Cesarz, Charapata &
Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., has
reportedly been sold to a Florida-based funeral home
Cara Spoto/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA — Florida-based funeral home operator
Foundation Partners Group has purchased Cesarz,
Charapata & Zinnecker.
acquisition was announced in an undated press release
posted to FPG’s website this month and brings the number
of the company’s Wisconsin “partner locations” to five,
the release states.
owns dozens of funeral parlors stretching from Florida
to Washington state, including locations in Fort
Atkinson, Cambridge, Jefferson and Whitewater.
company describes itself in the release as a leading
provider of innovative funeral experiences and products,
committed to revolutionizing the funeral profession.
“The acquisition of Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker offers
a wonderful opportunity to
expand upon our
existing network in central Wisconsin,” said Bob Bukala,
president and CEO of FPG in the release. “As part of our
growth strategy we look to affiliate with firms that are
considered to be trusted friends by the communities in
which they serve ... We are thrilled that the CCZ team
has chosen to join the Foundation Partners family.”
Calls to Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home on
Wednesday were not returned by press time, but the FPG
press release contains a quote from the funeral home’s
owner, Ryan Nowatka.
“The whole team is very excited to join forces with
Foundation Partners Group,” Nowatka said. “We all look
forward to bringing new ideas and services to our
families in the Waukesha area.”
Having served generations of Waukesha residents at other
locations and under different names since 1897, Cesarz,
Charapata & Zinnecker has been at its current location
at 237 N. Moreland Boulevard since the 1960s.
February of 2015, Mary Lou Charapata, who joined the
business 1982, passed the ownership on to Nowatka, the
funeral home’s website states.
“Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker has long enjoyed an
outstanding reputation in the Waukesha area and
consistently delivers the same high standards we strive
to achieve every day,” Erin Whitaker, vice president of
business development at FPG, said in the release. “We
are delighted to welcome the team to Foundation