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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Lance Ehrlin

Lance Ehrlin

Manager/Licensed Funeral Director

Lance was born in Oakes, North Dakota, where he graduated high school in 2010.  He attended North Dakota State University for two years before attending Des Moines Area Community College.  Lance graduated with his degree in Mortuary Science in October 2013.

Lance served his Funeral Director Apprenticeship in Oakes, and later began working as a licensed Funeral Director at Spitzer-Miller Funeral home in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

Lance is a member of the Optimist's Club in Wahpeton and in his personal time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, riding motorcycle, snowboarding, and coaching youth wrestling. 

Stepan Andrey Matyushev

Stepan Andrey Matyushev

Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

Stepan was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1989 and moved to Des Moines, IA in 1997. Graduating from Valley High School, he moved on to get his BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. Losing someone close to him, Stepan made a life long commitment to Funeral Service, graduating from DMACC in 2015 with a Mortuary Degree.

Stepan sees Funeral Service as a privilege and a service to the community. Working around the country has allowed him to learn and develop as a Mortician. Finally settling down in Wahpeton, ND.

He enjoys playing his Spanish Acoustic, watching Star Trek, skiing, cooking, and spending time with his family (Raeann Zander, Nomi, and Evy).

Elaine Schneider

Elaine Schneider

Grief Care Coordinator

Elaine has been working with families at Vertin-Munson since 1999. She is a graduate of Hillsboro High School, the University of Minnesota-Moorhead, and North Dakota State University.  Elaine retired in May, 2007, after 34 years of teaching. Elaine has been interested in counseling for most of her teaching career, having written grants to acquire training in the field for teachers to use in their own classrooms. She later went on to gain a master's degree in counseling in 1994 and was licensed as a counselor in North Dakota in 1995. Having experienced many losses in her own life, working in the funeral service industry was a natural progression for her.

What Elaine likes best about her position is meeting so many wonderful families and sharing their grief as she gets to know them. She does much of her aftercare work by phone and written correspondence, but loves meeting with family members for coffee and making home visits, including visits to nursing homes, where a surviving spouse or parent may reside. 

Elaine states, "Families are so grateful for the smallest kindness at this very difficult time, which makes my work very gratifying.  I never want to intrude on family's privacy, so I take the time to provide a level of support that the family wishes, and that may be purely social or none at all". 

Elaine believes education in the grief process is also very important, as just knowing what's `normal' when grieving is such a reassurance to a surviving loved one.

Elaine has also worked part-time as an addiction counselor, and has been doing volunteer crisis counseling in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault for Three Rivers Crisis Center since 1995.

Elaine and her husband Terry live in Wahpeton, where they are active members of St. John's Catholic Church. She enjoys yard work and gardening, walking outdoors, reading, continuing education, and traveling. She has been a member of several teaching and counseling organizations over the years. 

Ann Deal

Ann Deal

Pre-Arrangement Advisor

Ann has been the Pre-arrangement Advisor at the funeral home since 1997.  A Breckenridge native, Ann graduated from Breckenridge High School, and from Alexandria Technical College.  She lives in rural Breckenridge with her husband, Dan, who farms in the area.  Together they have three grown daughters, Sally, Carolyn and Alicia.  Ann is the oldest daughter of Marjorie Lommel and the late John Lommel. 

After joining the staff at the funeral home, Ann discovered an important need in assisting families who wish to make their funeral plans in advance.  She is a good listener and provides compassionate care for assisting the families she serves.  Ann holds a license to secure funds in a funeral trust, so families know that money will be there at the time they need it for the funeral.

Ann’s work experience in Breckenridge has included customer service in the banking and insurance industries. She is very dedicated to the families she serves with pre-planning, as well as she is dedicated to serving families at the time of need to ensure that all of their planning goals were met.

Ann is an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge, and an honorary member of the Rotary Club. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her eight grandchildren.

Craig Caspers

Craig Caspers

Licensed Funeral Director (Semi-Retired)

Craig grew up in Wahpeton and graduated from Wahpeton High School.  He graduated from North Dakota State College of Science and Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.  Craig was employed with First Bank Systems in Aberdeen until 1978 when he returned to Wahpeton to manage the family business.  Due to his father's illness, Craig and his two brothers managed their family business, Caspers Seven Levels of Home Furnishings.  While working as a buyer for the furniture store, Craig met several individuals in the furniture industry who were also licensed funeral directors, and they encouraged him to consider the rewarding and meaningful life of a funeral director.

Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1987, and began serving families at Vertin-Munson soon after.   Craig was mentored in the profession by Bernard "Bun" Munson, who had managed the business for 27 years.

While Craig enjoyed his career in banking and furniture, he has found the work of being a funeral director as the most rewarding and fulfilling. Because he grew up in Wahpeton and is familiar with so many families in our community, Craig is able to develop a close personal feeling while serving families in the Wilkin-Richland area. 

Craig has discovered through his funeral director experience that although life does not always follow a plan, it is through caring for others and having compassion for those grieving that helps all of us get through difficult times. 

In his personal time, Craig and his wife Sue, enjoy time with their two children, and five grandchildren.

Doug Peterson

Licensed Funeral Director (Retired)

Doug grew up in Valley City, ND and graduated from Valley City Public High School. He attended the University of North Dakota and Valley City State University.   Doug graduated from the Indiana School of Mortuary Science, and began working for Bun Munson at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in 1973.

Doug and his wife, Judith owned and operated a funeral home and furniture store in Morris, MN until they moved back to Wahpeton and Doug again joined the staff at Vertin-Munson.  Doug retired in 2009, but he continues to help out at the funeral home as needed.

Doug continues to be involved in the community, and his personal interests include family time, motorcycles, deer hunting, fishing, and golfing.

In Memory of Bernard "Bun" Munson 1923-2016

Licensed Funeral Director

Bun served the community and families at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home for many years.  He started working in the funeral business while in High School and he semi-retired in 1988, continuing to work part-time until the age of 89.

Bun passed away on January 1, 2016.

In Memory of Jason W. Barton

Licensed Funeral Director

Jason served Wahpeton, Breckenridge, and the surrounding area for a number of years as a licensed funeral director.

Jason passed away on November 6, 2017.

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