Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is experienced in understanding and accommodating the needs of all beliefs, faiths, lifestyles, and relationships. We are here to educate about death care, answer your questions and guide you through the decisions, and will encourage you to take your time to figure out the most meaningful and fitting way to honor your loved one and incorporate the elements that you and your family find meaningful ceremony.

Our pledge to your loved one is to give of ourselves with integrity, professionalism, grace and compassion.

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Jeffrey R. Hartquist Funeral Director

Jeff was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in Pipestone, Minnesota. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he received his B.A. Degree, majoring in Business, before attending the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. Along with his license in funeral service, he is a licensed insurance agent, specializing in funeral burial insurance.

 

He began his vocation in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. In 2004, Jeff joined the family-owned funeral home with his wife, Sara, and moved to Luverne, Minnesota. In 2013, Jeff and Sara purchased the family business from his parents, Randy and Cindy Hartquist.

 

Jeff and his family are active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne where Jeff has served on stewardship ministry, WINGS, and participates in bell choir. He is a member of the Luverne Lions Club and the Luverne Rotary Club, and he has served on the Luverne Chamber of Commerce Board and the Luverne Area Community Foundation Board. He and his wife Sara have three sons, Henry, Benjamin and Graham.

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Randall G. Hartquist Funeral Director

Randy was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1970 with his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. During this time, he married his wife, Cindy. Randy has been active in funeral service throughout his years and has served on many positions within the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association, most recently serving as the Southern Regional Director.

 

He is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone where he has chaired various committees, served as an Elder, twice served as chairman of the congregation, and sings in the church choir. Within the community, he has served on many boards, including the United Way, Pipestone Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Advisory Board, Past President of the Pipestone Band Board, Past President of the Hiawatha Club,

 

Pipestone Performing Arts Board, and Past President of the Pipestone American Cancer Society Board. He annually chairs the "Love Lights A Tree" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. He enjoyed his ten-year membership in the Opland Singers, and he is a member of the Kiwanis Club. While he served as Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis, he organized and chartered Pipestone's Golden K Club. He has lifetime memberships as a Vietnam Veteran in the Pipestone V.F.W. Post #3814 and Michael-Boock American Legion Post #6 where he is a past Post Commander. He and his wife Cindy have four children.

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Cynthia C. Hartquist Certified Pre-Arrangement Specialist

Cindy was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota and was raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge before being married to her husband, Randy.

 

Cindy is certified by the National Funeral Directors Association in the area of pre-need services and is a licensed insurance agent, specializing in funeral burial insurance.

 

She is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone and is active in the community, focusing volunteer efforts on the Pipestone Enrichment Foundation. She is also a member of Chapter C PEO and the Hiawatha Club. She is on the Board of Directors of First Bank and Trust in Pipestone, and she currently serves on the City of Pipestone Charter Commission. She and her husband Randy have four children, nine grandsons and three granddaughters.

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Christopher L. Johnson Funeral Director

Chris was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and was raised in the Twin Cities area. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. Following his schooling, Chris began his vocation in the Twin Cities area.

 

In 2004, Chris joined our funeral home. He and his family live in Tyler, Minnesota, and are active members of Danebod Lutheran Church where Chris serves on the church council and the stewardship and outreach ministry. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, serving as President, and is active within the Tyler Area Community Club. He and his wife Trina have five children, Noah, Julia, Ruby, Poppy and Jonas.

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Lewis Epple Funeral Director

Lewis was born in Waconia, Minnesota and was raised on a beef cattle farm in Montrose, Minnesota. He grew up there, loving the outdoors and spending time with his two brothers and sister. Lewis has been a life-long member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, going to Mt. Olive Lutheran Grade School in Delano, Minnesota and West Lutheran High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. While he was a student at West he was a member of the traveling choir. He enjoyed visiting the many WELS churches in the area and meeting new people every Sunday. Lewis enjoyed working for the Three Rivers Park District on the west side of the cities throughout his high school and college years. He worked there as a seasonal carpenter’s assistant. While there he did fun/odd projects, worked with the full time carpenters, and learned how to use many different and fun power tools.

 

In October of 2012 Lewis was married to his wife, Jenna, and they lived in Maple Grove, Minnesota while they both finished up school. In May of 2013 he graduated from the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis with a B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. In the end of June, Lewis and Jenna moved to Pipestone to be members of the Hartquist Funeral Home family. They spend their free time reading, and walking at the Pipestone National Monument together. They are looking forward to starting a garden here and learning how to can and preserve the different foods they will grow. Lewis and his wife are glad to be back in a small town where they can start a family, meet new people, and build great friendships with the people here! They have three blessings: Juniper, Beverly and Matilda.

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Montana L. McClure Funeral Director

Montana was born in Luverne, Minnesota to Jerry and Danette McClure. She was raised on the family ranch two miles outside of Magnolia. She attended Luverne Public Schools and graduated in 2013. While home from college in the summer, Montana worked in the greenhouse at Bomgaars in Luverne. Montana attended St. Cloud State University until May of 2016, when she transferred to the University of Minnesota in August of 2016. She graduated from the Medical School at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. After graduation she moved to Pipestone and began working with the Hartquist Funeral Home.

 

In her spare time, Montana enjoys reading fantasy novels and horror novels, drawing, writing short stories, watching/collecting movies, and petting every animal that she can. She loves spending time with her cats, Charlie and Blondie. Montana is most excited about being able to meet new people and get involved in the community.

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Greta L. Reese Funeral Director

Greta was born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and was raised in Dayton, Minnesota. During high school, Greta and her family relocated to a hobby farm in Hanover, Minnesota, where she enjoyed caring for a variety of animals including horses, goats, chickens, and more. While in high school Greta participated in the “Postsecondary Education Options” program and was able to earn her A.A. degree majoring in Liberal Arts through North Hennepin Community College. She then furthered her education at the University of Minnesota where she earned her B.S. degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science.

In October of 2017, Greta moved to Luverne and joined Hartquist Funeral Home. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, George and horse, Charlie. Greta is looking forward to getting involved in local activities and learning more about her new community in Luverne!

Jeffrey R. Hartquist

Funeral Director
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Jeff was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in Pipestone, Minnesota. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he received his B.A. Degree, majoring in Business, before attending the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. Along with his license in funeral service, he is a licensed insurance agent, specializing in funeral burial insurance.

 

He began his vocation in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. In 2004, Jeff joined the family-owned funeral home with his wife, Sara, and moved to Luverne, Minnesota. In 2013, Jeff and Sara purchased the family business from his parents, Randy and Cindy Hartquist.

 

Jeff and his family are active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne where Jeff has served on stewardship ministry, WINGS, and participates in bell choir. He is a member of the Luverne Lions Club and the Luverne Rotary Club, and he has served on the Luverne Chamber of Commerce Board and the Luverne Area Community Foundation Board. He and his wife Sara have three sons, Henry, Benjamin and Graham.

Randall G. Hartquist

Funeral Director
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Randy was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1970 with his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. During this time, he married his wife, Cindy. Randy has been active in funeral service throughout his years and has served on many positions within the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association, most recently serving as the Southern Regional Director.

 

He is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone where he has chaired various committees, served as an Elder, twice served as chairman of the congregation, and sings in the church choir. Within the community, he has served on many boards, including the United Way, Pipestone Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Advisory Board, Past President of the Pipestone Band Board, Past President of the Hiawatha Club,

 

Pipestone Performing Arts Board, and Past President of the Pipestone American Cancer Society Board. He annually chairs the "Love Lights A Tree" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. He enjoyed his ten-year membership in the Opland Singers, and he is a member of the Kiwanis Club. While he served as Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis, he organized and chartered Pipestone's Golden K Club. He has lifetime memberships as a Vietnam Veteran in the Pipestone V.F.W. Post #3814 and Michael-Boock American Legion Post #6 where he is a past Post Commander. He and his wife Cindy have four children.

Cynthia C. Hartquist

Certified Pre-Arrangement Specialist
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Cindy was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota and was raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge before being married to her husband, Randy.

 

Cindy is certified by the National Funeral Directors Association in the area of pre-need services and is a licensed insurance agent, specializing in funeral burial insurance.

 

She is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone and is active in the community, focusing volunteer efforts on the Pipestone Enrichment Foundation. She is also a member of Chapter C PEO and the Hiawatha Club. She is on the Board of Directors of First Bank and Trust in Pipestone, and she currently serves on the City of Pipestone Charter Commission. She and her husband Randy have four children, nine grandsons and three granddaughters.

Christopher L. Johnson

Funeral Director
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Chris was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and was raised in the Twin Cities area. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. Following his schooling, Chris began his vocation in the Twin Cities area.

 

In 2004, Chris joined our funeral home. He and his family live in Tyler, Minnesota, and are active members of Danebod Lutheran Church where Chris serves on the church council and the stewardship and outreach ministry. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, serving as President, and is active within the Tyler Area Community Club. He and his wife Trina have five children, Noah, Julia, Ruby, Poppy and Jonas.

Lewis Epple

Funeral Director
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Lewis was born in Waconia, Minnesota and was raised on a beef cattle farm in Montrose, Minnesota. He grew up there, loving the outdoors and spending time with his two brothers and sister. Lewis has been a life-long member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, going to Mt. Olive Lutheran Grade School in Delano, Minnesota and West Lutheran High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. While he was a student at West he was a member of the traveling choir. He enjoyed visiting the many WELS churches in the area and meeting new people every Sunday. Lewis enjoyed working for the Three Rivers Park District on the west side of the cities throughout his high school and college years. He worked there as a seasonal carpenter’s assistant. While there he did fun/odd projects, worked with the full time carpenters, and learned how to use many different and fun power tools.

 

In October of 2012 Lewis was married to his wife, Jenna, and they lived in Maple Grove, Minnesota while they both finished up school. In May of 2013 he graduated from the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis with a B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. In the end of June, Lewis and Jenna moved to Pipestone to be members of the Hartquist Funeral Home family. They spend their free time reading, and walking at the Pipestone National Monument together. They are looking forward to starting a garden here and learning how to can and preserve the different foods they will grow. Lewis and his wife are glad to be back in a small town where they can start a family, meet new people, and build great friendships with the people here! They have three blessings: Juniper, Beverly and Matilda.

Montana L. McClure

Funeral Director
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Montana was born in Luverne, Minnesota to Jerry and Danette McClure. She was raised on the family ranch two miles outside of Magnolia. She attended Luverne Public Schools and graduated in 2013. While home from college in the summer, Montana worked in the greenhouse at Bomgaars in Luverne. Montana attended St. Cloud State University until May of 2016, when she transferred to the University of Minnesota in August of 2016. She graduated from the Medical School at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. After graduation she moved to Pipestone and began working with the Hartquist Funeral Home.

 

In her spare time, Montana enjoys reading fantasy novels and horror novels, drawing, writing short stories, watching/collecting movies, and petting every animal that she can. She loves spending time with her cats, Charlie and Blondie. Montana is most excited about being able to meet new people and get involved in the community.

Greta L. Reese

Funeral Director
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Greta was born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and was raised in Dayton, Minnesota. During high school, Greta and her family relocated to a hobby farm in Hanover, Minnesota, where she enjoyed caring for a variety of animals including horses, goats, chickens, and more. While in high school Greta participated in the “Postsecondary Education Options” program and was able to earn her A.A. degree majoring in Liberal Arts through North Hennepin Community College. She then furthered her education at the University of Minnesota where she earned her B.S. degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science.

In October of 2017, Greta moved to Luverne and joined Hartquist Funeral Home. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, George and horse, Charlie. Greta is looking forward to getting involved in local activities and learning more about her new community in Luverne!