About Us | Mealy Funeral Home

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.

Our History

Harry W. Mealy and Dena (Hoppe) Mealy began serving families of Waterford from our Main Street location in 1923.

Over the years, Harry W. and Dena, along with sons Harry Jr. and Thomas "Spud", and daughter Ione (Mealy) Kojis have been involved with offering compassion and comfort to those in need.

Spud Mealy reached out to the community and beyond, lending a helping hand to anyone in need. Spud and Ione ran the funeral home until Spud's untimely death in 1978 at the age of 49. Harry "Dudu" Mealy Jr. passed away in 1996. Ione Kojis continued working with families until August of 2000.

Ione M. Kojis passed away peacefully on May 16, 2005 with family by her side, at age 78.

Currently John E. Kojis, son of Ione M.(Mealy) Kojis, Funeral Director and President of Mealy Funeral Home is the third generation of the Mealy Family to operate the Funeral Home.

John states: "Our primary focus is the family and their needs. We strive to help them plan a service that is personalized and memorable for their special loved one." 


Our Valued Staff

John E.  Kojis

John E. Kojis, President/Licensed Director

John graduated from MATC Mortuary College in June of 2002. He is a third generation licensed funeral director and owner for Mealy Funeral Home. As his Grandpa Mealy always said, "Take care of families needs, it is a great reward to comfort others!" John brings a great sense of caring and compassion to his work, striving to make the hardest time in one's life just a little easier.
John has been married to Barbara since 2002. John enjoy's part-time farming, collecting antique snowmobile's and the Packers . John joined the Waterford Area Kiwanis Club in 2014 and helps when he can.


Barbara J.  Kojis

Barbara J. Kojis, Office Manager and Director's Assistant

Barb keeps the office manager.
In her free time, Barb enjoys the company of her numerous cats and is always ready to help a homeless animal in need. Please spay and neuter your pets!


Ted  Hegeman

Ted Hegeman, Licensed Director

Ted has over 45 years of funeral experience in the Waterford and Burlington area's. For many years he worked along side John's mother Ione at Mealy Funeral Home. He is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Burlington where he lives with his wife Gayle, Ted and Gayle enjoy spending time in Iowa with there daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter..
Ted brings experience and knowledge to our firm. Ted enjoys a good walk or bike ride around the city of Burlington!


Joseph  Quinn

Joseph Quinn, Licensed Apprentice Director.

Joe delivers quality and care to services held with Mealy Funeral Home. He understands family's needs with his 20 years experience and is there to help you through a most difficult time.
Joe follows Chicago style professional Hockey and looks forward to a good round of golf. He also likes to whip up a batch of barbecue ribs any chance he gets!


Ms. Patti R. Axelson

Ms. Patti R. Axelson, Apprentice Funeral Director

Patti joined Mealy Funeral Home many years ago as a housekeeper. She ventured south for a time and returned to Wisconsin with a passion to learn the funeral trades. She returned to working part time at Mealy Funeral Home in 2017, and added a few more hours in 2019. You might see her working at Burlington Menards part-time as well. She is an Apprentice Funeral Director completing her schooling in August 2018. Patti is a receptionist and funeral helper, tackling many various tasks during funerals. In her spare time she keeps track of her beautiful Aunt Rose! Or maybe she is checking out the next Packer game or draft selection. She has been known to be the official taste tester of Waterford area bloody Mary's.... but most of all Patti enjoys life!!