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Our History


Pederson Funeral Home Watertown was established in 1873, as the Nowack Funeral Home by Carl & Frank Nowack. The funeral home remained in the Nowack family until 1951, when D.D. Pederson purchased the business from Carl F. Nowack. David W. Pederson joined his father in business in 1973 and later purchased the business in 1978. In 1983 David purchased the Jones Funeral Home Waterloo from Myron Jones. In 2001 Ryan J. Nowatka joined David in business and later became co-owner in 2006. In June 2011 Ryan purchased the remaining interest of the business from David. The business is operated out of the building which was Watertown's first funeral home, built as a full service funeral home in 1930.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to compassionately care for you and your family with understanding, integrity, respect and dedication. We promise to assist you in honoring the life of your love one through a meaningful and healing funeral experience.

Vision Statement: Our vision is to be recognized as the preferred funeral home and cremation service that educates and supports the community, advocates the value and affordability of the funeral, and provides superior service with attention to every detail.

Value Statement: Our commitment is to

  • Consistently make every aspect of every funeral a satisfying and exceptional experience for our families:
  • Honor all those we serve with dignity, respect, professionalism and excellence
  • Provide a warm and comfortable environment that supports personal pride, compassion, teamwork for our families and staff:
  • Assist and guide in pre-planning and pre-funding funerals to provide greater peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

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