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"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 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.

Joseph Vertin & Sons is proud to have received the Prestigious NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award for 14 consecutive years.  In addition, Joseph Vertin & Sons was one of eight funeral homes nationwide, to receive the NFDA “Best of the Best” Award in 2010 for their Cherish the Child Project.

We are very proud our staff and the awards that they have received for their excellence in service.

Doyle Gylten

Doyle Gylten

Licensed Funeral Director

Doyle has been with Joseph Vertin and Sons since 1982.  He graduated from Northwood High School in Northwood, North Dakota in 1977.  Doyle attended the University of North Dakota for 3 years, and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Chicago, Illinois in 1982.  He worked as a funeral director in Ada and Fertile, Minnesota for a year before moving to Breckenridge, where he has since resided.

Doyle and his wife, Mary, live in Breckenridge where Mary is now retired from St. Francis Healthcare Campus as a Registered Nurse.  They have 3 daughters: Jill (Jeremie) Oliphant, and their children, Austin, Cassandra, Marra, and Sienna; Cindy (Dave) Ackley, and their children, Ben, Finn, and Cameron; and Amy (Mike) Ratajczak, and their children Isabella and Elin.

In his personal time, Doyle enjoys spending time with his family, and woodworking.  Several pieces of his talent may be found throughout the funeral home.


Whitney Hauschild

Whitney Hauschild

Licensed Funeral Director

Whitney was born and raised in Hazen, North Dakota. She attended the University of North Dakota, before pursuing her degree in Mortuary Science at Worsham College of Mortuary Science where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Whitney began working with Vertin Family Funeral Homes in May of 2012, first working at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville, MN, until completion of her apprenticeship. She became a licensed Funeral Director in 2013, and is licensed in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. She has been working part-time at the funeral home since 2013, while caring for her son Dexter.

Whitney and her husband, Jef reside in Breckenridge. Jef is a software engineer at ShoreMaster in Fergus Falls. Whitney enjoys buying and selling vintage treasures as a leisure pursuit; doing cross-stitch embroidery; traveling along with her husband on his business trips; and spending time with family, especially at her parent’s lake cabin. 


Carrie Neppl

Carrie Neppl

Office Manager

January of 2010 marked the beginning of Carrie’s career at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home. Over the years, she has 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 they serve.

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. Married since 1982, they have three sons, Justin (wife, Jamie) of Breckenridge and their children: Karsyn, Easton, and Addisyn; Matthew (wife, Elaine) of Kansas City, MO; and Aaron, Moorhead, MN.

Carrie is drawn to opportunities in which she can rally around people that need a helping hand. Carrie believes it is a privilege to serve in the community as a Breckenridge Rotary Club member and officer. She is active in Faith Church in Wahpeton, as a Sunday school teacher and facilitator of women’s groups.


Ann Deal

Ann Deal

Pre-Arrangement Advisor

Ann has been the Pre-arrangement Advisor at the funeral home since 1997.  A Breckenridge native, Ann graduated from Breckenridge High School, and from Alexandria Technical College.  She lives in rural Breckenridge with her husband, Dan, who farms in the area.  Together they have three grown daughters, Sally, Carolyn and Alicia.  Ann is the oldest daughter of Marjorie Lommel and the late John Lommel. 

After joining the staff at the funeral home, Ann discovered an important need in assisting families who wish to make their funeral plans in advance.  She is a good listener and provides compassionate care for assisting the families she serves.  Ann holds a license to secure funds in a funeral trust, so families know that money will be there at the time they need it for the funeral.

Ann’s work experience in Breckenridge has included customer service in the banking and insurance industries. 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 planning goals were met.

Ann is an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge, and an honorary member of the Rotary Club. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her eight grandchildren.


Hugh Mikkelson

Hugh Mikkelson

Licensed Funeral Director - Retired

Hugh began his career at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in January of 1971 and he retired from the funeral home in 2015. 

Hugh always served each family as if they were his own. His greatest satisfaction was realized when every personal detail was accomplished.  He enjoyed going 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 continues to help out at the funeral home as needed, while he continues to be involved in the community.  Hugh and his wife, Julie, live in Breckenridge, and they enjoy riding motorcycle and spending time with family. 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.


Jeanne Putnam

Jeanne Putnam

Grief Care Coordinator

After serving families as the Aftercare Coordinator/Grief Recovery Specialist since February 1999, Jeanne recently transitioned into assisting the funeral directors during visitations and funeral services.  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 also holds her certification as a Trauma and Loss Consultant, Trauma Specialist, and as a Pastoral Education Assistant.   

Jeanne has been the Secretary/Pastoral Assistant at St. Gall's Catholic Church, Tintah, MN since 1977.   She has been with St. Francis Riveredge Hospice, now CHI Health at Home, since 1987. Jeanne has also been an active member of the Tintah Fire and Rescue Squad since 1990, serving as their First Responder Training Officer and helping with many fundraisers. 

Jeanne and her husband Jim live near Tintah, where he farms.   They have five grown children and six grandchildren.  In her spare time, Jeanne enjoys working with stained glass, flower gardening and spending time with family.


Mike Belseth

Mike Belseth

Support Staff

Mike Belseth has been a valuable member of the staff since 2015. He graduated from Appleton, MN High School in 1967 and from Mayville State University in 1971. After a successful teaching and coaching career at Breckenridge High School, Mike’s career path shifted to owning his own business as a State Farm Insurance Agent in Breckenridge. He has served as President of the Breckenridge Lutheran Church Council, President of the Breckenridge Lions Club, President of the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Breckenridge City Council.

Now fully retired, Mike and his wife Diane keep busy with traveling and loving their 14 grandchildren. He continues to follow high school, college, and professional sporting events and even remains loyal to the “unforgiving” Twins. Recently Mike was honored as an inductee into the Mayville State Coach’s Hall of Fame. 

Mike and his wife, Diane, have four adult married children. David (Stephanie) and their three children Sophia, Ben, and Jacob; Karen (Aitor) Leniz and their three children, Amaya, Logan, and Lauren; Jen (Jamie) Beyer and their five children, Ethan, Emma, Julia, Allison, and Anna; Scott (Andrea) and their three children, Adella, Micah, and Tommy.


John Flenner

John Flenner

Support Staff

John was a graduate of Wadena High School and received his Bachelor Degree in Education. Most of his teaching career was at the Breckenridge High School, where he also served as Athletic Director for many years. Following his retirement from education, John joined the staff at Joseph Vertin and Sons to assist in funerals and visitations.

John is married to Marlene and they have two adult children.  He is an avid sports fan and enjoys summers at the lake.


Marcia Pederson

Marcia Pederson

Support Staff

Marcia began working with the staff at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in 2014.  Born and raised on a farm in Mahnomen, after graduation from high school, Marcia set out to become a nurse.  First as a Licensed Practical Nurse and later returning to college at Northland Community College, Thief River Falls to earn her Registered Nurse Degree. 

Marcia worked as a nurse at St Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes and at St. Luke's Hospital (Sanford) in Fargo.  She retired after working at St. Francis Nursing Home for 30 plus years. 

Marcia enjoys gathering with friends and family, traveling, and biking. In retirement, Marcia continues to work as a nurse at Pioneer Senior Memory Cottage in Breckenridge, Minnesota and she volunteers at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, where she is a member of the congregation, and she is also a Hospice Volunteer.


Russ Fenlason

Russ Fenlason

Support Staff

Francis “Russ” Fenlason has been with Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home since 2013, serving as a funeral assistant. He attended Northwestern College in Minneapolis. He has been an EMT since 1975 and a Nationally Certified Paramedic since 1981.  Russ moved to the Breckenridge in 2001 when he joined the staff at ASI (Ambulance Service Incorporated) as their Paramedic. He continues to work for ASI on a part-time basis.

Russ lives with his wife, Rosemary in Breckenridge. They attend Faith Church in Wahpeton, where he leads bible studies and helps with Sunday school.


Pam Knapper

Pam Knapper

Support Staff

Pam is originally from Moorhead, MN, but has called Breckenridge her home for the past 25 years.   She is married to Marv and they have 2 grown children, Danae and Derek.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time at their cabin on Trowbridge Lake, reading, spending time with family and friends, or volunteering with the American Cancer Society.  Pam was awarded the Hero of Hope award in 2011 from the American Cancer society, and in 2013, was presented the Mark Werre award by the community of Breckenridge/ Wahpeton for her dedication to volunteering and helping others.    She works full time as the Purchasing/Office Manager at Aaseby Industrial Machining in Wahpeton.  Pam joined the JVFH family in 2013 and works part time assisting with visitations and funerals.   She feels privileged to be a part of such a caring staff, and to assist families during their final tribute to their loved ones.


Colette Barton

Colette Barton

Grief Care Coordinator

In February of 2017, Colette joined Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home as the Grief Care Coordinator.  Colette was drawn to this position partially because of her experience as a Funeral Director’s wife and seeing the need for loved ones to receive support after the funeral is over.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. 

Colette is married to Jason Barton.  They are the parents of Cindy, Colson, Connor, Jason Paul and Serenity, as well as the grandparents of Lavinia and Shane.  They make their home near Wyndmere, ND, and are also licensed Therapeutic Foster Parents through PATH of ND. 

Colette is very committed to her community.  She is a charter member of the Headwaters Lions Club, an active member of the Wyndmere United Methodist Church, and a coordinator for Community Vacation Bible School in Wyndmere.  She supports her children’s activities by volunteering for several school-related committees.  Locally, Colette is on the Board of Directors for the Breckenridge Wahpeton Community Foundation and also serves as the Executive Director for United Way of Richland-Wilkin.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and looking at all the great ideas on Pinterest.  


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