Our Staff

Greg Schoenbauer

Licensed Funeral Director and Owner

Greg grew up in Montgomery and is a 1979 graduate of Montgomery-Lonsdale High School. He graduated from St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota for Mortuary Science. He then purchased Schoenbauer and Le Center Funeral Homes from his parents. Greg married Sheila (Nesmoe) Schoenbauer in 1995 and they have four children.

He is a member of the Montgomery Area Community Club, Montgomery Lions Club, Le Center Chamber of Commerce, Le Center Community Club, Knights of Columbus, Minnesota Funeral Director's Association, and National Funeral Director's Association. In his spare time Greg enjoys his family, friends, motorcycle riding, and hockey.

Sheila Schoenbauer

Office Manager, and Owner

Sheila is a 1991 graduate of Montgomery-Lonsdale High School and 1995 graduate of Mankato State University with a degree in teaching. Although she is not active in the day to day services at the funeral home, she operates as business and office manager.

Sheila is a Boy Scout Leader, a member of the Montgomery Lions Club, sings in St. Mary's Church Choir, and enjoys spending her free time with her family, and card making.

Crystal Zvanovec

Office Assistant

Crystal is a 1991 graduate of Montgomery-Lonsdale High School and graduate of Riverland Technical College. She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters. Crystal worked in the newspaper business for over 17 years before coming to work with Schoenbauer and Le Center Funeral Homes in August 2011.

Crystal spends her free time enjoying her family, friends, and camping.

Ben Pawlitschek

Certified Preplanning Consultant

Ben is a 1998 graduate of Lake Crystal High School and a 2004 graduate of Heartland Christian College in Heartland, Missouri. He is married to Sara, and they have three children. He has been assisting families with funeral prearrangements since 2005 and enjoys the interaction with each family he meets with.

Ben is active within his church, plays basketball, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Lynn Heinzig


Lynn is a 1979 graduate of Montgomery-Lonsdale High School. She started her career in retail banking and then spent 25 years in the mortgage industry. She married her husband, Gary, in 1991. They have lived in Austin, TX and Waukesha, WI, but have been back in the area since 2004. She retired from mortgage banking in 2020 and started assisting at the funeral home in 2022.

She is a member of the Montgomery Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery Area Friends of the Library, Montgomery Area Community Club and the American Legion Post 79 Auxiliary.

Kallie Phillips


Kallie is a 2021 graduate of Cleveland Public School and is currently attending college to pursue her career in Mortuary Science. Kallie is shadowing and helping out Greg.

Kallie on her free time likes to spend time with family and friends, ice fishing, and being on the boat in the summertime.