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Our Staff

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 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.

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

Email: jim@stenshoelhouske.com


Kristina Cegon

Kristina Cegon

Licensed Funeral Director

Kristina joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service 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.

Email: Kristina@stenshoelhouske.com


Kyle Borowicz

Kyle Borowicz

Licensed Funeral Director

Kyle joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in February of 2017.

Kyle was born in Grand Forks, ND and grew up in Warren, MN where he graduated from WAO High-School.  After graduating he went on to attend NDSU before continuing his education at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he majored in Funeral Service.  Kyle is happy to not only call northern Minnesota home once again, but Crookston specifically, where he can’t wait to become a member of the community, and serve the amazing families that call Crookston home.

In his spare time Kyle enjoys spending time with family, friends, and staying active with community involvements.

Email: kyle@stenshoelhouske.com


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 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.

Email: Bonnie@stenshoelhouske.com


Trudy Hofer

Trudy Hofer

Administrative Assistant

Trudy joined the staff at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service 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 three wonderful grandsons, Logan, Alonzo, and Luciano.

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.

Email: Trudy@stenshoelhouske.com


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.


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