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Maria Armacanqui
B: 1921-10-10
D: 2017-10-15
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Matthew Welacha
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D: 2017-10-05
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Welacha, Matthew
Nebuchanezzar Wright
B: 1982-07-03
D: 2017-10-04
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Lydia Lucas
B: 1975-06-13
D: 2017-10-03
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Joann Fields
B: 1948-08-18
D: 2017-10-02
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LeRoy Stallworth
B: 1950-02-10
D: 2017-09-29
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Helen Graedel
B: 1924-02-06
D: 2017-09-27
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Arthur Hollender
B: 1942-09-07
D: 2017-09-27
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Richard Finch
B: 1963-01-06
D: 2017-09-25
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Bernard Caturani
B: 1950-05-08
D: 2017-09-19
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Clyde Head, Sr.
B: 1948-07-21
D: 2017-09-18
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Zoey Reed
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D: 2017-09-18
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Ruth Murphy
B: 1944-07-03
D: 2017-09-14
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Nancy Flora
B: 1944-01-10
D: 2017-09-10
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Pealie Edmond
B: 1941-10-22
D: 2017-09-09
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DaFondeau Eaton
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Jonni Lopez
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D: 2017-09-07
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David Francis
B: 1985-01-10
D: 2017-09-05
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Gabriella Weston
B: 2017-09-03
D: 2017-09-04
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Robert Wells
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Qiuping Kou
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D: 2017-08-25
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MADISON, WI 53713
Phone: (608) 661-3678 or (608) 661-3690
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Our Experienced Staff

Each of the staff members at Foster Funeral & Cremation Service is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal end-of-life care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.

When a loved one passes, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.

Please take a few minutes to get to know our funeral home staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.
 


Bryan Foster, President / Licensed Funeral Director (Wisconsin; Illinois)
Email: bfoster@fosterfuneralhomes.com
Mobile Phone: 608-661-3691

Sergeant First Class Bryan Foster (retired) enlisted into the U.S. Army as a Logistics Specialist in March 1990 from East St. Louis, Illinois. He first served as a Logistician 188th Ordinance Company, 2/52 Hawk Missile Battalion, 18th Airborne Corp Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1990 thru 1991.

In 1991, Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) was reassigned, as a Logistician, to 590 Support and Service Company, 22d Support Command, Saudi Arabia and then to the Defense Reutilization Marketing Office where he assisted in the redeployment and reassignment of over 3000 military vehicles.

In 1992, he became Section Chief in 555 Maintenance Company, 2/52 Patriot Missile Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 1994, after serving as a Section Chief, he was reassigned to 44th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze Korea, as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Specialist Non Commission Officer (NBC-NCO). His duties were to train 100 Soldiers to protect themselves from any Nuclear Biological Chemical threats. In 1995, he became NBC-NCO at E-Troop, 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Polk, LA. Then NBC-NCO at 603rd Transportation Company, Fort Polk, LA then in 1997 he was reassigned as a recruiter to St. Louis Recruiting Battalion, St. Louis, MO. After completing his tour in St. Louis, in 2000 he was assigned to 20th Support Group, 19th TAACOM, Korea as the Installation NCO of the 3 Bases, Area IV In/Out Processing Center Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and Platoon Sergeant. In 2001, Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) was then assigned as the Senior Human Resources Sergeant and Administrative Supervisor to Human Resources Command, St. Louis, MO. In 2004, Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) was selected to his final assignment as a Recruiter in the Madison Recruiting Station, Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion.

His 20 years of patriotic service included 2 Combat Tours one Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia.

Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) awards and decorations include Presidential Certificate of Appreciation from President Obama, 2 Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Army Commendation Medal , 1 Joint Service Achievement Medal, 3 Army Achievement Medal , 6 Army Good Conduct Medal, 1 National Defense Service Medal, 3 Southwest Asia, 1 Korea Defense Service Medal, 1 Global War on Terrorism Medal, 1 Armed Forces Service Medal, 1 Saudi Arabia-Kuwait Liberation Medal, 1 Kuwait Liberation Medal, 1 NATO Medal (Bosina), 2 Army Superior Unit Award, Army Recruiter Gold Badge with 3 Sapphires, Army Recruiter Ring of Excellence and the Army Glen Morrell Medallion.

Sergeant First Class Foster holds a Master’s of Science in Human Service specialized in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Art Degree in General Education and Associate of Arts Degree in Education From Columbia College; Associate of Science in Funeral Service from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service; National Funeral Directors Certified Planning Consultant. Sergeant First Class Foster retired from the United States Army in March 2010.

Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) memberships are National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, National Funeral Directors Association, 100 Blackmen of Madison, Madison Black Chamber of Commerce, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star Lodge, National American Black Veteran Association, Life-Member of Disable American Veterans and VFW Member.

The funeral service profession is a well respected career that incorporates interpersonal communication skills and allow for one to offer compassion relationship, with a total stranger, to assist in the final wishes of family and the love-one that has passed away. I posses the characteristics, ethics and values that spearheads, the professionalism, that is needed in the funeral service profession. As we move forward into the next generation of funeral directors, I would like to offer families with the best moral practice that will assist them with  arranging a the life celebration.

Funeral Directors touch almost every one’s life at one point or another. Funeral Directors are important because funeral services are important. Families need compassionate counseling and practical advice during the time of grief. In the aftermath of a loss, memories of the service can provide comfort to survivors at that time and during the years to come.

After serving in the military for 2 decades and working in multiple funeral homes, caring for others has becomes a part if my existence. Defending our great nation has been a pleasure. Now serving in the funeral profession, I can continue serving the people of the United States with attention-to- detail, providing a WOW Factor to the many families that I will serve. The funeral director meets with the people who wish to arrange and plan a funeral for themselves or that of a loved one. With technology being the wave of the future, I would like to establish service that will be a memorable event for families and friends that I will serve. Moreover, offering a limitless service to a family that may want a service with an outside the box arrangement.

Becoming a funeral director has been a life-long dream and now is the time for me to adventure into the field that I left to serve my country, almost 20 years ago.  With the many leadership skills that have been acquired in the military and the several funeral homes over the past 25 years, it will be my privilege to take care of families when I am called upon. By placing the needs of others before by own, has been a trait from my military leadership that will be well needed in my funeral service profession.


Dawn Adams, Licensed Funeral Director/ Manager
Email: dadams@fosterfuneralhomes.com
Office Phone: 608-661-3692

Helping others in some capacity has always been my strong point.  During my teen years, I told my parents, Rev Edward and Jacqueline Prothro, that I wanted to work in and own a funeral home and they encouraged me.  All of my friends, and my sister Tonia, have listened to me over the years talk about funeral service.  When my dad passed away, I put my career choice on hold.  I became a Certified Nursing Assistant in maternal child health which included pediatrics, nursery, post partum and NICU. Then I had a chance to work in the Emergency Room. I continued to work in the Emergency Room while completing and receiving my Associates Degree in Science. I moved to Madison and received my Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma. I continued to work in the Emergency Room for many years encountering people of many different walks of life and in various health crisis or situations.  During that time, I also worked part-time as a Deputy Coroner. I then moved to the operating room.  In many ways, I have helped many families get through that very difficult time surrounding death of a loved one.  It is very rewarding to be able to sincerely help with kind words, gentle actions and heartfelt honesty.  Many years later, I am walking into the path GOD set for me.  My pastor explained that as a teenager, it was not my vision, but GOD’s vision for me.  To finally understand what GOD has for my life makes this walk even more rewarding.

In 2010, my mom passed away and I had an awesome experience to complete getting her ready for her last public appearance.  I can’t thank Sam Smith of Divinity Funeral Home in E. Chicago, Indiana enough for allowing my sister and I that chance.  It was also during this time that I re-evaluated my future.  GOD showed how many things occur without warning.  I was accepted into Des Moines Community College (DMACC) of Mortuary Science with advanced standing. Again, Sam Smith played a huge role in becoming my preceptor and allowing me to train under him and his associates as part of my schooling. GOD kept me safe and put the right people in our paths.        

I am currently  a member of NFDA (National Funeral Directors Assoc.), NFD&MA (National Funeral Directors and Morticians Assoc.), The Madison Chapter of The Links, Inc. and an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. I look forward to continuing my journey with GOD and all of the people I am so blessed to have in my life.  I am happy to be a part of serving the community and various families in their time of need.

Dalilah Hollins, Funeral Director (Wisconsin; Illinois)
Email: dhollins@fosterfuneralhomes.com

I am a native of Chicago Illinois. I come from a close knit family with a strong Christian background rooted in Jesus Christ. My grandfather’s second job for 70 years was working somehow in the funeral business, and as a child, he told me that I was going to be a funeral director. He was right!  I attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, focusing on media studies, in 2012.After graduating, I immediately knew that I wanted to go on to fulfil my dream of becoming a Funeral Director. I then enrolled in and graduated from Worsham Mortuary College in Wheeling, IL in March of 2013. I was close to my dream. I was one step closer to doing something that I have a strong passion for, helping others in their time of need. During my internship, I was blessed enough to be mentored by the wonderful staff at Wallace Broadview Funeral Home in Broadview, IL, under the guidance of Mrs. Gladys Wallace.

Upon completing my apprenticeship, I was fortunate enough to gain more experience by being employed at Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire, WI. After being in Eau Claire for a time, I felt it was time for me to move on and learn more about the business operations, new techniques and ways to perfect my skills, so that I can become a better funeral director and serve families with the compassion and care they deserve at a time of great difficulty. I was very blessed to find a new firm to take me to such heights , Foster Funeral and Cremation Services.

I believe that everyone who walks through the doors of a funeral home should be treated like family. Assisting families with compassion and impeccably high standards through a very emotional and difficult time in their lives is, in my opinion, what makes a wonderful funeral director. I love to help people who are in need because it makes me happy knowing that I have performed a great service, and most importantly, a family will be satisfied with the service that I have provided.

On April 7, 2016, the Lord called my grandfather home, and I know what it feels like to be treated with respect during that time, but most of all, I had the honor of assisting in dressing my grandfather for his final rest. And I will be forever grateful to Mrs. Gladys Wallace, and  Rory Morman of Wallace Broadview Funeral Home of giving me  that opportunity.

Life has many ups and downs and sometimes you need someone to take your hand and assist through those hard times. As a member of the best funeral service team in Madison and Beloit, I am happy to assist and guide the families of these two communities, when the time comes that they will need a service such as ours.

“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance,” -Joel Osteen

Reginald Pearnell, Student Funeral Director

Carmen Rivera Colon , Latino Funeral Service Coordinator  (++I N MEMORY ++  1972-2015)

A LIFE LIVED THAT WILL BE MISSED
OUR COMMUNITY WILL MISS HER LEADERSHIP AND SMILE

Rev  David Smith, Chaplain

Chaplain Smith is a native of Madison, WI. He is married to Minister Tracy Smith (1989) and they have five kids. Chaplain Smith is the founder and Pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church (1996), founder and former president of the African American Council of Churches, Inc. (2004), former chaplain at Agrace HospiceCare, UW Hospital, Meriter Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, VA Hospital, and Mendota Mental Health Institute. Chaplain Smith also offers his services to several other funeral homes in the Madison area. Chaplain Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary (2003) in Camilla GA. He has taken graduate classes in Christian Counseling, Grief and Trauma, Marriage Counseling, Pre-marriage Counseling, Bereavement, and Addictive Behavior. He is a licensed and ordained minister and a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention, USA. Chaplain Smith’s ministry can be summed up in what he calls his personal brand from God, “The Community is my Parish”.

D'Livia Dumas-Henriquez
Email: dd.fosterplanningconsultant@gmail.com
Office Phone: 608-622-6055

Nhia Lee, Hmong Funeral Coordinator

As a dedicated, compassionate, loyal, and committed person, my objective as a Funeral Coordinator for Foster Funeral and Cremation Services is focusing on helping the Hmong families in Dane County during difficult times.  I recognize and can relate the grief and sorrow of losing love ones.   With my knowledge and experiences with Hmong Culture, I will provide support to best serve the needs of each family accordingly.
I graduated from Fresno City College and earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in 1994.  My family and I relocated to Madison in 1997, and I spent most of my professional career as a Chemistry Technician for Silliker Laboratory.  I am currently a full time Hmong interpreter and translator.  I have a passion to learn Hmong culture and tradition such as, funeral rituals, weddings, and spiritual ceremonies.  In addition, I also volunteer for Southern Wisconsin Hmong Association as a Treasurer.  
Kuv lub npe hu ua Nyiaj Suav Lis,
Kuv yog ib tug tub hmoob ua hauj lwm rau lub tsev txias Foster Funeral and Cremation Services.  Tus thawj tswj yog: Byran Foster.  Kuv lub hom phiaj yog yuav npaj siab thiab muaj lub siab dawb paug yuav los pab kwv tij neej tsa nyob rau hauv lub nroog Dane County no thaum ho ntsib txoj kev txom nyem.  Kuv yeej paub thiab pom tias tau ntau xyoo dhau los peb cov hmoob hauv los nroog Dane County no   txom nyem siab ntsws vim peb tsis mauj ib lub tsev los siv  thaum muaj ib siab ob qig, kuv thiaj koom tes los khiav txoj dej num no.  Kuv yuav nrhiav kom tau txoj hauv kev los pab kwv tij neej tsa kom  zoo li qhov kuv ua tau.
Ntawm kuv tus kheej,  kuv kawm ntawm  tiav daim Associate Degree Liberal Arts  nyob rau Fresno City College xyoo 1994.  Kuv thiab tsev neeg tau tsiv los rau lub zos Madison thaum 1997. Yav dhau los, kuv ua txoj hauv lwm  rau lub tuam txhab  Silliker Laboratory. Tam sis no, kuv yog ib tug tub txhais lus thiab pes lus.  Kuv tseem kawm kev cai hmoob, yog ib txoj kev ntshaw rau lub neej yav pem suab. Lub sij hawm tam si no, kuv pab koom hauv hmoob  Southern Wisconsin Hmong Association khiav dej num tuav nyiaj txiag.

Claudia Murray, Senior Preneed Specialist

Alicia Maiden, Cosmetologist(C)

Camille , Latino Funeral Coordinator

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