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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.

Kathleen M. Dufault

Kathleen M. Dufault

Funeral Director / Manager

Kathy grew up in Silver Bay, Minnesota and graduated with honors from Wm. M. Kelley High School in 1992. She attended Bemidji State University from 1992-1995 before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where she completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996 with a major in Mortuary Science. Kathy joined Mayer Funeral Home as a funeral director in July of 1996.

Kathy and her daughter, Bailey reside in Austin. She is a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, an avid reader, and a weekly league bowler.


Dean C. Heins

Dean C. Heins

Funeral Director

Dean grew up on a farm in Plainview, Minnesota and graduated from Plainview High School, and then the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. Dean joined Mayer Funeral Home as a Funeral Director in October of 2019.

Dean resides in Austin with his favorite canine "Bronko G. Nagurski."


Roberta Jones

Roberta Jones

Administrative Assistant

Roberta joined Mayer Funeral Home in May of 2012. She retired from Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin. A native of Albert Lea, she and her husband, Bob have resided in Austin their entire married life. They have three children and seven grandchildren.


Jerry Ulwelling

Jerry Ulwelling

Funeral Assistant

Jerry joined Mayer Funeral Home in May of 2012. He is a lifelong resident of Austin and retired from Hormel Foods in 2008. He is an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Jerry is married to Nancy. They have four children and 10 grandchildren. Jerry has always enjoyed being physically active and is proud to be a member of the Austin YMCA.


Dan Ball

Dan Ball

Funeral Assistant

Born and raised in Austin, Dan is one of nine children. He is a graduate of Austin High School where he played football and basketball. Dan still enjoys being involved in all aspects of sports. He and his wife, Debbie have been married for 45 years. He loves spending time with his three children and their families, including four grandchildren.


David Chao

David Chao

Funeral Assistant

David is a 23 year resident of Austin, married 37 years to his wife Jill. David and Jill both worked at the Mayo Health Systems campuses of Albert Lea and Austin respectively. David also served to teach in the Austin Public and Pacelli Catholic school systems. In this time they raised two wonderful girls who have lived abroad in Europe.

David has many interests including singing and service to his local Parish of St. Augustine Catholic Church as well as other local churches as time allows.


Gary Quednow

Gary Quednow

Funeral Assistant

Gary was born and raised in Austin. He is a graduate of Pacelli High School (1965) and South Dakota State University (1969). Gary and his wife, Nancy have been married for 44 years. They have two daughters; Jill of St. Paul and Lisa of Austin. Gary’s hobbies include golf, fishing, coaching, high school and college spectator sports.


Sara Shaw

Sara Shaw

Funeral Assistant / Hairdresser

Sara Shaw is a native of Austin and is married to David Stahl. She has 2 married daughters Hannah and Sophie, and 6 grandchildren, Caleb, Brynlee, Maizee, Hadlee, Eisley, and Tucker. Being a Grandmother has been a great experience, however working with people has been very rewarding. She was the co owner and manager of the Hair Designers of Austin for over 30 yrs and has enjoyed working as the “house hairdresser” for Mayer Funeral Home for the same amount of time.


Frank Novotny

Frank Novotny

Funeral Assistant

Frank joined Mayer Funeral Home in 2005. He is retired from the United States Postal Service. Frank and his wife, Nancy have two sons and 4 grandchildren.


Jack Koppa

Jack Koppa

Retired

It was in 1995 when John "Jack" Koppa purchased the Mayer Funeral Home from John F. Mayer, Jr. Jack however had already worked for the Mayers for approximately 17 years, having joined the firm when he came to Austin in 1978 from Wisconsin, where he grew up.


Brenda Schultz

Brenda Schultz

Pre-Planning Consultant

I am Brenda Schultz, The Funeral Lady, and after losing my Mom to breast cancer at the young age of 66, I realized the importance of pre-planning. It made it much easier on my family dealing with our loss. We were able to focus our thoughts on her legacy. I learned a lot about my Mom the day of her funeral. We didn’t talk as a family about her arrangements before hand. She did the pre-arranging, knowing how difficult it would be to make those decisions in our grief. The ease of going through the process to celebrate and say our final goodbyes was made noticeably easier knowing her wishes. After that, I knew I wanted to help educate other families on pre-arranging ahead of time to ease their sadness. In helping families talk about and plan their wishes, I have seen reduced stress and grateful families preparing their goodbyes.

I am originally from Chatfield, Minnesota and I have five children and five grandchildren. I have been in the pre-planning field for 9 years. I retired from the Mayo Clinic in 2012 after 25 years of service

I am licensed in the state of Minnesota which allows me to set aside protected funds for your funeral if you wish.

I work with attorneys that understand the laws regarding medical assistance.

I work with many professionals including estate planning attorneys, medical assistance attorneys , financial advisers, county workers, veterans service officers, funeral directors, and cemetery personnel just to name a few.

It is my passion to help others through the planning process so that when it is needed, there is peace of mind for everyone.

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