Suminski Family Funeral Homes Inc, is fully family owned and operated. The tradition of serving families' funeral needs began when John I Suminski established John I Suminski Sons Funeral Home on Brady Street. It has been passed down from parents to children for over 100 years. The third generation of the Suminski’s, Edward, Ronald and Patricia currently operate the business.
There are two funeral home locations, one conveniently located on the East Side of Milwaukee, WI, near Brady Street, Prospect & Farwell Avenues. The second funeral home is located in the Bay View neighborhood on Kinnickinnic Ave on Milwaukee's South Side.
Over the years in an effort to better serve their families and the community around them, the Suminski Family established a working relationship with other existing independently family owned funeral homes. Their efforts to continue a tradition of service their families had become accustomed to, resulted in the Suminskis’ acquiring the Niemann Funeral Home, Weiss Funeral Home, and Voth & Anderson Funeral Home when the owners decided to retire.
Suminski Family Funeral Homes pledge to make a difference in our community by sharing ourselves and our resources to celebrate life. Today we do this by incorporating new technologies in our funeral homes in order to honor and preserve the life story of everyone we serve. Each life story, along with photographs and memories, becomes a family treasure and is handed down from generation to generation.
We know that faith, hope, and love are transmitted from one generation to the next in the cherished recollections of the life that was lived. Every life has a story, and we believe that every story is important. The stories of life, after all, are what knit together the realities of past and future and teach us what we are made of.
Ed SuminskiOwner & Funeral Director
“Helping families in their time of need and making a difference in their lives.” That’s what Ed Suminski dreamed about as young man growing up in Milwaukee. Now he lives his dream and helps countless families and their friends when they have lost someone they loved. Maybe Ed has helped you at one time or another.
Ed’s openness and willingness to share are fundamental parts of who he is. You will know this the first time you meet him. He’s sincere, and eager to listen. You quickly see, too, that he shares his time and experience in way that is comfortable and useful.
As a young man, Ed had the best mentor in the world—his father. Growing up above the funeral home, along with six brothers and sisters, allowed Ed to see and to feel and to overhear all that goes on in a funeral home. The work, the talking, the tears, the laughter did not go unnoticed by young Ed.
Ed attended St. Hedwig, Pio Nono High School, and graduated from St. John’s Cathedral High School in downtown Milwaukee. He was big in sports, playing varsity football, basketball and baseball. Plus he served on the student council and was vice-president of his senior class. That’s along with doing some hunting now and then and helping his dad maintain his rental properties. Ed earned a degree in liberal arts from Concordia College and his degree in funeral service from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Upon graduation from college Ed thought he would be entering the family business but quickly found out there was no room for another paid funeral director. So he went to work for A.C. Spark Plug in Oak Creek where they manufactured catalytic converters for General Motors Corp. During that time he helped his father and uncle in the family operation.
Ed and his brother, Ron, began managing the Funeral Home in 1984 upon their father's retirement. Ed and Ron both held their jobs in the factory splitting the coverage of the funeral home. Ron worked days, Ed worked nights and they covered the funeral home in their off hours. They began to work with the former owners of the current locations in the mid 80's providing support help for them with preparation of the deceased. In January 1990 Ed’s dream was fulfilled as he became solely dependent upon the Funeral Home for his livelihood. It was in 1994 that they acquired the two locations they currently operate.
Ed and his wife, Marsha, have three married children, and seven beautiful grandchildren. Aaron who is married to April, with son Tyler, daughters Morgan and Maeve, Jaclyn who is married to Dan with sons Conor and Colin, and Tim who is married to Alyssa, with son Harvey and daughter Penelope.
Ed enjoys spending spare time with his family and helping at church. He serves on the board and is in charge of the Hospitality Department at Parkway Apostolic Church in Oak Creek. He also has fun following Timothy’s basketball and baseball teams.
Ed believes when families call a funeral home they expect a genuine, knowledgeable, caring individual who will listen, provide information and direction to help in the caring for their needs at the time of their loss. He cares about what they are feeling and experiencing and wants them to know he is willing to share; to share his experiences with loss, the experiences of other people and their loss, along with his own time and other resources he knows are helpful.
Every life is special and every life has a story. Ed knows that sharing people’s stories and preserving memories are important to do at the end of life. Stories and memories are the fabric of life after all, the very thing that connects us one to another.
Ron SuminskiOwner & Funeral Director
There is a common theme running through Ron Suminskis’ life, whether former days of playing basketball, his work in a labor union, or helping people through grief at the funeral home, Ron believes you should treat and interact with others just as you would want to be treated; in a manner nothing short of excellence.
Like his six siblings Ron was raised in the heart of the Brady St. neighborhood on the east side of Milwaukee. Another thing he shared with his family was witnessing the operation of the family funeral home, it was in this setting that he learned the value of hard work and helping those in need at a time of loss. Like many young people he didn’t understand the importance of a funeral and saying good bye to a loved one until he started adding years to his life.
Ron attended grade school at St. Hedwig now closed, but the church remains in it’s current version as a merged parish, Three Holy Women Parish, and he and his family are current members there. Ron loved team sports as a kid, especially basketball. He graduated from St. Francis Jordon boys school in 1968 and the school closed the following year; Ron insists there was no connection to the two events.
After high school Ron received an Associate of Arts Degree from Concordia College, while there he continued his love for sports by playing basketball for the college and participating in a variety of intramural sports. He went on and completed his degree for mortuary science from the Milwaukee Area Technical College in the 1970’s.
Ron worked in manufacturing for 20 years but over that time he and his brother Ed continued to help his father in the family funeral home and in 1984 they acquired the business although they continued their day jobs. In manufacturing Ron became very active in the union and eventually served as president of the local, adding to his resume of helping people. In 2008 Ron retired from his manufacturing job and now devotes his work time completely to the funeral home.
Ron and his wife Mary lived in Shorewood, Wisconsin where they raised their three daughters. They currently live in Milwaukee. He cherishes his time with family and friends and enjoys traveling, finding new restaurants and going to the theatre. When there is time he also likes to hike especially in our nations’ national parks. These activities give him balance in his life and keep him energized to serve the client families at Suminski Family funeral home.
Pat SuminskiOwner & Office Administrator
In this day of high mobility, people moving from job to job and community to community, it is often heard that people long to return to their roots. Then there are people like Pat Suminski, the oldest of a large Polish family of seven, she was born and raised above the original Suminski Funeral Home on Brady St. Life has taken her full circle and she lives now at that same location.
The neighborhood on Brady St. was the center of her life growing up watching her father Edward J., and her uncle John P. helping the families of the Brady St. neighborhood through their time of loss. It was only natural that eventually she would join her brothers Ed and Ron as partner in the funeral business, but that is getting ahead of the story.
As a young girl Pat attended St. Hedwig Catholic grade school, Holy Angels Academy, now known as Divine Savior / Holy Angels High School. In her youth she was active in sports playing volleyball and softball, and helping around the family home.
Pat started working at the age of 16, probably a result of witnessing her parents’ work ethic around the funeral home. Her early entry into the work force didn’t prevent her from going on with her education though, gathering a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin / Milwaukee, a Certificate in Computer Science at Alverno College and MBA coursework at Cardinal Stritch College.
Pat’s work career includes being a retail store manager for Pill & Puff, a health and beauty aids store. She managed Alverno’s student micro-computer lab and was later promoted to Director of Administrative Computing. During that time, she also taught computer office applications for Telesis - Alverno’s Community Outreach Programs. “In her spare time” she supported her father and brothers at the funeral home doing paper work, cleaning and bookkeeping. She was in the background but still supporting families in a time of loss. In 1994 she became a partner with her brothers and in 1996 she joined the funeral home work force full time.
Her desire to work in the funeral home stems from the desire to guide families through the initial steps of grief helping them to honor and say goodbye to their family members as only one from their neighborhood can do; making sure the life stories of her neighbors are preserved for the next generations.
Pats’ interest in the neighborhood doesn’t end with the funeral home; after all she lives there too. She moved into the flat behind the one her mother raised her six siblings and her in when she was in college, and was proud to be able to still be there to care for both of them until their deaths.
Pat loves the Brady Street Area and the surrounding neighborhoods. She serves as trustee for Three Holy Women Catholic Parish. She is on the Board of Directors of the Brady Street Business Improvement District and EastSide Senior Services. You can find her working in the garden, volunteering for neighborhood association and church events, or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Brady Street’s coffee shops and sharing neighborhood history. After all these years she still is fascinated by the changes she observes in the neighborhood when she takes long walks. She loves to brag to folks that she can step outside her door and in 10 minutes be on the shores of Lake Michigan or the Milwaukee River, or be in the middle of a vibrant historic neighborhood or ever-changing downtown Milwaukee and its museums.
Michelle LampingFuneral Director
Michelle grew up along the Mississippi River and bluffs of western Wisconsin - taking full advantage of all the outdoor activities the area offered.
Michelle studied at UW-La Crosse and UW-Madison before obtaining her mortuary science degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. She began working at the Funeral Home in 1992 while still attending mortuary school and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1993.
When Michelle is not at the Funeral Home, you may find her at home spending time with her husband and cats (Palinka and Loki), enjoying time spent with her neighbors, doing needlework, or adding to her ever-growing list of travel plans.