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.
Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Funeral Director & OwnerRead Bio
Darryl was born and raised in Kenosha, relocating to Racine in 1989 to pursue his career in funeral service.
He is a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College with a degree in funeral service. Darryl holds funeral director and embalmer licenses in Wisconsin and Illinois. He is and has been an active member of National Funeral Directors Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, and has had the privilege of serving several terms as president.
In the community, Darryl is active in Rotary International and R.A.M.A.C. (Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce).
David L. Herbst
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
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.
Office ManagerRead Bio
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”.