Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Mark Jelinek Owner / Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent markmjelinek@gmail.com

Mark was born in Richland County and raised on a dairy farm just outside of Richland Center. He is the son of Dave and Marce (Slaney) Jelinek. Mark attended grade school at St. Mary's in Richland Center and was a 1999 graduate of Richland Center High School. The day following his graduation Mark began his employment at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. Mark attended the UW-Richland receiving his Associate Degree in the spring of 2001. He then transferred to The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio. Mark graduated from CCMS in the fall of 2002. Later in 2002 Mark received his Wisconsin Funeral Directors License.  Mark received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin in 2004.  Mark is a member of the Funeral and Cremation Service Alliance of Wisconsin.

 

As a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richland Center, Mark serves as lector and usher. He has been a member of the Parish Finance Committee, the Parish Council and was the Chair of St. Mary's Parish Festival.

 

Mark has previously served on the AGRACE Hospice Steering Committee, as a trustee on the Muscoda Village Board, the President on the Muscoda Chamber of Commerce, a board member on the Richland Hospital Board.

 

Mark is a member of the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization. In the Richland Center Council he serves as Secretery and Council Historian. He previously served as the Financial Secretary for nine years.  He is a charter member of Richland Center Knights of Columbus Assembly 3393 4th Degree.  In the 4th Degree he served as this Assembly's first Faithful Navigator and is a member of the Honor Guard. Mark continues to assist in creating and supporting many community events alongside his fellow Knights which raise funds for local charities and organizations.

 

On the State level of the Knights of Columbus, Mark served as the Membership Director for the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus and as the Director for the Helping Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Program, commonly referred to as the Tootsie Roll Program. He also serves as a Director for the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Charities Board.

 

Mark is married to DeAnna (Riska) Jelinek, who works at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service as our Administrative Assistant. Mark and DeAnna are the proud parents of their son Carter and are honored to be serving their community.

 

 

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Nick Hodge Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent prattfuneralservice@gmail.com

Nicholas Hodge was born and raised in Richland Center, the son of Steve Hodge and Rhonda (Deets) Sutton. He graduated from Richland Center High School in 2007. After high school he attended Southwest Technical College, UW-Richland, and UW-Platteville.

 

In January 2011, Nick began working as an apprentice for Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. While working at Pratts Nick attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He graduated in February 2014 and received his Wisconsin Funeral Director's License in March of 2014. In 2015, Nick received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin.

 

On September 12, 2015 Nick married his high school sweetheart, Lacey (Polensky) Hodge. Lacey completed her nursing degree at Southwest Technical College and is currently working as a Registered Nurse at the Richland Hospital. Nick and Lacey are the proud parents of their twin boys Bryce and Nolan.

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Darren Klingaman Apprentice prattfuneralservice@gmail.com

Darren Klingaman joined Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service in September 2019. Darren was born in Richland Center and raised in Rockbridge. He is the son of Keith and JoAnn (Coy) Klingaman. He graduated from Richland Center High School in 1993. Prior to joining Pratts, Darren worked in the beer distribution and garbage business. In February 2022, Darren attended the Funeral Director Apprenticeship Course at MATC-Milwaukee. In May 2022, he recieved his Apprenticeship License from the State of Wisconsin.

Darren is a diehard Milwaukee Brewers and MLB Baseball fan and, in the winter, builds attention grabbing snow sculptures. He currently resides in Lone Rock and is honored to be following his dream to be a member of the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service staff.

Mark Jelinek

Owner / Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent
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Mark was born in Richland County and raised on a dairy farm just outside of Richland Center. He is the son of Dave and Marce (Slaney) Jelinek. Mark attended grade school at St. Mary's in Richland Center and was a 1999 graduate of Richland Center High School. The day following his graduation Mark began his employment at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. Mark attended the UW-Richland receiving his Associate Degree in the spring of 2001. He then transferred to The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio. Mark graduated from CCMS in the fall of 2002. Later in 2002 Mark received his Wisconsin Funeral Directors License.  Mark received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin in 2004.  Mark is a member of the Funeral and Cremation Service Alliance of Wisconsin.

 

As a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richland Center, Mark serves as lector and usher. He has been a member of the Parish Finance Committee, the Parish Council and was the Chair of St. Mary's Parish Festival.

 

Mark has previously served on the AGRACE Hospice Steering Committee, as a trustee on the Muscoda Village Board, the President on the Muscoda Chamber of Commerce, a board member on the Richland Hospital Board.

 

Mark is a member of the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization. In the Richland Center Council he serves as Secretery and Council Historian. He previously served as the Financial Secretary for nine years.  He is a charter member of Richland Center Knights of Columbus Assembly 3393 4th Degree.  In the 4th Degree he served as this Assembly's first Faithful Navigator and is a member of the Honor Guard. Mark continues to assist in creating and supporting many community events alongside his fellow Knights which raise funds for local charities and organizations.

 

On the State level of the Knights of Columbus, Mark served as the Membership Director for the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus and as the Director for the Helping Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Program, commonly referred to as the Tootsie Roll Program. He also serves as a Director for the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Charities Board.

 

Mark is married to DeAnna (Riska) Jelinek, who works at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service as our Administrative Assistant. Mark and DeAnna are the proud parents of their son Carter and are honored to be serving their community.

 

 

Nick Hodge

Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent
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Nicholas Hodge was born and raised in Richland Center, the son of Steve Hodge and Rhonda (Deets) Sutton. He graduated from Richland Center High School in 2007. After high school he attended Southwest Technical College, UW-Richland, and UW-Platteville.

 

In January 2011, Nick began working as an apprentice for Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. While working at Pratts Nick attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He graduated in February 2014 and received his Wisconsin Funeral Director's License in March of 2014. In 2015, Nick received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin.

 

On September 12, 2015 Nick married his high school sweetheart, Lacey (Polensky) Hodge. Lacey completed her nursing degree at Southwest Technical College and is currently working as a Registered Nurse at the Richland Hospital. Nick and Lacey are the proud parents of their twin boys Bryce and Nolan.

Darren Klingaman

Apprentice
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Darren Klingaman joined Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service in September 2019. Darren was born in Richland Center and raised in Rockbridge. He is the son of Keith and JoAnn (Coy) Klingaman. He graduated from Richland Center High School in 1993. Prior to joining Pratts, Darren worked in the beer distribution and garbage business. In February 2022, Darren attended the Funeral Director Apprenticeship Course at MATC-Milwaukee. In May 2022, he recieved his Apprenticeship License from the State of Wisconsin.

Darren is a diehard Milwaukee Brewers and MLB Baseball fan and, in the winter, builds attention grabbing snow sculptures. He currently resides in Lone Rock and is honored to be following his dream to be a member of the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service staff.