History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The Karth Funeral home was estabished in Shawano in 1909 by Martin Karth.  Originally located on Shawano's Main Street, it was moved to its current location in 1921 when the  building was constructed at the corner of Sawyer and Randall Streets.  Mr. Karth operated the funeral home for 56 years and later was joined by his sons Walter and Karl Karth.  Over the course of many years the funeral home was updated and improved. In 1976 the funeral home was purchased by Ron Kopitzke who retired in 1985, selling his interests to Russ Schroeder. In 1992 the funeral home was completely remodeled.  A large chapel was added as well as parking areas, with total handicap accessibility. 

In 1998, Rob Mickelson joined the firm, and in 2012 Rob and his wife, Nancy, purchased the business from Russ and Teri Schroeder.  The Mickelsons proudly continue this 103 year tradition of service to the Shawano area as Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service.

Rob and Nancy offer complete pre-planning services, traditional and cremation services, and monument sales. Our staff takes pride in providing the finest professional and compassionate service to the families they are privileged to serve, while maintaining respect for their traditions and beliefs.


Our Valued Staff

                                                  Alex, Rob, Nancy, Teddy and Jack Mickelson-Memorial Day 2014

Rob  Mickelson

Rob Mickelson, Owner / Funeral Director

Rob Mickelson was born in Manistique, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He was raised in the suburbs of Detroit, and graduated from Romeo, Michigan High School in 1982. Rob then attended Western Michigan University for two years and transferred to the University of Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science as well as his License to Practice Mortuary Science in the State of Michigan in 1986. In 1990, Rob obtained his Funeral Directors license in Wisconsin and moved to Plymouth, Wisconsin, where he was employed at Wittkopp Funeral Service until October of 1998. He then relocated with his young family to Shawano, Wisconsin.

Rob is active in the Shawano community. He has served as the President of the Rotary Club and is Co-Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee. He was recently awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the members of the Rotary Club. He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he serves as an usher. He and his wife, Nancy, are very active in the Shawano schools. They have served as chairmen of the Dinner Dance and Last Dance Committees in the music department of the high school, as well as the Co-Chairmen of the Annual Winter SHAZZ Festival. Rob also serves as a board member for Safe Haven Domestic Abuse Shelter in Shawano. Rob and his family volunteer and participate in the Fight to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, as well as the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure.

In addition to his responsibilities at the funeral home, Rob is the Shawano Area Representative for Appleton Marble & Granite. Designing monuments and markers for families has become a passion of his.

Rob and Nancy have three boys; Alex, a sophomore at Winona State University, Teddy, a high school senior, and Jack, who is a sophomore. In his spare time Rob enjoys racquetball, grouse hunting, boating, and spending time with his family.


Nancy L. Mickelson

Nancy L. Mickelson, Licensed Advance Funeral Planner

Nancy worked part-time at the funeral home until recently when she resigned from the Shawano School District, and started working full time with Rob. She enjoys working with Rob and meeting with the families they serve. Nancy serves as Office Manager and Advance Funeral Planner. She received her license in Advance Funeral Planning and works with families to create the service which is perfect for them.


Alex  Mickelson

Alex Mickelson, Funeral Assistant

Alex is the oldest of Rob and Nancy's three sons. He is currently a full time student entering his sophomore year at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. He is pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy with an emphasis on Sports Medicine. Alex is a 2013 graduate of Shawano Community High School. He excelled in football and track while a student at SCHS. His hobbies include duck hunting, fishing, wake boarding, and working out while not studying for his college classes. Rob and Nancy are very happy to have him home during college breaks, as he spends a lot of time at the funeral home assisting with all aspects of the day to day operation.


Jeff Buettner

Jeff Buettner, Funeral Assistant

Jeff is a born and raised Shawano resident. He attended the Shawano School District, and graduated from Shawano High School in 2011. After graduation, Jeff attended the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, where he earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement. Jeff graduated with highest honors, and was awarded the 2012 Law Enforcement Student of the Year. After graduating in August of 2013, Jeff was hired as a part-time Deputy for the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department. Currently he is proudly serving as a full-time police officer for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. Jeff is also an adviser for the Shawano County Law Enforcement Explorer’s post, where he helps high school students learn about a career in the Criminal Justice system. When he is not working or helping with the Explorers post, Jeff is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending his time hunting and fishing. The Mickelsons are happy to have Jeff on board as a part-time employee. He is extremely professional and a hard worker.