Mountain Funeral Homes has been serving Ashland and Mellen area families for years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.

The history of our Ashland chapel goes back to the Hoppenyan and Hoppenyan Funeral Home, which was in existence at 302 2nd Street E, from about 1920-1936. Our records also indicate that the Lisko-Wartman Funeral Home and the Solie Rehberg Funeral Home were in operation in Ashland before 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. In 2017, Mitchell, the second oldest son of the family, decided to come back to Ashland to take part in the family business. The Mountain Funeral Homes have provided services to the surrounding communities for 25 years and counting. With years of experience of caring for families, they look forward to continuing the family tradition of serving the area families and providing them a one-of-a-kind service to fit each family’s wishes.

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 Vision

Mark Mountain has always believed in dignity, respect and comfort throughout the memorialization experience.

We strive to make each memorialization event as unique as the life it celebrates.

Our Mission

Our goal is to create a comfortable, friendly and suppportive atmosphere that may promote mourning and allow healing to begin; to assist with the many details of bringing together the elements necessary to memorialize a life that has been lived; to extend the warmth of friendship as family and friends remember and honor a life that life; and assist in the healing of the loss of a loved one.

Many agree that there is peace of mind in planning the details of your own memorialization in advance. For those interested in planning these details in advance, we will be honored to do all that we can to assist you in making these important decisions.

We will also be honored to assist you in selecting a cemetery memorial to mark the resting place of you or your loved ones.


In all that we do, we are committed to: Respecting the dignity of every person; appreciating diversity; creating a high level of trust in all relationships; understanding each individuals needs and extending genuine care to all.

We strive to: respect other peoples’ choices; extend warmth and gracious hospitality to all; provide exceptional service, and hold fast to honesty and integrity.

Those We Serve

Our primary focus is upon those we serve. With respect, dignity and personal attention, we seek to understand cultural differsity and individuality. We present options, respect the choices that are made, and help to fulfill those choices to the best of our abilities.

Other Professional Caregivers

We seek to establish and maintain working relationships with the other care giving professionals with whom we interact. Through this co-operative effort we strive to create a comfortable, friendly and nurturing atmosphere that permits mounrning and fosters healing.

The Community

We are an integral part of the communities we serve, and concerned with their vitality. We are supportive of community resources and respectful of the environment. At all times, we seek to be good neighbors.

Our Suppliers

Our aim is to develop and maintain working relationships with our suppliers so we can continue to bring to those we serve a variety of products, at a fair price. The relationships we have are based on mutual respect and trust.

Our Profession

We adhere to our profession’s highest ethical standards and strive to maintain a high level of service.

Mountain Funeral Homes - Ashland
Phone: (715) 682-5533
220 Third Avenue East, Ashland, WI 54806

Mountain Funeral Homes - Mellen
Phone: (715) 274-2501
220 Hillcrest Drive, Mellen, WI 54546

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