Schnider Funeral Home Great Falls Montana

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide superior service with integrity and compassion.  We strive to accommodate all of your wishes and to perform our services for those you entrust in our care with dignity and grace.


Our Staff

Steve and Carla SchniderSteve and Carla Schnider

Steve and Carla Schnider were both born and raised in a small farming community in northern Idaho, where they later married in 1977. As Steve developed his career as a Funeral Director, they called several places home. No community, however, has laid a greater claim than Great Falls, Montana, where they’ve lived and raised their family for nearly thirty years.

In 2001 Steve and Carla founded Schnider Funeral Home, realizing their lifelong dream of owning a business and serving the community. They have three children—two who live in Great Falls and another in Portland, OR—as well as two grandchildren in Great Falls.



Steve SchniderSteve Schnider, CSFP
~Funeral Director, CFSP~

Steve began his career in funeral service in 1977 in Boise, Idaho. He obtained his Mortuary Science degree from Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon. Steve worked at and managed several different funeral homes including O'Connor Funeral Home and Chapel of Chimes in Great Falls during the 80's and 90's. He left Great Falls to work for Fulkerson Funeral Home in Williston, N.D. prior to starting Schnider Funeral Home in 2001. He holds his Morticians License in Montana, North Dakota and Idaho.

With a passion for his Plymouth and Dodge muscle cars, Steve spends much of his spare time in the shop working on his latest project. He enjoys playing co-ed volleyball with his wife, Carla, and although his athletic talents do not always show in golf, he likes to get his wife out on the greens. An active member of the community, Steve is part of the local Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus. He is thrilled to have all three of his children and two grandchildren reside here in Great Falls.



Todd CarmichaelTodd Carmichael
~Funeral Director~

A retired U.S. Army Reservist of 26 years, Todd received an Economics degree from Kearney State College before completing his Mortuary Science degree at Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1991. After working as a funeral director in multiple locations, Todd and his wife Michelle and their two sons settled in Great Falls in 1997 where he has been serving the community ever since.

A Nebraska native, Todd is a loyal Huskers fan who proudly displays the school's "N" on his truck, screen saver and coffee mug. In his spare time he enjoys riding his motorcycle and making Adirondack furniture. He has been a member of the Great Falls Lions Club since 2000 and is happy to organize their Family Fun Fest each year.



Charles P. FisherCharles P. Fisher
~Funeral Director~

Butte, Montana native, Charles "Charlie" Fisher, received his Mortuary Science degree from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1999. He served his apprenticeship at O'Connor Funeral Home and has continued to provide service to the community of Great Falls over the past 14 years.

From hunting and camping to taking the boat out for some fishing at Holter Lake - Charlie enjoys all that Montana has to offer. He and his wife, Angelika, and their two dogs Heidi and Stu like to tag along whenever they can. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys collecting model trains and tinkering around with remote control vehicles.



Christen BirkholzChristen Birkholz
~Funeral Director~

While receiving a degree in Funeral Science Education from Mt. Hood Community College, Christen served an apprenticeship in Portland, OR before returning to her home state. She worked as a funeral director in Billings, MT until she joined the Schnider/O'Connor Funeral home team in early 2013.

Christen loves learning and reading, the color pink and her sisters. She and her husband, Jake, are cycling and rock climbing enthusiasts who love to take their dogs; Mia & Riger, for long walks.



Tom WeissTom Weiss
~Funeral Director~

Tom received his Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service at Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in 2012. He completed an apprenticeship in Fredericksburg, Virginia before moving to Montana to begin his career as a funeral director with Schnider/O'Connor Funeral Home.

Born and raised in Syracuse, NY - Tom is a loyal follower of Syracuse basketball. He and his wife Amanda enjoy spending time with their dogs, watching classic movies and traveling. They have traveled to Europe and most of the United States – living in New York, Florida, Virginia and now Montana. They look forward to exploring the vast outdoor opportunities Montana has to offer.



Schnider Funeral Home Staff

In addition to the owners and Funeral Directors, Schnider Funeral Home depends on the tremendous dedication and support of its office managers, funeral assistants, and hospitality and cleaning attendants to provide quality service to the Great Falls community.

All who are a part of Schnider Funeral Home are considered family and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


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