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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.

Michael O'Halloran

Michael O'Halloran

Owner/Director

Michael is a licensed funeral director that joined the firm in July of 2006. Son of John and Cynthia O’Halloran, he is a St. Paul Academy lifer, graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in business, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program. Michael is co-owner and President of the funeral homes, a St. Paul Rotarian and a member of the St. Paul Serra Club. Living in St. Paul, he is the 4th generation of O’Hallorans’ to continue the longtime family tradition of quality funeral service in St. Paul and surrounding areas. He enjoys traveling, playing golf and drums, and spending time with his family.

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John O'Halloran

John O'Halloran

Owner/Director

John is from St. Paul. He graduated from Holy Spirit Grade School in 1953, Cretin High School 1957 and the University of Notre Dame 1961. He served a year in the 828 US Army Signal Corps and was discharged at Fort Stewart, Georgia in 1962. After receiving his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 1964, he joined the family funeral home operated by his mother Dolores O’Halloran Countryman. Upon the retirement of his brother in 1991, John became sole owner of the funeral homes. John has since purchased a third funeral home, Dares Funeral Home in Elk River, MN from his friend Bob Dare in 2001. John is married to Cynthia Melady and has three children: Emily, who lives and works in Manhattan, John Carlos, a St. Paul Police officer, and Michael, who is continuing the family tradition of quality funeral service.

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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.

He is humbled to have the opportunity to serve families in the community where he was raised.

Telephone: 1-763-441-1212

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Erica Seterstrom

Erica 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 Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Becker and Big Lake. Erica and her husband, Jesse reside in Big Lake. They have 3 daughters, Nicolette, Blair and Chyenne.  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: 1-763-441-1212

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Christina Guerri

Christina Guerri

Funeral Director

Christina Guerri (Haubrich) grew up in Olivia, MN. She attended college in the Fargo/Moorhead area, earning a degree in Gerontology; and the University of Minnesota earning her degree in Mortuary Science.

Christina lives in St. Michael, MN with her husband, Brandon, and their two children and three cats. Christina and her family are members of St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN.

Telephone: 1-763-441-1212

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Kailyn Kittock

Funeral Director

Kailyn grew up in the Fargo/Moorhead area. She attended St. Cloud State University earning an associates degree in Liberal Arts in 2020; and the University of Minnesota where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science in 2022.

Kailyn currently lives in Clear Lake with her husband, Owen, and their two dogs, Winston and Remington, and bunny, Blu.

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Alyssa Pieper

Alyssa Pieper

Funeral Director Intern

Alyssa grew up in Albertville, MN and graduated from St. Michael-Albertville High School in 2015. She then received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts majoring in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2020. Afterwards, she completed the Mortuary Science program provided by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science in 2023. She will be completing her funeral director internship at Dare’s Funeral Home. Alyssa lives in Elk River with her sister and niece, along with her cats, geckos, and axolotls.


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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Joe Weeks

Joe Weeks

Funeral Directors Assistant

Joe was born and raised in Minneapolis and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1983. After nearly 40 years in the printing industry, Joe made the choice to change careers and started serving families as a Funeral Services Assistant in August 2023.

Joe lives in Elk River with his wife, Andrea, where they raised 3 children. Joe has been a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Elk River since 1996 where he is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe enjoys his free time being a grandparent, fishing, and hunting.


Tony Mikols

Tony Mikols

Funeral Directors Assistant

Tony was born in NE Minneapolis, he attended the U of M and St. Cloud State. He is a retired business owner for Elk River, where he operated Mikols Photography, Framing & Art Gallery. Since his retirement he has worked part time for the Elk River Police Dept, the Sherburne Co. Sheriffs Office and Dares Funeral Home. He is married to Patricia and they have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter.


Larry Peterson

Larry Peterson

Funeral Directors Assistant

In Loving Memory 

December 7, 1943 ~ October 26, 2022

Larry lived in Elk River. He was married to Gail and had 2 children, Heather and Matthew. He was a retired business owner and worked part time at Dare's Funeral Home.


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