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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell


Celebrating Lives Past

Our job is this – to help you honor a loved one in a dignified, unique, personalized manner. We are here to comfort and guide you through this difficult time, to help you celebrate a life lived, to share memories with friends and family.

We have been providing funeral services to the Wausau community for more than 50 years, and during that time, we’ve learned that people walk away from each funeral service having learned something new about the person whose life is being celebrated that day. Be it a favorite piece of music, a charitable association indebted to their efforts, or a childhood memory from decades past – in some way, each person at the funeral service grows by sharing and celebrating that person’s journey in life. We are here to help make that happen.

Our History – Continuing the Tradition

Founded more than a century ago, Brainard Funeral Home continues the tradition of the original partners Frank Ritter and Fred Deutsch “to provide a funeral service of simple dignity and comforting attention to detail.” A look at Brainard Funeral Home through the years:

1884 Partners Frank Ritter and Fred Deutsch found “Ritter & Deutsch,” manufacturing furniture, bar and store fixtures; operating a retail furniture store on Wausau’s Main Street; and developing an undertaking and funeral direction business
1890 Manufacturing business ceases
1909 Business incorporated as Ritter & Deutsch Funeral Directors
1951 Robert Brainard joins the firm
1962 Wausau Chapel on Adams Street was built
1978 Scott Brainard joins his father in business
1982 Open the first crematory in central and northern Wisconsin
1985 Scott Brainard takes an ownership role in the family business
1987 The Holiday Remembrance Program honors families with a Christmas ornament and offers support and spiritual guidance as needed to help cope during the holidays
1996 Robert Brainard retires after 45 years in the business
2005 Weston Everest Chapel opens
2006 Certified Pre-planning Counselor joins the staff to assist families with pre-arranging their funeral service
2007 Always in the forefront of trends in the funeral industry, Brainard Funeral Home is the first funeral home to offer the services of a Bereavement Counselor

Throughout its history, the corporate partners of Brainard Funeral Home have been active in the Wausau area, serving as officers in many civic groups, including the Chamber, Rotary, Lions Club, American Legion, and more. Support for the community is a vital part of doing business. Scott Brainard recalls the words of his father, “You give back to the community in which you live and make a living.”


Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel
522 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403

Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel
5712 Memorial Court
Weston, WI 54476

Our Staff

The Brainard Funeral Home staff have years of training and experience supporting families during their time of need. Learn more about each staff member.