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At Waid Funeral Home, we are honored to have earned the trust and confidence placed in us by those that we serve.

We pledge to offer respectful and dignified professional service, service that a family should expect, service that a family deserves. From the time the first phone call is received, throughout the service and beyond, each staff member at our funeral home contributes in an important way.


 Anna Winningham

Licensed Funeral Director - Manager

Anna grew up in Cumberland, Wisconsin and graduated from Growing Lights Christian Academy in Barron, Wisconsin in 1998. She then attended Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake, Wisconsin for nursing studies. She graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI from the Surgical Technologist program and went on to work for the next 10 years in surgery. She was employed by the Mayo Clinic Health System for the last 5 years of that time.

In order to pursue her desire to be a funeral director, she attended and graduated from the Arapahoe Mortuary Science program in Colorado. Anna began her career in funeral service because she feels that she can help and support others in their time of need.

As a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, she is committed to life-long learning and excellence in funeral service.

Anna and her husband, Jeremy, reside in Merrill, Wisconsin. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Merrill Optimist Club, the Lions Club and serves as a member and Ambassador for the Merrill Chamber of Commerce. They enjoy spending time with their two wonderful daughters, Kaitlyn and Courtney. As a family, they love to go fishing, bear hunting and deer hunting.  


 Paul Waid

Licensed Funeral Director - Owner

Paul is a native of Merrill and a 1973 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He is a 1978 graduate of the Mortuary Science program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. During high school, Paul worked for the Schram Funeral Home in Merrill, and in 1976, the previous owner sold the business to Paul and his brothers, Alan and Dean. 

Paul and his wife Missy were married in 1979 and they have three children, Kurt, Matt and Elly. In May 2008, Kurt and his wife Kasi gave Paul and Missy their first grandchild, Konner. 

Paul is a member and past president of the Merrill Rotary club, a member of the Merrill Historical Society and an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. When he is not busy at the funeral home he enjoys playing guitar and singing, bird hunting and spending time at his cabin or relaxing up north at his trailer. 

“It has been my privilege and honor to serve the Merrill Community in funeral service since 1973. It has always been my goal to serve our families with fairness, dignity, and respect. I owe the Merrill Community a debt of gratitude for allowing me the opportunity to live, work and raise my family here.” 



 Jennifer Wilken

Licensed Funeral Director

Jennifer joined the staff at Waid Funeral Home in 2015 after graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She is a member of Merrill Rotary Club and is a certified crematory operator.

Jen looks forward to serving the community of Merrill, and takes great pride in establishing strong bonds with the families she serves.

In her personal time Jen enjoys being outdoors, golfing, boating, traveling, and spending quality time with her children, family and friends.


 Jaci Ziebell

Office Manager

Jaci grew up in Merrill and the surrounding areas, and married her husband Kurt in 2004. Jaci and Kurt are the proud parents of four children, Thomas, Emma, Claire and Jacob.

Jaci joined the staff at Waid Funeral Home in 2009 and is very grateful for the opportunity to work with families in need.

In her personal time, Jaci enjoys scrapbooking, reading, taking walks, baking, taking trips to the family cottage in the UP and spending time with friends and family. Jaci and her family are members of Prince of Peace Christian Church, Tomahawk. 

 Judy Plamann

Pre-Planning Coordinator

Judy was born and raised in Deerbrook, WI, near Antigo on a family-owned dairy farm and logging operation. She moved to Merrill in 1979, where she was employed at Snyder Drug for 23 years, working as a sales clerk, manager, and co-owner of the pharmacy.

In her spare time, Judy enjoys volunteering at Bell Tower Residence and the Merrill Area Communtiy Enrichment Center as often as possible. Some of Judy's interests include ballroom dancing, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, gardening, nature, and crafting. She greatly enjoys making people happy and living each day to its fullest.

Working closely with the public in retail, Judy always knew her heart was focused primarily on servicing people's needs, and helping our community. With an upbeat, enthusiastic personality and deep desire to serve people, she is proud to be a member of the staff at Waid Funeral Home as their Pre-Need Specialist. 


 Bill Kolar

Funeral Assistant

Bill was born in Phillips, Wisconsin, February 14, 1941, and raised in Park Falls, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school in 1959. He has one brother and four sisters all living in Wisconsin.

After high school, he studied Engineering in a co-op Engineering Program with AC Spark Plug in Oak Creek, Wisconsin as his sponsor. AC Spark Plug was a manufacturer of missile and ship guidance systems. The school he attended was General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan.

In 1965, Bill left AS Spark Plug and joined the Fort Howard Paper Company in Green Bay and spent the next 38 years in various roles in Engineering Disciplines and Maintenance Management in the Paper Industry. He designed converting machines which produced napkins, toilet tissue and paper toweling. He also served as the Engineering Manager on projects which included grass roots mills in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Rincon, Georgia, and expansion and upgrade projects in the mills of Fort Howard, Wisconsin Tissues Mills, Wausau Papers and Ward Paper. He retired as the Manager of Engineering and Maintenance from Wausau Papers, Brokaw, Wisconsin in 2003 and has lived in Merrill since the mid 80's.

In the mid 70's, he served as a first responder, president and instructor of a volunteer rescue squad which serviced the Towns of Howard, Hobart and Suamico; all located near Green Bay. He is married and has six children and seven grandchildren. He’s been very active in many roles in the churches to which he has belonged. Bill’s a member of Bible Presbyterian Church in Merrill, Wisconsin. He’s also a volunteer member of the Advisory Committee for the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

In retirement, he enjoys all the activities of family, especially the individual time spent with children and grandchildren. Other interests that are high on his list are walleye fishing, golf, bird hunting, lawn care and sports. He’s been a Packer fan since 1958 and has grown to enjoy the Brewers as well.


 Stephen Blake

Funeral Assistant

Stephen "Steve" J. Blake joined the staff at Waid Funeral Home in 2012.

He was born in La Crosse and raised in Portage, Wisconsin. After graduating from Portage High School, the family moved to Merrill due to accommodate Steve's fathers employment as a conductor for the railroad company.

Steve worked for F.W. Woolworth Company for nine years, ending in 1968. He met his "million dollar baby, Linda Hojan, at the Woolworth store and they were married on September 10th, 1966.

On June 23rd, 1967, Steve and Linda purchased the Club Modern Restaurant while Steve was engaged in Fort Polk, Louisiana. He served nine years in the U.S. Army Reserves, and together, Steve and Linda operated the family business until April 30, 2012.

Linda and Steve were blessed with four sons throughout their marriage; Kevin, Jason, Shannon (deceased 2013) and Darren. They have three grandchildren, Casandra (Casie), Kobe and Azalea, who are all members of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Merrill.


 Rod Burgener

Funeral Assistant











 Jack Kleinschmidt 

Funeral Assistant

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