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Our Staff

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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

Tom Thedens

Manager - Funeral Director

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 three daughters, Amanda, Sarah and Emily. Tom is a member of Central Lutheran Church in Elk River and enjoys hunting, fishing and horseback riding.

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Kevin Leistico

Kevin Leistico

Funeral Director

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.

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Jackie Novisky

Jackie Novisky

Certified Pre-Planning Consultant

Jackie began working as a Pre-Planning Consultant in 2005. As a Certified Pre-Panning Consultant, Jackie educates people with compassion on a very difficult subject.  She ensures that their wishes are followed through and that their unique story is shared with family and friends.

By assisting families in completing dignified, cost-conscious funeral arrangements and pre-funding options, Jackie brings peace of mind to families and their loved ones.

Jackie is a native of Eagan, MN and has  a Bachelor of Science  degree in  Marketing from the University of Minnesota-Metropolitan.  She has two daughters: Natalie (age 18) and Megan (age 15).

If you would like assistance in discussing and planning you funeral options, Jackie is available for help and assistance.   She can meet with families at the funeral home or in the comfort of their home.  Jackie is available to coordinate and conduct educational and informational seminars on what is involved in planning a funeral or remembrance service at your church, our funeral chapels or the meeting place of your choice.

To arrange a private and confidential pre-need  arrangement appointment or to schedule a seminar contact her at 651-636-5554

Telephone: 1-651-636-5554

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Bob Dawson

Bob Dawson

Funeral Assistant

Following a life-long career in retail management, Bob joined the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel team and has served in this role for over twenty years.  He and his wife Lynn make their home in rural Big Lake and have three adult children and several grandchildren. 


Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson

Funeral Assistant

Ron Carlson was born and raised in Monticello. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1970. From 1970 to 1984, Ron owned and operated Men’s Apparel store’s in Elk River and Monticello.

Ron has been married to Beverly since 1977. Together they have two daughters, Kristin and Andrea, as well as eight grandchildren.

Ron’s services at Peterson-Grimsmo have been appreciated since 2010 when he began working for his brother, Roger Carlson. He is excited continue on working for John and Michael O'Halloran and continue caring for our families. 


Erica C. Seterstrom

Erica C. Seterstrom

Funeral Director

Erica graduated from Northfield High School in 1990.  She completed the requirements for Pre-Mortuary Science at Rochester Community College and Mankato State University.  She then earned an A.A.S. degree in Funeral Service at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1995.  She is a member of the Catholic Church. Erica and her husband, Jesse reside in Big Lake. They have 2 daughters, Nicolette and Blair.  She is a passionate Vikings, Wild & Twins fan.  Erica had ambitions to be a funeral director at a young age and considers it a true honor to work in funeral service.  Hablo español. 

Telephone: 1-763-295-2918

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