By Nancy Hohbach
The new funeral home will be erected by Loren Mohning of Marcus, with the completion date around mid-October. Features of the new home include a large car port for people to get out of their vehicles without getting into the weather. One enters the home through a large foyer. To the left of the foyer will be a large family room which will be comfortably furnished for the family to meet or retreat back to. In addition, there will be space for small children to play to occupy their time. To the south of this room will be restrooms for men and women.
To the right of the foyer will be a large chapel which will seat 150 guests. At the front of the chapel will be two large screen TV's which may be utilized to show a video put together by Schubert with photographs family and friends have brought to share with others. The video will run constantly during visitation and one provided by the home to the grieving family. This video may also be viewed on their web site as an additional service. This is a free service to their patrons. Also condolence messages may be left on the web site for the grieving family.
The outside of the home will be done a taupe siding with some brick to enhance the look of the home. The cement parking will provide enough space for at least 25 vehicles.
Schubert, a Cherokee native, went onto Wayne State College for two years taking preparatory classes before transferring to Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 2000. Schubert was then employed by the Warner Funeral Home of Spencer until he purchased the Greenwood Funeral Home. Schubert commented, "We did roughly 250 funerals a year there where I gained much experience giving me a background of confidence dealing with death. It is my desire to provide details of personal service to the grieving family. We provide cookies and bars and a good cup of coffee which are all made by my wife. It's the little things that can make a good deal of difference when the family is going through an upsetting time."
His warehouse of coffins will be in Cherokee and getting the body ready for viewing. The family will be able to custom select whatever coffin they envision for their loved one whether the type of wood, stain, color of lining and what details they'd like to see on the inside. Any coffin may be made to their specifications within 24 hours. They have the latest in designs and wordings for programs and folders to select from.
Schubert also provides pre-planning services. They will give you information so you will have what is needed when you come to the home to plan the burial of a loved one, They will sit down and have a conference how things will be handled to the family's request or guide you along to your choices. One may also select monuments from them. Schuberts do their own cemetery work from the cement to set the marker stone on.
Schubert's wife Julie hails from Sioux City, attended University of South Dakota and is presently employed as a speech therapist for AEA and Sports Rehab. The couple has two daughters, Lauren is five years old and Addison is two. The family enjoys sports. Schubert has already joined the Marcus golf course and plans to be active in the local chamber. The Marcus community will see them become involved in a number of activities.