The staff of Family Options has 53 years of funeral service experience by serving Wisconsin families at the most difficult time of their lives. Our staff includes funeral directors, and licensed and certified professionals - all here to serve the needs of the Southeastern Wisconsin consumer. This is where we grew up, where we live and where we are bringing up our families.
We have heard the concerns from the families we have served - that the cost of a funeral continues to rise – and that some people had to accept less of a funeral because they couldn’t afford the cost of a funeral through a "traditional funeral home".
Family Options believes in the Value of a Funeral and in the family bond that can be created by the mutual support that a positive funeral experience can provide.
We offer many of the same services that are provided by a traditional funeral home but we serve families that consider PRICE a major factor in choosing a funeral provider. This does not mean sacrificing QUALITY for PRICE. It means getting a VALUE for your dollar. We do not offer some of the services offered by a traditional funeral home. Those few services contribute significantly to the high overhead cost of a funeral through a traditional provider.
Family Options can provide each of our families the OPTIONS for the personalization of the funeral – these are opportunities to make the funeral a personal and meaningful event without significantly increasing the cost.
Stephen P. Casey
Stephen P. Casey, was born in 1961 in Kenosha WI. A life long resident of Kenosha, he attended local schools and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1979. He attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and graduated with a degree in Funeral Service in 1986. He worked for Hansen Funeral Home in Kenosha, and also for the Lendman-Mischler Funeral until he began specializing in the preplanning of funerals. In 1996, he partnered with Michael Stelter and formed Serenity Services LLC, a third party marketing firm that contracted with independent funeral homes to mange their preneed business. Together, Mike and Steve have been responsible for millions of dollars of preneed a year. Serenity Services LLC has been recognized nationally as a leader in third party marketing and has continually achieved numerous other awards. In 2000, Steve and Michael along with their families created Family Options Funeral and Cremation Services. In 2002, they officially expanded into the Kenosha market, being the first funeral home in southeastern WI to serve two markets.
Steve Casey is very involved in local activities, has served on many boards, and at 26 years of age was the youngest person elected to the Kenosha City Council. He has served since 1988, and represents the neighborhood has was born and raised in. He is a member of St. Marks Catholic Church.
Family Options Funeral and Cremation Services has been a dream of Steve’s since he began his career in the funeral business. He is proud of what they have accomplished, and looks forward to a bright future in southeastern WI.
Steve is married to Jennifer, and they have three children Michael, Elizabeth and Thomas.
Michael H. Stelter
Born in Milwaukee in 1953, he graduated from Milwaukee Hamilton High School in 1971and attended the UW Stevens Point until 1975 when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. His focus was in Psychology and Computer Science. After graduation he spent 2 years in the retail industry until moving through a variety of middle and upper management positions within his 15 year career within the recorded entertainment business. Before changing careers, Michael's last position was as a business consultant for major retailers like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Shopko, Venture, etc.
Michael's career in funeral service business began in 1993 as a Forethought Marketing Consultant. It began with 1 year in central Tennessee, and then he became the first Forethought marketing representative in Wisconsin. In 1995 he went to work for the Loewen Group as Director of Pre-need activities for Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. In 1997, he co-created Serenity Services, LLC - a third party provider of pre-need sales and marketing services to independent funeral homes. He began helping families pre-arrange and pre-fund funerals in the Racine/Kenosha market in October of 1997. In 1999 he attended the Funeral Service Educational Foundation training and received the Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation. Since 1993 he has helped thousands of families with their questions about funerals and funeral planning, and has been responsible for sales of well over $41 million in funeral value.
Family Options was formed from the ideas collected while Michael was meeting with and serving the people of Southeastern Wisconsin. Providing quality service at prices people can afford is the best way to help the hard working people of Wisconsin.
Our Payment Policy
For the convenience of the families we serve, we accept cash, check, all major credit cards, insurance funded preneed contracts, banktrust, and verified insurance assignments.
Our "Commitment to Courage" Policy
Family Options Funeral & Cremation Service has a tremendous respect for the individuals in this community who risk their lives for the safety of the residents of the Racine County area. In honor of all firefighters, police/safety officers and rescue workers and military personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty, we will provide a casket, burial vault and funeral service at no charge to the family. If, in the event that individual had pre-planned and pre-funded their funeral with Family Options Funeral & Cremation Service, those dollars will be fully refunded to the family and service and merchandise provided at NO CHARGE.