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I asked Derek when he started in this business why he chose this profession. He said he wanted to be able to do one last thing that was special for someone. And that is what Derek does. This is not a job to him it is truly a ministry both for him and his staff. He took care of both Mom and Dad when it was their time and I felt like comforted knowing they were in such caring hands.
My mom passed away April 4, 2020, during the time when Wisconsin was under the Safer at Home Order. Our family struggled with figuring out how we would possibly be able to give mom the farewell she wanted and deserved. We certainly made the right decision on working with Verkuilen Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home. Derek was tremendous to work with! Such an understanding and compassionate young man, helping us through not only the grief of losing mom, but finding ways to help our immediate family have the opportunity to say goodbye to mom while obeying the Safer at Home Order. Derek took care of every detail to make Mom’s goodbye perfect. He even streamed mom’s funeral through the funeral home Facebook page, allowing others to view the funeral who were unable to be there due to COVID-19. Who would ever dream we would need to stream a funeral? Thank you so much Derek and your staff. We will forever be grateful!
Deb Zunker and the family of Patty Vande Wettering
Uncle Tom will always be remembered by his family as a positive and fun person to be with...he always had a joke and enjoyed daily life in his home. Growing up I was honored to work at Thilmany Paper Mill with Tom as we always had laughter and joy with our daily tasks and work-activities. He was a marvelous family man and our thoughts and prayers go out to the immediate Coffey & Greenwood family and friends. God Bless Uncle Tom, we Love All the Great Memories. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, God Bless "TG" as Dad (Leon) called him.
Derek and his staff could not have been more caring, compassionate, and helpful during our time of grief. Everything was planned right through Derek, from the church, to flowers, music, and dinner. Derek took care of all those little details that we never would have thought of. We were never rushed and everything was explained in detail if we needed it. Top notch! The very best!! Thank you Derek and Staff!
My husband Tom, passed away on August 10th. We had some of the funeral plans taken care of ahead of time, but had not yet picked out the place where we would have the memorial service. We decided on Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home.
The service we received from beginning to end was outstanding. Derek and his staff took care of any phone calls that needed to be made as far as a Military Service, Deacon Vin, St. Joe’s Cemetery, etc. We all had enough on our minds, and their help with all of these things made a big difference.
All of our special requests were carried out without a flaw. The display of the urn with the flowers surrounding it, was beautiful. I would not have changed anything. Derek was also at the inurnment at St. Joe’s. A couple of weeks after the funeral he even came to the house to bring the shadow box for Tom’s flag and he took the time to place the flag inside. The care and compassion they showed will never be forgotten.
Thank you Derek and staff for making this difficult time much more bearable. I would never hesitate calling them if ever needed again. It was a pleasure working with you!
Words cannot express our sincere gratitude to the Derek, Pat and their staff with all of their compassionate assistance with the recent unexpected passing of our loved one, Adam. They helped our family every step of the way in this most difficult time, and we are so thankful for everything you did for us. Your patience and kindness are second to none. God Bless You!
Derek & staff....There are no words to express our appreciation and thanks for the wonderful celebration of our mom,s life. At a time that was stressful for us, we relied on you to take care of so much! Explaining each step helped us make decisions and feel somewhat in control of a very difficult situation. From the time you came to us in the middle of the night, to the burial in the cemetery, we felt at ease and in good hands! And for that, we will be forever grateful!
Derek, Pat, and Staff
Thank you for everything you did for our family! We know you on a personal level but your knowledge, organization, and guidance was very professional. Your presence and the compassion you showed remained constant and helped saying goodbye a little easier.
Derek's professionalism and compassion are second to none. We had a number of special requests during my father's passing and he respected every one of them. With many family members in the Little Chute area, I have experienced his work several times and remain impressed.
We had the privilege of working with Derek @ Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral home-Freedom. We have a very close and large family. Derek was very helpful during this difficult time of my Dad's passing. He went above and beyond the call of duty. He was very professional and accommodating. His compassion and guidance was exceptional. We were very impressed with Derek and his staff. We would highly recommend anyone needing these services to use this funeral home. Thank you Derek for all your good work, it was greatly appreciated.
We had the privilege of working with Verkuilen funeral homes over the past week. We have a very close family, and also a large one. Derek was amazing in his organization, leadership, and guiding presence during this very difficult time for my family. His professionalism was practiced the entire week, which provided my family with compassionate and high quality care which should not go unnoticed. Thank you Derek from the bottom of our hearts for all the good work you provided. May God Bless you and your work in the future.
Derek was so helpful during this difficult time of my Dad passing away. His passion for his work was very impressive and made this experience for my wife and me easier on us. He went above and beyond the call of duty. We also enjoyed spending time with him to get to know Derek as a person and learn more about the funeral business. We highly recommend Derek and his staff at Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home.
I had the honor and privilege of attending a memorial program in memory of my mom and all the people who had their furnural service with Derek, and his compassionate staff. Thank you for this special service, in memory of the ones we lost this pass year. Gone, but never forgotten.
Our entire family was so impressed with the compassion and service we received from Derek and his staff in the recent death of our mother, Lorraine Hooyman. He may be the youngest in the state but he appears to have years of experience. Thank you Derek.
We had the pleasure of working with the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home and staff after my mother’s recent passing. From the moment we first met with Derek and his staff, until the final service of laying her to rest at the cemetery, he offered suggestions, gave out hugs and work diligently to make sure that our every wish came to be. This group of professionals are soft spoken, compassionate and accommodating. We would highly recommend anyone needing these services to use this funeral home.
Rose & Chris Conner
August 7, 2015
I can't say enough about the service, and compassion that was given to my family on the most recent passing of our mom Lorraine Hooyman. Derek and his staff went above and beyond for our
family. Derek you were truly given a gift from God and I am sure he will bless you with a long and successful career. God bless each and every one of your staff but mostly you.
Thank You Derek for helping our family through the most difficult time of our lives. Your compassionate care and guidance was greatly appreciated.
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