Meet our staff

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Pat & Sue Patton

We grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota at a time when you could ride your bike to Metropolitan Stadium for a Twins game and to Bush Lake to meet your friends for a day at the beach. When we graduated from Lincoln High School it still had a cornfield around it!

Pat graduated in 1978 from the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science) and then served his internship with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, Minnesota. During the next few years, he was a staff funeral director with Albin Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis while Sue was an underwriter for Home Insurance in Edina. When our first son was born we knew we wanted to find a smaller community to raise our family.

Not long after this, we were invited to Melrose, Minnesota to meet with Bernie and Mary Schad, who needed a manager for their new funeral home in Sauk Centre. So in 1984, we moved to Sauk Centre and Pat began working for Schad Funeral Homes. Bernie was a great teacher in the profession but also a great example of how to become involved in the community. In 1993 Bernie and Mary transferred ownership of their funeral homes to us.

Pat is a past member of the Executive Board of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and currently serves as Minnesota's representative to the Policy Board of NFDA. He is a past president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) and is a member of the MFDA Service Corp. Board of Directors. He has held the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice since 1995 and is also a licensed insurance agent. He is a past member of the Federated Insurance Advisory Council. He has been a member of the Sauk Centre Lions Club since 1985 and is a past president. He was a Certified Eye Enucleator and in 2003 was presented the Helen Keller Sight Award from the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. He is also a past president of the Sauk Centre Area Chamber of Commerce, served as the Chamber representative on the Sauk Centre Economic Development Authority, and was a member of the advisory board of Saint Michael's Home Care and Hospice.

Sue was a member of the task force that established the Sauk Centre Senior Center and served for several years on the Springfest Committee for Holy Family School. She also served as a board member of Sauk Centre Opportunities, the Minnesota Star City Committee and the Celebrate Minnesota Committee. For several years she also served as secretary of the Sauk Centre Area Hockey Association. Since 2000 she has been a licensed insurance agent. Sue is responsible for most of our administrative duties, managing accounts payable and coordinating funeral follow-up with families we have served. She also coordinates our weekly radio program "Music and Memories" and our annual Christmas Service of Remembrance.

We have two sons, Nathan and Adam. Nathan is married to Heather and they have a son, Ethan and a daughter, Emilie, Adam is married to Becky.

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Linda Holm

Linda has been a funeral director at our Melrose funeral home since 2000. She was previously employed as a licensed funeral director with Benson Funeral Home in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Brenny Funeral Homes of Albany and Holdingford, Minnesota. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science).

Linda was raised in Sauk Centre. She and her husband, Brad, reside in Albany, with their two sons, Brandon and Kyle.

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Courtney Imdieke

Courtney has been a funeral director at our funeral homes since 2016. She is a 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science).

Courtney was raised in New Munich. She and her husband, Jacob, reside in Avon.

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Tim Tarmann

Tim joined our staff as a funeral director in July of 2015. Pat and Tim began their funeral service careers together at The Albin Chapel in Minneapolis, where Pat was Tim's preceptor during his internship. He has also worked at funeral homes in Faribault, Cambridge, St. Paul and Shoreview, and most recently in Forest Lake. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science).

Tim was raised in Toluca, Illinois but now makes his home in Melrose along with his two little schnauzers - Sylvia and Quincy.

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Mark Thompson

Mark joined our staff in October of 2007, after working at funeral homes in Minneapolis for eight years, most recently at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels. He graduated from Bemidji State University (B.S. Biology, Chemistry) and in 1999 from the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science). Mark grew up in northern Minnesota and enjoys fishing, hunting, and most other outdoor activities.

He and his wife, Sara, and their two daughters, Nora and Hazel, reside in Sauk Centre.

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Sara Thompson

Sara is our full-time prearrangement specialist working with community members to prearrange and prefund their funeral arrangements. She joined our staff in November of 2007 as a funeral director.

She grew up in central Minnesota. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science) and then worked at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels in Minneapolis.

She and her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Nora and Hazel, reside in Sauk Centre.


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