History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The roots of Simonet Funeral Home and Simonet’s Home Furnishings & Design run deep in the St. Croix Valley. In 1864 Sebastian Simonet, a master cabinetmaker and Swiss immigrant, opened Stillwater’s first funeral home and furniture store. 

Over the years the Simonet Funeral Home has always striven to provide dignified and compassionate service to the many families who call upon us. Our commitment is also reflected in our support of various organizations and activities throughout the region, including church and civic groups, schools and charitable organizations.

Our Valued Staff

Joseph “Dode”  Simonet

Joseph “Dode” Simonet, Funeral Director

In Loving Memory of Joseph Martin "Dode" Simonet
November 19, 1923 - October 21, 2016

Dode passed away peacefully on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Boutwell’s Landing. He was born on November 19, 1923, the son of Joseph and Helen (Martin) Simonet. Dode was a lifelong resident of Stillwater and graduate of St. Michael’s Catholic School, Stillwater High School, and Notre Dame where he received his degree in business. He went on to serve his country in the Army during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. He was a fourth generation owner to work in the family business for 60+ years at Simonet Furniture and Funeral Home. Dode was united in marriage to Jean McGrath on July 16, 1955 at the Church of St. Michael. Dode was a founding member of SARA (Stillwater Amatuer Radio Association) and ROAR (Rotarians of Amatuer Radio). He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Stillwater Rotary Club and a 67 year member of the Stillwater Country Club. Dode was a lifelong parishioner at the Church of St. Michael where he served on the Historical Committee.
Dode is survived by his sons, Martin (Kathleen Maertz), Philip (Sue), John, Robert (Carol), Michael, and Christopher (Christine); grandchildren, Matt, Mike, Lisa, Mitch, Sean, Nicholas, Brennan, and Eric; and brother, Tom (Cis) Simonet.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; parents; and sister, Dorothy Kilty.

Jason N. Haley

Jason N. Haley, Managing Funeral Director

Jason is a 2003, University of Minnesota, Program of Mortuary Science graduate and has worked as a funeral director in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas since that time.

Jason grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin before moving to Bemidji, Minnesota, where he graduated from high school and attended Bemidji State University for three years until transferring to the University of Minnesota.

Jason resides in the Saint Croix Valley area with his wife, Rachel and their two children, Logan and Mackenzie. In his spare time, Jason enjoys golfing, biking with his children, and spending time with his family. Jason is a member of the Stillwater Lions Club and may be contacted by calling the funeral home or by email at [email protected]

Marina Burandt

Marina Burandt

Marina is a 2015, University of Minnesota, Program of Mortuary Science graduate. She joined Simonet Funeral Home in February of 2015 and became a licensed funeral director in 2016.
Marina is originally from Big Lake, MN where she graduated from Becker High School. She has since moved to Stillwater and has enjoyed getting to know the area and community.
Marina enjoys baking, bowling, attempting DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys volunteering in different community activities as well as traveling. Marina may be contacted by calling the funeral home or at [email protected]

Anne (Gelhar) O'Brien

Anne (Gelhar) O'Brien, Administrative Assistant

Anne began working for Simonet Funeral Home in April, 2013. She was born and raised in Stillwater and attended St. Croix Catholic and School Stillwater High Schools. She graduated from UMD with a degree in Business Administration. She’s been married to her husband Jim for 30 years, and they reside in Stillwater. They have two children; Dan and Alli. Anne enjoys running, biking, boating, watching hockey and football, and spending time with family and friends. She is active with both St. Michael’s Church and Stillwater’s Relay For Life. Anne may be contacted by calling the funeral home or by email at [email protected]

Dennis Belkey

Dennis Belkey, Funeral Assistant

Dennis joined Simonet Funeral Home in September of 2014. Prior to that he worked for St. Croix Orthopaedics for 22 years as an Orthopaedic PA. He grew up in South Dakota. He attended University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and Mount Marty in Yankton, SD. He served in the United States Navy, and the United States Marine Corp, where he was with the Third Marine Division in Vietnam. Hobbies include golf, watching football, and playing with his grandchildren. He is a member of White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson. He is married to Kate (Gelhar), who recently retired from Lakeview Hospital as an RN. Together they have 3 children; Lisa, Jared (Angi), Jeremy and three grandsons; Logan, Easton and Haakon.