There is a long history of family ownership at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Homes.
Our original Funeral Home began its service in 1916. Located at 536 N. Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, our firm is now in its 97th year of service to families of the St. Paul - Minneapolis area. The founder of the firm, Albert E. Henry and his wife, Vena, lived in the St. Paul building, raising their family while serving families in a time of death. In those days the means of contacting the funeral home was different. Many people did not have telephones; therefore the building was never locked, open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. People would often come directly to the funeral home following the death of a loved one. Someone was always on duty to assist in making arrangements.
In 1948 Mr. Henry was ready to retire. Earl Holcomb, a St. Paul native, was working for a nearby funeral home. Holcomb, along with two others, purchased the firm from Mr. Henry in 1948. The Holcomb's like the Henry's, lived in and raised their family above the Snelling Avenue Funeral Home. In 1963, Dennis Boom began his career as a funeral director with the firm and in 1981, he and his wife, Elaine (nee, Segale) purchased the business and the property from the Holcomb's.
To serve the people in the North Suburban area, Dennis and Elaine Boom built a second chapel in Shoreview, located at 515 Highway 96 West,at Mackubin, in 1993. As if history has repeated itself, the Boom's have made the residence above the Shoreview Chapel their home, where they continue to live today. The traditions of Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell are found in the peaceful, comforting facilities accented by a collection of antique furniture, many of which are from the childhood homes of Dennis and Elaine Boom.
Our tradition of "a caring funeral service at a reasonable cost" has made Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell a familiar and respected member of our community. Our strong ties to the community are made possible by the long tenure of many of the firm's employees. In 1982, Richard Purcell was hired, and in 1995 his wife, Sharon Purcell, also a licensed funeral director, joined the staff. The Purcell's purchased the business in 1999 and in 2003 they purchased the properties.
Our funeral directors include Richard and Sharon Purcell, Daniel Grubisch (1996), Lynne Schriver-Sheedy (2000) Bert Blaine (2014) Kristin Trongard (2014) and intern, Tyler Hoff (2014). Our professional licensed funeral directors are assisted by other support staff, including Joan Powers, Kevin Scroggins, Carol Peterson, Carol Gilsen, Joyce and Jim Hedin, who assist our directors and care for families during visitations. Donna B. Dvorak, also a licensed funeral director, also assists our staff on a part-time basis.
Our firm is proud to provide all types of services for families, at time of need, or with advanced planning. From traditional funeral services to contemporary memorial and cremation services, our staff will assist families in planning a service of meaning and significance to remember and celebrate a life lived.
At Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, the past is an important link to the present and serves as our commitment to quality funeral services to people of all faiths.
Resources to Local Grief Support Information
This list has been compiled to help those who may be interested in seeking assistance through grief support groups or individual therapy.
ALLINA HOME HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE
A referral system for grief care. Call 651-628-1752.
MERCY AND UNITY HOSPITAL (ALLINA)
Family grief support program. Monday Evenings 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Mercy Hospital, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN 55433 (763-236-8050). Adult, teen and children's group. All groups are free of charge.
CAPITAL CITY GRIEF COALITION
Group meetings are held weekly at a participating St. Paul church. Meetings include an educational presentation and small group discussions. Contact Lois Knutson, Coalition Coordinator at 651-227-4430
CENTER FOR GRIEF, ST.PAUL
Individual, child and family therapy issues around complicated grief, trauma, and general bereavement and loss. Counseling and therapy groups available. Fee based. Call 651-641-0177. Center located at 1133 Grand Avenue in St. Paul.
CHILDREN'S AND UNITED HOSPITALS OF ST. PAUL
For pregnancy adn infant loss support groups at United Hospital contact Annette Klein 651-241-6206. For child loss support groups at Children's Hospital contact Bereavement Coordinator Linda Lehman at 612-813-6622.
GRIEF CENTER, BURNSVILLE
Professional counseling and groups available. Call 612-867-4866. Located at 17305 Cedar Ave S., Lakeville and 4825 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley.
GROWING THROUGH LOSS SUPPORT SERIES
This series, sponsored twice a year by the North Suburban Grief Support Coalition, provides an oppportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. Non-denominational, minimal fee, sponsored by 17 neightboring churches. Meets at various churches within the community. Please call Nancy Jahnke for information at 763-755-5335.
HEALTHEAST GREIF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT
A valuable source for seminars, classes, grief support groups and grief educational resources. Call 651-232-3543 or 651-232-3665 for information.
NORTH HEIGHTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, ARDEN HILLS
Caring and Sharing: non-denominational, no-fee group, meeting the first and third Monday of the month, at 1700 W. Hwy 96 (Room #217), Arden Hills. Call Phyllis Ose at 651-639-8226 for information.
ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL, MAPLEWOOD
Growth Through Grieving. Every Monday afternoon from 4:00-5:30 PM in Room 3 at Watson Education Center in hospital at 1575 Beam Avenue, Maplewood. No fee, group sessions. Call Pastoral Care at 651-232-7397.
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