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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.

Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

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. since 1897.

The Sturino Funeral Home is comfortably situated on almost two acres of serene and manicured lawn and pristine grounds, with ample green space and a gazebo for reflection and remembrance.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Darryl Sturino

Darryl Sturino

Funeral Director & Owner
David L. Herbst

David L. Herbst

Funeral Director
Carol Schowalter

Carol Schowalter

Director of Family Services
Marina Donaldson

Marina Donaldson

Office Manager
Daryle Sturino

Daryle Sturino

Apprentice Funeral Director

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