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I grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota, with two sisters within two years of me. I never thought I’d be in the funeral industry. I went to the University of South Dakota for Business Management with a focus in Hospitality (to be a wedding planner) and then the economy went down. I was left with the option to get a degree that had no job opportunities after graduation or to change majors. Weddings have flowers, clergy, churches, catering, notices, ceremonies… But wait, so do funerals!

I transferred to the medical school at the University of Minnesota and began my training. After graduation, I was able to complete my 10 month internship in the Twin Cities. The job market for new licenses was bleak since so many of my classmates were from the area. I ended up getting my dual licensure and taking a position in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although I would not wish those crazy hours and the hard work required on anyone, I did learn a lot about top of the industry, hospitality service and how to create an amazing pre-need program.

After two years, I was ready to come back to Minnesota to be closer to family. I decided to make the move before I had the job. I posted a goodbye photo of the town and set off towards home with a full car and a prayer. About two hours into the drive, I received the phone call that answered that prayer. My current boss had gotten my number from a friend who saw my goodbye post. He needed me on board and I needed someone to bring me on board.

It was the opportunity of a lifetime, one of those work atmospheres that people always dream of having. The last four years have flown by and I have been grateful for my boss and coworkers.

Outside of work, I have a wonderful family. My parents, Lynda and Kenny, still live in the town I grew up in. Just a few miles away from me now, my sister and her husband, Danielle and Andrew, own their own home. My youngest sister, MacKenzie, just moved back from Boston, Massachusetts and lives halfway between my parents and us.

Shortly after coming back from Wisconsin, I met the man of my dreams, also named Andrew. I bought a townhouse, we got engaged, then we were married on the beaches of Mexico, and now we have our own home in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It has been a perfect love story so far! I am excited to live life and enjoy every moment.

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