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 History

Our History

Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home was founded in 1891 as Sondermann & Co. Undertaking and Furniture. Joseph Sondermann purchased a furniture and undertaking business from Herman Bohne and G.F. Ryan in the First National Bank Building located at 116 West Third Street.

The firm moved to 112 East Third Street in 1900. In 1921, the Sondermanns merged with Bucheit-O'Laughlin, located at 318-320 West Third Street. Furniture was sold from the West Third Street location, and the funeral business was run from 406 West Koenig Street.

This photograph of our 406 West Koenig Street location was taken in 1937. The building was built as the home of Julius and Anna Guendel. Mr. Guendel was a Grand Island wholesale liquor dealer. The funeral home was first operated in this location as O'Laughlin-Livingston, and later as Livingston-Sondermann. This location is presently the home of the Milne Detox Center, an alcohol treatment center.

Taken in 1956, this photograph is the new location at 505 West Koenig Street. The contractor for the construction project was Geer-Melkus Construction of Grand Island.

This photograph shows the building following a major renovation in 1968. The facility nearly doubled the size of the original building.

Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home operated at this location until December 1996, when it was sold to Ryder-Rosacker-McCue & Huston Insurance. The new facility is located at 601 North Webb Road.

Our Valued Staff

  • Kelley  Sheridan

    Kelley Sheridan, Funeral Director/Manager

    Kelley Sheridan joined Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services as their new Manager. In 2010 she began as an apprentice at Westlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home and then as a Funeral Director at Roeder Mortuary both of Omaha. In 2016 she joined Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home in Lincoln.

    Kelley was raised in York, Nebraska and graduated from York High School. She received her Mortuary of Science degree in 2009.

    She and her husband, Danny along with their two children; Elly and Henry are excited to make Grand Island their new home.

  • Kate Flickinger

    Kate Flickinger

    Kate Flickinger was born and raised in Montevideo, Minnesota where she graduated from Montevideo Senior High in 2016. In 2018 she decided to find new beginnings and moved to Grand Island, NE where she currently resides. Kate joined Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in 2020 as a removal technician.

    When Kate isn't working, she loves spending her free time playing her guitar/piano, being around family and friends, being active, and making memories with her daughter Demi.

    She is currently looking to further her education in the death care industry to become a funeral director.

  • Michaella  Norman

    Michaella Norman, Office Manager

    Michaella Norman joined Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in 2017 as a funeral clerk. She grew up in Fullerton and Grand Island, graduating in 2012 from Grand Island Senior High. She is currently furthering her education to become a funeral director. She and her fiancée, Jaime, and their three children, Erick, Ellie, and Emileo reside in Grand Island.

  • Chuck  Wellensiek

    Chuck Wellensiek, Funeral Assistant

    Chuck is a native of Syracuse, Nebraska. He graduated from Syracuse High School and Peru State College. He began his teaching career in Table Rock, Nebraska before moving to Cairo to become Band Director at Centura High School. He retired in 2005 after 36 years at Centura. Chuck is a member of the Cairo Methodist Church, the Cairo Village Board and the Board of Directors at Centura Hills Golf Club. Chuck and his wife Mary have two sons and four grandchildren: Wes and his wife Kristi and children Emma and Cami of Hastings and Mike and his wife Nicole and children Henry and Sophie.

  • Doug  Adler

    Doug Adler, Funeral Assistant

    Doug Adler joined Livingston-Sondermann in 2012 as a Funeral Assistant. Mr. Adler received his Bachelor’s Degree from Creighton University and his Masters from Kansas State. He has 34 years’ experience in education as the Human Resources Manager for Central Community College in Grand Island. Adler is active in the First Presbyterian Church, including the choir and bell choir. He also is involved in the Grand Island City Singers; he is a board member of the Grand Island Softball Association for 20+ years and an umpire for 30 years. He is a loving grandfather and lives in Grand Island with his wife Linda.

  • Victor  Aufdemberge

    Victor Aufdemberge, Funeral Assistant

    Victor is a native Nebraskan but lived all of his teenage years in Wisconsin where he graduated from Oconomowoc High School. He attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and with a beautiful wife-Kathy. Today, three daughters and a son are following their own careers. After seven years with architectural firms in Wisconsin, he and family moved to Grand Island to practice architecture. Vic is active in the community: Trinity Lutheran Church's choir & boards, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Downtown Improvement Board, and he sings with the Barbershop Quartet. He joined Livingston-Sondermann team of Funeral Assistants during the summer of 2018.