Doris Schwartzlow
B: 1927-09-06
D: 2020-04-02
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Amanda Niemeier
B: 1984-10-03
D: 2020-03-30
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Conner Schweder
B: 2005-12-28
D: 2020-03-30
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Joan Whitby
B: 1934-07-28
D: 2020-03-29
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Gary Pergolski
B: 1944-11-11
D: 2020-03-28
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Charles Smythe
B: 1927-06-01
D: 2020-03-27
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Keith Wickham
B: 1928-08-10
D: 2020-03-27
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Thomas Woodman
B: 1950-04-01
D: 2020-03-20
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Charlotte Jones
B: 1924-11-17
D: 2020-03-19
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Mary Jacobson
B: 1934-02-08
D: 2020-03-16
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Walter Golbuff
B: 1934-02-06
D: 2020-03-13
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Gerald Dabson
B: 1940-11-08
D: 2020-03-12
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Leona Jones
B: 1930-07-21
D: 2020-03-10
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Ronald Schober
B: 1945-10-10
D: 2020-03-10
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Gerald Larsen
B: 1944-08-05
D: 2020-03-10
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Adella Kopplin
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Robert Bianchetti
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D: 2020-03-02
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Randall Cox
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D: 2020-03-02
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Glen Bouton
B: 1950-01-25
D: 2020-03-02
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Marion Ludwig
B: 1913-12-21
D: 2020-03-01
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Howard Wathen
B: 1937-03-28
D: 2020-03-01
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When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.

Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.

James Wolfe, Owner / Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Janesville, graduating from Parker High School in 1997. I attended UW-Oshkosh and graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)- West Allis Funeral Service program in 2005 and becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 2007. I began working for the Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home, Oshkosh, and then moved to De Pere, to work for the Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory for 13 years.  January 2020 brings me back to Janesville and I am very excited to get to know my old city again.   I enjoy traveling throughout the US and internationally, playing golf, playing cards, and volunteering.

I am currently a member of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association (WFDA), serving as Vice President, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), and the Janesville Morning Rotary Club.  While in De Pere, I was active with the De Pere Noon Optimist Club, De Pere Historical Society, De Pere Housing Authority, and Green Bay Botanical Gardens.

Kevin Apfel, Owner / Funeral Director

Kevin is excited to have the opportunity to not only assist families in Edgerton, but also be back into and a part of the Janesville community! He was born and raised in Janesville and was a 1991 graduate of Parker High School. He has been in Funeral Service since 1993. After attending UW Platteville, he continued his education at Milwaukee Area Techincal College and graduated from its Funeral Service Program in 1995. While attending Mortuary School, he also worked full time at the Becker Ritter Funeral Homes in Milwaukee, Elm Grove and Muskego. Upon Graduation, Kevin moved to Fiss & Bills-Poklasny Funeral Home in Oshkosh. In late 1997, an opportunity was presented to Kevin to move back to his hometown of Janesville, and that is where he remained until Russ Ehlert inquired about having Kevin and his wife, Jenifer purchase the Ehlert Funeral Home in Edgerton. They continue to operate it as the Apfel Ehlert Funeral Home & Cremation Service today.

Kevin is a member and past president of the Janesville Noon Kiwanis Club, member of Edgerton noon Rotary Club, member and Past President of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association (WFDA), member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), member and Vice President of the Janesville Parker High School Athletic Booster Board, and a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Edgerton. Kevin has also in the past volunteered and served on various boards and committees including the United Way, Janesville Country Club Board of Directors, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church Board of Stewardship and Church Council.

When not working at the funeral home, Kevin enjoys golfing, hunting, playing with his pooch, Livie Lou and relaxing on the deck watching the wildlife.

Jenifer Apfel, Owner / Funeral Director

Jenifer grew up in Footville and is a  graduate of Parkview High School. After graduation she attended and graduated from the Criminal Justice Program at Blackhawk Technical College. She worked as a Security Sergeant for General Motors for many years, while going back to college at Blackhawk Technical College and UW Rock County for Registered Nursing. While doing her clinical studies for Nursing she found an interest in Funeral Service. She transferred to Milwaukee Area Technical College, where she completed her degree in Mortuary Science in 2007. After completing Mortuary School, she worked for a funeral home in Janesville until 2014, where she completed her apprenticeship and attained her Funeral Director license. In 2014, she had an opportunity to  work for Gunderson Funeral Home in Madison, where she was able to enhance her skills in embalming, cosmetics and care of the deceased (specializing in trauma), which is her true passion. She joined the team at Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in March of 2018.
She and her husband, Kevin have four children: Cody, Cassidy, Sasha and Elena. She enjoys motorcycling, golfing, volleyball, singing and playing piano (Keyboard), spending time with her family and friends, especially her black lab, Livvie LouLou and grandpuppy, Jager .
Jenifer is a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Edgerton, Edgerton Town & Country Club (Tuesday Night Women's League), Edgerton Community Foundation Board Member, Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation Board Member and Past President of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association for the South Central District. Former member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

James Whitcomb, Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Janesville, growing up in the funeral business. My Dad, John Whitcomb, Sr., owned and operated the Whitcomb Funeral Home with my Mom, Dorothy (McCarthy) Whitcomb, until his death in 1978. I attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, and graduated from Craig High School, Class of 1975. I then attended UW-Stevens Point for several years, and played football there for my freshman season. I later transferred to UW-Whitewater, majoring in Accounting & Finance. I then attended and received my Diploma in Mortuary Science from Worsham College, in suburban Chicago. I am licensed in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
I worked for several years at the original Overton Funeral Home, and then left Janesville for approximately 4 years. I worked at the Strang Funeral Home in Antioch, IL before coming back home and purchasing the former Wolfgram-Henning Funeral Home from Phil Henning on Nov.1, 1990. In 2001, I merged businesses with Gerald Lynch, who had bought the Overton Funeral Home. In 2011, we moved to our new location at 21 S. Austin Rd., on the far west side of Janesville.
I married my wife, Deb (Dampier) Whitcomb, in October, 2009. We met and were dear friends since high school! Deb retired from Rock County Child Protective Services in 2012, and is a full-time student in Culinary Arts-Baking & Pastries at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I have a daughter, Emily Whitcomb, who graduated from UW-Whitewater this past spring, and is now working as a Paralegal  in Wausau. My step-son, Matthew Dampier, is working in Milwaukee and planning on finishing his degree in Health Sciences.
I am a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and have been active on the Parish Council, Lector/Commentator at Mass, and formerly was an Usher. I enjoy golf, the Packers, am a Die-Hard Cubs fan, and root for the Brewers when they’re not playing the Cubbies! I am the “Commissioner” of the Janesville Men’s Church Golf League, and enjoy acting in local productions, notably playing Drake the butler in “Annie”, Schroeder in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and also as Uncle Teddy in “Arsenic and Old Lace”.

Gerald Lynch, Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Janesville, attended St. Mary's Catholic Grade School and graduated from Joseph A. Craig High School in 1973, serving as Class President. I attended UW-Whitewater and graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)- West Allis Funeral Service program in 1995 and becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 1995. Shortly thereafter I purchased the former Overton Funeral Home and joined up with my partner James Whitcomb, whose father was a long time funeral director in Janesville. We fulfilled our goal of building our new facility in 2011 to proudly serve our community. I am married to my wife Marta and have one son, Justin. I enjoy traveling, golfing, playing cards and spending time with my family

I am currently a member of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association (WFDA), serving as district President and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Janesville Elk’s Lodge 254, the Mercy Hospital Ethics Committee. and the Milwaukee Area Technical College Funeral Service Advisory Board. In the past I have served on the Janesville Zoning Board of Appeals and the Janesville Planning Commission.  I am also on the Advisory board of Autumn Life Chaplaincy Service, to service those in need.

You may contact me at anytime to answer any questions or concerns that you or your family members may have. I am honored to be able to serve the Janesville community and the surrounding Rock County area.

Denise Barett, Office Manager

I started working at the funeral home in July of 2003.  I am very caring by nature, and enjoy working with families on a personal level.  It is very satisfying at the end of the day to know I was able to help a family during a very difficult time for them.  I enjoy creating Memorial Packages for families that are unique to their loved one.  I was born and raised in Janesville, I graduated from Parker High School in 1983 and attended Blackhawk Technical College in the Medical Assistant and Dental Assistant programs.  I am a member of St. John Community Church.  In earlier years I was a Boy Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher and on the Board of Education at my Church.  I also taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz at a local dance studio.  I am married with 2 children and 2 step-children.  We enjoy camping, canoeing, hiking and snowmobiling.

Cassie Lambert, Funeral Director

I grew up on a farm outside of Footville. I am a graduate of Orfordville Parkview High School, Class of 2002. I then attended UW-Rock County and UW-Whitewater. I switched majors from Elementary Education to Mortuary Science. I then attended and graduated in May, 2006 from Milwaukee Area Tech. College with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service. I became a Wisconsin Licensed Funeral Director in September 2006.
In June, 2007, I married my husband, Nick, and became step-mom to Tyler. In April, 2008 we had our first son, Blayke, followed by Korbyn in August, 2012.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, scrap booking, volunteering at my boys’ school, and being a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts.

Cassidy Olson, Funeral Director Apprentice

Cassidy Olson came to Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in August 2018 after working as a Funeral Director Apprentice at Gunderson Funeral Home in Madison, WI. She enjoys using all the skills she learned there to better serve our families. Cassidy grew up in Orfordville, WI graduate of Parkview High School Class of 2013. After High school she attended Cosmetology School at First Class Cosmetology in Beloit, WI. During High School and while going to college Cassidy worked for Gander Mountain in the Firearms Department selling Firearms along with being a Cosmetologist at a salon in Orfordville until she decided to pursue her career in Funeral Service. Casidy enjoys being able to work alongside her mother Jenifer who also works for the Funeral Home. In her free time Cass likes spending time with her fur babies Jager and Beau, Family and friends. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors trap shooting, golfing, fishing, spending time at her family’s cabin, hunting and going on trips with friends. Cassidy is a member of Orfordville Lutheran Church, and Edgerton Towne & Country Club (Tuesday Night Women’s league).

David Jass, Service Associate

David Jass came to Whitcomb Lynch Funeral Home in December 2008 after retiring from working 33.5 years at General Motors.  
He has lived in Janesville all his life graduating from St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Parker High School in 1975 and has attended Blackhawk Tech.
He married his beautiful wife, Janet, in May 1980 and together they enjoy spending time with their daughters, Jeanine and Lynnette and their families. They especially enjoy doting on their grandchildren Trisha, Lucas and Samantha.
Other activities include church work, bow and rifle hunting, fishing and watching the Badgers, Packers and Brewers.
He is very caring by nature and finds the most rewarding part of being on the team is comforting the families during a very emotional time while helping them celebrate their loved one’s life.

Bruce Slatter, Service Associate

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