Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation Services
   
Meaningful Events
that Celebrate Life
Acknowledge and celebrate your
loved one with a meaningful event
that tells the story of their life.
Green Cremation
 
Green cremation is a gentle,
eco-friendly alternative
to flame-based cremation.
Celebration of Life
Centers
Families can select the restful serenity of our traditional settings or the sunlit vitality of our contemporary places.
Grief Support,
Healing the Heart
Even after the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement, and guidance.
Advance Planning
is a gift of love
Planning a memorial or funeral service
ahead of time removes much
of the burden from your family.

Our Staff

 
 

Once you request the services of Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation Services, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Jim and Jayne Bradshaw

Jim and Jayne Bradshaw

Founder and Charman

Jim and his wife Jayne are Stillwater residents. Together they have 4 children, 3 sons and one daughter. One son is working in the family business, another son served in Iraq under the Minnesota National Guard Red Bull Division as a Captain, another son has a property maintenance business, and their daughter is living in New York City working in marketing, writing, and advertising.

Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program in 1964. Jim is first generation in funeral service and founded the family business in 1972. Jayne has a medical service background, graduating from Minnesota School of Business. Jayne and Jim are both active in the family business.

Jim has been active in local and regional foundations and organizations serving his industry and those of community support. Recently he completed his services as a founding board member of the Saint Croix Valley Foundation and is the Past President of Indianhead Council of Boy Scouts. He is a Past Board member of Gillette Children’s Specialty Hospital and is Past Chairman of the Foundation and Board, and is a past Board member of Lakeview Hospital System and Chairman of the System's Foundation, currently serving on Region’s Hospital Foundation Board, also, Past Board Member of F. R. Bigelow Fund and recently retired from Board as Treasurer, Current Board member of Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts, Past Board member of Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, Member of the Anti-Racism Initiative “Facing Race, We are all in it together” of the Saint Paul Foundation, chair of the North End Community Foundation and Chair of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation. Past District Governor for Rotary District 5960, Past President of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association, Past Chair of the Vision Foundation for the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Currently Jim serves as Chairman of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation. Jim has had extensive involvement working with the Hmong Community dating back to serving the first Hmong person dying in Minnesota. He is, and has been, involved in numerous other community activities and finds volunteering is his personal growth pastime and hobby, along with being an avid reader.

Jayne has been actively involved as a Board Member of the Croixdale Senior Center of Presbyterian Homes, Co Chair of the Saint Croix Valley Heart Association, Vice President and Secretary for the family business, and strong supporter of the Bradshaw family business, and the Community.

Jim and Jayne Bradshaw share the passion for helping people through difficult times as they help families and friends celebrate the life of someone they have lost. They are also strong supporters of people working to have high quality of life in their senior years and in their final days.

   
Jason Bradshaw

Jason Bradshaw

President/CEO

While at Pepperdine University pursuing his undergraduate degree in Biology back in the 1990’s, Jason Bradshaw dreamed of the innovative breakthroughs he’d make in the laboratory. But destiny called—as it often does. As a result, Jason’s past few years have been, instead, part of a unique father-son team which has focused itself on leading-edge “hospitality” practices not laboratory breakthroughs. Recognized even by Time Magazine (2004) for their innovative contributions to the changing world of funerals, the Bradshaws were described as part of the funeral makeover national leaders. 

“So many of the families who came to us wanted to celebrate the life of the person who had died, we realized we had to become very good at event planning,” says Jason today. When he was interviewed, he had just returned from a customer-service seminar at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. “We look at ourselves as being totally customer focused. We respond to what each family wants in order to make their celebration meaningful. Whatever it takes.” 

Jason serves as the Bradshaw Group’s vice president and chief operating officer, meaning, as he describes it, that he works with the numbers, the financing and the details of Bradshaw’s initiatives. Since 2010, for example, Jason has been responsible for the company’s bio cremation or “natural” cremation project. “We looked at bio cremation because families increasingly began asking for more environmentally suitable ways to dispose of the body of a person who has died,” says Jason. “Essentially, bio cremation takes the natural process and accelerates it to two or three hours,” he explains. (Learn more)

The Bradshaw Group is the only funeral organization in the region, which has such an environmental process in place. Jason, who is active in a number of community organizations including Rotary Club of Saint Paul, lives in Somerset, Wisconsin with his wife, Brea, their two daughters and a son. 

He can be reached at 651-489-1349.

   
Margraret Ahles

Margraret Ahles

Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant at the Stillwater Celebration Center, Margaret Ahles is the encouraging voice on the phone and the gracious smile during the day. She is the “behind-the-scenes” expert on what paperwork i’s must be dotted and when the t’s should be crossed. She says she enjoys building the slide shows about the people who are being celebrated because it helps her to get to know more about them. 

“The mission at Bradshaw offers our staff the opportunity to go the extra mile for the families we serve,” Margaret says, noting that on those occasions when a family invites every memorial service guest to wear a special color, all Bradshaw employees wear that color too. “We want them to know that we are here to take care of them. I love that about being here,” she explains. Another highlight every day is the Stillwater Center itself. With its gorgeous window light, that sense of being nestled in the woods and many comfortable places to gather, it’s enticing enough for a wedding. “In fact, we just had a lovely wedding here”, she says. “Our sign reads ‘Celebration of Life Center’ and we really mean it.” 

The 12th of 13 children, Margaret inherited her mother’s passion for directing musicals at St. Jerome’s Catholic School. In her volunteer time, she’s worked with the 6th, 7th and 8th graders in a range of productions from Pinocchio to Alice in Wonderland. She lives with her husband, a son and daughter on Saint Paul’s East Side. 

You can reach Margaret at 651-439-5511.

   
Roxie Bergsrud

Roxie Bergsrud

Administrative Assistant

Roxie Bergsrud, Administrative Assistant at Bradshaw Minnehaha in South Minneapolis for 17 years, appreciates the sense of community that is part of her position. Roxie grew up and raised her own family in South Minneapolis. An alumnus of South High and the University of Minnesota, she lives, works, plays, worships, volunteers and shops in the area. She values the strong sense of community, of helping one another, of embracing diversity, and of watching out for our earth that is part of her community and of Bradshaw. 

Of serving the community, Roxie says, “Each family differs, and each person within a family has their own story, their own needs, and their own wishes at this difficult time in their lives. It is our privilege to listen, to learn, and to serve people in the best way possible to celebrate the life of their loved one. We’ve celebrated the life of the woman who loved to bake cookies so her cookies were served with coffee at her visitation, the man who “lived for” his motorcycle so his “hog” was set next to his casket, the amateur artist whose pieces had a showing at her visitation, the elementary teacher whose visitation was set up as a classroom displaying the work of his students, the young mom who loved to sing to her son so those songs were played at her visitation. 

As Roxie’s own mom was preplanning her funeral with Bradshaw, she was asked how she’d like to be remembered. My life isn’t special, was her response. However, family and friends knew she was warm, social, an exceptional cook and gave wonderful parties. Roxie’s mom was in the process of planning a party with German food and a biergarten with German music when she died. Roxie knew that the Bradshaw staff would understand her family’s desire to throw this party for her homegoing. “It was a wonderful celebration of mom’s life and of her spirit. The Bradshaw staff was amazing. And I am more aware, now that ever, that by celebrating life, healing is brought to the living.”

Roxie acknowledges, “Being part of a community is a privilege and a responsibility. We feel privileged to be here and we will always serve you well.” 

You can reach Roxie at 612-724-3621.

   
Linda Callan

Linda Callan

Administrative Assistant

You can find Administrative Assistant Linda Callan at our north suburbs Celebration of Life Center. Having worked Bradshaw’s White Bear location for ten years, she has a personal interest in caregiving that has been learned through life experience. 

“I understand what the death of a loved one feels like. I also have had many losses in my life and can empathize with the depth of what our families are experiencing. I try to assist every person just like I would like to be served.”

Our White Bear location has a light filled place that people appreciate when they enter. It is warm and uplifting. We welcome anyone to just come in for information and to see how we can accommodate their future needs.

In addition to our family visitations and services, we offer our space for community events such as a Rotary Clubs major book drive, “Books for Africa”; townhome associations’ annual meetings, health fairs, church and civic meetings, and other special occasion parties.

For a number of years, Linda and a few other Bradshaw employees have helped raise money for the Special Olympics by jumping into the icy January waters of White Bear Lake for the annual White Bear Polar Plunge.

You can reach Linda at 651-407-8300.

   
Tony DelPercio

Tony DelPercio

Tony Del Percio, Director, Bradshaw Grief Resource Center has over 25 years experience working with family’s who have experienced the death of a loved one. Tony’s approach is to provide information and support at a time of loss. To give people the tools they will need to move forward, laugh again and find new hope. Also, the groups help people redefine a sense of identity. Positive attitude and humor is very important in his work. 

Tony is one of those people who seems to be all over the place all of the time. He is the only full-time Grief Counselor working for a funeral/cremation organization in this region and is responsible for the management of the very active Bradshaw Grief Resource Center. “Each person’s support system begins to disappear about four to six weeks following a death and that’s why Jim, Jayne and Jason Bradshaw have made a considerable—and ongoing—commitment to the Bradshaw Grief Resource Center. 

Services includes a six-week informational series, parent support group and a survivors of suicide group. Social activities such as lunches, tours, dinners, “nights out” and trips are part of the program. Tony provides limited counseling to families served by Bradshaw. All groups are open to the community and are free. 

Tony is also a wonderful public speaker and is available for speaking. 

His Shih Tzu, “Gotcha”, sometimes attends these sessions and has his own way of helping people heal. 

You can reach Tony by calling any Bradshaw location or 651-489-1349.

   
David Haroldson

David Haroldson

Bradshaw's Team Leader

In the 23 years that Bradshaw’s Team Leader David Haroldson has served families as a funeral director, there has been extraordinary change in his industry, he says. When he first graduated from the University of Minnesota, for example, funerals were standardized. Within the limits of a culture or religion, families had little choice about how a funeral service was conducted. 

“When I first entered the business, technical skills were the number one competency for a good funeral director,” he says, “Today, however, you’ve got to be a great listener. In fact, you must start with the premise that every funeral service will be as unique as the person who has died so you must care enough to pay close attention.” 

Another critical skill that funeral directors should develop, David says, especially funeral directors for the Bradshaw Group, is creativity, and that means frequently doing things in a funeral home that have never been tried before. “Families see a funeral or memorial service in perspective of their own grieving process,” he explains, noting that they want to help shape those moments with friends and family so they will be the most meaningful to them. 

“At Bradshaw, we don’t let much of anything stand in our way. We want every celebration to be just right,” David explains. One ceremony explains what he means: set at the Stillwater/East Metro Center (Learn more), which is light-filled with many giant windows, the chapel was transformed into a campground including tents, evergreen trees, a canoe, an artificial brook with a bridge and fake campfires. The guests were seated on lawn chairs and camp stools. “The man being celebrated had been an avid outdoors person,” he recalls. “The family recreated a scene for his memorial service that he would have loved in his life.” 

David’s willingness to find ways to make things happen—on behalf of the family’s wishes—made such a moving service possible. “We turned the entire Center over to that family’s celebration that day. Most funeral home operations wouldn’t be willing to do that.” 

Being able to “listen effectively” and having a creative streak are clearly part of David’s home life too. A musician by background and talent (trombone and piano) with a keen sense of being able to play by ear, he also enjoys tinkering with his motorcycles and planning road trips. He and his wife (who also has her motorcycle license) have two teenage daughters. 

   
Spencer Roylance

Spencer Roylance

PrePlan Counselor

I'm one of Minnesota's newest residents. I recently moved from Salt Lake City, Utah, where I was born and raised, to work with Bradshaw. I am the youngest of five children, with three older sisters and an older brother. I have a passion for sports and anything outdoors.

Before finishing up my college degree, I took two years off to perform church service in Mozambique, located in southeastern Africa. I gained a great appreciation for different cultures and ways of life. I became fluent in the Portuguese language, and grew to appreciate running water and electricity.

I completed my schooling at the Marriott School of Management and Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in Business Management with a Marketing Emphasis. While working in the Marketing Department of Ragnar Relay Series in the summer of 2012, I met my wife, Keddie (Linford) Roylance.

Each and every day I have the privilege of helping individuals pre-arrange their final wishes. It's a blessing to be working with Bradshaw, and having the opportunity to help families celebrate the lives of their friends and loved ones through meaningful events. My goal is to help in any way possible to eliminate the doubt and uncertainty of future funeral arrangements by educating and helping each and every person with whom I meet.

   
Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell

Funeral Director

Michael Sorrell, Funeral Director, joined Bradshaw in 2009. A second career for him, the decision to go back to school was carefully crafted in his woodworking shop. While there, he enjoyed the fastidious attention to detail the job required but missed opportunities to engage with people in meaningful ways. 

“Now I am privileged to have found, rather than a job a job, a vocation,” he says, noting that his profession gives him the perfect environment to help people in very difficult circumstances. What could be more meaningful than reinforcing the desires of a man, who had attended his wife through her long illness and home hospice, to also care for her at death? As a result of Michael’s assistance, the grieving husband participated in cleansing and then placing his wife into the casket. As a result of Michael’s assurances, the husband along with five other mourners in a Greek Orthodox graveside ceremony, gathered the confidence themselves to lower her body into the ground. 

Michael is known for his ability to pay attention to what a family really wants. To do that, he asks plenty of questions “so that they grow comfortable talking with me.” He adds that he is very honored when families “open up and share about their loved ones.” 

At home with his wife, son (and “an occasional mouse”), Michael keeps busy sawing away on a ten year plan (“that’s up to at least 12 by now”) as he renovates an 1880’s Victorian home in Saint Paul.

   
Becky Strand

Becky Strand

Accounting

Becky Strand has been an accounting professional at Bradshaw for years. She loves the huge variety of responsibilities in her job and working with all of the Bradshaw staff, but takes special satisfaction in providing accurate and timely statements to the families served by Bradshaw. 

Becky loves animals, explaining her very own “mini zoo”, the many animals on her farm. She lives in her grandparent’s farm house, has four “J”-named children, and finds the greatest happiness is watching her grandchildren grow. 

You can reach Becky by calling 651-489-1349. 

   
   
Mary Thorson

Mary Thorson

Funeral Director

According to Bradshaw Funeral Director Mary Thorson, it’s an honor to wear special colors at a memorial gathering. It shows solidarity to the family that can’t be expressed in words. To illustrate, she describes the special memorial gathering for a retired farmer who was known for his love of red tractors. “He believed, ‘If it’s not red, it belongs in the shed'," she says. 

Following a private burial, the family returned to the Stillwater Celebration Center to join the many friends waiting for them. “Every family member wore International Harvester t-shirts, most of the guests and the staff wore red in his honor too,” she remembers. One of his red tractors greeted the guests at the main door. “It was meaningful to me because I was able to learn so much about this father, grandfather and neighbor, they had all loved so well,” Mary says. 

There have many significant moments for Mary in her 13 years with Bradshaw. “Here, we’re encouraged to provide opportunities for celebration—to try new things, even if we haven’t done them before,” she explains.

Known for her calm and compassionate manner with families, she is anything but serene when it comes to loyalty for the Packers. Mary grew up in south Minneapolis, graduated from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and the University of Minnesota. She is a former Queen of the Rice Street Festival and continues to be involved with the Rice Street Festival and Royalty. 

   
Donald Winge

Donald Winge

Funeral Director

Funeral director, Don Winge joined the Bradshaw Group in 1977. An avid researcher and an interested eyewitness, he has become a walking knowledge bank for his understanding of the many cultural and religious funeral observances celebrated throughout this community. He can advise, for example, that a Chinese family will be angered to discover that a deceased relative was dressed in something red for a visitation. He can remind how important music will be to an African American family’s service or that a Hmong celebration will involve the playing of a qeej, a bamboo, flute-like instrument. He knows that a Jewish family would prefer not to receive flowers at the service and that it’s common for Native Americans to bring personal items to a visitation—so that they can be placed into the casket. 

Don has, in fact, managed hundreds of funerals, memorial services and visitations across a dozen or so cultures and/or religions over the years. “Each was personal. Each was important to me,” he said. “But perhaps the one that’s always stuck with me was the occasion of the burial of a premature baby girl.” Her young parents had decided that they would have a simple graveside service but as Don explains, “they were overwhelmed by the number of friends and family members who waited for them at the cemetery.” Even more valuable to the young couple’s future life together was the fact that the two families had never met before and family members were introduced for the first time. “They used this service to get to know each other. Some even went to their cars and brought out lawn chairs so they could continue to visit,” he says, noting that the two parents had decided themselves what they would say and how they would handle the tiny casket. They had also requested a balloon release. “It was meaningful for me to be there to help—and guide—but also to stand aside and watch them—at the end of afternoon-- realize how their baby daughter had brought this family together,” Don adds. His love of research spills over into his off-time hours in which he studies genealogy.

Keddie Roylance

Keddie Roylance

Administrative Assistant

Keddie Roylance, Administrative Assistant at Bradshaw’s Rice Street location, says, "Making final arrangements and dealing with the death of a loved one is not something a family has to deal with on a regular basis. It is difficult. It’s easy to get lost. That is why we are here to provide guidance, support, and direction to families. If I didn’t work here and know the in’s and out’s of making final arrangements, I would be 100% lost. That is one reason why I love my job. I get to help people. I get to help them celebrate the life of someone they love during one of the toughest times in life. Originally from Utah, I moved to Minnesota with my husband to start this new adventure. Neither my husband nor I have family here, so I like to think of the families that I serve as part of my own."

 
 
Allison Craft

Allison Craft

Funeral Director

Allison worked in the nursing field for eight years where she discovered her desire to work and help people on a daily basis. After the loss of a close friend Allison saw firsthand how the help of a compassionate funeral director can not only ease the burden during a difficult time, but help the family begin the grieving process. This motivated her to pursue Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota in 2010.

“I enjoy listening to stories of how people have impacted our community and their loved ones. Even though I may not have known them, I feel we are all connected and every loss impacts us all in some way.”

Allison joined the Bradshaw team because she immediately felt the staff’s dedication toward the families they serve. Allison enjoys working with families because each person has different memories of their loved one and it makes every service unique.

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