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.

Our History

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

    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

    Dick Klecatsky, Owner and Funeral Director

  • Bob Westrup

    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

    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

    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

    Tom Schultz, Funeral Director

    Tom was privileged to join the firm in 2015. His experience began in 1972 when he discerned a calling to Funeral Service during his High School years when his grandfather died. Tom Garland, the Funeral Director who handled the arrangements, made such a positive initial impression on Tom, that he decided on the ride back home from Grandpa Schultz’s Funeral that Funeral Service would be his career. Since then, numerous people have invested time and other resources to nurture him toward licensure. In 1979, Tom and Ginger were married. He credits Ginger for much of his success in the profession.

    Tom’s professional aim is to pool all the firm’s physical and exceptional human resources together to provide care to our grieving families beyond the level that’s expected. Every one of us is significant and important to more people than we realize. With great love, there is great sadness when we lose someone. We experience loss when someone dies. Our world is less without them.

    Tom’s mission is to walk down roads with you immediately after your loss. To be that resource to lean on at 3AM when you need answers, or just to talk. To guide you to create your individual Memorial, to become the source of connections that you need, and lift some weight off your shoulders.

  • Tom Griswold

    Tom Griswold, Funeral Director

    Tom graduated from the University of MN with a Mortuary Science Degree in 1999. He has worked in the Twin Cities since graduating. Tom joined the staff at Klecatsky’s in March 2017. He states “I really feel the passion to serve families at a time of need. It has allowed me to meet many different people throughout the years. I truly enjoy the variety of work in my profession.” Tom is licensed as a funeral director in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Tom’s other passions outside of funeral service are spending time with his family and restoring an old log cabin. He is married to Leanne and they have three children, Owen, Gabbi and Gracie.

  • Rich Graner

    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.

  • Lisa Anderson

    Lisa Anderson, Office Assistant

    Lisa joined the Klecatsky team in 2014 after working in various administrative positions, from Meeting & Event Planning to Clinical Research Associate. She has an Associate’s degree from National College in Travel & Tourism and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan University.
    Lisa has two adult children and enjoys spending time with family, biking, heading “up north” and traveling. In her spare time she also is an Uber driver.

  • Jenny Davis

    Jenny Davis, Office Assistant