History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
The Sturino Funeral Home originally began as the Hanson Funeral Home, opened by A.C. Hanson in 1897. He had emigrated from Denmark making Racine, Wisconsin his home, and established the A.C.Hanson Furniture and Undertaking Company – probably never realizing the true impact and value this business would have for the community.
This catalog, furniture and undertaking business was on historic State Street in Racine into in the early 1900s. It was then that A.C. moved his ever growing business to 722 Lafayette Street, located at the corners of Lafayette and Liberty Street, later known as Memorial Drive.
In the 1920s, his son Steve joined him, making the business a father and son funeral home. In 1949, Steve's son, Edward "Bucky" joined the firm, which meant it became a third generation family business.
With his never ending vision for growth, Bucky purchased the Arthur and Margery Janes estate in 1972. In February of 1975 after an almost two-year expansion and remodel project, the Hanson Funeral Home opened its doors at this new location, 3014 Northwestern Avenue, located across from The Racine Country Club.
This major endeavor was to recognize and focus on the future needs of the ever-growing community, while still continuing to serve the present needs of those who called Racine “home.”
In 1989 Darryl Sturino joined Bucky Hanson and his two sons in the family business. On June 8th 2007 with Bucky's blessing and utmost confidence, Darryl along with his wife Jeana, purchased the Hanson Funeral Home.
They lovingly restored and renovated the facility. The Sturino Funeral Home offered their remodeled facility to the Racine Community. The Sturinos changed the name to reflect the new ownership, yet still carry on the Hanson tradition of dedicated and compassionate care and service, while reflecting and continuing the original commitment held by A.C. some 113 years earlier.
The Sturino Funeral Home is comfortably situated on almost three acres of serene and manicured lawn and pristine grounds, with ample green space and a gazebo for reflection and remembrance.
Our Valued Staff
Darryl Sturino, Funeral Director & Owner
Darryl has an extensive background and years of experience in funeral service, having served the greater Racine community and surrounding areas for over 25 years. He has personally served hundreds of families in the area, and always has taken great pleasure in doing his utmost to provide the finest of care for their loved one.
He is a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service. Darryl started his career in 1988, beginning his tenure with Hanson Funeral Home in 1989, shortly after graduating.
Eighteen years later, in 2007, he and his wife Jeana purchased the funeral home. For Darryl, this is a dream come true, and he is committed to carrying on the over 100 year tradition in which the Hanson family demonstrated with integrity, professionalism and excellence in every family they served.
~A Family Man
Darryl is very proud of his wife, Jeana, and three sons, Darryl and Anthony and Daryle who attends J.I. Case High School. Darryl and his wife, Jeana are proud to call Racine home. “We love being a part of life here in Racine, and have found it to be the perfect place to raise our family. The community is vibrant, and both Jeana and I feel a deep sense of responsibility to those who live here.”
Their commitment to community is apparent to all who know them. Darryl is a member of Roma Lodge, which serves the Greater Southeastern Wisconsin area and was most recently elected to the Board of Directors. Darryl, Jeana and youngest son, Daryle are members of Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine.
~A Sporting Man
Some of his extracurricular interests are marathons, triathlons, and participating and completing The Ironman Triathlon. What he loves about these events mirrors what he loves about funeral service. “Success in any of these events requires total commitment, and a deep attention to detail in training and performance. This also is true of the work I do for the families who come to Sturino Funeral Home. I always need to be completely aware of, involved with, and attentive to, their needs.”
Darryl is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, having served several terms as president of the Southeastern Wisconsin region.
David L. Herbst, Funeral Director
David was born in Kenosha and attended local schools, graduating from Reuther Central High School in 1994. While in high school he participated in a career program, which gave him the opportunity to shadow professionals in places where he thought he might be interested in finding a career. After he completed the first four-week term at a funeral home he sought to have the opportunity at another funeral home, which he did.
David’s parents were local business owners and he had an early realization of the value of good customer service.
During his senior year he was involved in a near fatal auto accident. With a broken neck, he spent the next three months in the hospital, followed by a year of physical therapy. This experience validated his desire to go back to school and pursue a career as a funeral director. With his understanding of the value of compassion and support and David’s innate desire to serve people, he enrolled in Gateway Technical College.
In 2001 he received his degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service. While pursuing his degree David was employed by a local funeral home in Kenosha for more than 8 years. Early on, as a part time employee and assistant, then serving as an apprentice funeral director, and finally as a licensed funeral director.
Shortly after graduation and receiving his Funeral Director’s License in 2002, he was offered a fulltime position with the Sturino Funeral Home formerly known as Hanson Funeral Home.
David will never hesitate to volunteer. He has volunteered for Racine Heritage Museum, Preservation Racine Annual Tour and Mound Cemetery “History Walking Tour.”
Darryl Sturino recently commented, “I am proud to have David as part of the Sturino Funeral Home staff. His attention to detail and personality has proven to be a great asset to our funeral home and a comfort to the families we serve.”
David maintains a close relationship with his family, friends and extended family. He loves to entertain and can’t resist a reason to have a get-together.
Sharon Baldukas, Office Manager
Sharon is a lifelong resident of Racine and has a love for Racine’s rich past. After graduation from William Horlick High School, her working career began as a hairdresser, which she continues to do at the Sturino Funeral Home. She is the Office Manager and a Certified Pre Planning Consultant. A position she took in 1999, having tired of the daily commute to Milwaukee.
Sharon has 23 years of banking experience; the last ten of those years were as a branch manager of a Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Milwaukee. For the past eight years she has been a member of the Cemetery Commission for the City of Racine, the last five of those years as president. Sharon also is a longtime member of Preservation Racine and Racine Heritage Museum. She currently is serving on the Board of Directors for Preservation Racine as the Historian, a position she has held since 2004. Her most recent project was working with UW Parkside and Wisconsin Heritage Online, a part of Wisconsin Library Services of Madison. Digitizing 36 years of Newsletters, written and published by Preservation Racine, making them available through the Internet.
During her free time she enjoys endless home improvement projects and being with her grandson, Alex. If you visit Sharon, her cockatoo, Shadow, who tell you to “come in” and proceed to tell you he is a “pretty bird”.