The Department of Regulation and Licensing said it ordered the 25-day suspension for Church and Chapel Funeral Services cremations in Brookfield. Regulators said the funeral home chain cremated 272 human remains from January through April while its license was expired.
Owner Ted Larsen said missing the license renewal date was an "embarrassing oversight." Larsen says cremations were done by a local cemetery during the suspension period, which expires Tuesday. He said his company never received a renewal notice from the state.
Licensing department spokesman David Carlson said that even if that was the case, the company is responsible for knowing when its license needs to be renewed.