Knights of Columbus, Polish Legion of American Veterans, Kenosha Library Foundation, St. Joseph High School, and others. As a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Bill serves as cantor and is a former catechism instructor. He also enjoys emceeing community events and sharing the gift of his voice.

Tom Bain

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Tom has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1973. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from UW Parkside. After a part-time job sparked his interest in funeral service, Tom attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science and graduated salutatorian. After a 30-year career in collection management and cemetery administration, he started working at Piasecki-Althaus in 2007. Tom and his wife, Nita, are the proud owners of a 1964 AMC Rambler Classic.

Coriann Martin

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A Milwaukee native, Cori relocated and began working at Piasecki-Althaus in June of 2001. She graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1997 and is licensed in both Wisconsin and Illinois.

Kathleen DeFord

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Kathleen has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2010. At the age of 11, during the illness and loss of her grandmother, she knew she wanted to help others. She was a 2004 graduate from Indian Trail Academy. She went on to receive her bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her associate degree in funeral service from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Kathleen served her apprenticeship and became a licensed funeral director while working at Wilson Funeral Home in Racine. She is a member of both the National Funeral Directors Association and Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association. Kathleen currently resides in Kenosha with her husband, Kevin DeFord.

Julie Ruhle

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Julie has more than 30 years’ experience as a licensed property, casualty, life, and health insurance agent. In 2001, she changed her career path and began working at Piasecki-Althaus. Julie loves helping people and is an invaluable resource for families who have questions about life insurance and need help filing claims.

Anne Wasilevich

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Born and raised in Kenosha, Anne currently lives in Kenosha County. She graduated from St. Joseph High School and continued her education at UW Parkside and Gateway Technical College. Anne demonstrates an incredible commitment to her community through service to her church, the St. Joseph Catholic Academy, the Kenosha CYO Band, Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation, the American Red Cross, and Make-a-Wish. Her compassion and understanding make her an asset to the GriefShare program, which she co-facilitates with Pastor Charlie Hansen. Anne is our marketing specialist.

Ron Nelson

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A 20-year resident of Kenosha County, Ron has served as Piasecki-Althaus’ director of family services since 2004. In this role, he supports families in pre-planning for the future to reduce the sudden emotional and financial stress of losing a loved one. Ron is also a licensed intermediary and agent for burial trust agreements. He attends Immanuel Baptist Church and is president of the Kenosha Rotary Club. Ron and his wife, Beverly, have two married daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

Laura Ewings

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Laura moved to Kenosha County and joined the Piasecki-Althaus team in April of 2004. She attended UW Parkside and graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2001. Laura is a proud member of the American Society of Embalmers.

Rich Jorgensen

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Rich is a lifelong resident of Racine; graduating from Horlick High School. After 30 years in manufacturing Rich began his career in 2011 as an apprentice and completed his schooling in the Funeral Service Program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2012. He and his wife Connie have two children, Trista and Steve and 3 granddaughters. When not working at the funeral home Rich enjoys working in his yard, spending time with friends and family (he’s 1 of 9 siblings), and traveling to see his granddaughters. He is a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and the Racine Moose Lodge # 437. Rich appreciates that each family has different needs; he readily adjusts to meet those needs and is honored to help families through the entire funeral process.