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Our Staff


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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.

Pat & Sue Patton

Pat & Sue Patton

Co-Owners

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 was a member of the Sauk Centre Lions Club 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.

Email: ppatton@pattonschad.com


Linda Holm

Linda Holm

Co-Owner

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.

Email: lholm@pattonschad.com


Courtney Imdieke

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.

Email: cimdieke@pattonschad.com


Tim Tarmann

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.

Email: ttarmann@pattonschad.com


Mark Thompson

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.

Email: mthompson@pattonschad.com


Sara Thompson

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.

Email: sthompson@pattonschad.com



Funeral Assistants

Jerry Beddow

Jerry Beddow

Jerry joined us in 1995 as a funeral assistant. He is retired after many years at Sauk Centre High School, mostly as principal.

He resides near Sauk Centre with his wife, Renee.


Rollie Gilk

Rollie Gilk

Rollie joined our staff in 2004, after working at the Brenny Funeral Homes in Albany and Holdingford for many years. He enjoys being a school bus driver.

He resides in Albany with his wife, Tillie.


George Peters

George Peters

George has been a funeral assistant with us since 1997. He is retired from farming and previously served on the board of directors for Stearns Electric Cooperative.

He resides near Sauk Centre with his wife, Delores.


Ralph Van Beck

Ralph Van Beck

Ralph has been a funeral assistant with us since 2014. He is retired from farming but is still active in the agricultural business.

He resides near Greenwald with his wife, Linda.



In Loving Memory of Our Friends and Colleagues

Jon Coltvet

Jon Coltvet

Jonathan Scott Coltvet, age 41 of Sauk Centre, died Thursday, June 7, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, following an extensive open heart surgery.

Jon moved to Sauk Centre in September of 1988 to start his career as a funeral director with Schad Funeral Homes. Jon had the great pleasure of serving his whole career under the guidance of Bernie Schad and Pat Patton of Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services, most recently as the manager of the Melrose funeral home.

Jon will be greatly missed by his wife, Sarah and son, Alex of Sauk Centre; parents, Sherman and Rachel Coltvet of Rochester; siblings, Elizabeth McGeeney (Jim) and niece, Anna of Rochester, Tim Coltvet (Maren) and niece, Linnea, and nephew, Anders of Plymouth, and Stephanie Coltvet of Minneapolis. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Nina Anderson of Blackduck; brothers-in-law, Steven Anderson (Kelly Fries) and nephews, Lukas and Reilly of St. Francis, Philip Anderson of Brownsville, Texas, Joseph Anderson (Julie Muller) and niece, Adrienne, and nephew, Max of Roseau; sister-in-law, Mary Anderson (Craig Cameron) and nephew, Elliot, and niece, Clara of Tenstrike; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Bernie Schad

Bernie Schad

Bernard J. "Bernie" Schad, age 80 of Melrose, died unexpectedly following a massive heart attack Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

In 1966 Bernie and Mary moved to Melrose and he began serving the community and surrounding areas as their funeral director. He later expanded Schad Funeral Homes to include the funeral homes in Grey Eagle, Sauk Centre, and Freeport. In 1993 the funeral homes were sold to Pat and Sue Patton of Sauk Centre and Bernie continued to work until his retirement from full-time funeral directing in 1995. Over the past 16 years he had continued to work at the funeral home whenever he was needed, which included participating in the Annual Service of Remembrance held just the day before his death.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Schad of Melrose; four children, Julie (Mel) Schaefer of Melrose, Joe (Angela) Schad of Maple Grove, Mike (Kerry) Schad of West Yellowstone, Montana, and Patrick (Teresa) Schad of Melrose; ten grandchildren, Ben (Lane) Schaefer of Sauk Centre, Jillian (J.J.) Megge of South Lyon, Michigan, Jon (Jessica) Schaefer of St. Cloud, Joey (friend, Jenna Burns) Schaefer of St. Cloud, Tucker Landis of Minneapolis, Samantha Schad of Maple Grove, Mandy Lakso of Superior, Wisconsin, Kanika Lakso of West Yellowstone, Montana, Gracie and Logan Schad of Melrose; two great-grandsons, Jordan Schaefer and Tyson Lakso; six brothers and sisters, Mike (Marge) Schad of Grove City, Ohio, Jeanine Ryan of Rochester, Virginia (Dave) Carlson of St. Michael, Suzanne (Jim) Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tom Schad of Burnsville, Loretta (John Hendrickson) Gosse of Bloomington.


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