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David Klassen

David Klassen

Funeral Director

David Klassen realized his passion for funeral service at a family funeral.  He observed the care of the funeral director and decided then and there to pursue it as a career.

As well as being a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, David holds a degree in music and counselling.  David worked with and was mentored by Perry Bulbuck for more than 27 years, before Perry’s unexpected death.

David is a member of the Funeral Board of Manitoba.  He enjoys volunteering on various committees and community events.  He and his wife Melissa are members of the Russell Alliance Church.

David and his wife Melissa have 4 children and 6 grandchildren, and he loves spending time with them.  He has many other interests revolving around music and sports.


Shauna Gerelus

Shauna Gerelus

Funeral Director

Shauna Gerelus has been in funeral service since 1989 and continues to be driven by her passion to assist families in their time of need.  Her interest began with intrigue about the concept of death while she was a student at Brandon University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in both Sociology and Religion.  While attending the funeral for a close elderly neighbour Shauna decided that funeral service was the career path she needed to pursue.  In 1991 she graduated as a Funeral Director and Embalmer from the Western School of Mortuary Practice. Shauna is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Manitoba, and a licensed Funeral Director in Saskatchewan. She finds working with families very rewarding and genuine.

Shauna and her partner Cliff have one daughter and they enjoy time riding their horses.


Bryce Paterson

Bryce Paterson

Funeral Director

Bryce Paterson was born and raised in Hamiota, Manitoba.  He found his calling in his teen years to commit his life to serving families during their grief. Bryce serves his families with care and compassion.  He has been fortunate to serve families with a great team of professionals since he began with The 110 group in 1998. He is a certified Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  He began his training in 2004 through the Western School of Funeral Service and graduated with honours. Bryce & his wife Michelle enjoy spending time with their daughters Michaela and Évangéline, as well as having quality time with family and friends.

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Rick Thom

Rick Thom

Funeral Director

As a young man, Rick Thom was impacted by the death of his mother and wanted to be able to assist others as they went through the grief process. The memories he carries gives him reason to minister into the lives of the families he serves.  Rick has heart for the people he serves and listens to the families as they share their stories.  He strives to assist them in planning a funeral that will honour the life of their loved one.

Rick began working with Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service in 1977, having graduated from the Western School of Mortuary Practice.  He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Manitoba and a licensed Funeral Director in Saskatchewan.  Rick has also completed numerous continuing education courses to better support the families he serves.

Rick and his wife Wendy, who is the pastor of the Shoal Lake Baptist Church, have resided in Shoal Lake since 1988 and have two married sons and three grandchildren whom they love to spend time with.


Lori Gallant

Lori Gallant

Office Administrator

Lori was born in Russell, MB and currently lives in her hometown of Angusville, MB. She graduated from Major Pratt Collegiate in Russell with a business diploma.

Lori began working as the office administrator for Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service in March 2001. Lori enjoys working with the families she serves.

After experiencing the loss of her husband at a young age, she believes in the importance to giving more than is asked for. Special attention and personalization add so much to funeral service.

Lori and her late husband Lorne have two sons; Kyle and his wife Kim who live in Winnipeg and Colin who lives in Calgary.  Lori is an active member and serves on the parish council for St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Russell, MB.  Lori also volunteers for the care and maintenance of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in the RM of Riding Mountain West.


Ron Drozda

Ron Drozda

Funeral Assistant



Joyce Karau

Joyce Karau

Administrative Assistant

Joyce is originally from Frankford, Ontario and has lived in many places including Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories before arriving in Saskatchewan.

Joyce is a Library Technician and a Family Literacy Facilitator who joined the funeral home in 2016.

As an avid quilter, Joyce enjoys sharing this art with those around her.  She has volunteered for a broad assortment of organizations over the years and currently volunteers with Quilts of Valour Canada and Saskatchewan Angel Dresses.


Dave Maglahus

Dave Maglahus

Funeral Assistant

Dave is from Tacloban City, Philippines and came to Manitoba in January 2017.  Dave has his Bachelor of Hotel and Restaurant Management from Leyte Normal University.  He joined our team in September of 2017 and is training to become a funeral director.

Dave shares his time between Esterhazy and Russell and waits for the day his wife Mary Laurence can join him in Canada.


Devona Putland

Devona Putland

Funeral Assistant

Devona was raised on a farm near Churchbridge, Saskatchewan.  She has her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and her Master of Educational Administration from the University of Regina.  She has worked and taught in Mongolia and India through the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, as well as in Saskatchewan, most recently in Moosomin.

Devona joined the funeral home in April 2019.  In her spare time, she likes to travel, garden, golf and bake.  Devona is also an End of Life Doula.  She is a Rough Rider season ticket holder and wears green proudly!

Devona serves on the provincial Superannuated Teachers’ of Saskatchewan Executive as a member at large, as well as serving as president of the Moosomin Chapter.


Melinda Schentag

Melinda Schentag

Funeral Assistant



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