Our Directors

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Robert J. Walczyk Jr.

Owner-Funeral Director

Bob has been here for almost 50 years, "since the plaster went on the walls" and is the owner of Proko-Wall. His strongest assets are his empathetic approach to families in their time of grief, and his creativity in helping them establish a positive memory of their loved one. Bob is a member of the National Railroad Museum and the Green Bay Preble Optimist Club. He serves on a college advisory committee at NWTC. In the past, Bob has been a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters and My Brother's Keeper. He is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Parish, as well as numerous professional organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his wife, Annette, and their two daughters, Sarah and Emily. Bob is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys woodworking, sketching, painting, motorcycling and snowmobiling.

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Robert J. Walczyk Jr.

Owner-Funeral Director

Bob has been here for almost 50 years, "since the plaster went on the walls" and is the owner of Proko-Wall. His strongest assets are his empathetic approach to families in their time of grief, and his creativity in helping them establish a positive memory of their loved one. Bob is a member of the National Railroad Museum and the Green Bay Preble Optimist Club. He serves on a college advisory committee at NWTC. In the past, Bob has been a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters and My Brother's Keeper. He is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Parish, as well as numerous professional organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his wife, Annette, and their two daughters, Sarah and Emily. Bob is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys woodworking, sketching, painting, motorcycling and snowmobiling.

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Robert J. Walczyk Sr.

Founder - Funeral Director

Bob Walczyk Sr. began his career in funeral service in 1962, at Findeisen Greiser Funeral Home in Green Bay. In 1969, he and Gerald Proko ventured out on their own and established Proko-Wall Funeral Home in Green Bay, at it's present location on East Mason Street. Over his career as a licensed funeral director Bob Sr. was involved in numerous professional organizations, service organizations and is an active member of St. Mary of the Angels parish where he still belongs. Bob is presently enjoying his retirement working part time at the funeral home and spending winters in Florida. He enjoys a round of golf, a good cigar and spending time with his family.

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Robert J. Walczyk Sr.

Founder - Funeral Director

Bob Walczyk Sr. began his career in funeral service in 1962, at Findeisen Greiser Funeral Home in Green Bay. In 1969, he and Gerald Proko ventured out on their own and established Proko-Wall Funeral Home in Green Bay, at it's present location on East Mason Street. Over his career as a licensed funeral director Bob Sr. was involved in numerous professional organizations, service organizations and is an active member of St. Mary of the Angels parish where he still belongs. Bob is presently enjoying his retirement working part time at the funeral home and spending winters in Florida. He enjoys a round of golf, a good cigar and spending time with his family.

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Jeane Smits

Managing Funeral Director

Jeane Smits is a licensed funeral director with 30 years experience and a licensed agent for burial agreements. She is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy and MATC with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service and UW-Green Bay with a degree in Social Change and Development, all summa cum laude. Jeane and her husband, Chad Biemeret, live in Allouez with their cats, Buddy and Stache. In addition to various professional organizations, Jeane is the secretary of the Green Bay West Rotary Club, and a eucharistic minister and member of the Social Justice and Human Concerns Committee at St. Matthew Parish.  She has also volunteered as an advocate for abused youth, women and the homeless with The Violence Intervention Project and St. John's Homeless Shelter. She is a past office holder for the Fox River Valley District of the WFDA and served on an advisory panel for the Department of Regulation and Licensing.  Jeane has received numerous awards for outstanding performance and dedication in customer service for pre-need and received the Manager of the Year award from The Loewen Group, Inc. while employed at Schauer & Schumacher Funeral Home.


"Even as a child, I was called to the sacred ministry that is funeral service.  In a nutshell, I meet wonderful people on some of their most difficult days, and have the honor of helping them celebrate the life of the loved one they have lost.  Equally as important, these fine people trust me to walk with them on the beginning their grief journey, hopefully offering comfort and peace of mind.  These are responsibilities I do not take lightly.  I have had some amazing mentors in Green Bay and am proud to serve the community at what I feel is the finest facility in all of Northeastern Wisconsin, with some of the best people I have ever met."  Jeane Smits

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Jeane Smits

Managing Funeral Director

Jeane Smits is a licensed funeral director with 30 years experience and a licensed agent for burial agreements. She is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy and MATC with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service and UW-Green Bay with a degree in Social Change and Development, all summa cum laude. Jeane and her husband, Chad Biemeret, live in Allouez with their cats, Buddy and Stache. In addition to various professional organizations, Jeane is the secretary of the Green Bay West Rotary Club, and a eucharistic minister and member of the Social Justice and Human Concerns Committee at St. Matthew Parish.  She has also volunteered as an advocate for abused youth, women and the homeless with The Violence Intervention Project and St. John's Homeless Shelter. She is a past office holder for the Fox River Valley District of the WFDA and served on an advisory panel for the Department of Regulation and Licensing.  Jeane has received numerous awards for outstanding performance and dedication in customer service for pre-need and received the Manager of the Year award from The Loewen Group, Inc. while employed at Schauer & Schumacher Funeral Home.


"Even as a child, I was called to the sacred ministry that is funeral service.  In a nutshell, I meet wonderful people on some of their most difficult days, and have the honor of helping them celebrate the life of the loved one they have lost.  Equally as important, these fine people trust me to walk with them on the beginning their grief journey, hopefully offering comfort and peace of mind.  These are responsibilities I do not take lightly.  I have had some amazing mentors in Green Bay and am proud to serve the community at what I feel is the finest facility in all of Northeastern Wisconsin, with some of the best people I have ever met."  Jeane Smits

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Shawn Kamke

Funeral Director

Shawn is orginally from Schofield and graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 2009, where he participated in football, basketball and baseball.  He continued his education at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science in 2013.  After working briefly as an apprentice in Wausau, Shawn joined the Proko-Wall team in 2015, as a licensed funeral director.  He also is a licensed agent for burial agreements, allowing him to assist with funeral preplanning.  Shawn handles the majority of the technical applications for Proko-Wall's state of the art audio-visual  system.  He enjoys running, playing softball, cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers and is the proud owner of a black retriever aptly named Brewer.  Shawn is a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. 


Shawn is often asked, "How did you decide to do this for a career? Isn't it always depressing working here?" He responds, "These common questions about my job verify that death is still a very taboo subject within our culture. I believe we can reduce the stigma around death, and it begins with guiding families through this most difficult process with sympathy and efficiency. Beginning with the embalming process, the sacredness in taking care of deceased loved ones, I feel there is great value.  I take pride in preparing the deceased to be viewed by their family members and friends for the last time, as this can ease the burden of grief. I also enjoy being exposed to all walks of life.  At any given moment we serve many different types of families, all with their own unique stories to tell about a loved one, or with special cultural ideas regarding the funeral services."

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Shawn Kamke

Funeral Director

Shawn is orginally from Schofield and graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 2009, where he participated in football, basketball and baseball.  He continued his education at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science in 2013.  After working briefly as an apprentice in Wausau, Shawn joined the Proko-Wall team in 2015, as a licensed funeral director.  He also is a licensed agent for burial agreements, allowing him to assist with funeral preplanning.  Shawn handles the majority of the technical applications for Proko-Wall's state of the art audio-visual  system.  He enjoys running, playing softball, cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers and is the proud owner of a black retriever aptly named Brewer.  Shawn is a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. 


Shawn is often asked, "How did you decide to do this for a career? Isn't it always depressing working here?" He responds, "These common questions about my job verify that death is still a very taboo subject within our culture. I believe we can reduce the stigma around death, and it begins with guiding families through this most difficult process with sympathy and efficiency. Beginning with the embalming process, the sacredness in taking care of deceased loved ones, I feel there is great value.  I take pride in preparing the deceased to be viewed by their family members and friends for the last time, as this can ease the burden of grief. I also enjoy being exposed to all walks of life.  At any given moment we serve many different types of families, all with their own unique stories to tell about a loved one, or with special cultural ideas regarding the funeral services."

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Joshua Vandenbush

Funeral Director

Joshua was born in Wallace, Michigan and graduated from Stephenson High School in 2005 where he earned acccolades as an offensive lineman.  He graduated from Worsham College and began a career in funeral service.  Josh joined the Proko-Wall team in 2014 and is fondly referred to as our gentle giant.  His sincere empathy is evident to all people he meets.


In January of 2016, Josh married fellow funeral director, Miranda Rosatti.  He adores his children, Eli and Ezra, and his dog Chase completes the family.  In his free time, he enjoys video gaming and practicing his guitar playing.


"People often ask me how I ended up being a funeral director.  When I was young, I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do when I grew up, but I did know that I wanted to help people.  I worked many different jobs, the first being a farm hand at 14, the last before I became a funeral director as a golf course ground's keeper.  Nothing has been as rewarding as what I do today.  I could not find a more gratifying career than assisting a family through the saddest moment of their lives and doing my best to make an extremely difficult time a little bit easier.  This career has granted me numerous opportunities to help people in a manner very personal to each individual, rewarding me with a level of fulfillment absent in any other job.  It is what I was meant to do."  Joshua Vandenbush

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Joshua Vandenbush

Funeral Director

Joshua was born in Wallace, Michigan and graduated from Stephenson High School in 2005 where he earned acccolades as an offensive lineman.  He graduated from Worsham College and began a career in funeral service.  Josh joined the Proko-Wall team in 2014 and is fondly referred to as our gentle giant.  His sincere empathy is evident to all people he meets.


In January of 2016, Josh married fellow funeral director, Miranda Rosatti.  He adores his children, Eli and Ezra, and his dog Chase completes the family.  In his free time, he enjoys video gaming and practicing his guitar playing.


"People often ask me how I ended up being a funeral director.  When I was young, I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do when I grew up, but I did know that I wanted to help people.  I worked many different jobs, the first being a farm hand at 14, the last before I became a funeral director as a golf course ground's keeper.  Nothing has been as rewarding as what I do today.  I could not find a more gratifying career than assisting a family through the saddest moment of their lives and doing my best to make an extremely difficult time a little bit easier.  This career has granted me numerous opportunities to help people in a manner very personal to each individual, rewarding me with a level of fulfillment absent in any other job.  It is what I was meant to do."  Joshua Vandenbush

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Joshua Ferguson

Funeral Director

Joshua joined the staff of Proko-Wall Funeral Home in 2015.  Born in Fond du Lac, he graduated from Horace Mann High School and Milwaukee Area Technical College with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service.  He had formerly worked at funeral homes in Ripon and Oshkosh before moving to the west side of Green Bay.  Joshua and his wife Jennifer have three children, Izzy, Ira, and Ivanna.  A loveable mutt, Emma, completes the family.  Joshua enjoys playing guitar, reading and building models.  Families often remark on his caring and patient manner.    


"How was I called to funeral service?  A close friend of mine passed away-he was just 25 years old.  It was unexpected and sudden.  Over the week preceding the funeral, I had the opportunity to get to know his family and other close friends.  We learned so much about our beloved friend, and about each other as we grieved together.  The love and devotion I experienced over that week was amazing.  The simple act of being there for someone at a time of great despair, and the ability to give counsel and care are great privileges.  I am very thankful and honored to be a funeral director in Green Bay, and look forward to serving my community."  Joshua Ferguson 

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Joshua Ferguson

Funeral Director

Joshua joined the staff of Proko-Wall Funeral Home in 2015.  Born in Fond du Lac, he graduated from Horace Mann High School and Milwaukee Area Technical College with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service.  He had formerly worked at funeral homes in Ripon and Oshkosh before moving to the west side of Green Bay.  Joshua and his wife Jennifer have three children, Izzy, Ira, and Ivanna.  A loveable mutt, Emma, completes the family.  Joshua enjoys playing guitar, reading and building models.  Families often remark on his caring and patient manner.    


"How was I called to funeral service?  A close friend of mine passed away-he was just 25 years old.  It was unexpected and sudden.  Over the week preceding the funeral, I had the opportunity to get to know his family and other close friends.  We learned so much about our beloved friend, and about each other as we grieved together.  The love and devotion I experienced over that week was amazing.  The simple act of being there for someone at a time of great despair, and the ability to give counsel and care are great privileges.  I am very thankful and honored to be a funeral director in Green Bay, and look forward to serving my community."  Joshua Ferguson 

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Carl Pauc

Funeral Director

Proko-Wall was fortunate to add Carl Pauc to the Proko-Wall team in 2017. After a 25 year career with various funeral homes in the Fox Valley and Green Bay, Carl brought his expertise and experience to the east side of Green Bay. He was born and raised in West Allis, and graduated from MATC in 1992. In 1998, he moved to Green Bay with his wife Emily, her hometown. The two currently are raising their family of three children on a five-acre farmette in the Town of Lawrence. Carl is an active member of Destiny Church, involved in both children's and men's ministries. He freely shares his time and talents, and in March of 2017, visited Costa Rica on a missionary trip to assist with construction of a local church. Follow his blog, Sermons from the Grave, on facebook. Carl is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys hunting deer and geese and raising chickens. He is passionate about Veterans' causes in the community.

"My journey in funeral service started when I was a young man, desiring to do something unique in my life and gain important experiences through it.  For me, funeral service offered the opportunity to share in the celebration of life with others during their time of loss.  I embrace the intrinsic beauty of ceremony and value the art of emotional the expression, both sorrow and joy that are experienced when someone you love has passed.  I have found a home for myself in the Green Bay community by building on the relationships with those families I have ministered to in the time-honored tradition of funeral service.  My desire to serve embodies every aspect of my life in everything I do."  

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Carl Pauc

Funeral Director

Proko-Wall was fortunate to add Carl Pauc to the Proko-Wall team in 2017. After a 25 year career with various funeral homes in the Fox Valley and Green Bay, Carl brought his expertise and experience to the east side of Green Bay. He was born and raised in West Allis, and graduated from MATC in 1992. In 1998, he moved to Green Bay with his wife Emily, her hometown. The two currently are raising their family of three children on a five-acre farmette in the Town of Lawrence. Carl is an active member of Destiny Church, involved in both children's and men's ministries. He freely shares his time and talents, and in March of 2017, visited Costa Rica on a missionary trip to assist with construction of a local church. Follow his blog, Sermons from the Grave, on facebook. Carl is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys hunting deer and geese and raising chickens. He is passionate about Veterans' causes in the community.

"My journey in funeral service started when I was a young man, desiring to do something unique in my life and gain important experiences through it.  For me, funeral service offered the opportunity to share in the celebration of life with others during their time of loss.  I embrace the intrinsic beauty of ceremony and value the art of emotional the expression, both sorrow and joy that are experienced when someone you love has passed.  I have found a home for myself in the Green Bay community by building on the relationships with those families I have ministered to in the time-honored tradition of funeral service.  My desire to serve embodies every aspect of my life in everything I do."