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 home which eventually became the Stonacek Memorial Chapel was built in 1895 by the H.H. Mohr family. Herman Mohr operated the lumber yard now owned by Robert Carhart. Daniel Duff purchased the home in 1914 and sold it in 1919 to Frank Strelow.
The home was purchased by Bill and Sharon Stonacek in 1960 and converted to the present business, Stonacek Memorial Chapel.
In 1963, the chapel was enlarged and in 1965 the round porch was torn off and a business and arrangement office, bathroom and casket room were added. At that time, the living quarters were also enlarged upstairs. The wooden porch and wooden steps were replaced with cement and brick and the new pillars were completed in 1975. In 1985, the preparation room was enlarged and a music room was added.

Our Valued Staff

Bill  Stonacek

Bill Stonacek, Director

Bill Stonacek grew up in Pierce and graduated from Pierce High School in 1951. He served two years in the U.S. Army in South Korea, then graduated from Norfolk Junior College in 1959, and graduated from the California Mortuary Science school In 1960. He was married in 1959 to Sharon Hetrick of Pierce. She graduated from Pierce High in 1955. They have both been involved in the funeral service since 1960. We are members of Zion Lutheran Church, Pierce. We have three children Todd and wife Linda of Pierce, NE; Troy and wife Shari of Lincoln, NE; Shannon and husband Byron Wragge of Pierce, NE;
14 Grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Todd  Stonacek

Todd Stonacek, Director

Todd Stonacek grew up and graduated from Pierce High School in 1980. He then graduated from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont in 1984, with a bachelor's degree in business administration and the Nebraska state requirements in Mortuary Science. He attended mortuary school in Cypress, CA and graduated in 1985. Todd and his wife Linda (Koehler) were married in 1983 at Pierce, NE. She is a licensed cosmetologist and barber. They started Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Osmond in 1989. We are members of Zion Lutheran church, Pierce. Todd and Linda have owned and operated the business in Pierce since 1993. Todd managed Johnson-Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk from 1986 to 2009 when the Johnson family's half was purchased. Todd and wife Linda have been owners of Stonacek Funeral Chapel since July 2009 . Todd and Linda have four children, Brock and wife Kelly and their sons Kyler and Kian of Norfolk, Blake and wife Stormy and son AtzLee, daughter Acadia of Norfolk, Bronson and wife Jill, daughter Kate of Norfolk , and Branigan and husband Jesse Walsh and son Macklin of Pierce.

Brock M. Stonacek

Brock M. Stonacek, Director

Brock grew up in Pierce and graduated from Pierce High School. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and completed the Nebraska state requirements for Mortuary Science. Brock then graduated from Kansas City, Kansas Mortuary Science school in 2013 and moved to Norfolk upon graduation and has been with the funeral home staff since 2013. He married Kelly Schulz of Lincoln in 2013 and they have two sons Kyler and Kian. She is a Teacher at the Zion Lutheran School in Pierce and they are members of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Norfolk.

Bronson K. Stonacek

Bronson K. Stonacek, Director

Bronson grew up in Pierce and graduated from Pierce High School in 2012. He then graduated from Wayne State College in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Agri-Business Administration and completed the Nebraska state requirements for Mortuary Science. Bronson then graduated from mortuary school in 2017 at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Des Moines, Iowa. Bronson has been working at the funeral home all through college as well as helping his wife's family on their farming operation. He married Jill Winkelbauer of Norfolk in 2016. She is a Secretary at a family owned feedlot in Norfolk as well as a part-time Registered Nurse at Midwest Dermatology in Norfolk. We have two daughters, Kate and Jolie. We are members of Grace Lutheran Church, Norfolk.

Josh  Gossman

Josh Gossman, Director

Josh Gossman grew up and graduated from Atkinson West Holt High School in 1996. Josh graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002, with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Veterinary Science. He attended mortuary school at Kansas City Kansas Mortuary Science School and graduated in 2003. Josh has been with the Stonacek Funeral Home's since 2003. Josh and Shauna (Planer) have four children: Colton, Merin, Bergan, Draydin.

Dan Crawford

Dan Crawford, Pre-Need Funeral Counselor

Dan grew up on a farm near Plymouth, NE and graduated from Tri-County High School. In addition to pre-need Funeral Counseling he also raises cattle. He has been assisting families with pre-planning funerals for over 15 years and has been serving the Stonacek Funeral Home's since 2012. Dan and his wife Lori have been married for 18 years and have 3 children. He is active with his church, is a 4-H leader, and is an avid Husker football fan.