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Many families reach out after the conclusion of the services to let us know how much our support and guidance meant to them in their time of need, and we’re honored to receive such heartfelt praise. We feel that these messages speak for themselves and we’d like to share them with you.

If you feel we’ve gone above and beyond in supporting you through this difficult time, or would simply like to reach out and say thanks, contact us to share your thoughts. It means the world to us to hear from you and know that we’ve made a difference.

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The staff was exceptional - caring and understanding - very special people!! Everything was perfect! K. E.

S. M. Family

November 01, 2022

Thank you for all your help after the passing of our mom. You made a difficult situation easier to handle especially since none of us lived in Merrill. We appreciate that we could plan the funeral via zoom and that you were able to make Saturday work with a short notice. From start to finish, we were impressed with your compassion and professional service. Thank you! R & L K and R & S K

J. K. Family

September 29, 2022

Thank you so much for the wonderful assistance you gave me planning my mother's memorial. You were always so pleasant to talk with, so prompt to return my text messages and phone calls, and so kind and patient with my questions. Thank you! K.D.

C.F.. Family

September 01, 2022

The staff was very helpful, courteous, compassionate, and patient as there were multiple funerals going on that weekend. As a family, we would recommend Taylor-Stine Funeral Home. E. B.

S. KW. Family

March 23, 2022

The services provided at the time of my mother's funeral were done very professionally but also with great compassion. The staff with Taylor-Stine Funeral Home were so helpful. L. P.

E. W. Family

March 18, 2022

The staff was very helpful through the process and very patient with questions and the process to pay. Would recommend to others. Thank you! J. F.

V. Y. Family

March 17, 2022

My father passed away at 2:00 A.M., Leah coordinated for arrangements and transportation from Sheboygan to Merrill. Great staff. Thank you so much, wonderful job! S. D.

W. D. Family

March 16, 2022

Rick and Leah did an excellent job for our family. True professionals! E. K.

R. K. Family

March 15, 2022

Everything was done professional and was done just as requested by my mother. Thanks to everyone that helped us out. M. Z.

V. Z. Family

March 14, 2022

The funeral director was extremely helpful and courteous. I'm appreciative of the funeral home. J.W.

J. L. Family

February 25, 2022

We had very professional, experienced and caring help at such a very sad time. They helped us with every arrangement and had everything organized. They went well over our expectations. Highly recommend! J. W.

G. W. Family

February 14, 2022

All staff was very helpful and understanding. Very easy to work with. C.A.

G.T. Family

February 09, 2022

Good business experience considering the situation. I really enjoyed working with Rik Stine. He is why we went to this funeral home. He has now retired, but we will continue to do business here. Leah is wonderful, too. P. V.

G.V. Family

February 08, 2022

I was very satisfied with Leah and McKenna. Leah went above and beyond with explaining things. She was available nearly around the clock. Leah has true empathy when dealing with the deceased loved ones. S. H.

R. W. Family

September 16, 2021

I think they did a very good job. They made us feel comfortable and explained everything to me and my children. Their job was done personally and professionally. They also made special playlist of some of our favorite songs for the visitation. B. S. Family

A. S. Family

August 13, 2021

We were very satisfied. Very caring, compassionate staff whom is always respectful. B.R.

L.D. Family

June 14, 2021

Went over and above to help during this difficult time, including memorial service and doing the committal. Very pleased with Rick and the entire staff at Taylor-Stine!! M.H.

T. S. Family

September 28, 2020

This was a great experience...from planning prior to the death to arranging everything. This is a great experience because of the staff. U. H.

M. H. Family

August 13, 2020

The funeral directors are so personable. They make you feel important and take all the time you need to help make the arrangements. Everything is explained so you understand what is going to take place. I have not price-compared; I went with their reputation. Family members always use Taylor-Stine Funeral Home. P. V.

A.V. Family

March 12, 2020

'Excellent service!' B.R.

T. R. Family

March 09, 2020

I could not imagine working with anyone else. Leah and Rick make a very difficult situation bearable and peaceful. C. R.

J.Z. Family

February 17, 2020

I can't imagine working with anyone else. Leah and Rick are personable, professional and compassionate. C. R.

B. R. Family

January 27, 2020

The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home adds a touch of class to everything. D. M.

R.S. Familiy

December 04, 2019

The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home has very professional staff. S. T.

E.K. Family

December 02, 2019

The staff were very kind, helpful and respectful. They made you feel like family; before, during and after. Wonderful people!! J. G.

I. G. Family

November 22, 2019

They are very efficient, organized and helpful. Very polite and comforting during our grieving. B.W.

D. W. Family

November 22, 2019

Rick Stine and Leah Reist did a great job of explaining the process and provided compassionate and caring service throughout all of our need! A.M.

S. W. Family

May 10, 2019

Leah was very caring and we felt the service was excellent! E. H.

V. H. Family

November 27, 2018

Rick Stine and Taylor-Stine Funeral Home are fantastic. They have so much compassion and warmth for our family. We love working with him. He allows us to celebrate our loved ones. That helps with the healing process. I would never consider anyone else to trust my loved one to. C. B.

M. B. Family

November 26, 2018

Everything was just perfect. Very, very good job. J.R.

B.R. Family

November 16, 2018

Rick and Leah provided excellent service in all areas of preplanning and the funeral ceremony itself. Many who attended remarked how all aspects of the visitation/viewing, the ceremony and committal were respectful and were organized. Especially appreciated also is the online preplanning forms which were as helpful in determining Dad's wishes prior to the time of need. E. G.

L. B. Family

November 02, 2018

I have been a church organist since 1970, and have played for many funerals. Taylor-Stine is wonderful to work with no matter if I am in a church bench or on the organ bench. Thank you! K.D.

J. Z. Family

November 01, 2018

Everyone at Taylor-Stine make a difficult situation much easier to handle. Your compassion and professionalism shows in every aspect of a funeral. Your Christian values are a comfort as well. God Bless You All! G.K.

D. K. Family

October 15, 2018

In a small town it is important to have a funeral home that understands the needs of the grieving family. They remembered things I didn't think of, the staff was absolutely wonderful. Merrill is fortunate to have Taylor-Stine and it's staff. J. G.

D. N. Family

August 23, 2018

You don't know how much it has meant to our family over the years for all your assistance and that of your staff. You always had all the arrangements right down to the smallest detail of our loved ones and took the weight from our shoulders. We will recommend Taylor-Stine to all. Thank you so much, D.

B. L. Family

August 15, 2018

Our family has dealt with Rick many times in the past. Always professional and attentive to all needs. We feel they are the best in the area. J.G.

H.G. Family

July 18, 2018

Once again, you serve our family. Thank you so much for all your help and your kind words. We've tried to remember our parents and celebrate who they were during our loss - an you definitely allow us to do that in our time of heartache. Thank you for always allowing us to celebrate and show their life was worth showing the world. M.B. Family

M.B. Family

July 16, 2018

Although Rick was leaving for vacation, he took the time to come to the nursing home when Mom passed and express his condolences. Leah took over and did a wonderful job. She made everything very easy and gave us time to decide and kept us informed. Nice job. S. E.

C.S. Family

July 12, 2018

Everything was well organized and done well. The staff was excellent and helpful. We were very satisfied with the arrangements and services. J.C.

J.W. Family

July 04, 2018

We were very pleased with everyone's help and the services. The staff was very understanding and caring.

I.B. Family

March 27, 2018

Rick and Leah made sure every detail was covered and always asked to make sure that it was our wishes. They are very professional but yet warm and friendly.

E.S. Family

March 26, 2018

Rick and Leah went above and beyond what was expected. They were so accommodating and kind. They made the experience so we were not overwhelmed. We would recommend them to everyone we know. R.L.

R.L. Familiy

March 24, 2018

The thing that is most memorable about our experience with Taylor-Stine is the care and concern the staff showed for our family and the dignity and care given to our mother. C.R.

E.S. Family

March 22, 2018

The staff was amazing and very caring. They made me feel better about everything. D.N.

L.N. Family

March 20, 2018

Rick has gone above and beyond each and every time our family needed his services, which has been many many times. Rick and Leah do a great job.

K. G. Family

November 16, 2017

The staff was absolutely wonderful. They made a very tough situation manageable due to their experience and professionalism. They were so kind and helpful.

K. W. Family

November 16, 2017

There was a last minute change in plans - Rick handled it very well.

D. A. Family

November 15, 2017

The kindness of the staff and the memories of our Dad they shared with us were the most memorable. Thank you so much!

C. B. Family

November 14, 2017

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home has always been professional, compassionate and a pleasure to work with. Top notch business!!

W. F. Family

November 13, 2017

I will remember the friendliness and personal attentiveness of the staff the most. J.Z.

E.O. Family

August 03, 2017

Dear Rick and Leah, Thank you for all the wonderful assistance that you extended to help us through my sister's final journey. Just to mention a few: your professional services; allowing us to use your visitation room to celebrate her life and giving us the opportunity to share many memories; and also for the memory book. We appreciate all the things done behind the scenes as well. You have helped us through a difficult time. Our most sincere thank you and gratitude. B.K.

W. F. Family

August 02, 2017

Rick Stine and his amazing staff went and did things for us and our family that were above and beyond our expectations. We would want him and his staff to help us again because they take pride in their job and actually care about the people that come to their funeral home for help with family members. We are so happy they did the funeral for our son. Everything was done just as our son would have wanted it. We were very pleased. A. I. Family


June 03, 2017

Rick Stine and his amazing staff went and did things for us and our family that were above and beyond our expectations. We would want him and his staff to help us again because they take pride in their job and actually care about the people that come to their funeral home for help with family members. We are so happy they did the funeral for our son. Everything was done just as our son would have wanted it. We were very pleased. A. I. Family


June 03, 2017

This started out as prearranging a funeral for my mom and ended up planning an actual funeral service. There were complications with the life insurance benefits and I could not have resolved this issue without the help of the funeral home staff. I feel they went above and beyond with their assistance. They are the best and I would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone. D. S. Family


June 02, 2017

These are 'hometown' people serving us! Both Rick and Leah are very well organized, kind, caring and attended to ALL details. G.E. Family


June 01, 2017

They did a great job in making my brother look natural and like himself. Treated the family with respect and helped in any way the could. I would recommend the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home to anyone who asks. The staff is so friendly, not like the other funeral home in Merrill. E. L. Family


May 31, 2017

Everything was great with Taylor-Stine Funeral Home. They were wonderful and very professional. I would recommend Taylor-Stine to anyone.

D.O. Family

April 18, 2017

We would like to sincerely thank you for all your efforts in coordinating our mother's beautiful funeral! You did a great job with the necessary steps from the visitation to the funeral procession. It was a pleasure working with you professionally and granting our mom's final wishes. Thank you!!

L.P. Family

April 17, 2017

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home does a nice job. They provided excellent service, good communication and are well coordinated.

L.B. Family

April 16, 2017

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home did a good job in making my brother look natural and like himself. They treated family with respect and helped in any way they could. The advice given to the family made planning his funeral easier. I would suggest to anyone who asks me to have Taylor-Stine Funeral Home assist them. The staff is so friendly. K.H.

E.L. Family

April 15, 2017

We are so very grateful for your patience and most of all for your service during our family's time of loss and sadness. Your thoughtfulness and efforts were met with heartfelt appreciation by all. L. D.

M. D. Family

February 23, 2017

The most memorable thing about our experience was the friendliness. It was a very relaxed meeting to make arrangements and nothing was rushed. Rick and Leah suggested things that we had not thought of. K. S.

J. W. Family

February 15, 2017

We were more than satisfied with all Rick did for the family and his patience and kind words. F. B.

D. B. Family

February 07, 2017

Taylor-Stine was very professional to work with. Their facility will very well kept. Would highly recommend them to others. J. G.

D. I. Family

February 06, 2017

Excellent service and care - would highly recommend to others. All the details were taken care of for me by Taylor-Stine. C. L.

E. L. Family

February 03, 2017

Thank you for everything you did to make my husband's services so special! I'll cherish your caring and your generosity always. D. O.

D. O. Family

February 02, 2017

Thank you so much for your compassion & professionalism. You helped us through a horrible loss. Everything went so well with the visitation, service, burial & luncheon. Thank you for taking care of everything. We appreciate your care & understanding. The R. R. Family

R. R. Family

February 01, 2017

I can not tell you how grateful I've been for your sympathy and what you and Taylor-Stine Funeral Home did for us on my husband's funeral. It was so greatly taken care of and everything so fully accomplished. You're just the most organized person I now of. Again, it would not have been a wonderful funeral without you and Rick. Thank you!

R. O. Family

February 01, 2017

Thank you for all you did for our family at both Mom and Dad's funerals. The service was dignified and fitting and we really appreciated your attention to detail. We know that our family name is in good hands with you in Merrill. M. T.

A. T. Family

January 31, 2017

Thank you so much for helping to honor Mom in a truly beautiful way! Thank you for all of your support and guidance during this difficult time. You are truly amazingly wonderful people. D. P. Family

D. P. Family

January 11, 2017

Taylor-Stine are true professionals in every aspect of funeral services. Their approach is comforting and reassuring. They truly made the experience a celebration of life. G.K.

B. K. Family

December 05, 2016

Thank you again for your kindness! It is at this time of year that I am thankful for people like you. S.S.

S. R. Family

November 28, 2016

Thank you for all you have done and helped me with during this time. I greatly appreciate everything and your kindness. We will forever be grateful. J.H.

J. O. Family

October 07, 2016

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home staff was wonderful during such a difficult/terrible time. They made things manageable and helped me get through the process of making these arrangements. You were wonderful, understanding, very personable and empathetic. J.H.

J. O. Family

October 07, 2016

I would recommend Taylor-Stine Funeral Home to anyone - they are professional, friendly and great to work with. Rick and his staff went over and above to accommodate my family's needs. J. W.

L. W.

July 21, 2016

Thank you for your wonderful care and support. Your service was top notch. Also, thank you for your friendship. M.H.

W.K. Family

July 21, 2016

From the first telephone call through the final billing, everything was discussed. There were no surprises or disappointments. Our mother's funeral was handled professionally and respectfully by Taylor-Stine Funeral Home. The most memorable thing was the staff's professionalism. P.Z.

H. M. Z. Family

June 22, 2016

Leah and Rick were very caring and helpful. D. V. Family

M. V.

May 11, 2016

Rick and Leah go above and beyond any expectation. Always the utmost professional. It is a difficult and emotional time, but they are straight forward and down to earth - which is exactly what is necessary. Taylor-Stine has taken care of my whole family, I cannot imagine going any place else. R. Z.-E.

D. B.

May 09, 2016

Everything was arranged nicely and went smoothly. The V.F.W. firing squad's presentation was touching. The family was treated so nice. Rick and Leah did an excellent job with my husband's funeral. M. S.

M. S.

May 02, 2016

Thank you very much for the beautiful and inspirational book you sent me in memory of my Mom. So many people have been so kind and thoughtful during this difficult time. I cannot express to you how much it has meant to me. I also want to thank you for doing such a nice job assisting us with all the funeral arrangements and for checking with Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh. Thanks again. B. P.-K.

B. P.-K.

May 01, 2016

Back in 1995, we set up a bank trust at another local funeral home which at the time was locally owned. In 2012, we were contacted by a pre-planning counselor who worked for the corporation that now owns that funeral home. She informed us that there was not enough money in the trust to bury our loved one. This was very confusing to us as we were told when the trust was made that everything would be covered. When the time of need came, we asked the hospital to instead call the Taylor & Stine Funeral Home. They arranged to have the pre-arrangement transferred over the next morning which confirmed we now had over $13,000 in the funeral trust. Despite the fact we had excess funds in the trust, we never felt pressured to spend any more than we needed; as a matter of fact, we were constantly reminded by the funeral home staff to be conservative with our purchases. In the end, we went from having too little in the pre-arranged funeral trust according to this “local expert” to having over $2000 returned to the estate when everything was completed. Thank you to Leah and Rick for having a truly locally owned funeral home and allowing us to say goodbye in a manner which our loved one would have wanted, while still being economically responsible.

K.C. Family

March 22, 2016

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home services exceed all expectations. They are superior to all other funeral homes in the Merrill-Wausau area. Their concern always goes the extra step. No finer funeral home than Taylor-Stine.

G. Z. Family

March 01, 2016

Everybody that has passed away in my family has had their funeral at Taylor-Stine. We always know that Rick and his staff will do everything to make us feel comfortable in that hard time. D.R.

L.V. Family

December 02, 2015

The most memorable thing about my experience was the help and caring of the staff. G.T.

D. T. Family

December 02, 2015

Thank you for everything you did to help us through this difficult time for our family. Your kindness is appreciated. Thank you again! D. & D. S.

D. S. Family

November 30, 2015

The staff is very helpful and warm and caring.

P.K. Family

November 03, 2015

Rick and Leah did a great job helping my brother and I during this difficult time.

B.K. Family

November 03, 2015

On behalf of our family, I want you to know how much we appreciated the professionalism and compassion given us in arranging our loved one's final journey home. It is of great comfort to us knowing we have Taylor - Stine to help the many others in our same situation. Much thanks to you and your entire staff for fulfilling our every need. God Bless!

D. H. Family

October 20, 2015

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, We thank you for your professionalism and concern in helping us with the funeral for our mother. Sincerely, D. & M. M.

R. M. Family

August 08, 2015

The staff was courteous, friendly, and caring. J.B.

E.K. Family

July 08, 2015

Thank you very much for the help you gave me and our family during this time. You did a wonderful job on everything and were very comforting. You went out of your way to help with the loss of our loved one. G.H.

L.H. Family

July 08, 2015

Thank you for all of your assistance with our mother's arrangements. You always do an exceptional and beautiful presentation in meeting our wishes. I am very grateful for all you have done for our family. Most gratefully, J. R.

M. H. Family

July 01, 2015

Rick and Leah are to commended for the excellent service they offered at the time of my husband's death. They exhibited professionalism in all aspects of planning and arranging for the viewing and ceremony and follow-up activities. They were compassionate, caring, understanding and supportive which really helped me through this difficult time. People in the attendance at the viewing and ceremony service were really impressed how nice my husband looked and how well everything was conducted. Rick and Leah are extraordinary people! L. M.

G. M. Family

June 17, 2015

The director were very helpful - regardless of hour/time of day. J.R.

G.K. Family

June 15, 2015

Rick, Leah and Staff - Thank you so much for helping us through this difficult time. Everyone was so caring and wiling to help us in any way possible to help ease our pain. Your amount of professionalism was outstanding. Z. & K. K.

B.K. Family

June 03, 2015

Rick and Leah are truly wonderful, compassionate people. They were wonderful to our family before and after the service. H.R.

H. R.

April 07, 2015

Rick and Leah were incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. I had a lot of questions as this was the first funeral I had to plan, and they were available at all hours to answer the phone and provide answers, advice, and sometimes just an ear to listen to my grieving.


March 12, 2015

"Rick and Leah were excellent."


December 27, 2014

"Rick and Leah are a tribute to their profession".


December 25, 2014

Rick and Leah Thank you for doing such a nice job with my dad's showing. We appreciate the dignity you showed our family. Thanks again, M. L. & T.

M. L. & T.

December 01, 2014

Leah and Rick, Thank you so much for your understanding & professional friendly way that you assisted with my step-dad's funeral services. L. & C. V.

L. & C. V.

December 01, 2014

"Rick was very straight forward about everything and made me and my family feel comfortable."


November 28, 2014

Dear Rick and Leah, We want to express our gratitude for the excellent service that you gave to us during the recent death of our mom. Your kindness and professionalism is greatly appreciated. Everything you did for us far exceeded our expectations. You were there to help us every step of the way, which lightened our burden a great deal. We appreciate, also, all that you did to assist us with paperwork, and arrangements that were needed. God's blessings to you both. In thankfulness, D. & S. S.

D. & S. S.

November 01, 2014

Dear Leah and Rick, Thank you for the excellent services you provided for our Dad's funeral. Everything was well organized and professional which was greatly appreciated. Thanks again for being so caring. You're a great team. Sincerely, M.B.

E.P. Family

November 01, 2014

"Less expensive, and very nice people."


October 19, 2014

Hello. I just wanted to send you a thank you for being so kind to our family at the time of my youngest sister's passing. Please know that your kindness does not go unnoticed and I appreciate you very much. Thank you again. Love, E.

K.N. Family

June 01, 2014

Thank you so much for all the care and compassion you showed me and my family. As I said before - this is truly your calling. You always show such professionalism and respect and that makes it so much more comforting. Sincerely, M.L.


March 01, 2014

We would recommend Taylor-Stine Funeral Home. We had so many comments on how everything was so beautiful and excellently done. We were very happy with the staff and facilities. They were very easy to work with. They listened to us and made excellent comments for a beautiful service. We highly recommend them. B. L.

B. L.

December 01, 2013

Thank you for all of the special skills and touches you added to our Mom's celebration. It was unforgettable. S.D.

D.D. Family

The staff at Taylor-Stine are very professional and courteous. They answered questions and found the information if they didn't know the answers. They were very patient and understanding during the time of our loss. B.H.

G. D. Family

Thank you for all the wonderful things we experienced with your services. Everything was very much appreciated. R. S. Family

M. S.

I want to thank you on behalf of myself, my husband and the rest of our family for the comforting assistance in the losing of our son and brother. Thank you. Sincerely, M.D. and Family

M. D. Family

All the details were carefully covered. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home did an excellent job writing the obituary and with the appearance of my husband. L. L.

W. L. Family