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

Our History

Jarod Williams - Funeral Director/Owner

On July 2, 2019, Dan and Kari Newcomer transitioned the business to Jarod and Tania Williams as the new owners.  Dan and Kari will start to enjoy a little more traveling and time at the lake house but will still be available to families as needed.  As Jarod and Dan continue to serve the community together, we will ensure families are and will be treated with the respect and dignity that the Newcomer family has provided in the past.

Jarod with run the day to day operations and will assist with families as the funeral home continues to grow and serve Brodhead and the surrounding communities.  

Jarod was born and raised in the area and graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1998.  He has been licensed for over 20 years as a director and also is licensed insurance agent to assist families with pre-arrangements and pre-funding solutions with Homesteaders Life Insurance.

Tania is currently a 1st grade teacher in the Brodhead School District.

Email:  [email protected]

Our Valued Staff

  • Dan and Kari Newcomer

    Dan and Kari Newcomer Funeral Director

    Daniel attained his license from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, Milwaukee in 1967. While attending mortuary school, Daniel was associated with the Bruskiewitz Funeral Home in Milwaukee. He served as a licensed director for three years at the Frautschi Funeral Home, currently Cress Funeral Home, Madison. He returned to Brodhead in 1971 to join his father’s business. Dan purchased the business from his father in 1972 and continued operating the business from his residence, 602 10th St., Brodhead. Danny retired and sold the business in 2019 to Jarod and Tania Williams, but still assists when needed.

  • Brockton Williams

    Brockton Williams Apprentice Funeral Director

    Brock graduated from MATC Milwaukee mortuary science program and has passed his national board, exams and plans on being fully licensed after his one year apprenticeship for the State of WI. Brock formerly attended Blackhawk Tech in Janesville to finish up his required general curriculum before attending mortuary science school. He also attended Winona State in Minnesota as a computer science major before changing fields to pursue a career in the funeral service.Brock enjoys driving his restored 1984 "Jake Ryan" Sixteen candles porsche, spending time with his family, but especially loving up and spending time with his dog, Louie. Louie is a 4 year mixed terrior dog he adopted from a kill shelter in Alabama.

  • Tad Harnack

    Tad Harnack Funeral Director

    Tad was raised in Brodhead and he and his wife McKenna are working on moving back to Brodhead. His great grandfather was Dwight Newcomer, and he is a great nephew of Daniel Newcomer. His grandfather Tom Newcomer was a funeral director and owner of his own establishment in Orfordville for around 60 years. Tad is a 4th generation funeral director and is excited to be back home. Tad knew since a young age that it was his dream to be a funeral director and be able to help families in a time of need. Tad went to UW-Stout to get his general study credits. He then started his career by serving his apprenticeship in Menomonie with Rhiel Funeral Homes. After completing his apprenticeship, Tad attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated from. After college Tad worked for Gunderson Funeral Homes in Madison for over 4 years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife. If Tad is not at work, you can bet that he is somewhere outside embracing all that nature has to offer.

  • Beverly Curtis

    Beverly Curtis Funeral Service Attendant

    Beverly has lived in the Brodhead community for over 44 years with her husband Clyde. Beverly formerly worked at the Brodhead elementary school. She works at the funeral home working visitations and funeral services. Both Bev and Clyde are semi retired, as Clyde also works at the funeral home assisting on funerals and transporting families members for the funeral home.

  • Steve and Becky Kauk

    Steve and Becky Kauk Lifetime Funeral Apprentice/Cremation Operations & Head Administrator

    Steve and his wife, Becky are lifelong residents of Albany. Prior to working for his nephew, Jarod Williams, Steve owned and operated a home construction company for over 25 years. Steve assists families with our funeral directing staff, oversees our crematory operations at our Beloit location and oversees all of our maintenance operations for both Rosman Funeral Home and DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead.Becky Kauk also joined our funeral home staff in 2022 as our head administrator. She assists with daily operations in our Brodhead office to assist with families and services. Becky was formerly a office administrator for Landmark COOP in Albany for over 15 years.

  • Tera Kennedy

    Tera Kennedy Administration

    Tera Kennedy works as one of our administrative staff assisting our families. Born, raised and graduated from Albany, she formerly worked for over 29 years for Midwest Dental. She is a long time friend to the owners since high school and were to happy that she would come aboard to our firm to work, as she is a trust employee.

  • Billy  Patchen

    Billy Patchen Crematory Operator

    Big Bad Billy is a long time friend of Jarod and Tania Williams, the owners. Jarod and Billy in high school worked construction together in Albany for two summers. Billy was trained and is now our full time crematory operator for Rosman and DL Newcomer Funeral Homes. Billy and Deb Neild live together in Brodhead and also run Deb's Bar and Grill in Brodhead. Billy enjoys hunting coyote and deer (bow and gun) and spending time with Deb's grandchildren.

  • Cathy Cole

    Cathy Cole Chapel Attendant

    Cathy lives in rural Albany, with my husband Tim Cole. I have two grown children and 4 grandchildren. I love the outdoors and nature and spend a lot of time gardening. I also enjoy doing crafts and going for long walks. Cathy assists our families as a hairdresser and also works funerals and visitations at our Beloit and Brodhead locations.