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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.
Paul was born and raised on the Minnesota Iron
Range in Hibbing, where he graduated from Hibbing High School in 1984. In 1997,
he graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a bachelor’s
degree in mortuary science. The first twenty years of Paul's career were
spent in central Minnesota assisting families create meaningful funeral services
for their loved ones. He joined the staff at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in May of 2018.
Paul has been involved in the Lions Club and
Rotary International, and he has volunteered for several community events in
the past. He looks forward to being involved in the Crookston community and
serving the families in the area.
Paul is the proud father of two boys, Grant and
Jordan, who both attend college in Minnesota.
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.
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, 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 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 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.