Our Heritage

After working at Milprint for about nine years and attending the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, Jim Cotter joined the Coffey Funeral Home in De Pere, which was located on South Broadway Street, making it the Coffey-Cotter Funeral Home. When John L. Coffey retired in 1962, Jim Cotter became the sole owner and Cotter Funeral Home was officially founded.

Jim had his first funeral for the family of Jannie Liebergen, on February 22, 1962. As business began to grow, it became clear that a larger building would be required. Cotter Funeral Home moved to its current location on Webster Avenue in 1968 after construction was complete on the new facility.

After receiving his Diploma at Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Jim’s son, Mike joined the firm in 1983 making Cotter Funeral Home a second-generation owned funeral home. Through the years, Jim and his son Mike set a goal to give each and every family the resources and tools they need to make their lives a little easier during times of grief. In support of this goal, we are proud to feature a full grief library with literature and videos to help children and adults of any age to deal with their very difficult time. We also feature pre-planning guides that are available without any cost or obligation. You can access these resources here.

Two Denmark locations of Cotter Funeral Home were added with the retirement of Ozzie and Doris Schleis in 1988 and Lyman De Wane in 1989, continuing multiple generations of family owned facilties in the community. Growth and need for a larger, modern, and more accessible facility to serve the families of Denmark and surrounding areas, a new facility was constructed and opened in October, 1990 on County R.

The Wrightstown location of Cotter Funeral Home was added in 1989 with the retirement of Clem De Wane. A complete remodel of that facility was completed in 1990, further continuing a family owned and operated funeral home tradition in that community as well.

Continued steady growth and expansion serving De Pere, Ledgeview, and Allouez communities over the years resulted in a large addition to the De Pere location in 2000, and a complete remodel and reconfiguration of the facility in 2014.

In September 2012, Cotter Funeral Home was excited to welcome its third generation of directors as Matt Cotter received his degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director.

In 2014, a state-of-the art crematory was added in De Pere. The Cotter Cremation Care facility is the only stand-alone facility in the greater Green Bay area, designed solely for cremation, including a family gathering and witness chapel and conference room.

As Cotter Funeral Home continues to grow, we are more dedicated and thankful than ever to be a part of the communities we serve. Most importantly, our Cotter Funeral Homes & Crematory are proud to remain family owned and family operated so that we may better serve your family for many years to come.


Jim and Elaine Cotter

Mike and JoAnn Cotter

Matt Cotter

Cotter Funeral & Cremation Care Locations



Allouez/De Pere

860 N. Webster Avenue
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone:(920) 375-5439

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536 County Road R
Denmark, WI 54208
Phone: (920) 863-2411

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Cremation Center

115 N. Erie Street
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: (920) 375-5439

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