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Tom Thedens graduated from Blaine High School in 1979, he attended Anoka-Ramsey Community College earning an Associate of Arts Degree. Then transferring to Moorhead State where he earned a Business Administration Degree in 1983. In 1985 Tom completed his degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota.
He lives just outside of Elk River with his wife, Kathy and his 3 daughters, Amanda, Sarah and Emily. Tom is a member of Central Lutheran Church in Elk River and enjoys hunting, fishing and horseback riding.
Kevin graduated from Elk River Area High School in 1992. He attended the University of Minnesota-Morris, before transferring to the Twin Cities Campus to complete his degree in Mortuary Science.
He is a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Burns Township, where he completed his elementary education.
Kevin currently resides in Ramsey with his wife, Jennifer, and their 2 daughters, Lillian and Eleanor.
He is humbled to have the opportunity to serve families in the community where he was raised.
Colleen attended the College of St. Teresa in Winona and
Metropolitan State with a degree in Leadership and Family Studies.
She has lived in Otsego since 1993 with husband Sam.
They have adult children Matthew, Rebecca and two Siberian Huskies.
Colleen and Sam are members of the Otsego Lions Club where they both enjoy giving back to their community.
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Tony was born in NE Minneapolis, he attended the U of M and St. Cloud State. He is a retired business owner for Elk River, where he operated Mikols Photography, Framing & Art Gallery. Since his retirement he has worked part time for the Elk River Police Dept, the Sherburne Co. Sheriffs Office and Dares Funeral Home. He is married to Patricia and they have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter.
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Live in Elk River. Married to Gail with 2 children, Heather and Matthew. Retired business owner. Work part time at Dares Funeral Home.
Michael is a licensed funeral director that joined the firm in July of 2006. Son of John and Cynthia O’Halloran, he is a St. Paul Academy lifer, graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in business, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program. Michael is co-owner and President of the funeral homes, a St. Paul Rotarian and a member of the St. Paul Serra Club. Living in St. Paul, he is the 4th generation of O’Hallorans’ to continue the longtime family tradition of quality funeral service in St. Paul and surrounding areas. He enjoys traveling, playing golf and drums, and spending time with his family.
John is from St. Paul. He graduated from Holy Spirit Grade School in 1953, Cretin High School 1957 and the University of Notre Dame 1961. He served a year in the 828 US Army Signal Corps and was discharged at Fort Stewart, Georgia in 1962. After receiving his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 1964, he joined the family funeral home operated by his mother Dolores O’Halloran Countryman. Upon the retirement of his brother in 1991, John became sole owner of the funeral homes. John has since purchased a third funeral home, Dares Funeral Home in Elk River, MN from his friend Bob Dare in 2001. John is married to Cynthia Melady and has three children: Emily, who lives and works in Manhattan, John Carlos, a St. Paul Police officer, and Michael, who is continuing the family tradition of quality funeral service.
Barbara graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. She is a licensed funeral director and has been with the O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home since April 2001. Barbara grew up in southern Minnesota near Blue Earth. She currently resides in the Twin Cities with her husband, David and children, Luke, Audrey and Maria.
Jackie Novisky has been with the O'Halloran and Murphy, Dare's Funearl Home since April 2005. She has a degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota – Metropolitan and is a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant through the National Funeral Directors Association.
Jackie and her husband Bob live in Minneapolis with there two daughters; Natalie and Megan.
Elizabeth is a Minnesota licensed funeral director. She grew up in Watertown, South Dakota and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato. Elizabeth joined O’Halloran & Murphy in 2009 as a night attendant, and earned her degree in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, attempting DIY projects, and amateur furniture building. Elizabeth currently lives in St. Paul with her husband Andrew and son Jack.