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Donate Cell Phones for Soldiers

January 11, 2018

We should all be supportive of the brave men and women who fight for our freedom and often struggle to stay in touch with their loved ones.

This is why Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory became a drop-off point for Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans.

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers…

Has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time.

Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home (part of Cell Phones For Soldiers) has assisted more than 3,100 veterans and their families with emergency funding.

Recycled more than 15 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills.

Regularly Mails approximately 1,500 calling cards each week.

Bob Walczyk, Jr., owner of Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory is passionate about this program, and would like to see other businesses also taking part:

"It's our honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization! We are always accepting donations! If you own a local business, we would encourage you to consider becoming a drop-off point as well."

To make a donation or find out other ways you can participate in this program, Please Click Here

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Comfort and Shared Memories

December 21, 2017

For nearly 50 years (2019 will be our 50th Anniversary Year), Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory has continually provided quality services to our families before, during and after the funeral.

We take our commitment seriously, always striving to not only meet the needs of families who trust us with their loved ones, but also, anticipating needs and offering options that modern families demand.

Barb Holford, our preneed counselor, added Lunch & Learn Seminars in 2017, educating the public on funeral trusts, travel insurance and preplanning.

These seminars have been so well received, that we will continue them in 2018. See the funeral home website or the Press Gazette for upcoming invitations, but remember to register quickly as they fill up almost immediately.

Peggy George, our aftercare coordinator, tended to the families we have served in the last year with a Spring Planting Program and a Holiday Program, exclusive to families served by Proko-Wall.

Widows and Widowers who lost a spouse in the last year were also treated to two bus trips, one to Miller Park to cheer on the Brewers, and one to the shops at the American Club in Kohler. We know grief is difficult, especially for spouses, and just want them to have a special day surrounded by people who know exactly how they are feeling.

Of course, our quarterly newsletter Tomorrow is distributed around the community.

The newsletter always offers tips on grief, has a recipe for those cooking for one, and an event calendar. The newsletter is also recognized for being the most up-to-date guide for grief programs and support groups.

The funeral directors of Proko-Wall have all brushed up on what is new in the industry with continuing education. Dedicated to taking care of each family as if it were their own, they are experts in burial, entombment, or cremation services. The funeral home added an avenue of flags in 2017, honoring deceased veterans in a special way on the day of their visitation or funeral.

We continue to fly the flag in honor of a deceased veteran on the anniversary of their passing. Special signage for the hearse designating the branch of the military that a veteran served in is also available.

The new landscaping that was planted in 2016 has flourished.

While most of it is hidden by the beauty of snow right now, drive by to see our outdoor Christmas tree and holiday decorations. In the spring, the gazebo is open to the public to view the memory garden in quiet contemplation.

Lastly, the entire staff continues to contribute time, talent, and treasure to local organizations and charities.

Church picnics, Connect Inc, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, Camp Lloyd, among others, have all benefitted from the generosity of the staff. Everyone at Proko-Wall feels that contributing back to community is a sacred duty.

We would like to thank the families who we served in 2017. We hope your holidays bring comforting memories of good times shared. We look forward to serving the greater Green Bay area in 2018.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

some tips for making it through the holidays while grieving

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Chanukah, as well as birthdays and anniversaries, can be extremely difficult for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The perceived joy and happiness that everyone seems to be experiencing may only intensify the sadness, grief and loneliness felt by the bereaved.

However, with a little planning, the holiday season may be less painful.

First of all, we must realize that it is okay to be sad or anxious during the upcoming season. Our grief ay manifest itself as loneliness, anger, guilt or fear. Or we may feel headaches, a change in sleeping patterns, a change in eating patterns, a loss of energy or a surge in energy.

All of these are normal, and may be exaggerated during the holidays. And remember that it is okay to cry. Tears are healing and cathartic.

And secondly, we must give ourselves permission to feel joy. Feeling good, laughing, and relaxing are in no way disrespectful to our loved ones.

We must set limitations on what we are able to handle this year, and decide what traditions may need to be tabled for a year or two. Are we going to put a tree up? Are we going to cook and bake? Are we going to midnight services? Are we going to shop? It is okay to alter traditions for a year, or to end some traditions all together.

Give yourself permission to do what you want or what you can, and to exclude what you can't.

Finally, take some time to memorialize our loved ones. Light a candle for them or purchase a gift for them and then donate it to charity or offer a special prayer for them. Maybe make a special trip to the cemetery. Put an empty stocking out and tell visitors to write their favorite memory down and tuck it in the stocking.

While these activities may bring some tears, these activities can be a source of comfort and strength.

Bob Walczyk, Jr., and the entire staff at Proko-Wall hope these tips will help make your holiday season a little less painful than you may have anticipated.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

GIVING IS PART OF LIVING

October 26, 2017

Along with providing exceptional facilities, services, and merchandise that continuously exceed expectations, Proko-Wall Funeral Home and Crematory provides Financial Support to many Locally Based Organizations, including the following:

St. Vincent Hospital

Golden House

Ben's Wish

Green Bay Police & Fire Departments

Unity Hospice

Aspiro

Arthritis Foundation

Alzheimer's Association

AIM Homeless Shelter

Camp Lloyd for Children

Preble High School Sting Cancer

Bay Area Humane Society

Click Here for Complete Listing

As you can see, Proko-Wall views itself as a participating member of the Green Bay Community. From their beginnings in 1969, right up through today, Proko-Wall remains a locally owned and operated service provider.

Founded in late 1969 by the late Gerald Proko and Bob Walczyk, Sr., Proko-Wall Funeral Home was established on what was known as the far east side of Green Bay. The business has grown to six fully licensed funeral directors, a certified pre-planning specialist, 18 additional full and part time staff, a licensed in-house crematory and a full service pet funeral home. Proko-Wall continues to deliver the unique brand of service that families have become accustomed to since 1969, with the ownership transferring to  Bob Sr.'s son, Bob Walczyk Jr. Long ago, Jerry and Bob Sr. realized that a funeral was much more than just a service, and were committed to helping a family keep the memories of their loved ones alive. Proko-Wall continues to help families create unique tributes to a life lived and is dedicated to walk with a family after the 'service' is over.

For assistance with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Please be so kind as to let them know you read this article in the Green Bay News Network.

AFTERCARE ~ WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

October 3, 2017

Proko-Wall understands that after the funeral service is over, the tide of friends and relatives showing their love and support slows to a ripple. It is when the room is empty and survivors are left to their own thoughts and memories that the pain of loss is greatest. For that reason, Proko-Wall provides aftercare attention.

The grief journey Begins -

Remember our philosophy, "Ease their pain by walking in their shoes." Proko-Wall's staff has walked the aftercare path before.

Our experience with doing the little things eases the pain of transition for families we care for. The list of aftercare services is simply this: "Any help that we can provide." Proko-Wall's aftercare services are available at no extra charge.

We've been There - 

Knowing the needs of families before, during and after the death of a loved one - and coming through for them in the hours of their greatest need defines Proko Wall Funeral Home.

Their business grows through the loyalty of families they have helped. Often, those families recommend Proko-Wall in the hopes that friends will experience the same comfort and care they received.

Easing pain - 

At Proko-Wall, a funeral is more than a service.

It is the beginning of a grief journey. And the staff at Proko-Wall is committed to walking with their families down that lonesome road.

For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Robert J. Walczyk Sr. Celebrating 55th Professional Anniversary

August 24, 2017

The Walczyk Family and the Staff of Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are proudly celebrating the 55th anniversary of the month when Proko-Wall Founder Robert J. Walczyk Sr. received his funeral director's license.

Bob began his career in funeral service in 1962 and opened this funeral home in 1970 with Gerald Proko. Although he is now retired, Bob still works part-time at the funeral home and does all he can to help the families of Green Bay during their most difficult moments.

The Green Bay News Network salutes Bob, Sr. on his anniversary, and we wish him many happy and healthy years ahead!

To learn more about Bob and the rest of the Proko-Wall Staff, Please Click Here.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Kindly let them know that you read this article in the Green Bay News Network.

Walcyzks Participate in 2017 Harry Sydney Open

August 17, 2017

Proko-Wall Founder Bob Walczyk Sr. and Owner Bob Walczyk Jr., participated in the 2017 Harry Sydney Open to support the My Brother's Keeper Foundation.

Bob Sr. and Bob Jr. met the mentoring association's founder, Harry Sydney, who started the foundation in 2003 after a successful NFL career.

Learn more about our Proko-Wall's community involvement by Clicking Here

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Camp Lloyd - For Grieving Children

March 14, 2017

PROKO-WALL Funeral Home publishes TOMORROW™ as a service to the families who trust us in the hours of their greatest need.

TOMORROW will be sent to all of our families for one year following their loss. It is designed to provide our families with an understanding of their yesterdays, support for their todays, and a promise of hope for their tomorrows.

The following article, "Camp Lloyd: A University-Based Day Camp for Grieving Children," by Illene N. Cupit, PhD, appears in the Spring 2017 issue of "Tomorrow."

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We hold our orientation session for camp on a Thursday night in mid -June. It is several days before Camp Lloyd starts. The first time campers, children aged 7 – 14, come to the Mauthe Center at UW-Green Bay with fear and dread on many of their faces. “What is this grief camp?”, “Why am I the only kid whose parent has died?”

That is when the magic happens. My college students, who have trained for this moment all spring semester, are there to greet the children and become their very own “Big Buddies” for a week.

While they take the children outside in the warm June sun to play games, I and professional grief therapists meet with the parents and guardians to discuss what the children will do and learn during...

To Read the Entire Article, Please Click Here

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The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

PLANNING AHEAD BRINGS PEACE OF MIND

January 5, 2017

It's something we might not be eager to think about, yet it's easier to consider now than later.

At some point, each of us will have need of funeral arrangements. Prearranging a funeral now, has the added benefit of bringing peace of mind to everyone concerned; taking much of the stress and uncertainty out of the process.

The caring and thoughtful professionals at Proko-Wall are ready to assist you.

Prearranging your funeral is a gift you give your loved ones. It allows them to concentrate on remembering and healing instead of making decisions at a time they will be under great stress.

It can be as simple as choosing your funeral home, service type, casket and vault (if needed). Alternatively, you may complete the arrangements by choosing the church readings and music, flowers you prefer, prayer card verse, funeral luncheon location, and supplying obituary notice information.

For assistance with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web. Please be so kind as to let them know that you read this article in the Green Bay News Network.

Spring Planting

August 25, 2016

We spoke with Bob Walczyk, of Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory, about their Gazebo and Memory Gardens:

The new landscaping at Proko-Wall Funeral Home has added a fresh look to a business that was established over 46 years ago. The gardens were designed to allow annual flower plantings in memory of family members who passed away during the previous year.

"This was the first year it has been done, and the turnout was amazing. There were almost 100 people representing 34 families we had the honor to serve.

Kathie Tilot, the director for the Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert College, gave a beautiful introduction followed by a group butterfly release in front of the funeral home.

Larry’s Bellevue Gardens supplied flowers, Proko-Wall supplied Memory Stones to be personalized by family members. Following the ceremonies, refreshments were served."

Within days after the flowers were planted, people started stopping by, looking at the flowers, and reflecting in the gazebo.

"We placed signage in the gazebo memorializing the loved one’s families have lost. All are welcome to come share the serenity of the gardens or say a prayer. The spring planting was a wonderful addition to the numerous programs Proko-Wall already provides for families after a death, and we think this event will truly be one that continues to grow."

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Meet Bob Walczyk

July 14, 2016

This week, we had the pleasure of visiting with someone who many of you likely know, Bob Walczyk, of Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory.  The Walczyk family has been a fixture in the greater Green Bay community for many years, and Bob treasures his many friendships and business relationships.

"I have been at Proko-Wall since construction began in September of 1969; yes, at the age of 7! I have been licensed over 31 years, and became sole
owner in 2002.

I got into the business very young, and was active in m any aspects of the family business. Early on, I took care of the outdoor maintenance, and actually planted all the trees, bushes, and flowers on the property. I also was the regular cleaning person. I guess I just evolved to where I am today. It's a great privledge to serve a family at that difficult time of their lives."

We asked Bob to tell us a bit about what he finds most fulfilling about his work:

"What I like most is the service aspect. I enjoy meeting many wonderful people, even at a very difficult time, and developing friendships for years to come. Our funeral home can provide a service that is meaningful and remembered, and I can't speak highly enough about our staff. Without them, it would be hard to deliver that experience.

Our funeral home is full service. We have the largest physical facility in northeast Wisconsin. Our crematory is located in our funeral home, not an out building (garage), or a facility away from our funeral home location. We have a full time pre-need counselor, a full time after care coordinator, 7 licensed funeral directors, and 2 apprentices, as well as a full time office manager, and numerous part time office staff and funeral director assistants.

We also operate a pet funeral home in a dedicated facility across the street from Proko-Wall. 'Forever Friends' has been in operation about 15 years, and has a seperate staff, committed to caring for deceased pet family members.

We have an in house grief support library, a quarterly newsletter, holiday support program, spring flower planting event, and 2 bus trips to help family members get through the next day. We provide a full line of caskets from 5 different manufactures representing american made products; our vaults are manufactured in DePere, Wisconsin, and we offer some extremely unique urns and keepsake products. Keepsake jewelry has also become very popular."

So, what does Bob enjoy doing when he's not at work?

"When I am not working, I like to work. Really, I love to putz. I like woodworking, used to sketch alot, fishing and hunting, sitting by a bonfire with family and friends, and sitting on the deck at the cottage with my wife.

I have been married for 30 years to Annette (Ball). She was a St. Joe's Academy girl, and I a Premontre graduate.  I have 2 daughters, Sarah and Emily, also a Portugeuse Waterdog, Daisy.

Annette and I are both from Green Bay, and can't think of working or playing anywhere else."

Lastly, we asked if there was anything else Bob wanted to share with our Members and Readers:

"Funeral Service has changed over the years, and not necessarily for the better. Corporations are a predominate factor in funeral service, as well as national and local discounters. As a locally owned family funeral home, I want our community to know that we are a part of the community. We go to church here, we shop here, pay taxes here, volunteer here, and reinvest in OUR community. Our corporate office is at 1630 E. Mason St. In Green Bay.

We have never had a family walk out of our doors because they couldn't afford a funeral at Proko-Wall. When there is a financial situation, following a death, and we are made aware of it, that family gets treated like everyone else. We will work with them to give them the type of service they want for their loved one. Unfortunately, people don't ask enough questions at the time of death, which is why it makes sense to talk to a funeral professional prior to the need."

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Lunch & Learn ~ Wednesday, June 1st

May 26, 2016

Bob Walczyk invites you to enjoy Lunch, and learn about the options and benefits of Advance Planning.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 11:00am

Rosati's Pizza - 745 South Huron Road

Please call 920.468.4111 to Reserve a Seat, as Reservations are Limited.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

How-to Manage Digital Assets

May 12, 2016

What do you know about Your Digital Assets?

Where are they?

Are they protected?

What happens when...?

In this technology age, it's crucial to learn how to manage digital assets.

Like millions of people worldwide, you probably have email stored on your personal computer, smart phone or in the cloud. You might have one or more social media accounts. You likely have many photos stored in online photo albums. Email, photos, multimedia, online banking transactions, and social media accounts are just some examples of your digital life or identity.

Having a digital life, or “digital profile,” leads to a natural, important question: What happens to all of that online content when you pass away?

Bob Walczyk, of Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory, invites you to learn how to inventory and store your valuable pictures, videos, and online assets, by means of an informative eBook, featured in their Passare information resource:  

Click Here to Read "How-to Manage Digital Assets."

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Do You Have an End-Of-Life Plan?

March 3, 2016

Why plan for End of Life?

It’s simple, really. When you plan ahead, for yourself or for your loved ones, you achieve peace of mind.

You reduce the burden to your family, by taking care of the details now. By taking the time now to make meaningful and thoughtful decisions about your legacy – when you are healthy – you ensure that your wishes will be known.

So, how do you go about putting together an appropriate plan?

"I always recommend that people seek out good, sound advice, when making important life decisions.  That applies here as well. In order to make this process easier to understand and accomplish, Proko-Wall offers End-of-Life planning information and resources through Passare." 

- Bob Walczyk, Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory

Click Here to Access these Free Planning Resources

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Comforting a Co-worker

January 28, 2016

"Comforting someone who is grieving is one of the most charitable and delicate things we do for each other. Each circumstance is unique, and requires another level of compassion and understanding. I'd like to share with you some helpful information regarding comforting a co-worker."

- Bob Walczyk, Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory

When a coworker is grieving the loss of a loved one, the impact to the workplace may be substantial. Depending on the relationship, there are many appropriate ways to support a grieving coworker.

Understand the Loss: It’s helpful to first understand that many kinds of loss can impair a collegue’s work performance, including: Death of parent, child, family member, friend or colleague; Infertility, miscarriage or stillbirth; Death of a pet; Diagnosis of serious illness

Recognize Grief: Grief is a normal, healthy response to loss that results in physical, emotional, psychological, and social reactions. Anger, fear, frustration, loneliness, and guilt are all part of the natural grief process. Grieving people also experience sadness, confusion and isolation. Grief may seem overwhelming, and make it challenging to concentrate on work for some time after a loss. Coworkers may be unable to sufficiently process their grief before they must return to their normal work routine.

How to Help: An important first step in aiding a grieving coworker, is to provide an environment that is supportive. It is helpful to acknowledge their loss, and to support their healing and recovery. A few suggested ways of helping: Distribute a card for office staff to sign. If you share a close relationship, send a personal note or card. Contribute to a group offering to show unified support. Gifts of flowers, food or home care are especially appreciated. Gather a group of colleagues to make a condolence visit or attend the funeral service. Connect personally. A simple sincere expression like, “I’m sorry for your loss,” conveys compassion and concern.

Encourage Recovery: Provide a supportive, compassionate work environment, where a grieving colleague feels cared for and encouraged. This type of environment will help them heal and recover after experiencing a loss.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Death and Anger?

October 22, 2015

How can anyone be angry at someone for dying?

Many people do in fact feel angry when someone we love dies: Angry at being abandoned, angry at the extent of the pain, angry that our life is changed, angry that managing grief feels difficult, and angry that the world suddenly feels different-empty, unsafe, or lonely.

We know they couldn't help dying. Aghast or ashamed at the idea of blaming them, these feelings get stuffed down and denied. Nonetheless these feelings exist, whether expressed or not.

You can help someone else who is grieving by listening. Simply saying, "Tell me about your anger," instead of running away from such emotions can help. You may feel more comfortable hearing anecdotes about the dead person than the intense emotions around loss. However, listening to another's pain without offering judgments or advice is a rare gift to give.

For more information on this and a variety of related topics, click here to read the Proko-Wall Newsletters.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Coats For Kids

October 8, 2015

It's no secret that there are less fortunate families among us, right here in the Green Bay area.  It's also no secret that the business owners and other residents of our community are known for their generosity to those in need.

Proko-Wall Funeral Home and Crematory would like you to be aware of a need, and a way to help:

The crisp mornings we're having now are a gentle reminder that many in our community are in need of a warm coat for the upcoming winter.

Proko-Wall is a drop-off center for the local "Coats For Kids" campaign. We invite you to do some fall cleaning and bring your gently used coats to Proko-Wall at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, by Sunday, November 1st.

This is an important, yet easy way to make a big difference in a child's life!

For further information, please call 920.468.4111, or visit Proko-Wall on Facebook, or on the web.

When Someone You Love Has Died...

September 24, 2015

If someone close to you has just died, you are likely feeling overwhelmed with the myriad of tasks before you.  We want you to know that we are here; ready and honored to be of service.

Proko-Wall Funeral Home offers a wide range of burial, entombment, cremation services, and price options for everyone in the community. Their caring and knowledgeable staff with assist you in creating a personalized meaningful service. They recognize that every life is unique and worth celebrating.

After meeting with the funeral director, almost all aspects of the service will be taken care of. The Proko-Wall staff will assist you with setting the service time, ordering flowers and a luncheon, selecting music and readings, contacting the cemetery or mausoleum, choosing merchandise such as caskets, vaults, urns, register books, memorial cards and jewelry, and any other items to make your service meaningful. Your funeral director will also take care of logistical issues such as filing certificates and permits, and placing the necessary newspaper notices. If your loved one is a veteran, the staff will assist with securing a flag and any honors he or she has earned by their service to their country.

Proko-Wall's professional and compassionate staff will work to make all of this as stress free as possible. Their objective is that you can leave the funeral home with the peace of mind that everything is taken care of, and that You and your loved one are in good hands.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance in time of need, with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Does the Mission Make a Difference?

September 8, 2015

Nearly every Church, Hospital, Business, Non-Profit Organization, Neighborhood Group, and informal Club has a Mission Statement.  The purpose of a Mission Statement is to provide a relatively short, yet very clear idea as to the identity and purpose of a particular entity or group.

While we may look at various businesses, and think that we already understand their mission, we've found that we learn more about the true identity of a business by attentively reading their Mission Statement. In a competitive economy, such as ours, we are well advised to learn all that we can about those with whom we consider doing business.  And, the time to learn is before we need their services, rather than when we're in a pressing situation.

Did you know that Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory has a Mission Statement?  Have you ever read it?

To recognize the inherent value of a life lived, and create meaningful ways for family and friends to celebrate that life and the cherished memory of their loved one.

To provide exceptional facilities, services, and merchandise. that continuously exceed the expectations of the families we have the honor of serving, making Proko-Wall Funeral Home and Crematory increasingly preferred in the Greater Green Bay Area.

To continue to be a positive force in our community, by sharing our talent and resources in all of life’s celebrations and activities.

To provide a rewarding work environment for our employees.

Knowing the caring and professional people behind the Proko-Wall name, we know that these are more than mere words.  We invite you to give Bob Walczyk, Jr. a call -- or talk with any of the Proko-Wall staff.  We're confident that you'll understand why Proko-Wall Funeral Home and Crematory is Increasingly Preferred.

The Directors, and Support Staff Members at Proko Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are here for you; in your time of need, or whenever you have concerns or questions.

For assistance with prearrangement, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

 

How Should You Dress for a Funeral or Memorial Service?

July 15, 2015

First of all: Remember, honoring your loved one and supporting the family is the most important thing you can do. With respect for the family, wear what you are comfortable wearing. Your presence is more important than your clothing.

Traditionally, funeral attire has been quite somber and formal. Women wore black dresses, and men wore dark colored suits, white shirts, and a tie.

And, just as society became less formal, so did funeral attire. Dresses gave way to pants-suits, and Suits and ties became Sports coats and khakis. Now, it is common to see both men and women in more casual and comfortable clothing.

Some families request that those coming to a visitation or service dress in a certain way. If this is the case, of course you should join in. For example, the Red Hatters show their pride in bright crimson outfits. Harley-Davidson enthusiasts dress in black, orange or their biking leathers. Sports enthusiasts wear their team colors (you can never have enough green and gold in Green Bay). These tributes truly make the visitation a celebration of the life our loved one lived.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

What can Proko-Wall provide after the funeral?

July 1, 2015

Proko-Wall Funeral Home has a long history of offerring a variety of aftercare programs and support information. It's their goal to be there for a family before, during, and after the services.

A library of books and videos can be found in the Proko-Wall resource center, and are available to the community. Family members receive a quarterly newsletter with helpful articles, recipes, and grief support information. Funeral directors can also provide contact information to families for groups such as Compassionate Friends, and Survivors of Suicide.

In December, Proko-Wall hosts an annual memorial program in remembrence of those who have passed away the previous year. Families get some helpful tips about coping with the holidays, and select a special ornament to hang on their trees. The afternoon ends with delicious homemade cookies, and a chance to visit with other families who are taking steps to survive the holidays.

Two times a year, widows, widowers, and a guest are invited to take a day trip and share a meal. Past locations included the Foxy Lady, Pumpkin Patch at the Railroad Museum, and a day at the theatre. These trips fill up fast and are quite popular.

All of these are in addition to Proko-Wall's assistance with veterans benefits, insurance and the registrar of deeds.

At Proko-Wall, care does not end with the funeral. They consider it an honor to continue their service, long after the funeral is done.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Why Have a Funeral?

June 10, 2015

When we experience a death of someone we care about, a funeral service, memorial service or life celebration provides for several important needs:

First and foremost, it fills the immediate need of dignified and respectful care of our loved one by trusted, caring professionals.

Equally as important are the needs of the survivors. Funeral services help us acknowledge the reality that someone we love has died, and allow us to express our sadness...and to say good bye.

Furthermore, a funeral service provides a support system of family and friends who can mourn with us, comfort us, and support us. It has often been said that a grief shared is a grief diminished.

Finally, the funeral reminds us, even as we reflect on the meaning of life and death, that life goes on; providing hope for the living, and a sense of continuity on our common journey.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Why does the Funeral Home ask for a Social Security Number?

May 26, 2015

During a funeral arrangement conference your Proko-Wall funeral director will ask for the social security number of your loved one.

The purpose of this is two-fold:

First, the information is needed for the death certificate.

Secondly, the funeral director will notify the Social Security Administration of the death.

Remember, the family should still contact the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 to apply for any benefits.

You can also access their website at www.socialsecurity.gov.
The local office is located at 1561 Dousman Street in Green Bay, and their direct line is 920-433-3904.

Here is a list of family members who usually qualify for benefits:

Widows or widowers, age 60 or older

Widows or widowers at any age, if caring for the deceased's children who are under the age of 16 or are disabled

Divorcees, age 60 or older, if they had been married to the deceased for 10 years or more

Widows or widowers, or divorcees of 50 years of age or older, if they are disabled

Children up to the age of 18

Children 18-19 if they are in elementary or high school full time, and children over the age of 18, if they became disabled before the age of 22

If the parents of the deceased are age 62 or older and they had been supported by the deceased, they may be eligible for a benefit


In addition to these benefits, a one-time payment of $255 may be paid to a spouse or child, if they are eligible for the previous benefits, and living with the deceased at the time of death. This payment will not be made if there is not an eligible child or spouse.

The Social Security Administration may require the deceased's social security number, proof of earnings for the past year, a birth certificate for the person applying for benefit, a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, and/or the social security numbers of those eligible for benefits, in order to process the request.

Also, if your loved one was receiving Social Security benefits, any checks which arrive after death will need to be returned to the Social Security Administration. If the deceased was receiving the benefit by direct deposit, you will want to remember to notify their bank.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Wills, Estates, and Probate - What Do You Need to Know?

May 13, 2015

As an important part of plannning for the future, there are some end-of-life business & financial questions to consider:

Do you have a will?

What is the value of your estate?

What should you know about probate?

Where can you find information about probate?

The Register in Probate assists the public by handling estates, guardianships, and trusts.

The Brown County Register in Probate Office is located in the Brown County Courthouse at 100 S. Jefferson St. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays. The phone number for the office is 920-448-4275.

Those with questions on wills, those dying without a will, and those with estates of under $50,000, may find helpful information by clicking here.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Catholics & Cremation: Separating Myth from Facts

April 30, 2015

The death of a loved one is a time of great stress, and often a time of confusion and uncertainty.  For Catholics, of which there are many in the Green Bay area, various questions often arise with regard to cremation.

Is it allowed?

What is to be done with the Cremated Remains?

Can there still be a Mass?

When should the cremation be done?

Fortunately, Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory provides clear and acccurate answers to these important questions:

The Catholic Church does allow for cremation as a method of final disposition, unless cremation was selected for anti-Christian motives.
However, the Church does have guidelines for the Catholic Funeral Rite, of which families should be aware .

The traditional Catholic practice includes an evening of visitation with a parish wake service (also called a “Vigil”), the Mass of Christian Burial (also called a funeral Mass), and the rite of committal (also called a “graveside service”).

The compassionate and professional staff of Proko-Wall Funeral Home in Green Bay offer a wide range of services and appropriate merchandise for those families desiring cremation.

Even when cremation is chosen, the Church prefers that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral services. Families would gather at the funeral home for an evening of visitation (casket may be kept closed at the family's request), and a parish wake service, go to church the next day for a funeral Mass, and go to the cemetery or mausoleum for the rite of committal after the cremation has taken place.

In order to best accommodate families desiring cremation and a traditional funeral service, Proko-Wall Funeral Home offers a large assortment of rental caskets and wooden caskets suitable for cremation.

If the body is not able to be viewed due to the manner of death, the Church does allow for a funeral Mass to be said in the presence of the cremated remains (commonly called ashes) rather than the body. The cremated remains are to be treated with the same dignity and respect that the human body is. The Church states that the cremated remains are to be buried in a cemetery, entombed in a mausoleum or buried at sea. Scattering would not be an option in the Catholic rite.

Proko-Wall Funeral Home offers a wide range of urns for families choosing to have a memorial service. Remeber to purchase an urn specific to burial, entombment, or burial at sea, as regulations for each may differ based on the cemetery or mausoleum.

Proko-Wall will work with your priest or pastoral associate to answer any other questions that you have about the Roman Catholic Church and cremation.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Why is it important that a Funeral Home have on on-site crematory?

April 14, 2015

We were told recently, by a Green Bay area resident, of an experience in which this individual's family had to wait more than several days after the funeral service, to receive the cremated remains of their loved one.  This was due to the fact that the cremation could not be done onsite.

You may have noticed that some funeral homes have crematory in their title, and some funeral homes have cremation services in their title. 

At Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory, they have their own on-site crematory to ensure that your loved one never leaves their care, giving everyone concerned peace of mind.

Funeral homes with cremation services in their title use an off-site crematory.

Because of thier concern that all proper cremation laws and procedures be followed, the caring and professional funeral directors at Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory are certified specialists in cremation. They strictly adhere to the Cremation Code of Ethics, and are members of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Service Association, as well as the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced training.

At Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory, You can be confident that your deceased loved one is receiving dignified care in a safe, secure, onsite environment.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

tips for making it through Easter while grieving

March 31, 2015

Easter (no less than Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Chanukah, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) can be extremely difficult for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The joy and happiness that everyone around us seems to be experiencing, may only intensify the sadness, grief, and loneliness felt by the bereaved.

However, with a little planning, the holiday celebration may be less painful.

First of all, we must realize that it is okay to be sad or anxious about holidays. Our grief may manifest itself as loneliness, anger, guilt or fear. Or, we may feel headaches, a change in sleeping patterns, a change in eating patterns, a loss of -- or a surge in -- energy.

All of these are normal, and may be exaggerated during any particular holiday or celebration. And, remember that it is okay to cry. Tears can be healing.
Just as importantly, we must give ourselves permission to feel joy.

Feeling good, laughing, and relaxing are in no way disrespectful to our loved ones.

We may need to limit how much we try to do, and decide what traditions may need to be tabled for a year or two. Are we going to cook and bake? Are we going to shop?

Give yourself permission to do what you want to, or can do, and permission to exclude what you cannot do.

Finally, take some time to memorialize our loved ones. Light a candle for them, or purchase a gift for them; and then donate it to charity, or offer a special prayer for them. Maybe make a special trip to the cemetery. Activities such as these can be a source of comfort and strength.

Hopefully these tips will help make this Easter a little less painful than you perhaps anticipated.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

How to Have Peace of Mind ~ Knowing That your wishes will be followed

March 19, 2015

Many of us have very specific ideas about what we would like for our funeral or cremation services.

When we prearrange our funerals, we would like some assurance that our wishes will be carried out. Previously, the law stated that the rights of the next of kin were paramount over the rights of the deceased. But a new form, called an Authorization for Final Disposition, can supersede the wishes of the next of kin.

For example, let's say that a person wishes to be buried, but is fearful that their next of kin may want to have them cremated. The person can fill out an Authorization for Final Disposition, naming someone other than their next of kin as the person responsible for arrangements. And vice versa, should a person desire cremation, they can ensure that their wishes will be carried out by the person named in the document.

An Authorization for Final Disposition is also a good idea for people in a second marriage -- who wish their children to be responsible for arrangements -- for someone who has a significant other but is not married, for someone with no children, for someone with children out of town -- who wishes to take the pressure off of them as they travel back for services -- or, for those with many children -- who wish only one or two to be in charge of arrangements.

The Authorization for Final Disposition is a legal document that must be filled out completely and correctly in order to be legal binding. For those in the Green Bay area, it can be obtained at Proko-Wall Funeral Home where their caring and professsional funeral directors and prearrangement staff are willing to assist you with drafting the document, and putting your wishes down in a confidential record.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Are there benefits for a deceased Military veteran?

March 5, 2015

Our Military Veterans made great sacrifices for our beloved country, and the dedicated and caring staff at Proko-Wall will help to secure any eligible benefits you would like to include as part of a memorial service or funeral service.

All eligible veterans are entitled to a flag, military honors, and a Presidential Certificate. Your Proko-Wall Funeral Director will work with the State of Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors Program to coordinate a bugler for Taps, a firing detail for the gun salute, and active duty military personnel who will present the flag to the next of kin. This solemn ceremony is full of emotion and touches the hearts of all who witness it.

The funeral home staff will also secure the flag from the Brown County Veterans Service office, and will assist the family with applying for any other benefits to which the veteran may be entitled. The phone number for the Veterans Service Office is 448-4450, and it is best to have an appointment with them. We can also provide transportation to this appointment. Remember; it is the Veterans Administration that ascertains who is eligible, and what they are eligible for, based on the service record of the veteran, and on what veteran services they were receiving at the time of their death.

Benefits may include burial in a national or state veterans cemetery. State cemeteries include Spooner, King, and Union Grove. If the veteran is eligible for burial in the state cemetery, this benefit includes the grave space, perpetual care, a graveliner, opening and closing, and the monument. Spouses, even if they are not veterans, are able to be buried with their loved one. For those who wish to be buried in a private cemetery, the veteran may be eligible for a headstone.

Some veterans may be entitled to other monetary benefits, or may have veterans insurance. For all benefits, a DD214 is required (discharge papers), and some benefits require a certified copy of the death certificate.

Proko-Wall considers it an honor to assist our Veterans with making sure that their funeral services the dignified tribute they deserve.

 

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Why is it a good idea to compare funeral homes?

February 18, 2015

We compare prices before buying a home, a car, and even groceries. Why not do so with regard to our funeral arrangements?

While some people may be hesitant, it's a great idea to compare funeral homes and funeral directors. Proko-Wall is a locally owned funeral home, that employs a seasoned and compassionate staff of local professionals, with years of experience.

We are experts with regard to information on the area churches, restaurants, florists, and cemeteries. We have well-established relationships with other venues; enabling you to have the best experience possible in honoring your loved one.

We also have the finest and largest chapels in town, and we invite you to come and see the difference. While others may come and go, our staff has committed our time, resources, and talents to our community. We've been here for 50 years, and we'll be here in 50 more.

It's also a great idea to compare funeral costs. You will find a broad range of funeral and memorial options at Proko-Wall; thoughtfully designed to fit all the needs of our community residents.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

What's the difference between a “memorial service” and a “funeral service?”

February 4, 2015

When reading obituaries, you may notice that some services are referred to as funeral services and others, as memorial services.

Traditionally speaking, a funeral service implies that the deceased will be present in a casket at the service. A memorial service implies that the body of the deceased will not be present for the service. However, many people use memorial and funeral interchangeably in describing services.

Both types of services allow loved ones to gather in a supportive atmosphere to celebrate the life of the deceased and acknowlege sorrow at their passing. Some people feel that being able to say goodbye by seeing their loved one further affirms that the death has occurred. At some memorial services, an urn may be present, at others, pictures or favorite items of the deceased may be the focal point.

The emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of every family are different. Allow the caring, professional staff of Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory to assist you in planning a funeral service, or memorial service, to best celebrate the life of your loved one.

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For assistance with pre-planning, at time of need, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

“The Sympathy Store”

January 14, 2015

Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory, locally owned and operated in Green Bay since 1969, offers many thoughtful and professional services. Whether you're looking for pre-planning, at need, or grief support, the caring and helpful staff at Proko-Wall are ready to provide you with resources.

As an added convenience, through their website, Proko-Wall offers the “Sympathy Store,” by LifeTributes.com.

The Sympathy Store powered by LifeTributes.com has partnered with Proko-Wall to provide a convenient online shopping destination. The Sympathy Store is dedicated to helping website visitors express their heartfelt condolences in a way that brings comfort to those suffering from the loss of their loved one. All of our gifts are sure to deliver smiles, from across the miles or right next door, when they are needed most.

For assistance, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Support for the Holidays, and Through the Year

December 18, 2014

Any of us who have experienced the loss of a loved one, know how difficult it can be to get through the various holidays; especially during that first year.

The caring and professional staff at Proko Wall Funeral Home understand these challenges, and they are committed to being supportive of your needs.

... "Ease their pain by walking in their shoes." Proko-Wall's staff has walked the aftercare path before. Our experience with doing the little things eases the pain of transition for families we care for. The list of aftercare services is simply this: "Any help that we can provide." Proko-Wall's aftercare services are available at no extra charge.

Remember: You don't have to “go it alone.”

For assistance, or for further information, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall on the web.

Forever Friends

November 18, 2014

The famous poet, journalist, and novelist, Anatole France is quoted as saying “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

These words help to describe the amazing relationship between pet owners and their animals.

At Proko-Wall Funeral Home, their caring, professional staff understands that your pet is part of your family, and that the grieving over a lost pet is quite real.

“During this difficult period of bereavement, we extend our professional care and sincere compassion. As a family-owned business, we strive to provide a service that pays tribute to your pet, and encourages family members to share the treasured memories of the pet they loved.”

For information and assistance, please call 920.468.4111, stop in at 1630 E. Mason Street in Green Bay, or visit Proko-Wall- Forever Friends on the web.