Lance Ehrlin, Funeral Director at Vertin-Munson Funeral and Cremation Service, was recognized by The Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media as one of twenty impressive individuals from the Breckenridge-Wahpeton area. The award was designed to showcase leading young professionals who demonstrate dedication and drive.
Judy Popp-Anderson, Grief Care Coordinator at Bonner Funeral & Cremation Services, was honored as the Freeborn County Senior Citizen of the Year. The award is based on service and volunteer activities, and she was nominated by the staff at the funeral home. Judy hosts many meaningful grief care and suicide awareness events through the funeral home, and she also graciously volunteers her counseling services with several other organizations: Freeborn County Relay for Life, Mayo Clinic Hospice Grief Support, Freeborn County Crisis Response Team, and more.
But Judy’s special recognition does not stop there. At the Minnesota State Fair, she was also chosen as the 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year for the state of Minnesota!
Steve Sheets is a longtime funeral director at Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham, MN. For the past 24 years, he and his wife, Lisa, have chaired The Giving Tree project, which works to provide Christmas gifts to area children who might otherwise not receive any. Steve and Lisa are responsible for fielding and coding requests for children in need, and the anonymous cards are used to decorate a tree at the ITOW Museum in Perham. Community members select a card, purchase the gift, and return it to the museum. Thanks to Steve, Lisa, and many generous community members, 220 children received Christmas gifts in 2018 through The Giving Tree.
Marilyn Claassen, support staff member at Bonnerup Funeral & Cremation Service, was named Freeborn County’s 2020 Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award recipient. Marilyn was chosen for her dedication and hard work in many areas of service such as Relay for Life and Alzheimer’s fundraisers. She is a local Red Cross instructor and has served as an EMT. As the activities director at Thorne Crest Senior Living, she was especially recognized for her advocacy for the elderly. Marilyn works to ensure the residents’ years in retirement there are as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.