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.
Founder and Chairman
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.
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 President/CEO 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.
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.
I grew up on the Eastside of Saint Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Growing up my parents thought it was important for their children to have an understanding as to what takes place after someone dies. They encouraged us to go with them to attend visitations and funerals for family members, neighbors and friends. I also was acquainted with a local funeral director and by observing what he did and asking questions about his profession, I felt this was a career that I wanted to do, to provide comfort to people in their time of need. What I find most meaningful as a director is working with families to provide options for services that will enable them to celebrate their loved one’s life. I feel working at Bradshaw, I am able to help and assist people to carry out their wishes.
In the 30 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 a teenage son and two adult daughters.
Michael Sorrell, Funeral Director, joined Bradshaw in 2009. Full Notice to come.
Anne first honed her hospitality skills during the 18 years she and her husband ran a restaurant in the mountains of Montana. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota's Mortuary Science program in 2015, she has been proud to be part of the Bradshaw team. She especially is proud of the way she and her colleagues work hard to provide the same high level of dignity and care for each and every family, across a wide range of cultural backgrounds and economic circumstances.
Anne spends her time outside of work with her husband (now a Lutheran pastor) their two adult children and their rescue dog, Doug. In addition to serving on the board of the Minnesota Boychoir, she enjoys trying new restaurants and craft breweries, cycling and skiing, and is ever-hopeful she'll find more time to devote to those pursuits.
Mikaela grew up in Little Canada, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota's Program of Mortuary Science in May of 2016.
After joining the team at Bradshaw in January of 2019, she is honored to be serving her hometown community. She is happy to be surrounded by such a loving and caring group of professionals who hold the same passion for serving families in one of the most difficult times in their lives.
Away from Bradshaw, she enjoys figure skating, practicing yoga, attending concerts, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and husband, Russell.
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Family Care Coordinator - Rice Street
Erin is originally from Lakeville Minnesota, and tried her hand
in a variety of careers before landing at Bradshaw in December 2021. The
funeral industry was a career path she had always thought about but never fully
explored. Since starting at Bradshaw she has found this career is where she
“I have always felt a calling to care for people. Being able to
help guide and offer comfort to the families we serve is truly amazing.”
Outside of work Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and their two boys, Michael and Alex, who keep her endlessly entertained with their creative and wild minds.
Family Care Coordinator - Simple Traditions
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Family Care Coordinator - Minnehaha
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Team Supervisor / Family Care Coordinator - Stillwater
As the Family Care Coordinator 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.”
She lives with her husband on Saint Paul’s East Side. She has two wonderful children, and two even more wonderful grand children who she spoils endlessly.
Family Care Coordinator - Stillwater
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Family Care Coordinator - White Bear
Liz spends her free time working on her art, and enjoying small adventures with her son and Husband.
Although the funeral home industry was not one she ever imagined being a part of, now that she is here, she is in love with the community.
“Being able to talk with families who are entering into their grief is hard work, but it’s also very human and emotionally fulfilling. I love that my job as a Family Care Coordinator can bring some peace to families at such a hard time. I get to take care of the paperwork behind the scenes so that those who have lost a loved one can actually take the time they need to grieve healthily.”
Family Care Coordinator - Rice / Accounting Department
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Dave Schindler grew up in Apple Valley, MN and still resides there. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Minnesota State Mankato and has spent his career in the twin cities metro area.
Dave has spent the last 20 years as a small to midsize company Controller before joining Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services in September of 2022. What drew him to Bradshaw was his interest in being a part of a company that serves the families in the local community.
Dave enjoys spending time with his family and two children David II and Isabel. He is also a fan of watching sporting events, camping, music and volunteer work. He has been a Planning Commissioner in Apple Valley for 23 years and has been a treasurer in many volunteer organizations.
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Grief Counselor and Celebrant
Tony Del Percio, Director of Bradshaw Grief Resource Center has 35 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 Poodle, “Winston”, sometimes attends these sessions and has his own way of helping people heal.
You can reach Tony by calling any Bradshaw location.
Advanced Funeral Planner
Brady has worked with Bradshaw's preplanning team for the last two years. Like many people in this industry, he wasn't originally planning on doing what he currently does for work. As he was finishing his undergrad, he became aware of the opportunity to work with Bradshaw as an Advanced Funeral Planner. The more he learned about the opportunity, the more he could see himself doing this. He appreciates the opportunity he has to meet with families and help them make plans in advance to alleviate the burden on their loved ones.
"Seeing the peace of mind that preplanning gives families makes this line of work very meaningful for me".
When he is not meeting with families, he's usually spending time with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Lucy. They love to explore the many State Parks in the area and enjoy an occasional sporting event downtown.