Serving Yankton, SD 605.665.3644
Serving Hartington, Crofton, Coleridge & Laurel, NE 402.254.6547
I am originally from Hartington, Nebraska and am the oldest son of Jim and Carla Wintz. I grew up right next door to the funeral home and so the funeral business has always been a part of my life. I was able to see the value and importance of our business and how much my dad and my uncle, Jerry helped people during such a difficult time. I wanted to do the same thing for people and that's why I decided to become a funeral director.
After graduating from Cedar Catholic High School, I went off to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for three years. I attended Mortuary School at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis graduating with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mortuary Science in the spring of 2001. I then served my apprenticeship at Heafey, Heafey, Hoffmann, Dworak, Cutler Funeral Home in Omaha.
In August of 2002, I married Holly Schroeder and moved to Yankton. We have 4 beautiful children: Isabelle, Madeline, Olivia and Gabe. We love living in Yankton and enjoy being active members of the community. We belong to St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Catholic United Financial, Knights of Columbus and Hillcrest Country Club. I am also involved in the Yankton Morning Optimist Club, Avera Sacred Heart Foundation Board, Heartland Psychological Board and serve as an Ambassador for the Yankton Chamber of Commerce.
I am the third son of Jim and Carla Wintz and since the third grade I knew I wanted to become a funeral director. I knew that this is what our family does and I wanted to make sure our family would always be around to help people when they need it most
I grew up in Hartington, Nebraska next door to the funeral home and graduated from Cedar Catholic High School. I then attended Wayne State College and then graduated with a Degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College. I married my high school sweetheart, Katie Griess, on August 4, 2001. After graduating from mortuary school in 2002 we moved to Omaha, Nebraska where I served my apprenticeship at Heafey, Heafey, Hoffman, Dworak and Cutler Funeral Home.
In 2004, we moved to Yankton and have loved living and raising our children in Yankton. We have three children, Joshua, Brooklynn and Jackson. Katie has worked in several places since moving to Yankton including: Slowey Construction, RTEC, and Vision Real Estate. She now has moved into the funeral industry with her own business, Candles To Remember, Inc. She designs and manufactures keepsake candles from the flowers people send to families for their funeral.
We are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Catholic United Financial. As a family we enjoy volunteering at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and at the Sacred Heart Bazaar. I have also served as a member of Sacred Heart Parish Council, Sacred Heart School Advisory Council, Knights of Columbus, and the Yankton Sertoma Club. There are many important organizations in Yankton but the one I am most passionate about is Southeast CASA. I have served on the board and as the president of Southeast CASA, helping abused and neglected children in the Yankton area.
I was born in 1951 and grew up in Hartington. My parents are Richard and Katherine Wintz. I attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Cedar Catholic High School in 1969. I attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for three years and then transferred to the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. I served my apprenticeship at the Crosby, Kunold, Burkett Funeral Home in Omaha. On September 7, 1974 I married Carla Bruening. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1975 with a degree in Physical Therapy. We moved to Hartington in July 1975 where I joined my father as a funeral director at the Wintz Funeral Home. Carla began working as a Physical Therapist at Sacred Heart Hospital and worked full time until our second child was born in 1979. She continued working part time for several years and then began doing consultant work at various nursing homes.
Our greatest joy and blessing in life is our family. We have been blessed with six children, Paul, Keith, Steve, Marie, Janeen and Kevin, and fifteen grandchildren, Joshua, Brooklynn, Isabelle, Madeline, Jackson, Natalie, Olivia, Samantha, Chloe, Gabriel, Matthew, Ronan, Sean, Emmet, and Violet.
We are members of the Hartington Golf Course. I am a member of and active in numerous church, school and civic organizations. We are members of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington.
I was born April 7, 1992 to Jerry and Kristi Wintz. I grew up in Hartington, Nebraska and graduated from Cedar Catholic High School in 2011. After high school, I attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. After graduating from UNL, I lived and worked in Lincoln for two years before deciding to attend Mortuary School in Kansas City. I moved to Kansas City in August of 2016 and graduated with my Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science in the spring of 2017. I then moved to Omaha and served my apprenticeship at John. A. Gentleman Mortuaries.
In August of 2017, I married Karly Noecker. We lived in Omaha together while she attended nursing school and upon her completion of the program in March 2018, we decided to move back to Hartington. Karly now works at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota and is continuing her education to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Karly and I are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington as well as the Hartington Golf Course. We are both excited to be living back in our hometown and are eager to become more active and involved in different aspects of our community.
I was born in 1960 to Richard and Katherine Wintz. I graduated from Hartington Cedar Catholic High School in 1979. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years before attending Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. I graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in the fall of 1983 with a degree in Mortuary Science. I then moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1983 where I served my apprenticeship and worked with the John A. Gentleman Mortuary from 1983 to 1985. In the fall of 1985, I moved home to Hartington and joined my brother Jim Wintz at the Wintz Funeral Home. The Wintz Funeral Home began when my father moved to Hartington in 1947.
I married Kristi A. Arens on September 26, 1987. We have five children, Paige, Jason, Ross, Lauren and Carissa. Prior to raising our family, Kristi worked for Hair by Stewarts in Yankton.
Kristi and I are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington. We are presently active as officers of the Cedar Catholic Booster Club and also members of the Hartington Golf Course and the Elks Club in Yankton. I am active as the director of the Hartington Park Board, along with several school, church and civic organizations.
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