About Us

Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services continues a long tradition of independent, family-owned funeral homes serving families throughout central Minnesota with funeral homes in Melrose, Sauk Centre, Grey Eagle and Freeport. The former Schad Funeral Homes were purchased in 1993 from Bernie and Mary Schad of Melrose by Pat and Sue Patton of Sauk Centre.

Our mission is Honoring Life's Memories™. We strive to provide unique and personalized funeral and memorial services that honor the life of your loved one. Throughout the funeral planning process we provide professional guidance in the planning of funeral and memorial services. We offer a full range of choices for funeral and memorial services, including burial and cremation. Our most popular choices have been packaged together to ease the burden of the decisions that need to be made.

Planning Ahead
Over the past few years there has been a heightened interest in prearranging funerals. With skyrocketing costs of medical and nursing home care, many seniors are concerned about protecting enough money to pay for their own funeral. Prearranging your funeral along with prefunding it, offers you peace of mind. Your family will be comforted knowing that your wishes will be fulfilled and will not be faced with a financial burden either. Appointments can be made to help answer your questions and concerns and there is never any obligation.

Aftercare
While we are in the business of Honoring Life's Memories™ we want to provide a continuum of care for the families we serve. Since 2001, the services of a grief specialist, Bonnie Stachowski, LGSW, are extended to every family we serve. She places follow-up telephone calls to family members, just to see how they are doing. She continues follow-up on a regular basis during the first year, which may include in-person visits. She will also recommend resources for those needing continued support.

Weekly Radio Program
For over twenty years, our weekly radio program, "Music & Memories" has been broadcast every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. over KASM radio, 1150 AM in Albany. Each week we recognize those who died in the coming week of the previous year and include inspirational music. We also invite listeners to call or write to have their loved one remembered on the program.

Annual Christmas Service of Remembrance
Since 1991 we have held "Light a Candle of Love", a Christmas Service of Remembrance. It is held on the first Sunday of December, except when that is Thanksgiving weekend, when it is moved to the following Sunday. Every person whose funeral or memorial service was arranged through us is recognized and a family member may light a candle in their memory.

Our Funeral Homes
Our new funeral home in Melrose, opened in 1999, is located on 5th Avenue East and Kraft Drive in Melrose. Designed in the Prairie School style of architecture, the building combines Wisconsin limestone and natural stucco colors with a low roofline and long eaves to allow the building to blend with the surrounding wetlands. The funeral home includes a spacious lobby and gathering space with a cozy fireplace and a chapel/visitation room with seating for 200, which can be divided for two simultaneous visitations. The lounge can be used as family space during visitations and the conference room can accommodate any size group for funeral planning.

Our funeral home in Sauk Centre, built in 1980, was completely remodeled in 2006. It has some Craftsman features and furniture and warm oak woodwork. The funeral home includes a cozy lobby with sitting area and a chapel/visitation room with seating for 200, which can be divided for two simultaneous visitations. The lounge can be used as family space during visitations and the conference room can accommodate any size group for funeral planning.

The remodeling of our Grey Eagle funeral home was our first project in 1994. The interior and exterior were completely new; even the entrance was moved. The funeral home now has a lobby and is fully handicapped accessible. The chapel/visitation room can accommodate up to 75 guests.

Our funeral home participates in several organizations to maintain our leadership in providing the best in funeral services. These organizations include Federated Funeral Directors of America (FFDA), Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) and National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).

Our office hours in Melrose and Sauk Centre, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment.

If you would like more information feel free to contact us.