About Us

About Us

In the Picture Above you will find the founders of Mealy Funeral Home and their children.

Upper Left is Dena Hoppe, Middle is Mr. & Mrs. Harry W. Mealy Sr. Wedding Picture, and upper right is Harry W. Mealy Sr.

Bottom row left is Harry W. Mealy Jr. (aka Du Du) than in the middle is Ione "Onnie" Mealy Kojis and lower right picture is of Thomas "Spud" Mealy.

Harry W. Mealy and Dena (Hoppe) Mealy began serving families of Waterford from our Main Street location in 1923.

Over the years, Harry W. and Dena, along with sons Harry Jr. and Thomas "Spud", and daughter Ione (Mealy) Kojis have been involved with offering compassion and comfort to those in need.

Spud Mealy reached out to the community and beyond, lending a helping hand to anyone in need. Spud and Ione ran the funeral home until Spud's untimely death in 1978 at the age of 49. Harry "Dudu" Mealy Jr. passed away in 1996. Ione Kojis continued working with families until August of 2000.

Ione M. Kojis passed away peacefully on May 16, 2005 with family by her side, at age 78.

Currently John E. Kojis, son of Ione M.(Mealy) Kojis, Funeral Director and President of Mealy Funeral Home is the third generation of the Mealy Family to operate the Funeral Home.

John states: "Our primary focus is the family and their needs. We strive to help them plan a service that is personalized and memorable for their special loved one."

Our current staff consists of:

John E. Kojis;
President/Licensed Director
John graduated from MATC Mortuary College in June of 2002. He is a third generation licensed funeral director and owner for Mealy Funeral Home. As his Grandpa Mealy always said, "Take care of families needs, it is a great reward to comfort others!" John brings a great sense of caring and compassion to his work, striving to make the hardest time in one's life just a little easier.
John has been married to Barbara since 2002. He has two children Elizabeth and Steven. John enjoy's part-time farming, collecting antique snowmobile's, the Packers and spending time with his cat "Dr. Schnitman". Recently John joined the Waterford Area Kiwanis Club.

Barbara J. Kojis:
Office Manager and Director's Assistant
Barb keeps the office running. She enjoys setting up displays of flowers and memorabilia and adding a personal touch to your loved one's funeral. She helps out wherever needed.
In her free time, Barb enjoys the company of her two quarter horses and 13 cats.

Ted Hegeman:
Licensed Director
Ted has over 40 years of funeral experience in the Waterford and Burlington area's. For many years he worked along side John's mother Ione at Mealy Funeral Home. He is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Burlington where he lives with his wife Gayle and their daughter Elizabeth, who is attending UW Madison.
Ted brings experience and knowledge to our firm. Ted enjoys a good walk or bike ride around the city of Burlington!

Marc Marseo:
Licensed Apprentice Director
Marc joined our firm in March of 2010. He and his wife Kristen have two young sons, Mike and Jake, who keep their father busy with their sports agendas. He is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Waterford.
Marc chose this profession as he enjoys working with people and wants to lend a helping hand in their hour of need.

Joseph Quinn:
Licensed Apprentice Director.
Joe delivers quality and care to services held with Mealy Funeral Home. He understands family's needs with his 15 years experience and is there to help you through a most difficult time.
Joe follows Chicago style professional Hockey and looks forward to a good round of golf.

Our staff is here to assist you, along with our after hours answering service. We are available 24 hours a day to speak with, please leave a detailed message with our answering service after hours and we will return your call on the next business day. If your call is URGENT, we will return your call as soon as possible, most likely within 20 minutes.

All arrangements of current funerals are available, floral recomendations and memorial recomendations for each family's wishes are recorded on our answering service, 24 hours a day.
Please call with questions, our operators are on duty and ready to help you!

Thank You for putting your trust in us!


John E. Kojis - President/Licensed Director
and the
Mealy Funeral Home Staff

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