History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Zachary Johnson

    Zachary Johnson Funeral Director and Manager

    Zach is originally from Pilger, Nebraska. He graduated from Wisner-Pilger High School in 2012 and went on to attend Wayne State College where he earned his Bachelors Degree of Mortuary Science with a minor in Business Administration. He attended Kansas City Kansas Community College where he graduated in 2016 with an Associates Degree. He successfully passed the National Boards of Funeral Sciences and Arts and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2017. Zach joined the Svoboda Funeral Home family in January of 2017.

    Zach enjoys being involved in Schuyler and the surrounding communities. He is a member of the Schuyler Sertoma Club and has served as past president, he volunteers regularly at the Colfax Theatre where he serves as Vice President of Schuyler Enrichment Foundation (Colfax Theatre Board). Zach also currently serves as the Colfax County representative on the CASA board based in Columbus, CASA exists to advocate for children in the court and foster care system.

    When not busy at the funeral home, Zach enjoys playing in the summer men's golf league and golfing at the Schuyler Golf Club, refinishing antiques to add to his collection, and working on his vintage cars.

  • Dan Wisnieski

    Dan Wisnieski

    Dan Wisnieski and his wife Chris purchased the Svoboda Funeral Home in 1971 when Dan's step-father Edward Svoboda retired after a 39 year career in funeral service.

    Dan grew up on a farm six miles northwest of Dodge and moved to Schuyler at the age of ten when his widowed mother Margaret (Vlach) Wisnieski married Ed. He graduated from Schuyler High School in 1964 and received his Mortuary Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967.

    Dan enjoys collecting antiques, especially Schuyler memorabilia and baseball collectibles. He also enjoys giving programs to organizations on his collections of Schuyler Postcards, Schuyler calendars, the Wells-Abbott-Nieman Flour Mill, his lunch boxes, celluloid toys, tin toys and his many other collections. Dan likes to ask the people in attendance what their favorite toy was, or what their favorite store was and what they remember about it. He feels it's fun to take people back to those simpler days and help them relive the good times.

    Although Dan and Chris sold the funeral homes in 2011 to John Rice and Mark Chermok, Dan continues to serve the families of Svoboda Funeral Home.