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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 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.


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 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. 

Telephone: 1-651-489-1349


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.

Telephone: 1-651-489-1349


David Haroldson

David Haroldson

Funeral Director

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

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.


Donald Winge

Donald Winge

Funeral Director

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.


Anne Christ

Anne Christ

Funeral Director

Before becoming a funeral director, Anne sharpened her skills for genuine hospitality alongside her husband at the restaurant they owned and operated in the mountains of Montana. Over 18 years years of caring for guests in the restaurant are now reflected in the service she provides to families here at Bradshaw. Anne joined the staff in 2015 after completing her BS in Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota and there are many reasons she is happy she landed here. She loves her family of colleagues, and is thankful to work for a company that values treating all families from many diverse backgrounds with the same high level of dignity and care.

Anne spends her time outside of work with her husband (now a Lutheran pastor) cheering on their two teenagers in a variety of choral and theater performances. In addition to serving on the board of the Minnesota Boychoir, she enjoys trying new restaurants, cycling, skiing and running, and is ever-hopeful she’ll find more time to devote to those pursuits.


Joua Her

Joua Her

Funeral Director

Joua Her joined the Bradshaw Group in 2018. She grew up in White Bear Lake, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program. She is thankful to work with a wide variety of families and eagar learn from her colleagues. Joua knew from a young age that the Funeral industry was for her, "I appreciate funerals and observing the intersection of history, culture, and science". She offers compassion, guidance, and support to help grieving families, "my goal is to help families through a difficult time." 


Outside of work Joua enjoys spending time with her family and going on road trips.



Mikaela Wegscheid

Mikaela Wegscheid

Funeral Director

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 boyfriend, Russell.


Jane Prescott

Jane Prescott

Manager - Simple Traditions by Bradshaw

Jane started with Bradshaw as a preplan counselor, but having been through the funeral process for her dad when she was younger, she felt she wanted to do more with helping those families who had experienced a loss. She accepted the administrative assistant position for the Simple Traditions brand, and has now taken on the role as manager of our two Simple Traditions by Bradshaw locations. Jane says she enjoys working at Bradshaw because everyone who works here truly loves what they do. “We are able to work together as a team to care for our families and help them celebrate the lives of their loved ones.”

In her role, Jane is often the first person the family talks to when they have experienced a loss, and also the last person they talk to with any follow up questions after the service. She finds fulfillment helping the family through this process and reassuring them that even when the service is over, we are always here if they need us.

Jane grew up in Iowa, and after a handful of years living in southern California, she and her husband Eduardo moved to St. Paul in 1996. They have been married for over 25 years and have 2 adult sons. They look forward to someday spending long Minnesota winters south of the border at their home in Mexico.


Margaret Ahles

Margaret Ahles

Administrative Assistant - Stillwater

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.” 

She lives with her husband on Saint Paul’s East Side. She has two wonderful children, and a first Grandchild who she spoils endlessly.

Telephone: 1-651-439-5511


Kari Aaeng

Kari Aaeng

Administrative Assistant - Rice Street

Before coming to the Bradshaw team in February 2018, Kari worked as an Executive Assistant in the Ski and Hospitality Industries in Aspen Colorado. Kari has a Montessori teaching certification and a Master’s in Special Education. “I bring my combined work experience with me to Bradshaw. I appreciate how the Bradshaw team instills the same caring essential values I hold dear as a teacher. In working with the families we serve. at Bradshaw, there is a true sense of care and compassion for the loved ones who have passed. All are welcome here. The Bradshaw family fully believes that everyone deserves the dignity and grace of a final burial. I love working at our Rice Street location. The building was originally built in the 1920’s and has almost as much character as the neighborhood and people we serve. The area is diverse and there is a real sense of community”. When not at work, Kari enjoys the fine arts, music and the many outdoor activities which make the Twin Cities a world Class place to live.


Kate Kazemba

Kate Kazemba

Administrative Assistant - Minnehaha

Kate Kazemba is passionate about helping others, and that is one reason she loves her job. Providing guidance and support for families and, perhaps most importantly, listening are what Kate finds most fulfilling in her position of service. Helping others celebrate the life of someone they love during one of the toughest times in life keeps her inspired.

The city of Minneapolis has always been one of Kate’s favorites, and she is thrilled to be working in the vibrant Longfellow neighborhood. Visitors admire the mid-century modern design of the building, and they find the welcoming atmosphere and bright, sunny windows comforting. Comments such as, “This is a jewel of the neighborhood,” “We love its presence,” “It’s a different perspective to see something right in your midst that you previously passed by,” and “It looks just as I remember!” are regularly expressed.

Kate is committed to Bradshaw’s mission of, “Helping people create meaningful events that celebrate the life of a loved one who died, helping to heal the wounds of loss, and bringing a spirit of renewal to all.”


Elizabeth Lenihan

Elizabeth Lenihan

Administrative Assistant - White Bear

In high school Liz spent a lot of time in the Shoreview/White Bear area visiting cousins and friends. She says; “The great thing about this community is it’s a perfect blend of city living and small town loyalty. I love it here, and I was so happy when Bradshaw took me aboard and asked if I would be the first point of contact for their White Bear location. In a way it feels like a homecoming.”

Liz never saw herself working in a funeral home, let alone at a desk. So, she spent ten years serving tables. Alas, time and life kept evolving, and one day Liz looked up and realized she’s married, has a baby boy to raise, and wants to find a career that gives her purpose each day. She found that with Bradshaw. 

“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 an administrative assistant 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.” 

She also prefers to work with Minnesotan family owned businesses. And, to her the Bradshaw family absolutely fits the bill of a loyal, hardworking, and kind hearted local family who feels good to work for.

Now, Liz resides in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband Patrick and son Jameson. They garden, camp, and listen to a lot of jazz together. They are currently tied to a Montessori school in Minneapolis, but have hopes to turn Jameson into a Mounds View Mustang once he hits his high school years.



Brady Bagley

Brady Bagley

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. 


 
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