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Ingebrand Funeral Homes of Mora and Braham are very happy to welcome Funeral Director Intern, Tony Karsnia to our staff. Tony was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Growing up around his family’s funeral home, Tony developed an understanding of the importance of care, compassion, sensitivity and community-mindedness that are essential components of the funeral service profession. He began working at his family’s funeral home while in eighth grade, maintaining the facility, grounds and motor equipment, as well as assisting with telephone-answering, visitations, and funeral services.
After graduating from high school, Tony earned a degree in professional sales from Detroit Lakes Technical College. He continued his education, majoring in Business Administration, at Fergus Falls Community College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College. He has been affiliated with funeral homes and livery services in the Twin Cities area since 1992. Prior to returning to college at the University of Minnesota, he served as the Business Manager at a St. Paul funeral home for 15 years. Tony graduated from the University of MN in 2015, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with major in Mortuary Science.
He joined the staff of Ingebrand Funeral Homes in April 2016 and looks forward to being active in the Mora and Braham communities. Tony is a member of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.
Growing up around the funeral home also cultivated Tony’s interest in funeral and emergency vehicles. He began collecting professional cars at the age of 14 and is active in several local and national classic car clubs. Tony maintains a fleet of classic vehicles that are used for promoting the history of the funeral and ambulance service professions.
Tony and his wife, Kim, reside in East Bethel, along with their two children, Mackenzie and Alexis, and Black Lab, Reba. They are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove, where Tony is active in the Knights of Columbus, serves on the Cemetery Committee, and is Chairman of Finance for CountryFest.
Local Funeral Director Becomes a Certified Funeral Celebrant
Ingebrand Funeral Homes of Mora & Braham is excited to announce that Katy Hamilton, Licensed Funeral Director, has completed a three day workshop to become a Certified Funeral Celebrant. A Funeral Celebrant is a professional who has been trained in the specific area of planning and conducting personalized funeral services, memorial services, celebrations of life, graveside services or tributes for families that desire a very personalized experience. While a Funeral Celebrant’s expertise may be used in either faith-based or secular services, a Celebrant may be especially helpful to families that prefer a secular service. The Funeral Celebrant meets with a family and helps them to design a service that reflects the life and attributes of their loved one, and then conducts that service at a place of the families choosing.
This practice is widely used in New Zealand and Australia and there are now approximately 1600 Certified Funeral Celebrants throughout the United States and Canada. Ingebrand Funeral Homes is very pleased to be able to offer the expertise of a Funeral Celebrant to the families they serve. If you would like more information about Celebrant led services, please make an appointment to meet with Katy, in Mora, at Akkerman – Ingebrand Funeral & Cremation Service: 320-679-1933 or in Braham, at Rock – Ingebrand Funeral & Cremation Service: 320-396-2121.
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Mike and Jane Ingebrand, Owners
Experiencing change, loss, death and grief is difficult. We live in a culture that glorifies youth, beauty and productiveness and denies the role that loss, suffering and grief play in shaping our lives. When we love deeply we grieve deeply at the death of a loved one. Funeral rituals are important as they honor the life that was lived, help us express the grief we feel, invite friends and family to offer comfort and support and often become reunions for family and friends. Funerals are for the living. No two funerals are exactly alike. The ceremony may be religious or secular depending on the person responsible for making arrangements.
A meaningful, personalized funeral or memorial service will be an important occasion for the family to share memories and begin the grief process. We are committed to helping you plan a meaningful funeral or memorial service that is consistent with the life that was lived and strives to meet the emotional and financial needs of the survivors.