ABOUT US as published in the Lillie News on March 26, 2007
George Stahlmann, the original owner of the building that now houses the esteemed Sandberg Funeral Home in North St. Paul, was tragically struck and killed by a train in the late 1930’s when he was driving across some tracks. His wife and sisters also perished in the accident.
But as horrible as the incident was to the northeast communities that the family served, it was the reason Gustaf Sandberg moved his family to North St. Paul to take over the business. Now, 68 years later, the Sandberg Funeral Home is regarded as a trusted source of comfort, solace, and peace of mind to local families who lay to rest their loved ones.
According to Mary Kaye Sandberg, Gustaf’s granddaughter and current director of the mortuary, “we’d like to think it’s the level of service that has made us ‘the neighborhood funeral home’ for North St. Paul and its surrounding communities.” Everyone at Sandberg Funeral Home is proud to be a part of a town where people are so caring, Mary Kaye says.
“One nice thing about a small community, if people love you, they tell you, and if they don’t love you, they tell you,” she smiles. “So it’s heartwarming to have so many folks come in and tell you on their way out how much they appreciate it and love how you’ve helped them. It is truly an honor for all of us to serve the families we do.”
Sandberg invites you to stop by and see the improvements they’ve made. This year, there’s many more changes at the funeral home in order to meet the needs of families, thanks to recent renovations Sandberg Funeral Home has undergone. The largest change is evident as soon as you enter the building. Rather than the two separate 30 by 55 foot chapels the community has come to know, there is now one large 30 by 110 foot chapel since a dividing wall has been knocked out and replaced by a soundproof privacy divider instead.
“We open it up when we have large funerals,” Mary Kaye explains, noting that there are more and more families opting to have services at a mortuary these days. “But for visitations or for smaller affairs, we can use the divider and give people a more intimate space.”
In addition to the new set-up, the chapel boasts a brand new crystal cut door as well as a beautiful stained-glass window, which, as Sandberg notes, “everyone loves.”
Of course, the improvements haven’t affected the same personalized service that Sandberg Funeral Home has always offered. It’s part of the benefit, Mary Kaye says, of being family-owned and operated because “we’re a part of the community and we genuinely care about the people. It also enables us to keep our costs much lower.”
“Our mission is to go above and beyond, do whatever we can for families during their loss,” she says. “Our big thing, the thing that we feels sets us apart from other mortuaries, is service.”
Maybe that is how the Sandberg family has managed to become the trusted neighbor for burials and mortuary service ever since their beginning in North St. Paul. Whether it’s picking up a proud tradition from a beloved family of morticians 65 years ago, or providing the very best in care to the countless families that have entered their doors since then, Sandberg Funeral Home has always been able to shed a gentle ray of light on a tragedy.
And, along with their continued tradition of devotion and dedication, Sandberg Funeral Home’s recent improvements (particularly the new stained glass window) will help that ray of light shine through for many years to come.