Our History

Swedberg Funeral Home has a long history of being a part of the Shawano community. The building itself was built before 1909. And over the past 90 years there have been numerous architectural and ownership changes.

In 1931, Karl Schweers established the Schweers Funeral Home. Mr. Schweers owned and operated the funeral home until his death in 1958. At that time the Carl Born family purchased the funeral home and it became known as Born Funeral Home. Ten years later Carl, and his wife Janet, purchased the former Gaffney Funeral Home of Gresham, in order to expand their service area. With the added workload of operating two funeral home locations, Mr. Born added Lon Swedberg to his staff.

Lon was originally from Webster, Wisconsin, where he grew up helping his father and brother in their family funeral home. In 1971, he and his wife Ellen moved to the Shawano area. Seven years later they became part owners of the funeral home with Carl and Janet Born and the name was changed to Born-Swedberg Funeral Home. After Mr. Born's death in 1985, the Swedberg family purchased the balance of the funeral home and changed the name to Swedberg Funeral Home.

The Swedberg Funeral Home has undergone many internal and external changes. In 1989, the Shawano location facilities were expanded, adding a large chapel and a wheel chair accessible entrance. Later, a neighboring lot was purchased and cleared to create a large parking area. The Swedberg Funeral Home is also constantly improving their internal operations so they can meet the needs and desires of the families they serve.