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Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

 

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Timothy J. Wisniewski Funeral Director and Owner

The founder, Mr. Timothy J. Wisniewski is a third-generation funeral director who made Alaska his home in 1976 with the aspiration of opening and operating a funeral home in the Kenai area. Throughout the years he has watched the role of funerals within society change and has adapted services to meet the needs of the families that he serves. Mr. Wisniewski continues to listen to all of the concerns of the communities throughout Alaska and has opened all six locations based on the needs of our growing state.  Mr. Wisniewski has made a firm pledge to take care of the families we serve as Alaska's oldest family owned funeral homes.

Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory

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Michael Elizondo Funeral Director / Embalmer michael@alaskanfuneral.com

Michael Elizondo is a Texas native. Although born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, he considered Texas his home for the most part of his life. He attended Martin High School in Laredo, where he also began his career in the funeral service industry. He then moved into the San Antonio area, where he went on to attend San Antonio College, and thereafter graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in 2012. Moving to Alaska in early May of 2017, Michael currently resides in Anchorage alongside his daughter Rosalie Gwynne. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, is an avid comic book enthusiast, and bass guitar player.

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Brian Lervold Funeral Director / Embalmer / Pre-Need Insurance brian@alaskanfuneral.com

I am a Nebraska native (Go Big Red), but attended high school in Kansas City (Bishop Ward). I attended the University of Louisiana Lafayette and the University of Kansas before graduating from Kansas City Kansas Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. I have been married to my beautiful, loving wife, Amanda for 21 years and have two sons, Nathan and Daniel; daughter, Sabrina and a granddaughter, Ava. I am a member of Pheasants Forever (www.pheasantsforever.org) Anchorage South  Rotary (www.anchoragesouthrotary.com) Sons of Norway (www.sofnalaska.com) and Moose International www.lodge1534.moosepages.org). I have been proud to serve many communities in Alaska, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai. I enjoy shooting sports, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends around bonfires and old Kung Fu movies.

 

 

Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory - Kenai

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Grant Wisniewski Funeral Director / Embalmer / Pre-Need Insurance

Timothy "Grant" Wisniewski born and raised in Alaska and had graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2003. He furthered his education by attending the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Community College and finally Ft. Hood Community College to earning his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science in 2006. Upon graduation, Grant began his career as a funeral director at Peninsula Memorial in Kenai following his family legacy and is a fourth generation funeral director. In 2009 he married his wife Amanda. Together they have three children, Grayson, Emma Charley and Oliver, along with their family dog, Baby. He enjoys mountain biking, camping, hiking, dip netting, traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

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B.J. Elder Funeral Director / Embalmer / Pre-Need Insurance

Blaine J. “B.J.” Elder is a native of Nebraska. He attended and graduated high school in Central Nebraska. He furthered his education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, majoring in Pre-Mortuary Science. He then continued at Kansas City Kansas Community College Department of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 1994 with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science. After mortuary school, he worked in Nebraska as a funeral director and embalmer until taking a position with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in November 1999. He and his wife, Barb, have three kids, Chase, Shelby and Maggie, granddaughters, Gracie and Emersyn, and two English Mastiffs, Daisy and Duke. He is a member of Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church Kenai. When not at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors in what Alaska has to offer, traveling and spending time with his family.

Timothy J. Wisniewski

Funeral Director and Owner
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The founder, Mr. Timothy J. Wisniewski is a third-generation funeral director who made Alaska his home in 1976 with the aspiration of opening and operating a funeral home in the Kenai area. Throughout the years he has watched the role of funerals within society change and has adapted services to meet the needs of the families that he serves. Mr. Wisniewski continues to listen to all of the concerns of the communities throughout Alaska and has opened all six locations based on the needs of our growing state.  Mr. Wisniewski has made a firm pledge to take care of the families we serve as Alaska's oldest family owned funeral homes.

Michael Elizondo

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Michael Elizondo is a Texas native. Although born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, he considered Texas his home for the most part of his life. He attended Martin High School in Laredo, where he also began his career in the funeral service industry. He then moved into the San Antonio area, where he went on to attend San Antonio College, and thereafter graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in 2012. Moving to Alaska in early May of 2017, Michael currently resides in Anchorage alongside his daughter Rosalie Gwynne. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, is an avid comic book enthusiast, and bass guitar player.

Grant Wisniewski

Funeral Director / Embalmer / Pre-Need Insurance
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Timothy "Grant" Wisniewski born and raised in Alaska and had graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2003. He furthered his education by attending the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Community College and finally Ft. Hood Community College to earning his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science in 2006. Upon graduation, Grant began his career as a funeral director at Peninsula Memorial in Kenai following his family legacy and is a fourth generation funeral director. In 2009 he married his wife Amanda. Together they have three children, Grayson, Emma Charley and Oliver, along with their family dog, Baby. He enjoys mountain biking, camping, hiking, dip netting, traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

B.J. Elder

Funeral Director / Embalmer / Pre-Need Insurance
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Blaine J. “B.J.” Elder is a native of Nebraska. He attended and graduated high school in Central Nebraska. He furthered his education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, majoring in Pre-Mortuary Science. He then continued at Kansas City Kansas Community College Department of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 1994 with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science. After mortuary school, he worked in Nebraska as a funeral director and embalmer until taking a position with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in November 1999. He and his wife, Barb, have three kids, Chase, Shelby and Maggie, granddaughters, Gracie and Emersyn, and two English Mastiffs, Daisy and Duke. He is a member of Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church Kenai. When not at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors in what Alaska has to offer, traveling and spending time with his family.

Brian Lervold

Funeral Director / Embalmer / Pre-Need Insurance
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I am a Nebraska native (Go Big Red), but attended high school in Kansas City (Bishop Ward). I attended the University of Louisiana Lafayette and the University of Kansas before graduating from Kansas City Kansas Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. I have been married to my beautiful, loving wife, Amanda for 21 years and have two sons, Nathan and Daniel; daughter, Sabrina and a granddaughter, Ava. I am a member of Pheasants Forever (www.pheasantsforever.org) Anchorage South  Rotary (www.anchoragesouthrotary.com) Sons of Norway (www.sofnalaska.com) and Moose International www.lodge1534.moosepages.org). I have been proud to serve many communities in Alaska, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai. I enjoy shooting sports, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends around bonfires and old Kung Fu movies.