Section A: Beginnings
Press & Dakotan

Section A: Beginnings


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PRESS & DAKOTAN SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 YANKTON 150: PAGE 19A A continued tradition through the years. Guiding and serving families with compassion and trust... 1917 Under the direction of John F. Kostel, the funeral home began offering its services to Tabor, South Dakota. 1935 Laddie E. Kostel managed the business. He received license number one when funeral director licenses were first issued in South Dakota John F. Kostel 1957 Laddie R. Kostel inherited the family s funeral home. Laddie R. Kostel Laddie E. Kostel 1920 John had his horse-drawn hearse converted into a modern funeral coach. Other funeral directors in the area arranged to have Mr. Kostel bring his unique funeral coach to their town for use at funerals of prominent citizens. The funeral home was originally called KabeisemanNelson Funeral Home. The business took on several different names throughout the years as several partners joined/left the firm. In 1963, the Tabor and Yankton businesses combined operations and in 1977 the firm officially became known as the the Kostel Funeral Home. Around this time Kostel Funeral Home also began doing the professional work for the operations of the Aisenbery Funeral Home in Menno, which they later purchased. 1978 Kostel Funeral Home in Yankton moved into the current structure. Kabeisman-Nelson Funeral Home 1984 Prearrangement of funerals was becoming more popular and this led to the advancements of all the Kostel branches to offer prearrangement services. Susan Kostel Showers, daughter of Laddie E. Kostel, joined the firm and became involved in the pre-need program. Cheryl Anderson continues to serve the Yankton, Menno, Tyndall and Tabor areas as its pre-need counselor. 1998 Kevin and Lisa Opsahl purchased the funeral home from Laddie and Pam Kostel. Kevin had joined the firm in 1991 and worked with Laddie until the time of purchase. Kevin has served on the Board of Directors of the International Order of the Gold Rule (2005-2012) and has served as President in 2010-2011. The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) serves the needs of the independent funeral home by providing the resources, tools and information needed to succeed and grow. Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory has been a member of OGR since 1986. Tami Keller, Funeral Director/General Manager, worked in Aberdeen at a nursing home for 11 years as a certified nurses aide and a physical therapy assistant before becoming licensed in funeral service in May 1999. Tami fulfilled her apprenticeship at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory and has been with the firm since October 1999. In 2000 an On-site crematory was added to the facility. The on-site services allowed Kostel Funeral Home to provide services that may otherwise be handled through a larger facility, farther away. After a remodel in 2000, the funeral home was now able to offer the convenience and comfort of having an arrangement room, chapel, and fellowship hall all under one roof. The chapel offers seating for up to 300 guests. The newly remodeled casket selection room gives families a better understanding of the casket material, the widest array of choices and a respectful environment in which to make their selection. In 2011, the chapel of the funeral home was updated with a new interior. Tabor Menno 2008 The Kostel Funeral Home was officially changed to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory. And in 2010, the Tyndall Funeral Resource Center and Memorial Chapel was made available to service the Tyndall area. Tyndall The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory has several locations: Yankton s Funeral Home and Crematory, Tyndall Memorial Chapel/Resource Center, and Tabor and Menno Memorial Chapels. Kevin Opsahl Funeral Director/Owner Tami Keller Funeral Director/GM Cheryl Anderson Pre-arrangement Counselor As we approach the 100th anniversary of our business, we are reminded that the success of the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory would not be possible without the support of the communities in which we live and work. We are dedicated to providing the best service to our families in and around southeast South Dakota. Guiding and serving families with compassion and trust. Paul Opsahl After-Care Counselor Penny Gregario Office Manager Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton Memorial Resource Center, Tyndall Memorial Chapels, Tabor, Menno & Tyndall 665-9679 1-800-495-9679
A continued tradition through the years.
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
601 West 21st Street
Phone: 800-495-9679