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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Jim Bredman

Jim Bredman

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 retired from his full-time duties in 2015, but is happy to continue serving families on a part-time basis.

Jim and Rose enjoy spending time with their daughters, Tami, whose husband is Phil Miller, and Jenny, whose husband is Brad Carlstrom. They so enjoy their greatest joys: grandchildren, Kiefer, Peyton and Teagen.

Jim is committed to continuing his dedicated service to the wonderful families of this area for years to come.

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Franklin Wirsing

Franklin Wirsing

Licensed Funeral Director

Frank was proud to join the team at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in October of 2019.

As the son of two Lutheran ministers, Frank has been around funeral service since he was a young boy. He was born in the Midwest and spent his childhood in various areas of Indiana, Minnesota, and North Dakota. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, VA, in 1998, and then decided to get his bachelor’s degree abroad, studying at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and earning a degree in anthropology and political studies. Once he came back to the States in 2002, Frank went into business management, but he found himself yearning for a career where he could be of service to others. He started as a funeral assistant in 2008 while going to school at John Tyler Community College in Richmond, VA, for mortuary science. After Frank was fully licensed, he wanted to return to the people and culture of his youth, settling in East Grand Forks, MN.

Frank looks forward to serving the families of Crookston and the surrounding area for years to come. He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and he is a very proud, devoted family man.

 

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Patrick Volesky

Patrick Volesky

Licensed Funeral Director

Patrick attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he graduated with high distinction from the mortuary science program in 2012. He then completed his apprenticeship at Schueller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena and went on to serve for five years as a funeral director with David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Patrick joined the Stenshoel-Houske team in July of 2021.


Patrick's hobbies include Tae Kwon Do with his wife of 15 years, Emily, and his daughters, Lauren and Madeleine. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.


Bonnie Reitmeier Christians

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 and Cremation Service, 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, are very proud of their five children and twelve grandchildren. 

In her personal time, Bonnie enjoys life in the country with her family and horses.

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Christine Meine

Christine Meine

Office Manager

Christine was born in Crookston, MN, and has always lived in the area. She graduated from Crookston Central High and went on to the work force. After starting her family, Christine decided to go to school online at Ashford University for sociology. She has a Certificate in Massage Therapy from Northland Community & Technical College and keeps up with her certifications. Christine also volunteers for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.

Christine has four children, Wyatt, Haley, Ricky, and Landan, who have kept her busy throughout the years. Wyatt and Haley have now grown and started their own adventures in life. Christine and her younger boys, Ricky and Landan, keep busy with homeschooling and tending to the animals at the farm. Christine enjoys her time with her family and friends and with her horses, Rooster and McClintock, and goats, Hercules and Apollo. There is never a dull moment at the farm.


Jerry Rude

Jerry Rude

Support Staff

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 and Cremation Service since August of 2009.


Marian Bakken

Marian Bakken

Support Staff

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 and Cremation Service and will be most graciously serving families during their time of loss and bereavement.


Clayton Briggs

Clayton Briggs

Support Staff

Clayton joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service 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 LaPlante

Francis LaPlante

Support Staff

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

John Rodseth

Support Staff

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.


Daryl Thompson

Daryl Thompson

Support Staff

Daryl came to Crookston in the 1950s as part of a three-generation railroad family. He continued this tradition for 38 years, retiring in 2002. In his spare time, Daryl has driven bus for Crookston Public Schools for 47 years and also for Tri-Valley. Daryl volunteers with Riverview Health Auxiliary, Crookston Eagles Club, and Trinity Lutheran Church, and he is vice-chair of Crookston Home Delivered Meals.

Daryl is married to a former classmate, Diana (Bergquist). Their two daughters, JoElle and Amy, are both married and have each blessed them with two grandchildren.

A cup of coffee with funeral director, Jim Bredman, turned into an employment opportunity that Daryl is enjoying.


Ceasar Kaiser

Ceasar Kaiser

Support Staff

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