Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

 


 

Joel & Shannon

Owners

On June 15, 1996, they were married in Madelia, Minnesota. Their marriage has been blessed with four children, Katrina, Kaleb, Karson and Keaton LaCanne. After getting married, they lived in Sauk Centre, Minnesota where Joel worked for Patton-Schad Funeral Service and Shannon worked at the St. Cloud Hospital in cardiac rehab. Joel then moved to a branch of Patton-Schad Funeral Service in Melrose where he was the manager. Pat Patton and Jon Coltvet where great mentors to Joel and were his first “teachers” out of school.

In October of 1998, Joel and Shannon moved to Windom to take a position with Anderson-Schmidt Funeral Home and to be closer to their families. It was a great move in that Joel knew Phil and Bill very well – they were like parents to him in their gentle guidance of how to continue to serve families with the utmost dedication. Their teachings have always been an inspiration to Joel. In 1999, Shannon took a position with the Windom Area Hospital in Windom where she is still currently the manager of two departments: Cardiac Rehab and The Wellness Center. On January of 2002, Bill sold Joel a minority interest in Anderson-Schmidt Funeral Home and on January of 2003, Joel and Shannon purchased the entire funeral home from Bill and Rita Schmidt. Since then, in April of 2003, Joel and Shannon began discussions with Miller Architects and Builders with building a new funeral home in Windom. Their guidance through the whole project was unbelievable in their insight into building and aesthetics of a building. On September 17, 2003, they broke ground on the new facility on the north edge of Windom, right off of Highway 71. On May 15 and 16, 2004 they held an open house for the new 7400 square foot building. Shannon and Joel feel so fortunate to have been able to do all they have for everyone that the funeral home serves.

Joel and Shannon are proud parents of four children, Katrina, Kaleb, Karson and Keaton LaCanne.

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Jenn Holm Funeral Director

Jennifer grew up in Jackson, MN and graduated from Jackson County Central High School. She attended college in Worthington, MN where she completed her AA degree. After college, she worked as the farrowing manager for Hawkeye. Working in that field for 7 years, Jennifer decided to go back to school for Mortuary Science. She completed her degree and graduated from DMACC in 2019. She has previously worked at Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. She started with LaCanne Family Funeral Service at the end of January 2020.

 

Jennifer lives with her long-time boyfriend, Tyler Bezdicek and her two children, Talan and Ellie. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing, visiting with friends, spending time with her family, fishing and playing with their many animals.

 

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Diana Madsen Funeral/Office Assistant

Diana moved to the Heron Lake area in 1997, when she married her husband, Michael.  Raising three children on the farm helped build a strong family foundation, work ethic and responsibility.  Diana supports her husband’s farming and seed business, and you can often find her cheering on the kids at school, community, and social functions.  In 1992, Diana graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business.  Her professional experience has focused largely on promoting health and well-being, through marketing, wellness, and community development initiatives in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.  She volunteers in various capacities within her community and manages a local food shelf to ensure people have food they need to live a healthy life.  Diana is a walking enthusiast and finds relaxation at the lake, while welcoming the opportunity to travel and explore.

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Joseph "Joe" and Barb LaCanne Funeral Assistants

Joe and Barb LaCanne began helping at the funeral home when Joel first became the owner in 2003. Joe came to Windom in the fall of 1969 after earning an education degree in visual arts and art history from St. Ed’s in Texas, the Art Institute in Cleveland Ohio, Indiana State University at Terre Haute, the University of Notre Dame at South Bend, Indiana, and Mankato State University in Mankato, MN.

Barb came to Windom in the fall of 1970 after earning an education degree in elementary and special education at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. They met while teaching in Windom and were married in 1972. They are the parents of three children: Joel (Shannon) LaCanne, Jeffrey (Jeanna) LaCanne, and Mary (Ray) Iliff. They also have six grandchildren.

Joe and Barb are both retired from teaching. Joe retired in May of 2001 after having taught 37 years and Barb retired in June of 2005 after 35 years of teaching. Joe continues to help at the funeral home and continues with his hobbies of stained glass artwork, and working in mixed media. Barb continues to do substitute teaching and fills in whenever needed at the funeral home. Both Joe and Barb enjoy spending time with their children and families and they both spend time volunteering in the church, school, and community.

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Steve Fresk Funeral Assistant

Steve and his wife Laura have lived in Windom since 1982. Steve is “semi-retired” from 35 years of seed industry sales management, and now farms the Fresk family land near his hometown of Slayton. Steve also does farm product sales and consulting. Laura is employed at Good Samaritan Society, Windom. They have three adult children.

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Thomas Wickie Funeral Assistant

Tom is a native of Hallock, MN, teenage transplant to Colorado, and has been a Windom resident for 43 years. He completed training with a Masters degree in 1981 and worked in the field of speech/communication disorders for 31 years in SW Minnesota. Family members include Karen, his wife of 48 years, (retired from teaching), son Michael, Jill (Anderson) and Rachel of Sioux Falls, SD, daughter Susanne, Warren, Samuel and Joshua Cohen of Eagan. A US Air Force veteran, former Jaycee, member of the American Lutheran Church of Windom, Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge #538, RSVP, and chairs the Cottonwood County Historical Society Board of Trustees. Enjoyments in life include family activities (especially the grand children), genealogy, reading, movies and theater, boating and volunteer work.

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Kathy Jo McInnis Funeral Assistant

Kathy Jo and her husband, Mike moved to Windom in 2016. Kathy attended University of Nebraska-Kearney in Kearney, Nebraska and most recently worked as a Career Transition Specialist in Omaha. Kathy has four grown children, two son-in-laws and 4 adorable grandchildren. Kathy is a member of First United Methodist church in Windom, where her husband is the pastor. Kathy and Mike are avid Husker fans and enjoy kayaking, music and chasing grandkids!

Jenn Holm

Funeral Director
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Jennifer grew up in Jackson, MN and graduated from Jackson County Central High School. She attended college in Worthington, MN where she completed her AA degree. After college, she worked as the farrowing manager for Hawkeye. Working in that field for 7 years, Jennifer decided to go back to school for Mortuary Science. She completed her degree and graduated from DMACC in 2019. She has previously worked at Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. She started with LaCanne Family Funeral Service at the end of January 2020.

 

Jennifer lives with her long-time boyfriend, Tyler Bezdicek and her two children, Talan and Ellie. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing, visiting with friends, spending time with her family, fishing and playing with their many animals.

 

Diana Madsen

Funeral/Office Assistant
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Diana moved to the Heron Lake area in 1997, when she married her husband, Michael.  Raising three children on the farm helped build a strong family foundation, work ethic and responsibility.  Diana supports her husband’s farming and seed business, and you can often find her cheering on the kids at school, community, and social functions.  In 1992, Diana graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business.  Her professional experience has focused largely on promoting health and well-being, through marketing, wellness, and community development initiatives in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.  She volunteers in various capacities within her community and manages a local food shelf to ensure people have food they need to live a healthy life.  Diana is a walking enthusiast and finds relaxation at the lake, while welcoming the opportunity to travel and explore.

Joseph "Joe" and Barb LaCanne

Funeral Assistants
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Joe and Barb LaCanne began helping at the funeral home when Joel first became the owner in 2003. Joe came to Windom in the fall of 1969 after earning an education degree in visual arts and art history from St. Ed’s in Texas, the Art Institute in Cleveland Ohio, Indiana State University at Terre Haute, the University of Notre Dame at South Bend, Indiana, and Mankato State University in Mankato, MN.

Barb came to Windom in the fall of 1970 after earning an education degree in elementary and special education at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. They met while teaching in Windom and were married in 1972. They are the parents of three children: Joel (Shannon) LaCanne, Jeffrey (Jeanna) LaCanne, and Mary (Ray) Iliff. They also have six grandchildren.

Joe and Barb are both retired from teaching. Joe retired in May of 2001 after having taught 37 years and Barb retired in June of 2005 after 35 years of teaching. Joe continues to help at the funeral home and continues with his hobbies of stained glass artwork, and working in mixed media. Barb continues to do substitute teaching and fills in whenever needed at the funeral home. Both Joe and Barb enjoy spending time with their children and families and they both spend time volunteering in the church, school, and community.

Steve Fresk

Funeral Assistant
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Steve and his wife Laura have lived in Windom since 1982. Steve is “semi-retired” from 35 years of seed industry sales management, and now farms the Fresk family land near his hometown of Slayton. Steve also does farm product sales and consulting. Laura is employed at Good Samaritan Society, Windom. They have three adult children.

Thomas Wickie

Funeral Assistant
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Tom is a native of Hallock, MN, teenage transplant to Colorado, and has been a Windom resident for 43 years. He completed training with a Masters degree in 1981 and worked in the field of speech/communication disorders for 31 years in SW Minnesota. Family members include Karen, his wife of 48 years, (retired from teaching), son Michael, Jill (Anderson) and Rachel of Sioux Falls, SD, daughter Susanne, Warren, Samuel and Joshua Cohen of Eagan. A US Air Force veteran, former Jaycee, member of the American Lutheran Church of Windom, Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge #538, RSVP, and chairs the Cottonwood County Historical Society Board of Trustees. Enjoyments in life include family activities (especially the grand children), genealogy, reading, movies and theater, boating and volunteer work.

Kathy Jo McInnis

Funeral Assistant
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Kathy Jo and her husband, Mike moved to Windom in 2016. Kathy attended University of Nebraska-Kearney in Kearney, Nebraska and most recently worked as a Career Transition Specialist in Omaha. Kathy has four grown children, two son-in-laws and 4 adorable grandchildren. Kathy is a member of First United Methodist church in Windom, where her husband is the pastor. Kathy and Mike are avid Husker fans and enjoy kayaking, music and chasing grandkids!