Dear Friends,

I would like to announce that I am now a proud associate of Harder Funeral Home. On June 25th, 2010 I was informed by Stephen Schmidt, president of Schmidt and Bartelt Guardalabene and Amato Funeral Service that he was “reorganizing the company and my position was being eliminated.” I was the third long-term senior funeral director to be released since April 1st due to his reorganization. He also closed and sold the funeral home located at 106 W. Silver Spring Dr. in Whitefish Bay to a developer.

Unfortunately, Schmidt and Bartelt owns the name Guardalabene and Amato Funeral Service and they will continue to use the name in their death notices and on their signs. Please be advised, however, that the association with all the members of the Amato family and the Guardalabene family with Schmidt and Bartelt has now completely ended.

As dictated by the laws of the State of Wisconsin, all pre-paid funeral trusts are allowed to be transferred to another funeral home at any time. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss transferring your trust to me from Schmidt and Bartelt. I would, of course, honor all the terms and wishes as originally agreed upon. It is a very simple process that only requires your signature on a transfer form which I would provide. In addition, there very likely could be a cost savings to you because of Harder’s most reasonable charges.

The Harder family owned funeral service has been one of the most respected and successful funeral homes in Southeastern Wisconsin since 1934. My father’s and my many years of friendship with the Harder family and their well known reputation for exceptional service, with their spacious, well appointed chapels and most reasonable fees, made my decision to become their associate a very easy one. As always, I will personally provide services at your church, chapel or at our funeral home. I am also available for funeral planning and pre-planning at your residence, office or at the funeral home.

Thank you for your continued trust and support.

James T. Guardalabene