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.
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.
Brady is a licensed funeral director who joined the staff in 2017. She was born and raised in Brooklyn Park and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2011. Brady and her husband Andrew were married in 2013 and settled in Champlin shortly after. In her free time you can find Brady up north spending time with family on Lake Vermilion, enjoying music, or out with her two dogs, Charlie and Murphy.
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.
Funeral Directors Assistant
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.
Tom was born and raised in NE Minneapolis. Eventually moving with his family to the northern suburbs where he graduated from Anoka High School in 1979. Tom spent almost 6 years in the Air Force as a Communications/Navigations specialist before returning to Minnesota in 1987. Tom pursued his Mortuary Science degree and graduated from the U of M in 1990. His hobbies include electronics, computers, hunting and his dogs. Tom has been the commander of the American Legion, Hamline post 418 on several occasions and enjoys speaking to college level “Death and Dying” classes about his chosen profession. Tom has been the manager of our O’Halloran & Murphy Chapel in Highland Park since 1992 and has been instrumental in assisting with veterans funerals and updating the funeral service with his knowledge of computers and the importance of communication.
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.
Josh is a Minnesota licensed funeral director and graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program in 2000. He is originally from West Central, MN but currently resides in the twin cities. In his free time, Josh loves to hunt, fish and play basketball.
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.