Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Richard A. Stine Licensed Funeral Director & Owner

Rick was born May 15, 1955, in Merrill, and graduated from Merrill Senior High School in 1973.  In 1976, Rick graduated from the Milwaukee Area Technical College with a degree in Mortuary Science, and immediately thereafter began his career at the Taylor Funeral Home.  He became the sole owner of the business in 2001.  His hobbies include golf, spending time outdoors, and the Green Bay Packers.   He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.  Rick is proud to be a member of the Merrill Rotary Club and the Merrill Kiwanis club.  He resides in the Town of Pine River, with his wife, Lori. They have one daughter, Chelsy.    

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Leah D. Reist Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Life Insurance Agent & Wisconsin Certified Agent for Burial Agreements lreist@taylorstinefuneralhome.com

Born and raised in Merrill, Leah graduated from Merrill High School in 1998.  In 2003, she graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science.  Leah began her apprenticeship with the Taylor–Stine Funeral Home in September of 2003, and became a licensed Funeral Director in March of 2004.  Leah also received her insurance license in May of 2006.  She resides in Merrill with her husband, David, and their sons, Lucas and Landon.  Leah enjoys fishing, camping, watching the Milwaukee Brewers and spending time with her family.  In the spring and summer, you'll find them at the ball diamond cheering on Lucas' baseball teams and Landon's T-Ball team. In the colder months, you'll find Leah and her family at the local bowling alley cheering on Lucas' bowling team. Leah and her family are members of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill.

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Tamela A. Klade Licensed Life Insurance Agent & Wisconsin Certified Agent for Burial Agreements

Tammy has been in the Merrill area since 1970.  In 1985, she became a licensed insurance agent.  In 1999, Tammy began working with the Taylor–Stine Funeral Home as a pre-planning agent.  Tammy enjoys camping, gardening and home remodeling.  She is a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.   She resides in Merrill with her husband, Allan.

Richard A. Stine

Licensed Funeral Director & Owner
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Rick was born May 15, 1955, in Merrill, and graduated from Merrill Senior High School in 1973.  In 1976, Rick graduated from the Milwaukee Area Technical College with a degree in Mortuary Science, and immediately thereafter began his career at the Taylor Funeral Home.  He became the sole owner of the business in 2001.  His hobbies include golf, spending time outdoors, and the Green Bay Packers.   He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.  Rick is proud to be a member of the Merrill Rotary Club and the Merrill Kiwanis club.  He resides in the Town of Pine River, with his wife, Lori. They have one daughter, Chelsy.    

Leah D. Reist

Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Life Insurance Agent & Wisconsin Certified Agent for Burial Agreements
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Born and raised in Merrill, Leah graduated from Merrill High School in 1998.  In 2003, she graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science.  Leah began her apprenticeship with the Taylor–Stine Funeral Home in September of 2003, and became a licensed Funeral Director in March of 2004.  Leah also received her insurance license in May of 2006.  She resides in Merrill with her husband, David, and their sons, Lucas and Landon.  Leah enjoys fishing, camping, watching the Milwaukee Brewers and spending time with her family.  In the spring and summer, you'll find them at the ball diamond cheering on Lucas' baseball teams and Landon's T-Ball team. In the colder months, you'll find Leah and her family at the local bowling alley cheering on Lucas' bowling team. Leah and her family are members of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill.

Tamela A. Klade

Licensed Life Insurance Agent & Wisconsin Certified Agent for Burial Agreements
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Tammy has been in the Merrill area since 1970.  In 1985, she became a licensed insurance agent.  In 1999, Tammy began working with the Taylor–Stine Funeral Home as a pre-planning agent.  Tammy enjoys camping, gardening and home remodeling.  She is a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.   She resides in Merrill with her husband, Allan.