History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us they've done their best to honor their loved one.
It was 1926, the year that saw the first television publicly demonstrated, iconic Route 66 created to run from Chicago to Los Angeles, and the Ford Motor Company’s establishment of the 40 hour work week. It was also the year when Joseph S. Klecatsky graduated from the University of Minnesota and commenced his long career in funeral service, opening a funeral home on West 7th Street in St. Paul.
By 1955, Joe had built and opened our current locations in West St. Paul and South St. Paul. Two of his sons, Dick and Tom, followed in his footsteps, graduating from the University of Minnesota and joining the business in 1969 and 1972 (respectively).
In 1984, Joe passed away after 62 years of dedicated service to local families. Tom and Dick continued to build on their father’s foundation of exceptional service and striving to meet the needs of the local community. In 1986 “Joseph S. Klecatsky & Sons Funeral Home” was built and opened in Eagan. An on-site crematory was added to the Eagan location in 1993, affording families the option of complete, trustworthy care of their loved one when cremation is chosen. The family tradition continued in 1998 when Tom’s son-in-law, Bob Westrup, graduated from the University of Minnesota and joined the business.
Over 85 years after its inception, the Klecatsky family and committed staff continue the tradition of guiding our community through the sharing of life’s experiences.
Our Valued Staff
Tom Klecatsky, Owner and Funeral Director
Tom has over 40 years of experience in funeral service."I feel that our work provides a very important service to the communities we serve by helping grieving families create a meaningful way to honor and pay tribute to their loved ones."
He is a graduate of the South St. Paul School system and attended the College of St. Thomas, graduating in 1965. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1970, working in aircraft maintence.
After he left the Air Force, he came to work in the family business. He holds licenses in both funeral directing and embalming, and is a certified crematory operator.
Tom is married. He and his wife Cynthia worked together to raise six children, and today they are the proud grandparents of twelve.
He volunteers his time with the Minnesota Boat Club (rowing) as treasurer and participating in the Church of St. Joseph Choir (West St. Paul) along with helping family and friends with their maintenance/building projects.
Dick Klecatsky, Owner and Funeral Director
Bob Westrup, Funeral Director
Bob was born and raised in New Ulm, MN, the third of four children to Dave and Theresa (Foley) Westrup. He graduated from New Ulm Cathedral High School in 1987, after which, he attended and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1992 with a BA in Social Work. After a few years in the financial industry, he returned to his calling in Social Work, working with abused and neglected children. He married Beth (Klecatsky) in 1994 and returned to school to graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1998 with a BS in Mortuary Science.
Known as “Boberoo” to his friends, he enjoys bike riding, reading and making people laugh.
Bob and Beth have been blessed with four wonderful children; Michael, Erin, Emily and Henry. They live in South St. Paul at the home in which Tom and Dick grew up.
Josh Oxendale, Funeral Director
Josh has been a funeral service professional for seven years. “I feel privileged that people trust me with their loved one, and I love the fact that every day is a new challenge.”
He has an Associate’s degree from Century College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota. He came to Klecatsky & Sons to serve his internship, and his performance earned him a place on our staff as a licensed funeral director.
Josh is married with two children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his two sons and participating in sporting activities. His personal goal was to earn his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do by the age of 35, which he acheived in 2012.
Suzanne R. Soummane, Funeral Director
Suzanne has been in funeral service for twenty years. “I find each day to bring a diversity of challenges. Helping families deal with the many details surrounding the loss of a loved one brings unique rewards. All in all, I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.”
She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. When not working, Suzanne enjoys traveling with her husband.
Tom Schultz, Funeral Director
Rich Graner, Pre-Arrangement Specialist
Rich Graner of Good Life Consultants is a parishioner of the Church of St. Louis, King of France, a husband and father of six. Since 1995, as a MN-licensed funeral director, Certified Preplanning Consultant, and insurance agent, he guides people through important decisions and planning for the future. He helps protect financial, emotional and family assets enabling you to live the life you have earned. Rich does so through the proper use of detailed funeral pre-planning and prefunding through insurance. As an independent funeral service advocate, retained by the Klecatsky’s, he allows you more options and the ability to make unhurried and educated decisions.
You may recognize Rich as the guy with a camera in his hands as he volunteers at the Church and School of St. Agnes, Church of St. Louis, King of France, or Holy Family Maronite Church. He is also a member of the South St. Paul Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Fr. Jeremiah O’Callaghan Council, & Friend of the Serra Club of St. Paul.