By Liz Verley, Staff Writer
After being owned by a member of the Shelley family for 54 years, Shelley Funeral Chapels are under new ownership.
As of Jan. 1, Kyle and Margit LeMieur are the new owners of the business, which has locations in Little Falls, Onamia, Pierz and Swanville.
“Our family moved to Little Falls in 1958, and purchased the business from Leo and Clara Thompson,” said Steve Shelley. “I returned to Little Falls after graduating from college in 1980 and purchased the business from my father Dale in 1988.”
Steve explained his family had been good friends of Kyle’s family for a long time.
It was right after Kyle graduated from high school that he started helping at Shelley Funeral Chapels. He went on to graduate from mortuary school in 2006, returning to Little Falls and rejoining the staff at Shelley Oct. 1, 2006.
“I remember sitting on a deck with Kyle in Chicago and saying I hope you can take the business over someday,” Steve said. “The time has come and we feel he will continue to do a great job serving the community as we have in the past.”
Both Kyle and Margit are from Little Falls. They are graduates of the Little Falls Community High School and feel they understand the needs of the community. Margit is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in community psychology.
Margit, who has worked at Shelley since May said, “I am relatively new to the business. I am excited to be able to support Kyle and the families we work with.”
“Margit is awesome in the office. She will be a great support system for both Kyle, the staff and the families they will work with,” said Gwyn.
“We are very excited,” Kyle said. “We don’t plan to make any huge changes overnight. We will continue to give high quality service as we have in the past. We are very happy Steve and Gwyn gave us this opportunity.”
Steve and Gwyn will continue to help as needed. Terry Nelson and Scott Banick, both licensed directors will remain on staff full-time as well.
“We will continue to offer the best service and will also continue to be leaders in funeral services,” said Kyle.
“We feel we are unique in our attention to details when working with families. We have the attitude that we will do anything possible for the families we serve. It is the small details and personalized service that we are so proud of, such as our dove releases,” Kyle said.
“We would like to thank the community for their support and hope it continues to support Kyle and Margit,” said the Shelleys. “With them purchasing the business we will now have the opportunity to enjoy and spend more time with each other, our families, especially the grandchildren, and our friends.”
The name of the business will remain Shelley Funeral Chapels.