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Our Team

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Our employees are like family 

In this difficult time, let our family help yours. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. 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.

Tim Carlin

Tim Carlin

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Tim graduated from Fosston High School , Fosston, MN. He then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, earning a B.A. degree with Majors in Business Administration and Studio Art.

In the Falls of 1992, he attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. There he attained a B.S. degree in Mortuary Science, graduating in 1993.

Upon graduation, Tim did his practicum and internship and was subsequently employed at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minnesota. He returned to the family business  in Fosston in 1996.

Tim and his wife, Rhonda, purchased the funeral business in January of 2017.

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Rhonda Carlin

Rhonda Carlin

Owner/Administrative & Director Assistant

Rhonda grew up on a farm in the central Minnesota town of Melrose. She graduated from Brainerd Technical College and worked for 14 years as a floral designer and interior decorator. In addition to her work at the funeral home, Rhonda is the owner of Rewind Designs of Fosston.

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Bob Saeter

Bob Saeter

Director Assistant

Bob attended Fosston Elementary and graduated from Bagley High School. He received both a music and a history degree from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, MN. 

For 26 years he was music director in the Fosston School District. During that time, he also received his master's degree in education. Bob has always been an active member of the community, directing the Kingo Church choir for 42 years, community choirs, and serving as a city council member. 



Paul Mahlen

Paul Mahlen

Director Assistant

Paul graduated from Erskine High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mayville State University. He was employed at the Polk County Courthouse for 12 years and then with Minnkota Power Cooperative for 23 years.

Paul served with the Erskine Fire Department for 20 years, 15 as Fire Chief and an EMT. He also served on the Northwest Minnesota Emergency Services Board and was a Board of Director with the Minnesota State Fire Department Association.

Paul is a member of Erskine American Legion Post 596 and Grace Lutheran Church of Erskine.


Gary Carlin

Gary Carlin

Gary graduated from Fosston High School and attended Concordia College in Moorhead. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science.

Gary was active in funeral service and the community for his entire life. He owned the funeral home and furniture business with his father, Hilding (H.V.) Carlin until 1974 when Gary and his brother, Mark, purchased the business. Gary and Mark were business partners for over 20 years.

Gary held  a Minnesota Mortician's License for nearly 65 years. Sadly, we lost him on September 19, 2020. He is dearly missed.


Mark Carlin

Mark Carlin

Mark grew up in Fosston and graduated from Fosston High School in 1963. He graduated from Bemidji State University in 1967 and then taught elementary school in Champlin, Minnesota.

Mark and family returned to Fosston in 1974 where he owned and operated Carlin Furniture and Funeral Home with his brother, Gary. He continued to be active in funeral service until his health prevented it (2016). Mark passing away from cancer in December of 2016. His presence here is deeply missed.


John Carlin

Preneed Counselor/Licensed Funeral Director



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