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Our Staff

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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.

Greg Karvonen | Suzi Karvonen

Greg Karvonen | Suzi Karvonen

Licensed Funeral Director & Owner | Funeral Assistant & Owner

Greg David Karvonen was born on July 28, 1968 in New York Mills, Minnesota. Susan Rae Salo was born on October 2, 1972 in Wadena, Minnesota. Greg and Suzi are both graduates of the New York Mills High School and married on August 24, 1991 in New York Mills. Greg graduated with honors in 1992 from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In 1993, Greg and Suzi joined the family funeral firm and in January of 1998 purchased the family business. We are proud to able to continue what has become a family tradition.


John Karvonen

John Karvonen

Licensed Funeral Director

John returned to the Karvonen Funeral Home & Cremation Services in the summer of 2018 to assist families.  After growing up in the Funeral Service business in New York Mills, John, a 3rd Generation Licensed Funeral Director graduated From Moorhead State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and from the University of Minnesota in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science.  As a licensed funeral director since 1981, John joins the staff at Karvonen’s to provide professional service and personal care to each and every family at a time of need. As a certified cremation operator, John’s knowledge of the vast cremation options and personalized services is an asset to the communities that Karvonen’s Funeral Home and Cremation serves.


Larry Belmont | Gayle Belmont

Larry Belmont | Gayle Belmont

Licensed Funeral Director | Funeral Assistant

Larry Bruce Belmont grew up in the family funeral home and graduated from the Henning High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1969 with a Degree in Mortuary Science. Larry was employed with Thompson Brother’s Funeral Home in Minneapolis until purchasing a funeral home in Thief River Falls in 1973. Larry purchased the Belmont Funeral Home from his father, Lawrence Sr. in Henning in 1986 while continuing to operate the Belmont Funeral Home in Thief River Falls. In 1999, Larry made his home in Henning, Minnesota. Larry married Gayle on July 12, 2003.


Derek Glenna

Derek Glenna

Licensed Funeral Director



Scott Hill

Traveling, Freelance Funeral Director

Father of three: Camryn, Carson and Guthrie.

Hobbies: Golf, camping and traveling.

Licensed funeral director since 1990 in Wisconsin and 2010 in Minnesota.

Former owner and operator of Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services, located in Ellsworth, Prescott and River Falls, Wisconsin.


Sam Salo

Sam Salo

Funeral Director's Assistant/Funeral Assistant



Marty Friedrich

Marty Friedrich

Funeral Assistant

Marty Friedrich was born in Austin, MN, he moved to Henning in 1963 and graduated from Henning High School in 1972. After spending 3 years in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman he attended Wadena Tech and received a degree in accounting. He and his wife raised their family in Deer Creek and lived there for 34 years before retiring to West Leaf Lake between Ottertail and Henning. He retired as a Postmaster from Perham, MN after 31 years of service. The 31 years of service were in the Henning, New York Mills, Clitherall, Deer Creek, Ottertail, Frazee and Perham areas. Marty has been married to Sandy for 41 years and they have 3 children (Luke, Kate and Maggie) and 3 grandchildren. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek, Deer Creek American Legion, deer hunters association and Knob Hill Sportsmans Club. In his spare time he likes to be at his hunting land, fish, hunt and spend time wood working and traveling.


Tim Lannon

Tim Lannon

Funeral Assistant

Tim Lannon has resided in the Henning area for 35 years. He is married to Bev and they have two daughters. Tim likes to read, watch sports, and is an active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church. Serving the families of Karvonen and Belmont Funeral Homes is a privilege that Tim is honored to be a part of for a number of years.


Bev Lannon

Bev Lannon

Funeral Assistant

Bev Lannon has resided in Henning for 25 years. She moved from Bertha where she taught in the Bertha-Hewitt School District. Bev is married to Tim and has two daughters. After retirement, Bev is happy to be part of the Karvonen and Belmont Funeral Home Staff. She is also an active volunteer at Lutheran Island Camp.


Joanie Salo

Joanie Salo

Funeral Assistant



Linda Gustafson

Linda Gustafson

Funeral Assistant



Sara Stone

Sara Stone

Funeral Assistant



Pam Janssen

Pam Janssen

Funeral Assistant

Pamela Janssen joined the Karvonen’s Team as a funeral director assistant and caregiver.  Her acute attention to details and personal skills with grieving families, friends and children have been a blessing to those at a difficult time of need as she’s a valuable resource for understanding families spiritual needs.  Pam earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Administration with a minor in Social Work from University of Northern Iowa in 1983. She’s expanded her knowledge with additional bereavement training and seminars that have benefited individuals and families that she interacts with and touches. Pam has tremendous experience as a teacher, facilitator, speaker and human resource professional as well as being a liaison with hospice, hospitals and clergy.


Rick Youngbauer

Funeral Assistant




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