At Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, we know that when a family experiences a loss, there are many decisions to be made. It is very important that when you visit with anyone about any aspect of funeral service, that the person be licensed and equipped to present all important information needed.
At our funeral home, we have a full staff of experienced funeral service professionals who are fully equipped to present all the information needed for a family to make informed, comfortable decisions. From the time the first phone call is received, throughout the service and beyond, each of our staff contributes in an important way.
Licensed Funeral Director
Jim and his wife, Rose came to Crookston in 1972. He was born in Ada, Minnesota and graduated from Ada High School. Jim attended Moorhead State College and he graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program.
Jim has served grieving families for over forty years as if they were his own. Throughout these years he has been active in many community and professional organizations. Jim is committed to continuing his dedicated service to the wonderful families of this area for years to come.
Jim and Rose enjoy spending time with their family, including their daughter Tami and her husband Phil Miller; and their daughter Jenny and her husband Brad Carlstrom. They so enjoy their greatest joys: grandchildren, Kiefer, Peyton and Teagen.
Licensed Funeral Director
Kristina joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in 2016. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from St. Louis Park High School. She attended North Hennepin Community College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. Kristina received her Funeral Director License in February, 2017.
Kristina enjoys time with family and friends, and exploring new places.
Bonnie Reitmeier Christians
Pre Arrangement Specialist
Bonnie Reitmeier Christians has lived in the Crookston area all her life. She has, together with Stenhoel-Houske Funeral Home, provided families with guidance in pre-arranging and pre-funding funerals since 1999. Along with her Insurance License, she also holds a Qualified Neutral Mediator’s Certificate, and has provided mediation services for families in conflict throughout northwestern Minnesota for many years.
Bonnie and her husband Scott have five children and their spouses and twelve grandchildren who all make them very proud.
In her personal time, Bonnie enjoys life in the country with her family and horses.
Trudy joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in 2016.
Trudy was born in Crookston and grew up near Climax, Minnesota. She has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and is an active member of the Crookston Police Reserves.
Trudy and her late husband, Harold, have three daughters, Jessica, Janelle and Josey; and two wonderful grandsons, Logan and Alonzo.
Trudy enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and baking.
She is a wonderful asset to our staff and will provide great comfort to families in need.
Jerry Rude grew up outside of Fertile MN. His family moved to Crookston in 1969 where he graduated from Central High School. He attended Covenant Bible College in Prince Albert Saskatchewan, and graduated from UMC with a degree in horticulture.
Jerry was employed by the University of Minnesota-Crookston for 37 years, working for Facilities Management with the grounds department.
He and his wife, Becky, have 2 sons, 2 daughters, and 6 grandkids. Jerry has enjoyed working with the staff of the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home since August of 2009.
Marian Bakken, a life-long Crookston area resident, grew up on her family’s farm northeast of the city, attended “country school” and graduated from Central High School.
She and her late husband, George were privileged to raise three children: Mark, Lynnette, and Keith; all of whom are married. They, in turn, have blessed Marian with six wonderful grandchildren, and most recently a grandson-in-law. For forty-five years she was employed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as office manager until her retirement in the spring of 2011.
She recently joined the staff of the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home and will be most graciously serving families during their time of loss and bereavement.
Carlton "Carl" Oseth
Carl grew up near McIntosh, Minnesota and graduated from McIntosh-Winger High School. After graduation, he served our country for five years in the United States Marines. In 1975, he married Alice Schwede. They have two daughters and twin grandsons.
For 43 years, Carl worked at American Crystal Sugar Company and he retired in 2013. He joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in 2013.
Clayton joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske in 2016. He was born and raised in Crookston, and served our community as a Police Officer for many years.
Clayton is a current member of the Crookston City Council.
Clayton and his wife, Mary, have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys Nascar, classic cars, and traveling.
Francis grew up on a farm northwest of Crookston. He attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated from Mount St Benedict High School. He then graduated from NDSU with a degree in Agricultural Economics.
Francis was employed at American Crystal Sugar Company for 36 years until his retirement in 2012. He has been an active volunteer in several organizations and his interests include the areas of science and technology.
Francis joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral & Cremation Service in November of 2016.
John Rodseth is a Crookston native, graduating from Crookston High School and UMC. John was employed at UMC, working in the business office and managing the mailroom for 37 years. He retired in 2012.
He is an active member in his church. His other interests include gardening, yard work, and playing the tuba.
John and his wife, Jessie, have been married for 16 years and reside in Crookston. He began working for Stenshoel-Houske Funeral & Cremation Service in November of 2016.