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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.

Email: tthedens@ohalloranmurphy.com


Brady Hernandez

Brady Hernandez

Funeral Director

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.

Email: bhernandez@ohalloranmurphy.com


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.

Email: kleistico@ohalloranmurphy.com


Robbie Smith

Robbie Smith

Funeral Director

Robbie was born and grew up in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a BBA in Marketing in 1985 and then from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Mortuary Science in 1987.  Robbie has worked in funeral service most of his life, and has been with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel for many years.  

Very active in the community, Robbie has served in local government, including on the Monticello City Council and the Monticello School Board, serving  as board chair from 2013-2016.  Robbie’s wife Karen was a FACS teacher at the Monticello Middle School for 33 years .  Robbie and Karen attend Community United Methodist Church of Monticello, and they have two daughters.

Email: rsmith@ohalloranmurphy.com


Jackie Novisky

Jackie Novisky

Pre-Arrangement Specialist

Jackie Novisky has been with Roseville Memorial Chapel 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.

Telephone: 1-651-636-5554

Email: jnovisky@ohalloranmurphy.com


Susan Parsons

Susan Parsons

Administrative Assistant

Susan grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and graduated from Central High School in 2003. She and her family have called Minnesota home for the past six years. 

She graduated from Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2017 with an Associates of Psychology Degree. Susan has worked in the funeral care industry in different capacities in South Dakota and Minnesota, since 2002. She is currently studying Mortuary Sciences through Des Moines Area Community College.

Susan resides in Monticello with her husband, Casey; children, Gabe and Amelia; dog Clara, and cat Missy. Together they enjoy time outdoors riding bikes, geocaching, hiking or swimming, and also pride in their Lego collection.

Email: sparsons@ohalloranmurphy.com


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. 


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