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Funeral Director, Owner
Vic is a third generation funeral director, licensed in both Iowa and Minnesota. He was born and raised in Bancroft, graduating from St. John’s Catholic High School in 1987. He then attended NIACC in Mason City and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1991. Following college, he worked as a funeral director in Mason City until October, 2000, when he joined Oakcrest Funeral Services. Vic and his family are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona where he serves on the Calvary Cemetery Board in Algona and St. John’s Cemetery Board in Bancroft. He is also a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Algona and a member of the Bancroft Area Rotary Club. His wife, Tricia (Steinberg) Garry is a native of Buffalo Center and operates Threads, an embroidery and apparel business in Algona. They have two children, Madeline who attends Algona High School and Lucchesi “Luke” who attends Algona Middle School.
Funeral Director, Owner
Brian Schaaf was born and raised in Algona and graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 1991. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in 1994 and continued his education at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois, graduating in 1995. He served his apprenticeship in Sioux City, Iowa, before returning to the Chicago area where he worked as a funeral director and was married. Brian and his wife, Mary, moved to Algona in 2000 where he joined his father and became a business partner at Oakcrest Funeral Services. His wife, Mary, also works at Oakcrest Funeral Services as the Marketing Director and Graphic Designer. Brian and his family are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church and their 2 children, Kyle and Ella attend Bishop Garrigan school. Brian is a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council #952 as well as the Algona Rotary Club, where he enjoyed serving as 2010-2011 President. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the Algona Family YMCA and on the Good Samaritan Society Advisory Board.
Matthew was born in Britt, Iowa and grew up in Corwith. After graduating from CWL high school he served 4 years active duty in the Marine Corps, where he was stationed at MCRD San Diego. In 1999 Matt returned to Iowa and began working in Dakota City. In April 2002 Matt enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard with the 1-194th Field Artillery, Fort Dodge. Soon after his enlistment his unit was ordered to active duty to support the war on terrorism and was deployed on Operation Noble Eagle II to Selfridge Air force Base, Michigan. After his return, he volunteered for active duty and was deployed with the 1-194th Long Range Surveillance Detachment out of Johnston, Iowa. He was deployed to Iraq, serving in Mosul and Dahuk as a radio operator for 14 months. Matt continues to serve in the Iowa Army National Guard, serving as the Plans Officer with his current rank of 1ST Lieutenant with the 1034th Combat Service Support Battalion, Johnston. Matt earned an Associate’s degree from Iowa Central Community College, earned his Advanced Standing Diploma in Mortuary Science through Des Moines Area Community College, and has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Buena Vista University. Matt is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, Algona Lion’s Club, Prudence Lodge #205 A.F & A.M. and currently serves on the Good Samaritan Society Advisory Board. Matt is married to Angelique (Besaw) Berry. Angelique is a Deputy City Clerk with the City of Algona, and an active Kiwanis member. They have three children; Elizabeth, Mitchell, and Hunter and are members of the First Presbyterian Church, Algona. He enjoys camping, riding motorcycles and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Weaver was born and raised in Algona, Iowa. She graduated from Algona High School in 2011. Throughout high school and college, she worked at the Algona Manor as a CNA. Jennifer graduated from Des Moines Area Community College, where she received her degree in Mortuary Science. After graduation, she served her apprenticeship with Oakcrest Funeral Services and became a licensed funeral director in 2017. Jennifer is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends watching sports.
Shannon was raised on her family’s farm north of Swea City and graduated from North Kossuth High School in 1994. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from Waldorf College. Prior to joining Oakcrest, she worked locally in the banking field for over 15 years. Shannon and her husband, Ed, live on a farm north of Bancroft with their four children, Madisyn, Grant, Garrett and Gavin. Madi is studying nursing at Iowa Central Community College the boys attend Algona Public Schools. Shannon is an active member of the Algona Ambassadors serving as past president and secretary/treasurer. In 2007, she was honored to receive the Algona Ambassador Congeniality Award of the Year and in 2012 was awarded the Algona Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award. She also currently serves as a board member for the Kossuth County Foundation and is involved in many other community betterment projects in the Bancroft and Algona areas. Shannon joined Oakcrest in 2014 and serves as a Pre-Arrangement Consultant. Outside of work she stays busy following her boys’ basketball and baseball games and Madi’s dance performances and in her free time enjoys boating, music and baking.
Carol grew up on a farm near Ottosen, Iowa. She graduated from West Bend Community School and later Briar Cliff College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education. She began working at the funeral home in the fall of 2001 as the Office Manager. Carol handles the majority of paper work, accounts payable and receivable, death certificates and maintains funeral home records. When her schedule allows, she enjoys reading, playing piano, cooking, baking and movies. She is also active in the Countryside Community Playhouse, both as a board member and performer. Currently Carol is a member of the Bishop Garrigan High School Staff as the Drama Director. She and her husband Mark are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona where she is involved in Parish activities and serves as a church accompanist.
Marketing Director/Graphic Designer
Mary was born and raised in La Grange, Illinois and moved to Algona with her husband, Brian in 2000. Mary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois and has previous work experience with marketing and design firms in Chicago. She started her own freelance design business after moving to Algona. Mary works at Oakcrest Funeral Services as a marketing director and graphic designer. She manages advertising, promotions, social media, retail and website design. She lends her personal design touch to monuments, memorial folders, tribute DVDs and more, striving to give everyone a unique and personal keepsake. Mary has served on marketing committees with the Kossuth County Economic Development Corporation and the Algona Family YMCA. At the YMCA, she served on the Board of Directors and was a swim coach. In her free time, Mary can often be found in the bleachers watching her son, Kyle play sports or cheering on her daughter, Ella in her dance competitions. Mary also enjoys traveling to visit her family, volunteering at school functions and spending time with friends.
Rick came to Algona in 1984. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1976, with a Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Management. Rick is married to Julie (Irwin) from Sac City. Rick is past President and currently secretary of the Algona Morwens Kiwanis Club. On September 29, 2010, Rick was awarded Kiwanian of the Year by his peers at the annual installation banquet. He is also past President of the Algona Ambassadors, Member of Prudence Lodge #205 A.F. & A.M., The Scottish Rite Bodies in Sioux City, Iowa, ABU BEKR Shrine in Sioux City and past President of the Kossuth Shrine Club. Rick serves as Chairman of the Algona Cemetery Board of Trustees and is past President of the Congregation at First Lutheran Church. Rick and Julie are co-chairs of 5 committees for RAGBRAI 2017. At Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, Julie is an I.T. Manager. She is President of the Kossuth County Concert Association Board of Directors, serves as a handbell choir director and accompanist at First Lutheran Church, is on the Advisory Board for the Performing Arts Center project, is a member and past president of AAUW and serves as a trustee on the Board of Algona Municipal Utilities. Rick and Julie have enjoyed hosting several exchange students through the years from Albania, Kosovo, Austria and Germany and stay in touch with their extended families. Leisure time interests include travel, motorcycle riding, quilting, the arts and the outdoors. Rick retired in 2014, but is always happy to assist at the funeral home when needed.
Reg Roberts came to the area in 1982. He resided in Lu Verne for one year and lived in Corwith for the next 15 years before moving to Algona in 1998. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri in 1971. He taught school in Manilla, Iowa, for one year and then attended The Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas, graduating in 1973. Reg worked at several funeral homes in Iowa before moving to the Algona area. Reg is married to Rolene and they have three children, Christopher and wife Kelly, Corey and wife Kristi and Gina and husband Jeff Geving. They have one granddaughter, Amelia and five grandsons, Jaxon, Colin, Griffin, Milo and Ethan. Reg and Roleene are members of the First United Methodist Church in Algona. Reg also belongs to the Algona Lion’s Club, Prudence Lodge #205 A.F. & A.M., in Algona, Viona Lodge #538 A.F. & A.M., Renwick, Iowa, the Scottish Rite Bodies in Sioux City, Iowa, ABU BEKR Shrine in Sioux City and the Kossuth Shrine Club. He also currently serves on the Good Samaritan Society Advisory Board. Reg retired in June 2010, but continues to assist at the funeral home on an at need basis.
Michael was born and raised near Atkinson, Nebraska, graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and then moved to Omaha where he worked for Western Electric. He later moved to Estherville, Iowa, where he attended Iowa Lakes Community College and then went on to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1965. After working in Spencer and Avoca, Iowa, Michael moved to Algona in October of 1969 and joined the McCullough Funeral Home staff. In 1971 Michael and Henry Geilenfeld purchased the funeral home from Robert McCullough. Michael and his wife Karen, are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church. They have four grown children, all of whom graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School. They have four granddaughters and three grandsons. Michael is a member and past president of the Algona Rotary Club; member of the Knights of Columbus Council #952; a member of the Msgr. P.P. Gearen 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus; a past District 8 Governor of IFDA; a member of Chips woodworking club and was one of the original organizers of the Avenue of Flags in Algona which started in 1970.
Thomas W. Garry was born and raised in Bancroft, Iowa. He became interested in funeral service through his father, Thomas D. Garry who operated Garry Funeral Home, Garry Furniture Store, and also an ambulance service in Bancroft. After graduating from Ft. Dodge Community College and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Tom returned to Bancroft to work with his father. In 1976 he purchased his father’s interest in the funeral home and in 1984 he became a founding partner in Oakcrest Funeral Services. In 2000, Tom retired and sold his share in Oakcrest to his son, Victor. Another son, Anthony is also a funeral director presently working at Shalom Funeral Services in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is licensed in both Minnesota and Iowa and is a 50-year member of Iowa Funeral Directors Association. Tom and his wife, Adrienne have five grown children and 12 grandchildren. He is a member of St. John’s Catholic Church serving as a Eucharistic Minister, a 3rd Degree member of the Bancroft Knights of Columbus, a charter member of the Bancroft area Rotary Club, and he delivers meals to the home bound. Tom enjoys golf, fishing, gardening, and traveling.
Frank Merrill came to Algona in 1973 from South Dakota where he married his high school sweetheart, Carol. They have three children, Tom, Gary and Kristy as well as seven grandchildren, Andrew, Jack, Allison, Ryan, Joey, Maddison, and Alex. Frank was co-owner of the Wine and Spirits Shoppe for 20 years as well as employed with the State of Iowa Workforce Center for 28 years. Both Frank and Carol find themselves retired and enjoying part-time employment. Frank is also a member of Prudence Lodge #205 A.F. and A.M., Iowa York Rite, Abu Bekr Shrine Temple of Sioux City, and the Kossuth Shrine Club. He is also a current 30 year member of the Morwen Kiwanis Club, including Past President and Lieutenant Governor. Frank and Carol are 38 year members of the First Lutheran Church in Algona.
Judy began working with Oakcrest Funeral Services in 1985 as a Family Service Representative, working with pre-arrangements, visitations and After Care. Judy and her husband, Lamont, live in Titonka, are the parents of two grown children, and help with farming. Judy is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakota, and serves on the Board of Directors of Exceptional Opportunities, Inc.
Family Services Representative
Carol grew up on a farm near Wesley, Iowa graduating from Britt High School and later from Mankato State University. She is married to Doug DeGroote of Corwith and they live on the family farm south of Corwith. They have three children, Brent, Bethany, and Benjamin and they also have four grandsons. Carol enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband are active members of St. John Lutheran Church in Corwith. She has served on the church council and is a member of the Corwith Community Club and a past Corwith EMT. Carol began working with Oakcrest Funeral Services in 2009 as a Family Service Representative helping with aftercare, monument sales and design, and assisting with visitations and funeral services.