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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.

Amanda Leidenfrost

Amanda Leidenfrost

Location Manager/Licensed Funeral Director

Amanda was born and raised in Pierz, MN. She graduated from Pierz Healy High School and then attended Regency Beauty Academy. Amanda practiced as a cosmetologist for ten years before continuing her education. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science. Amanda worked for a couple of funeral homes before starting her own relief business. She worked as a traveling mortician, providing service to funeral homes who were short staffed and covering vacations. She joined the staff at Bonnerup Funeral Service as Location Manager in March of 2021.

Amanda is the proud parent of two adult daughters, Alivia and Anessa. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, shopping, and spending quality time with her family.


Stephanie Kirchgesler

Stephanie Kirchgesler

Licensed Funeral Director

Stephanie comes from Rapid City, SD where she grew up and attended school.  After high school, she attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for general requirements and then matriculated to Worsham College of Mortuary Science near Chicago.  After graduating with her mortuary science degree in 2007, she went on to apprentice in Rapid City, SD.

Stephanie moved to Laramie, WY in 2009 and became licensed in the state of Wyoming in 2010.  In 2012, she made the tough decision to leave to care for her mother, a disabled Gulf War veteran.  Although she reciprocated her license over to South Dakota, it would be eight years before she would work in funeral service again.

During her time off from funeral service, Stephanie worked a variety of jobs while caregiving.  In 2015, she decided to go back to school and graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Black Hills State University.  After which, she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and continues to hold this certification. 

Stephanie has a passion for working with families during their time of grief and is excited to be working in the field she loves.  She hopes to be an asset to the community of Albert Lea.


Stefanie Tilson

Stefanie Tilson

Licensed Funeral Director

Stefanie was born and raised in Stillwater, Minnesota. She took a break from education after graduating high school and worked for many years at one of the local hospitals. In her mid 20’s, Stefanie returned to school and received her two-year degree from Century College. She continued her education and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2020 with a degree in mortuary science.

A favorite past time for Stefanie is volunteering as a bell ringer with her mom for the Salvation Army. She also enjoys spending the evenings with her husband, Brian, and their three cats, Bruce, Selena and Talia.

After spending much of their lives in the metro area, Stefanie and Brian decided to make the move to southern Minnesota. Stefanie is looking forward to serving the families in the Albert Lea area and becoming a member of this lovely community.


Shelby Hullopeter

Shelby Hullopeter

Office Manager

Shelby joined the excellent staff at Bonnerup in 2017.  She lived  in New Richland most of her life.  Shelby graduated in 2011 from NRHEG where she was involved with softball, musical theatre and marching band. 

She was previously  employed at Brown Printing/Quad Graphics for over six years. 

Shelby married her husband Michael in October 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, New Richland, where they are members. They now have two beautiful children, Elliot and Ella, and their wonderful dog, Mia.  

They both enjoy spending a lot of time with family, watching sporting events, biking, kayaking, playing co-ed softball, walking Mia as a family of four, and camping.


Karla Tukua

Karla Tukua

Pre-Arrangement Specialist

Since joining the staff at Bonnerup Funeral Service in 2005, Karla Tukua has become a familiar face at the funeral home. In February of 2005, Karla completed training to serve as the funeral homes Pre-Arrangement Specialist. Shortly after, she began assisting families in Albert Lea, Ellendale, New Richland, and the surrounding areas. In 2010, she began assisting families in Blue Earth at Patton Funeral Home and in Winnebago at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, as well as at Bonnerup.

Karla was born and raised on a farm between Frost and Bricelyn, Minnesota, the daughter of Elwood and May Monson. She graduated from Frost High School and then pursued an Associate of Arts Degree in child Development at the University of Minnesota-Waseca, Minnesota.

In 1977, Karla moved to Albert Lea and began working at the Albert Lea Community Child Care Center. She later met and married her husband Gene Tukua, who is employed with the City of Hartland, where he handles the maintenance and utilities. They have two adult children, Naomi and Seth.

Karla has worked in the area in many different capacities, but now has found her niche serving families at Bonnerup Funeral Service. "People serving people" is her deepest desire and she is always available to help, whatever the need.

While not serving families at the funeral home, Karla works with her church, Vista Covenant in rural New Richland. She has served as chairperson of the Christian Education Board, Superintendent of Sunday School, coordinator of Vacation Bible School, has taught many years of Sunday School, and most recently serving as chairman of the church.

Baseball is Karla's summer passion, as she spends countless hours watching her son coach as well as play the game. She also has an interest in vegetable gardening and enhancing her home landscape with flowers.

People are number one in Karla's life, and she is always willing to visit with families. Please call the funeral home to set up an appointment to visit with Karla about the benefits of pre-planning.


Judy Popp-Anderson

Judy Popp-Anderson

Grief Care Coordinator

Judy Popp-Anderson joined the staff at Bonnerup Funeral Services in May, 2013 as an aftercare coordinator.

She graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Education, Mathematics and Theology. She later received her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Moorhead State University. For the past 40 plus years she has worked in various aspects of Behavioral Health Care. She is licensed as a clinical social worker and as an alcohol and drug counselor.

Judy is an active member of St. Theodore’s Catholic Church serving on the Parish Council, is a Eucharistic minister and hospital visitor. She is a co-facilitator for the Cancer Support Group, participates in the Relay for Life as a cancer survivor, and is a volunteer for Mayo Health Systems Hospice Program.

In her free time she enjoys walking and visiting with family and friends. Judy personally experienced the compassion of the Bonnerup staff at the time of her husband’s death, and she looks forward to being available to family members as they cope with the grieving process.


Lori Tuchtenhagen

Lori Tuchtenhagen

Grief Care Coordinator

Lori was raised on a small farm near Hartland, she attended school in New Richland and following high school graduation pursued a dream in health care.  She started her nursing career as a practical nurse in Rochester, then returning for an A.S. degree from Normandale College in Bloomington.  She worked at the University of MN hospital and after meeting her husband she returned to the area and worked for the medical center in Albert Lea.   Mental health services has been her main focus over the past 15 years working on a case management team.  Lori currently works with Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea as their Faith Community Nurse calling on those experiencing grief and loss.  Visiting the home-bound and offering support to those dealing with medical concerns, surgery and long term placements at nursing facilities.  She facilitates grief support groups and offers support to those that are experiencing loss through death, jobs loss, divorce or loss of health making referrals for available community resources when available.

Lori and her husband have returned to live on her family farm near Hartland where they enjoy gardening, flowers, entertaining family and friends and camping.

Lori joined Bonnerup Funeral Service in February of 2020 to share the position as grief care coordinator with Judy Popp-Anderson.  Lori has a real love and compassion for others and would like to assist individuals and families as they journey through their grief and transition with hope for their future.


Marilyn Claassen

Marilyn Claassen

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Lynn Berven

Lynn Berven

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Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark

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Brenda Herr

Brenda Herr

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Laurie Neff

Laurie Neff

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Dorine Smith

Dorine Smith

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Lanae Thorstad

Lanae Thorstad

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Larry Thorstad

Larry Thorstad

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Connie Van Ryswyk

Connie Van Ryswyk

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