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Staff

"Here To Help Families Honor the Lives of Those They Love" 

At Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, we are honored to have earned the trust and confidence placed in us by those that we serve. From the time the first phone call is received, throughout the service and beyond, each staff member at our funeral home contributes in an important way. We are very proud our staff and the awards that they have received for their excellence service.

In 2003, Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home was honored to receive the Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award, one of the highest awards in funeral service presented by the largest funeral service organization in the world, the National Funeral Directors Association. Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home has continued to receive this outstanding award every year since the first award.

In addition, in 2010, the funeral home received the prestigious “Best of the Best” award which honors up to ten Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients each year for their development and execution of an innovative program or service that had a positive impact on those served. Ideas are judged on uniqueness of idea, uniqueness and quality of implementation, overall benefit to those served, overall benefit to the funeral home and ease of idea replication/modification for other funeral homes. Jeanne Putnam and Ann Deal, longtime employees of the funeral home were honored to receive this award in October 2010 at the National Funeral Directors Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

 

 


 Thomas Vertin

Licensed Funeral Director/Owner

Tom joined his father in the family business in 1969 after completing his studies in Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota, and now serves as the representative of the third generation of Joseph Vertin & Sons. Tom’s personal philosophy is based on the funeral service experience he heard about as a child, from his funeral director grandfather and in working side-by-side with his funeral director father.


 Hugh Mikkelson

Licensed Funeral Director/Manager

Hugh and his wife, Julie, live in Breckenridge. He began his career at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in January of 1971 and strives to serve each family as if they were his own. His greatest satisfaction is realized when every personal detail – regardless of the type of service a family chooses for their loved one – is accomplished. Hugh goes above and beyond to provide each family the opportunity to personalize their loved one’s service, and to make the service a reflection of their loved one’s life. 

Hugh enjoys the flexibility and diversification of his work. In addition to helping families plan meaningful services, he also works with families to design and personalize beautiful permanent memorials, such as monuments and markers. Being able to offer this extra service assures that each family is allowed the opportunity and time to make their design decisions without sales pressure. 

Hugh also oversees Ambulance Service, Inc., the area’s longstanding provider of emergency care. In addition to many years of being actively involved in the community, Hugh enjoys riding motorcycle with his wife (who has her own). They take frequent trips with his high school friend and the American Legion Riders, of which Hugh is a member. He also enjoys following the school and summer activities of his six grandchildren.

 

 Doyle Gylten

Licensed Funeral Director

Doyle has been with Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home since 1982. He graduated from Northwood High School in Northwood, ND in 1977. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND for three years and then continued his education at Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Chicago, IL. He graduated in 1981, and worked as a funeral director in Ada and Fertile, MN for one year before moving to Breckenridge. Doyle has also been involved with Ambulance Service, Inc. in Breckenridge since 1982. 

Doyle and his wife, Mary, live in Breckenridge where Mary is a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Healthcare Campus. They have three daughters: Jill (Jeremy), and their children Austin, Cassandra, Marra, and Sienna; Cindy; and Amy (Mike), and their daughter, Isabella. 

In addition to helping families at the funeral home, Doyle enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. One of his hobbies is woodworking. Several pieces of his handiwork can be found throughout the funeral home.

 

 

 

 Carrie Neppl

Office Manager

In January of 2010, Carrie began her new vocation at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home. Although her title is office manager, she has quickly realized how much more there is to her job than office work. Her desire for excellence is crowned by the chance to help lessen the burden of the families we serve. Daily, she counts her blessings to be part of a staff that makes a difference in the lives of others.

As a Breckenridge native, Carrie is the seventh of nine children born to Milan and Mary Caspers. She attended NDSCS for Graphic Arts and then married her high school sweetheart, Steve Neppl. They have been married for 28 years and have three sons, Justin (wife, Jamie and their children Karsyn and Easton); Matthew; and Aaron. 

Carrie is drawn to opportunities in which she can rally around people that need a helping hand. It has been a privilege to serve in the community in such things as the Hospital Fund Raiser, Relay for Life and in various sports clubs. She has been active in her church, Faith Church of Wahpeton, as a Sunday school teacher, worship leader, youth group leader and facilitator of the Christmas Programs.

 

 


 Ann Deal

Pre-arrangement Advisor

Ann has been the Pre-arrangement Advisor with Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home since 1997. A Breckenridge native, Ann graduated from Breckenridge High School, and later from Alexandria Technical College. She lives in Breckenridge with her husband, Dan, who farms in the area. Together they have three grown daughters: Sally, Carolyn and Alicia. Ann is the daughter of John and Marge Lommel of Herman, Minnesota. 

After joining the staff at the funeral home, Ann discovered an important need in assisting families who wish to make their funeral plans before the time of need. Ann holds a license to provide life insurance, which helps her in serving families who wish to pre-arrange their funerals.

Ann's work experience in Breckenridge has included customer service in the banking industry. She is very dedicated to the families she serves with pre-planning, as well as she is dedicated to serving families at the time of need to ensure that all of their needs are considered and met.

Ann is an active member of St. Mary's Church in Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Rotary Club, and Richland-Wilkin Aging Coalition. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family. 

 

 

Jeanne Putnam 

Aftercare Coordinator/Grief Recovery Specialist

Jeanne has been the Aftercare Coordinator at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home since February 1999. She earned her certification as a Grief Recovery Specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute of California and through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss. Jeanne is a certified as a Trauma Specialist and as a Trauma and Loss Consultant. Jeanne also holds a Certification in Pastoral Education.

She has continued learning about the topic of grief in several other ways, including; participation in the HFA National Teleconference, "Living with Grief; Children, Adolescents and Loss" sponsored by St. Francis Hospice and Home Health of St. Francis Healthcare Campus, attending seminars sponsored by Bereavements Services, attending Alan Wolfelt's Seminars; "The Art of "Companioning" The Bereaved, and 'Creating Exceptional Funeral Experiences for Today's Families." 

Through phone calls or personal visits, Jeanne offers support to families, following a loved one's death and provides supporting materials as needed. Jeanne also leads seminars, and facilitates two grief groups in the area, one of them being a Support Group for those who have lost children. Some of the materials she provides are the Everlasting memories Photo, the Batesville 'Living Tree memorial" information, "Lift up Thine Eyes”, Doug Manning’s "Continuing Care Series," and the Family Guidebook. 

Jeanne has served as Secretary/Pastoral Assistant at St. Gall's Church in Tintah since 1977, where she is an active member. She has been a volunteer for St. Francis Hospice and is now providing bereavement for their members.

Jeanne has been a First Responder for the Tintah Fire and Rescue since 1990.

She and her husband, Jim have five grown children and five grandchildren. In her personal time, Jeanne enjoys working with stained glass and flower gardening.


 Leah O'Leary

Funeral Assistant

Leah has been with Joseph Vertin & Sons for many years and has served in various roles throughout her career with the Vertin family. Early on, she assumed the role of Office Manager for the funeral home and Ambulance Service, Inc. and also served as an Emergency Medical Technician. More recently, she assists the funeral directors during visitations and funeral services. 

If you were to ask Leah why she is devoted to her work in funeral service, she would tell you that one of the greatest rewards of working in funeral service is being able to help families through some of the hardest days of their lives. Helping families say goodbye to a loved one is a true honor and a very humbling experience. 

A graduate of Ashley High School and the North Dakota State College of Science, Leah lives with her husband, Shawn, in Wahpeton. They have two grown children, Corey (Trisha) and Kellie. She is an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton. 

 

 

 

 

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