Akkerman – Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Service of Mora
Charles Akkerman graduated from the Mortuary Science Program at the University of Minnesota in 1948. He was employed at O’ Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home in St. Paul, Willwerscheid and Peter’s Mortuary in St. Paul, and Billman Hunt Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis, before returning home to Mora in 1960. That same year, he started the Akkerman Mortuary which he owned and operated for 25 years.
In 1985, upon his retirement, Charles sold the funeral home to Mike and Jane Ingebrand of Mora. Mike is a 1973 graduate of Mora High School and a 1978 graduate of Mortuary Science Program at the University of Minnesota. Mike has lived and worked as a Licensed Funeral Director in the Mora area since his graduation from college. Mora is home for the Ingebrands; it is where they raised their three sons and they cherish their friends here. Mike is active in local civic organizations and was an active firefighter on the Mora Fire Department for 25 years. Jane received her RN from Anoka – Ramsey Community College in 1975 and has worked as a staff nurse at the University of MN and at Kanabec Hospital in Mora. She received a BES in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University in 1990 and a Death and Grief Studies Certification from Colorado State University in 2011. She began facilitating the “Facing The Future By Sharing Our Loss” support group for adults in 1990. She also does some local speaking and education in the areas of loss and grief.
In the summer of 2002, construction began on the new building at 825 S. Union Street in Mora. The family-friendly facility was completed in March 2003. The large chapel and cozy areas for conversation helped to create a more comfortable place for families to gather during times of grief.
Since purchasing Akkerman – Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Services in 1985, they have built on what Charles Akkerman began, by providing personal, compassionate funeral services to families in the Mora area.
Rock – Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Service of Braham
Rock – Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Service has a long history of serving the people of the greater Braham community. The business was founded in 1906 by N. E. Anderson. In 1922 E. E. Erickson opened a second funeral home in Braham in the current funeral home building, except that it was located just to the north of its present location.
In 1931, Mr. J. Wallace Rock purchased the funeral business from Mr. Anderson and in 1943 he also purchased Mr. Erickson’s funeral home, thus establishing the Rock Funeral Home. Wally married Gladys Peterson. He operated the funeral home until 1971. Upon his retirement, he sold his business to Waldo Randall.
Waldo Randall and his wife, Dixie (Sando) Randall, were both born and raised in the area. Waldo grew up in Henriette and Dixie grew up in Ogilvie. Mr. Randall served in the US Army and following his military service enrolled in the Mortuary Science program at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1958. Upon graduation from the U of M, he completed his internship at the Vine Funeral Home in Rochester, MN in 1959. Mr. Randall worked at the Anderson Funeral Home in Wilmar, MN before returning to Braham in 1965. Waldo and Dixie were married in 1959. They raised their children in Braham and have been very involved in the life of the Braham community.
In 1981, Mike Ingebrand of Mora, began working as a Licensed Funeral Director for Mr. Waldo Randall at the Rock Randall Funeral Home of Braham. Mr. Randall became Mike’s professional mentor and a strong colleagueship between Waldo and Mike was established. In 1985, Mike left Rock Randall Funeral home to purchase the Akkerman Funeral Home of Mora from Mr. Charles Akkerman. Mike and his wife, Jane, have owned and operated the Akkerman – Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Service of Mora since 1985. Mike and Waldo have maintained their working relationship and friendship through the years.
Jay and Joni (Carlson) Mankie bought the funeral home from Mr. Randall in 1997. Jay grew up in northern Minnesota and began working in Braham, at the funeral home, in 1987, shortly after graduating from the University of Minnesota. Joni, a lifelong Braham resident, worked for several years in health care then began working full time at the funeral home in 2000. Jay and Joni have four children and live in the Braham area. The Ingebrands and the Mankies have enjoyed a mutually supportive working relationship since the Mankies purchased the funeral home in Braham. When the Mankies decided to leave funeral service, it seemed a very natural progression of ownership for the Ingebrands, to purchase the funeral home from them.
Mike and Jane Ingebrand bought the funeral home from Jay and Joni Mankie in May 2007. They look forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones while serving the Braham community. They plan to carry on the long tradition of quality and service established by their predecessors.