About Us

O’Connell-Benedict perpetuates the tradition of serving your family during your time of need. We are proud to help those in the community to celebrate the life of a loved one. With larger, corporate companies purchasing funeral homes and impersonalizing funerals, you can trust O’Connell-Benedict to serve you personally. Every family is treated as if it were their own. Thus, the name O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Homes.

O’Connell-Benedict offers complete funeral and cremation services, and are dedicated to offering families a full variety of options and choices. Each and every funeral can be personalized by reflecting the hobbies, interests, pastimes, and stories of the deceased. Funerals, Memorial Services, and Celebrations of Life should all reflect the individual’s or family’s wishes, and be carried out in a manner that honors them well.

Being locally owned and operated, O’Connell-Benedict strives to be involved in the communities we serve. You’ll find us out and about, and see us at the same local places and local events, taking part in, and joining alongside many of you in local activities. Please know we are approachable, personable, and always here to serve. Be sure to say “hello” when you see us out and about!

Get To Know Our Staff

Mike O’Connell

Owner & Funeral Director
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Bill and Lisa Benedict

Owners & Funeral Directors 
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Marlowe Molden

Funeral Director
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Molly Gilles

Office Manager Ellsworth
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Karen Solyntjes

Office Manager River Falls
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Funeral Assistants and Support Staff:

Larry Larrabee
Charlie Casey
Carter Schutz
Nancy White
Fern Tomaszewski
Barb Johnson
Dave Vold