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We’re here for you.

Lakewood has the most extraordinary grounds and facilities in the Midwest. Our intention is to offer you personal service at the same high level.

Our goal as a Family Services team is to support and empower you. We’re here to help you:

  • Thoughtfully weigh choices like burial and cremation
  • Give you ideas about ways to memorialize a life more meaningfully and permanently
  • Make decisions that reflect your priorities and values—at all steps
  • Offer options that honor cultures, legacies and lives
  • Support you without pressure, our recommendations are never motivated by price or urgency

Meet our team below — we would be honored to support you. To schedule an appointment in our beautiful new Welcome Center with a Family Services advisor, send an email or call 612-822-2171.

Alex Finseth

Family Services Advisor

Alex is honored to be part of the Lakewood staff and to support families as they remember their loved ones through tradition and ceremony. Alex feels a strong, personal connection to Lakewood because he grew up in the neighborhood; he is familiar with Lakewood’s gorgeous natural spaces and historical significance.

Alex earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota and has worked as a licensed funeral director in Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 13 years.

Esteban Castañeda

Family Services Advisor

Esteban is honored to provide the highest level of care and respect to each person he works with as they navigate some of the most difficult times of their lives. His life experiences have ignited his passion to help people create meaningful ceremonies surrounding memories of their loved ones.  

Esteban earned his Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a licensed mortician in the Twin Cities for seven years before joining the Family Services team. 

Mike Rydberg

Family Services Advisor

Mike deeply values the opportunity to work with families during their time of need. He strives to provide comfort to each family as though they were his own. Mike works to quickly develop a rapport with each person he meets so he can provide clear options and assist them throughout the entire process, including designing memorial markers and making preneed funeral plans. Prior to joining Lakewood, Mike worked in senior living and in public media, where he developed his communication skills and empathy.  

Mike has a special connection to Lakewood because his grandparents are buried here, and he and his wife have also selected Lakewood for their final resting space.  

Seth Kaltwasser

Family Services Advisor, Team Lead

Seth has a passion for helping individuals and families make meaningful choices at Lakewood that will be celebrated for generations to come. He works closely with families to ensure their choices truly honor and celebrate their priceless legacies.

With more than 10 years in nonprofit fundraising and arts management, Seth sees the value of legacy. He loves and is inspired by the robust local history that fills Lakewood, and the countless new and touching stories that every family adds to the diversity of Lakewood’s community.

Megan Hume

Service Coordinator

Megan is grateful and humbled to work alongside families as they plan services for their loved ones. She believes that each service is as unique as the individual being memorialized and it’s her passion to assist families in creating a service that truly honors their loved one in Lakewood’s historic spaces.

Prior to coordinating services at Lakewood, Megan coordinated liturgies at The Basilica of Saint Mary. She holds degrees in English and Theology from The University of St. Thomas and is a Southwest Minneapolis resident. Megan believes working with and for families during their time of grief is truly her vocation.

Toby Branstad

Service Coordinator

Toby grew up in southwest Minneapolis and has a deep connection to Lakewood, where many of his family members and family friends are buried. Toby finds solace in the nature and beauty of Lakewood, and his family history in the funeral service industry has given him a unique perspective on life and death.  

Toby graduated from Concordia St. Paul with a bachelor’s degree in business management. As an empathetic and calming presence, he is committed to providing comfort and support to those who are grieving. 

 

Abby Entrikin

Memorial Department Manager

Abby is passionate about helping families make choices at Lakewood that bring comfort and connectedness to their loved ones. She loves sharing the beauty and history of Lakewood, and it’s important to her that everyone is welcome at Lakewood, no matter their financial situation, beliefs or worldview.

Lakewood is personally special to Abby because her own family is here. Her great-great grandmother was the first in her family to be buried at Lakewood in 1922, and she plans to be the fifth generation of her family here someday.

Prior to Lakewood, Abby worked in the Twin Cities as a licensed funeral director for 13 years, after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota.

Kelly Leahy

Director of Family Services

Kelly leads the Family Services team in offering warm and professional end-of-life planning and care to families and individuals. She also co-leads the development of meaningful memorialization choices, services, and experiences at Lakewood.

She developed a passion for helping families navigate the end-of-life journey early in her career. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, she came to Minnesota to earn a second Bachelor of Science degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. She then worked as a licensed funeral director for almost 12 years before joining Lakewood as a Family Services advisor in 2015. In 2019, she became Director of Family Services and a member of Lakewood’s leadership team.

Kelly absolutely loves Lakewood’s natural beauty and historical significance. She lives nearby, and was married in Lakewood’s historic chapel.

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