This website offers information about who we are, where we’re located and how to contact us. In addition to those methods of reaching us listed on the ‘Contact Us’ page, you may contact us by e-mail at MMountain@centurytel.net, or MountainFuneralHome@yahoo.com. This web site also contains the obituaries of the individuals who we have been honored to serve since January 1, 2008. You may also find information about memorialization and pre planning services that may assist you in making informed choices regarding the memorialization of a loved one or yourself. We have also provided inspirational stories and poetry, and a wide range of other resources. Contact us for any assistance you may need.
The subject of memorialization is as vast as the study of all of the cultures and subcultures that have existed throughout man’s life on this planet. Although our web site does not delve into the funeral practices that have been a part of the way that each society honors their dead, the ‘Resources’ section of our website may direct you toward that information.
The history of our Ashland chapel goes back to the Lisko-Wartman Funeral Home and the Solie Rehberg Funeral Home. Our records indicate that these two funeral homes were in operation in Ashland in 1940. The Lisko Wartman Funeral Home was purchased by Pius Schafer in 1958. In 1961 Pius purchased and closed the Solie-Rehberg Funeral Home. He operated the combined business, which he called the Schafer Funeral Home, from what had been the Lisko-Wartman facility at the corner of Third Avenue East and Second Street (Second Street has since been renamed Main Street). Pius Schafer built what is our current facility at the corner of Third Avenue East and Third Street, in 1964. Mark Mountain purchased the Schafer Funeral Home in 1995, and operated it as Schafer-Mountain Funeral Home, before the name change to Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
The history of our Mellen chapel goes back to the Bruns Funeral Home. The Funeral Home was in the Bruns family for two generations, having been operated by William Bruns, and then his son, William Bruns, Jr. The Funeral Home was originally located where the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Rectory now stands. To make room for the construction of the new Church and Rectory, the Funeral Home moved to it’s current location on Hillcrest Drive. Clarence Novitzke purchased the Funeral Home in 1979. Mark Mountain bought the Funeral Home in 2000.
Our records of the Bayfield Chapel go back to the time that it was the Oberholtzer Funeral Home located in the building on First Street that is now the Isaac Wing House. Pius Schafer purchased the Funeral Home, relocated to a new building on the corner of Rice Avenue and North Tenth Street and operated it as The Bayfield Memorial Chapel.. Mark Mountain acquired the Funeral Home in 1995 as part of the acquisition of the Ashland Chapel. The Funeral Home was closed in 2004.
Mark Mountain was born and reared in New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of New Richmond High School, the University of Wisconsin, Stout and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He received his Wisconsin Funeral Director’s License in 1986. Mark also maintains a license to sell insurance in the State of Wisconsin. He served his internship at Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls, Wisconsin and was associated with Novitzke Funeral Home and Beebe Funeral Home in New Richmond, Wisconsin, before moving to Ashland in 1995.
Sharon Mountain was born and reared in Park Falls, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Park Falls High School, Gogebic Community College and has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1986.
Steve Piper was born and reared in Nebraska. He is a graduate of Lyons Public School (Nebraska) and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He received his Minnesota Morticians licensed in 1973, his Wisconsin Funeral Director’s License in 1976 and his Nebraska Funeral Director’s License in 1979. He served his internship at Bradshaw-Hauge Funeral Homes in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was associated with Bradshaw Hauge Funeral Homes and Piper Funeral Home in Lyons, Nebraska, before moving to Bayfield in 2005.
Mark Mountain has always believed that families deserve unwavering respect and dignity during the entire memorial experience. It is that principle which has earned us an unsurpassed reputation throughout the area.
We are a caring, innovative, highly skilled, professional people dedicated to assisting people celebrate life.
At Mountain Funeral Homes, we believe that every life is unique. The choices you make to celebrate that life can also be as unique and personalized as you wish.
To celebrate Life! We help people create meaningful events that celebrate the life of a loved one who died, help to heal the wounds of loss, and bringing a spirit of renewal to all.
We assist people make many of the end-of-life decisions in advance, thus gaining peace of mind for everyone concerned and, at the time of death, enabling family members to more fully enter into celebrating the life of the person.
Our threefold purpose with every family we serve, is to acknowledge and honor a life lived, bring healing to those that are left behind and to be of assistance with the many details that surround the death of a loved one.
For those interested in the benefits of planning their arrangements in advance, we do all we can to make the important decisions that are involved as easy as possible.
On this website, you may find information regarding upcoming services as well as the obituaries and related information about persons whose services have already taken place.
- In all that we do, we are committed to:
- Respect the dignity of every person.
- Appreciate diversity and inclusion.
- Hold fast to honesty and integrity.
- Create a high level of trust in all relationships.
- Understand needs and extend genuine care to all.
- Present traditional and innovative options.
- Be respectful of peoples’ choices.
- Extend a warm welcome and gracious hospitality.
- Provide exceptional service.
Those We Serve
Those we serve are our primary focus. With respect, dignity and personal attention, we strive to understand their cultural differences and unique needs. We share options with them, and respects their choices. Our goal is to follow through on what we promise and provide exemplary service.
Other Professional Caregivers
Respecting the expertise of other care giving professionals, we seek to establish and maintain superior working relationships with them. In the best interest of those we mutually serve, we are committed to work cooperatively together to serve the needs of families and create meaningful events.
We are an integral part of the communities we serve, and we are concerned for their vitality. We are supportive of each community’s resources and respectful of their natural environments. At all times, we seek to be good neighbors.
Our aim is to develop and maintain superior working relationships with our suppliers in order to bring to those we serve a variety of products, when they are needed at a fair price. These relationships are based on mutual trust and respect.
As creative and caring leaders, we bring innovative ways of serving people. In all our work we adhere to our profession’s highest ethical standards and strive to set an exemplary level of service.