Our staff's commitment to you

Once you request the services of Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family's personal touch is always present.

Please feel free to contact us. A member of our staff is always standing by to help.

Scott Baeten Owner & Funeral Director
Joe Vanden Avond Funeral Director
Emmalee Kornowski Funeral Director
Rebekah Boucher Funeral Director
Dominic Maino Apprentice Funeral Director
Bridget Vandelist Office Manager & Advance Funeral Planner
Abby Webster Bookkeeper
Joe Schinkten Funeral Director
Jerry Henrigillis Funeral Service Associate
Randy Hansen Funeral Service Associate

Scott Baeten

Owner & Funeral Director

Scott was born on August 11, 1969 in De Pere to Allen and and the late Janice (Kamps) Baeten. Scott is the youngest of five.

Scott was a 1984 graduate of St. Boniface Grade School and a 1988 graduate of West De Pere High School. In 1992 he graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois. On September 25, 1992, Scott married the former Carrie Micke at St. Joseph Catholic Church in De Pere. Scott and Carrie reside in the Town of Lawrence.

Currently Scott is a 3rd Degree member of Abbot Pennings Council 3955 of the Knights of Columbus, in De Pere, a member of Assembly 1724 of the 4th Degree Honor Guard, a member of the St. Norbert Abbey Associates,  West De Pere Snow Owls, Way-Morr Lions Club,  Moose Lodge 801, Green Bay, and Board member of the De Pere Historical Society. He is also a member of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, Wisconsin Funeral Service Alliance, a Past President of the Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, and a CANA Certified Crematory Operator.

Scott's wife Carrie is a partner at ISC (Insurance Service Center) in De Pere. Scott and Carrie are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in De Pere, where Scott served as President of the Pastoral Council and School Board member. Currently he serves as an usher, as well as a sacrosanct. In his free time he likes to read and spend time with his family at their cottage in Wild Rose.

Joe Vanden Avond

Funeral Director

Joe grew up in De Pere, the son of Keith and Lisa (Freis) Vanden Avond. He attended Notre Dame Elementary School and Middle School, and jokes he started with Ryan Funeral Home in 2000 as a member of their Little League team. He graduated from De Pere High School in 2008.

After high school, Joe studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in spring of 2013. His career in the industry began in Madison, where he worked for Cress Funeral and Cremation Services. He earned his diploma from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2014 and began working at Ryan Funeral Home shortly thereafter. In 2018, he earned his Grief Support Specialist Certificate through UW-Madison Continuing Studies.

Joe enjoys the City of De Pere's recreation programs, golfing, and supporting the Broadway Theatre in De Pere. He is
a member of The Pink Flamingos, a recent graduate of the Schneider School of Business MBA Program at St. Norbert College, and Past President of the Brown County Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Emmalee Kornowski

Funeral Director

Emmalee has returned to Ryan Funeral Home after spending three years in Texas. She served her apprenticeship with Ryan in 2018 and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science the following year.

Emmalee lives in Luxemburg, where her family owns and operates Alpaca to Apparel. She is a member of St. Joseph/St. John Church in Pilsen and enjoys spending time in Door County.

Rebekah Boucher

Funeral Director

Rebekah started her apprentinceship at Ryan Funeral Home in January of 2020. She is from New Franken and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2019. 

She earned her Mortuary Science Degree from De Moines Area Community College in October of 2022 and became a licensed funeral director in January of 2023.

Rebekah as recently moved to De Pere, and is currently a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Allouez. 

Dominic Maino

Apprentice Funeral Director

Dominic joined the Ryan Funeral Home staff in fall of 2021. The son of John and Julie (Braun) Maino, he graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2016 and summa cum laude class of 2020 at St. Norbert College.

During his time at St. Norbert, Dominic worked for two of De Pere's most historic businesses, Seroogy's Chocolates and The Union Hotel. Upon graduating with a degree in Sociology, he spent time in hospitality with the Kohler Company before beginning his apprenticeship at Ryan.

Dominic loves travel and genealogy. He still bartends a night a week at the Union and plans to begin mortuary school in the spring.

Bridget Vandelist

Office Manager & Advance Funeral Planner

Bridget is Ryan Funeral Home's Certified Preplanning Specialist and licensed insurance agent with the State of Wisconsin, specializing in funeral trusts and life insurance. With over 20 years of experience, her focus is making sure families are well informed and comfortable with their decisions.

Bridget lives in De Pere and is very active in the community. Growing up in a large Irish Catholic family in Askeaton, family is always her first priority… and a good whiskey old fashioned. Bridget is very proud to have been raised with a strong work ethic and grateful to be providing this service to the community.

Abby Webster


Abby grew up and graduated from West De Pere High School. For over ten years, she worked in the office at The Church of the Holy Apostles in Oneida.

She joined Ryan Funeral Home in July of 2020 and currently lives in De Pere with her children. 

Joe Schinkten

Funeral Director

Mr. Schinkten is the former owner and director emeritus at Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory of De Pere. A native of Door County, Joe joined Bob Ryan and Lloyd Meyer in 1978 as an apprentice and moved up in the ranks in the ensuing years. Joe continues his 45-year commitment to the families of Northeast Wisconsin. Ryan Funeral Home is a nationally recognized professional leader.

Joe's commitment to both the funeral profession as well as our community can be seen in his continuous, selfless service to Northeast Wisconsin, a trait that he picked up very early in life from his parents, the late Duffy and Alyce Schinkten and his predecessor, the late Bob Ryan. Joe graduated from Marian College, The Pacific Institute and the College of Funeral Service at MATC.

Volunteerism remains his passion, as Joe currently serves on the Board of Trustees at  St. Norbert College, President of the Funeral Directors Examining Board for the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services in Madison, member and Past President of the De Pere Kiwanis Club, Parish Council and Sacristan at Old St. Joe's Parish on St. Norbert College Campus, development advisor at Unity Hospice, Past President and member of the Green Bay YMCA Y's Men's Club, member of the De Pere Main Street Committee, a member and Past President of the De Pere Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the De Pere Police and Fire Commission, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, member and Past Chairman of the St. Norbert College President's Club, founding member of the Celebrate De Pere Committee, Notre Dame Booster Club, three-time Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year from Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, and Door County Maritime Museum, and past member of the Green Bay YMCA Board of Directors.

Professionally, Joe serves as Chairman of the Funeral Director Examining Board in Madison, was twice Past-President of the Wisconsin Funeral Service & Cremation Alliance, and currently a member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Associations, as well as past Chairman of the Green Bay Area Funeral Directors Association, Member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, CANA Certified Crematory Operator, and licensed insurance agent. He is also an insurance instructor for funeral pre-need agents.

Joe splits his time between his home in Historic De Pere and a summer family cottage on the Bay of Green Bay in Door County. He has two adult sons, Timothy and Andrew, who are involved in finance and hospitality industries. The family enjoys downhill skiing, swimming, golf, boating, traveling and adventure sports. The family belief of service to the community fuels his lifelong passion in funeral service. As emphasis shifts from success to relevance, the words "work hard and be nice to others" continues to motivate him every day.

Jerry Henrigillis

Funeral Service Associate

Jerry Henrigillis was born and raised in De Pere. He has spent his entire life as an active member of the community. Jerry is the oldest son of Norbert and Beatrice (Linssen) Henrigillis. He has ten brothers and sisters, all of whom are currently in the immediate area. After graduating from St. Francis Grade School in De Pere, he attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida for two years. Jerry then graduated from De Pere High School in 1965.

After serving two years in the United States Army, Jerry returned to De Pere. He then began a 40 year career as a customer service and sales manager in the steel manufacturing field. He became owner of both of the corporations which employed him.

In addition to being involved in many business and manufacturing committees, Jerry is very active locally. He is a current member of the De Pere Redevelopment Committee, De Pere High School Booster Clubs and advisory committees for St. Francis Church.

On February 14, 1985, Jerry married De Pere native Ann VandenHoogen. Jerry and Ann are the parents of three sons, who currently reside with them in De Pere. The family continues to be active in many youth activities, including coaching baseball.

Among Jerry's many honors is his title as 2001 Volunteer of the Year bestowed upon him by the Greater Green Bay YMCA.

In his role as service associate at Ryan Funeral Home, Jerry is invaluable to our many cremation clients and funeral families served. His outstanding customer service and high level of personal service is an inspiration to our entire staff.

Randy Hansen

Funeral Service Associate

Randy was born in La Pere, MI and grew up in Yorba Linda, CA, the birthplace of President Richard Nixon. After attending Troy High School he graduated from Fullerton Junior College with an AA in Business Management in 1972. In 1988, while serving in the Army, Randy obtained his Bachelor's degree from Embry Riddle University.

Randy joined the United States Army in 1972 becoming a helicopter and airplane pilot. After a very successful 25-year career, he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Five (CWO5) in 1996. Randy and Deborah then returned to De Pere where he began another successful career with EAA (Oshkosh) as their Government Relations Director. Randy joined the Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory team in January 2014.

On September 4, 1978 Randy married De Pere native Deborah Danen at St. Mary's Catholic Church, De Pere. Randy and Deborah currently reside in the Town of Rockland where he is active in Town activities, currently as a member of the Town Planning Commission and as one of the Town's Chief Election Inspectors. Since his return to De Pere Randy has been very active in supporting Veterans activities throughout Northeast Wisconsin. He is an active member of the De Pere VFW Post 2113 Veterans Funeral Honor Guard and a board member of the Military Officers Club of Northeastern Wisconsin where he serves on the planning committee for their Veterans Benefit Golf Outing held at the Oneida Golf & Country Club every July.

In addition, Randy is a past Commander and Quartermaster of the De Pere VFW Post 2113 and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans chapter 3, the American Legion Post 426, and the United States Warrant Officers Association chapter 317. Randy is a past national Director of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), a strong supporter of the U.S. Army Reserves 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion's Family Readiness Group (FRG) based in the Village of Ashwaubenon and the Old Glory Honor Flight program.