Licensed Prearrangement Counselors and Support Staff

You'll find our counselors and support staff handle all details with great attention to care and professionalism. All our counselors are licensed by the Iowa Insurance Division. If you ever have questions about your membership or our services, please contact us. We're here for you.


Wendy Schroeder

Wendy Schroeder

Family Service Counselor

Wendy manages the various aspects of Iowa Cremation and the Cedar Cremation Center. She organizes the day-to-day business activities, sales support, lead management, member assistance, and Hospice liaison. Wendy is licensed in Iowa as a Certified Preplanning Consultant. She moved to Cedar Rapids from northeast Iowa in 2001. She has a son, Cody, who is still living and working near her hometown.


Claudia Utecht

Claudia Utecht

Family Service Counselor

Claudia approaches her role as a Counselor with a professional and positive attitude. She has attended many conferences, seminars, and workshops regarding hospice, death care, and grief counseling to help her meet families’ needs. Originally from the Lone Star State of Texas, Claudia has lived in the Cedar Rapids area for more than 20 years. She is blessed with four sons and ten grandchildren.


Paul Ellmers

Paul Ellmers

Family Service Counselor

Paul is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to the families Iowa Cremation serves across the state. He educates people about our services and guides them through our simple membership process. Paul has a BA from the University of Northern Iowa and is a licensed Family Service Counselor. He is a lifelong resident of Iowa and is married with one daughter and two dogs.


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"Iowa Cremation gave me extraordinary support when my husband passed away. Everything was handled with compassion and respect, and for that I am forever grateful."

- Barbara B. from Clive, Iowa

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"Iowa Cremation's service was incredible and I tell everyone they should preplan with their staff."

- Patti B. from Muscatine, Iowa

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"The compassion and professional care extended to us by Iowa Cremation was very consoling and deeply appreciated by our family."

- Mary Ellen M. from Lansing, Iowa