At Kok Funeral Home and Cremation Service, we are honored to have earned the trust and confidence placed in us by those that we serve. We pledge to offer respectful and dignified professional service, service that a family should expect, service that a family deserves. From the time the first phone call is received, throughout the service and beyond, each staff member at our funeral home contributes in an important way.
Licensed Funeral Director/Manager
Mike grew up in Glenwood, Minnesota the oldest of five children. He graduated in 1987 from Glenwood High School. In 1992, he married his high school sweetheart, Lara. They both went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1994 with degrees in Mortuary Science. They returned to their home town and served families at the Hoplin Funeral Home for over 11 years. In 2006, they moved to Missouri to work in children's ministry before returning to Minnesota in 2009. It was at that time that Mike returned to working in funeral service. Mike joined the staff at Kok Funeral Home in 2011 and is looking forward to serving the community.
After many years of experience, Mike knows the committment necessary to work with and walk beside families during difficult situations. He feels that attention to detail and serving the individualized unique needs of each family is critical. Mike considers it an honor to be a part of that sacred moment of saying goodbye to a loved one.
Mike and his wife, Lara have four children, two sons and two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys being engaged in his children's lives, reading, do-it-yourself projects, playing all kinds of sports and staying active in their church.
Licensed Funeral Director
Jessica Haddrill grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and moved to Cottage Grove, Minnesota with her family in the spring of 2006. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota in 2009, and has been working as a licensed funeral director since. She currently lives in St. Paul Park, Minnesota.
Jessica enjoys volunteering in her community and helping out whenever she can. It is among one of the many ways she feels like she can give back to her community.
Jessica also enjoys the outdoors, traveling, movies, and the company of her family and friends. Some recent travels have taken her to Colorado where she enjoyed, skiing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking, and rollerblading. Above all, Jessica is passionate about her love for animals.
Licensed Funeral Director
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Mortuary Science degree in 1996, Andrea has served many grieving families through her work at funeral homes in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and western Wisconsin. She is passionate about funeral service, and strives to provide the best of care to the families she serves. She truly believes you never get over the death of a loved one you get through it.
In her free time she enjoys watching her son play hockey and lacrosse, and her daughter play soccer and do gymnastics. Andrea loves to spend time outdoors and with her family and friends. She lives in White Bear Lake.
Licensed Funeral Director
Sue was born and raised in Goodhue, Minnesota, the youngest of seven children. While in high school, she was active in volleyball, basketball, softball, annual staff and class leadership. She attended Mankato State University for two years, transferring to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus to pursue a degree in mortuary science. Prior to graduating, she did her internship with Kok Funeral Home in St. Paul Park. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 1986, and was employed with Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home in Anoka. In October 1986, Sue moved to Cannon Falls. She has been employed as a licensed mortician with Lundberg Funeral Home and Kok Funeral Home since then.
Sue married Dave Klicka in June 2003 and they have four children. She continues to play volleyball, golf and ski with her family, enjoys sports (including the Vikings!) and is involved with community activities.
Aftercare Coordinator/Licensed Funeral Director
Lara grew up in Glenwood, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis graduating with a bachelor degree in Mortuary Science. She married her high school sweetheart, Mike Shea. They enjoyed working together for many years as funeral directors in their hometown of Glenwood. It was there that she first observed the need and discovered a passion assisting families following the funeral experience itself.
"Serving as a funeral director you realize the sacredness of being in the presence of those confronted with the death of someone they love. It is an honor to walk with families during such ‘marked moments’ of saying goodbye. But the journey continues following the service...after the flow of people slow down, calls and cards dwindle & silence hurts…that’s the continued path of support I am here to help with in any way I can."
Lara values her time with husband and four children. She also enjoys being active in their church, reading, biking and helping in whatever arena their children are involved in.
Ken was born in Berlin Germany to a kind and loving mother who survived the war and a father who met her as a young American GI during the Berlin airlift.
After graduating from White Bear Lake High he joined the US Air Force. Shortly afterwards he married his high school sweetheart, Lynn. Together they have two happily married sons with 4 grandchildren between them. Ken's background shows he is very active in the senior market earning the Certified Senior Adviser designation, and has helped individuals and families understand their long term care issues and the choices available to them including the preservation of their assets.
Upon the death of his father, Ken was responsible for making all the funeral arrangements. The experience working with the funeral director left an important impression in Ken’s mind of the importance of pre-arranging the individual’s final wishes. Since then he has assisted many people with their final expense needs through funding vehicles which assured that their last wishes would be achieved. Ken’s goal is to help others understand the pre-planning process and design a plan that reflects their life and allow the family to be free of the burden of making difficult decisions at that most painful time.
Ken is available to meet with individuals and families by appointment and can be reached by calling the funeral home.
Shar Zilge officially joined the staff of Kok Funeral Homes as an Administrative Assistant in January 2013 after volunteering for months prior to that. She graduated from Rochelle Township High School in Illinois in 1965 but spent the majority of her life in and around Cottage Grove. She worked as an Administrative Assistant to the President of Cenex / Ag Agency. Later, she held various positions with Dakota County ending as an Executive Assistant to the Public Health Director. She retired in February 2010 to spend more time with her husband, Gene who passed away in April 2012. Shar has two children and four grandsons. In her personal time, she enjoys watching her grandchildren's sports activities, riding motorcycle, reading and traveling - especially on cruises.
Funeral Luncheon Assistants