Our licensed directors adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to during this difficult time. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward the families we serve are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. We are extremely proud to have them on our staff.
Jay Van Sickle, Licensed Director & Owner
Office Phone: (507) 794-5221
Fax: (507) 794-3191
Jay grew up in Warren, MN where he helped on the family farm until graduating from Warren High School in 1982. He attended Universities in St. Cloud, MN and Fargo, ND for Pre-Mortuary Science and then attended the U of M in Minneapolis graduating with a BS degree in Mortuary Science in 1988. Jay worked for Ivers-Landblom Funeral Home in Fargo, ND until moving to Sleepy Eye in 1994 working for Sturm Funeral Homes. Jay and Justin acquired the business in 2004 from Ron and Sharon Sturm.
Jay has twin daughters, Alexa and Regina. Jay has been active in the community serving in several service groups including the Sleepy Eye Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Brown County Pheasants Forever and Sleepy Eye Eagles Club. Jay is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he serves as St. Mary's Cemetery Sexton. In his spare time Jay enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and also hunting, golfing, and fishing.
Justin & Jennifer Asmus, (Justin - Licensed Director) Owner
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Office Phone: (507) 723-4298
Fax: (507) 723-4299
Justin was born in Litchfield, MN. He graduated from Litchfield High School, attended Southwest State University in Marshall and graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Campus with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2000. Justin and Jennifer met at SSU where Jennifer earned degrees in Sociology and Psychology. They were married in Huron, SD where Jennifer was born and raised. They resided in Richfield, MN before moving to Springfield in February of 2000 to become a part of Sturm Funeral Homes. Justin and Jay Van Sickle acquired the business in 2004 from Ron and Sharon Sturm. In 2004, Jennifer also started working with Sturm Funeral Home. Justin and Jennifer have two children – Xandar and Carter.
They are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Springfield where Justin has served on the Church Council and Call Committee and Jennifer has been involved as a Luther League advisor and playing in the bell choir and accompanying the church choir. Justin has served on the Springfield Library Board as Treasurer and is currently serving on the Springfield Planning and Zoning Board. Jennifer serves on the Springfield Area Foundation. The Asmus family enjoys traveling, camping, golfing, riding ATV's, and spending time as a family.
Jim Carlsen, Licensed Director
Office Phone: (507) 375-7342
Fax: (507) 375-7346
Jim grew up in the Twin Cities, graduated high school in Milbank, SD, college in Aberdeen, SD and mortuary college in Dallas, TX. Jim started his funeral service career during college in 1977 in Aberdeen. Licensed in SD, TX & MN.
Before joining the staff of Sturm Funeral Homes in 2006, Jim was managing partner at the Carlsen-Jolley Funeral Homes in Sturgis and Spearfish, SD since 1991. He has been active in funeral service associations serving as President of the South Dakota Funeral Director's Association in 1998-1999. Over the years he’s been active in many civic organizations, his church and professional associations.
Jim and his wife Eyvonne have a daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons.
Rose Hoxmeier, Licensed Director
Office Phone: (507)-642-3214
Rose grew up in Litchfield MN and graduated from high school in 1998. She attended Century College in White Bear Lake, MN where she completed her training for Dental Assisting. In 2007, she married her husband Nick Hoxmeier and in 2009, the couple had daughter, Allison. After working in the dental field for 10 years, Rose furthered her education, earning an Associate in Arts degree at Century College in 2013. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Minnesota - Mortuary Science Program with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. It was in September of the same year that she moved to Madelia with her husband, Nick and daughter, Allison, to begin Rose's career in funeral service.
Rose is a member of the Women of Today - Madelia chapter and the Madelia Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She enjoys camping, hiking, rollerblading and outdoor activities with her family.
Lindsay Huhn, Funeral Director Intern
Office Phone: (507)-642-3214
Lindsay graduated from Sleepy Eye Public HS in 2001. In 2012, she earned a Social Services degree from SCC in Mankato. After working for MCHS Mankato for 8 years, Lindsay decided to pursue a career in Mortuary Science and graduated from DMACC in 2021 with an AAS in Mortuary Science. Lindsay has 3 children - LynTavius, Ayramais, and Sophia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and gardening, watching her son play football for Mankato West, playing with their 3 dogs Lilo, Coraline, and Banner, and spending time with her kids. Lindsay has been living in Madelia since 2013.
Jeanni Durheim, Pre – Arrangement Consultant
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-500-7972
Office Phone: (507) 375-8326
Fax: (507) 375-7346
Jean was born and raised in St. Peter, MN and graduated from St. Peter High School. After high school, Jeanni attended cosmetology training and for twenty-five years she lived in Mankato and worked at Campus Coiffures in Mankato as a hairdresser. In Feb of 2000, Jeanni joined the staff of Sturm Funeral Home as a Pre-need Consultant.
Jeanni and “Doc” Durheim were married in 1997 at First Lutheran Church in St. James. Jeanni and Doc are members of First Lutheran Church in St. James. They are also members of the Core Committee of Watonwan County Chapter of Relay For Life. Jeanni and Doc enjoy traveling, flower gardening, reading, and spending time with their families.