Staff

Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Douglas J. Penning Funeral Director-CCO-President

Douglas J. Penning is a native of South Dakota. He graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, TX and has been a mortician since 1986, with licenses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota. Douglas has also become a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO), a designation from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).  The NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program is a voluntary certification program that helps funeral directors better serve the needs of families that desire cremation.  He is active in civic and fraternal organizations. Previously employed as a mortician in Sioux Falls, SD and Faribault, MN, he moved to Winona in July, 2001 and became a business partner with Brian Junker in January 2002. In June 2010, with the transition of Brian Junker to the next part of his career, came the advancement of Douglas to owner and President of the corporation.

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James E. 'Jim' Abbott Funeral Director

James E. Abbott was born in Minneapolis, lived in St. Paul until the age of seven when the family moved to Wabasha.  He is a graduate of Wabasha High School and a 1975 graduate of the College of St. Thomas, receiving a BA degree in business administration.  He later graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978, receiving a BS degree in mortuary science.  He worked at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin, Minnesota and the Adams Funeral Home in Adams, Minnesota, involved in all aspects of the business, from 1978 until moving to Wabasha in 1989 and purchasing his father’s business.  Jim is active in his church, serving on the Parish Council and ushering.  He is a past board member of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha.  He is active in civic affairs, having served as a charter member and past president of the Wabasha Economic Development Authority and currently a member of the city street commission and long range planning committee.  He also serves on the First State Bank Board of Wabasha.  He is a member and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Wabasha Rotary Club and had served as past president.  He also is a member of the Kellogg Lions Club.

Away from work, Jim enjoys golfing and listening to music. He and his wife, Claire, have three children, Riley, Hallie (Dan) Patterson, and Jillian and two grandchildren, Henry and Ivy Patterson and Magnus Jevne.

With the transition into the next part of his career, Jim sold the funeral home to Douglas Penning in June of 2018.

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Jim Flim Funeral Assistant

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Claire M. Abbott Funeral Assistant (Semi-Retired)

Claire M. Abbott was born and raised in Wabasha and is a graduate of St. Felix High School. She later graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA degree in sociology and juvenile justice. She is the chairman of her women’s unit at church and is active in the Wabasha chapter of the Isaac Walton League of America. She works as a homemaker, a gardener for several homes and helps her husband, Jim, with the funeral services.

She enjoys travelling, gardening, riding her bike and spending time outdoors and spending time with her family. She and Jim have three children, Riley, Hallie (Dan) Patterson, and Jillian and three grandchildren, Henry and Ivy Patterson and Magnus Jevne.

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Edward Ostrom Funeral Assistant

Edward D. Ostrom was born and raised in Wabasha and is a graduate of Wabasha High School.    He was a career member of the U. S. Air Force.  Upon his retirement, he returned to Wabasha and worked for several years as a salesman for the Sugar Loaf Ford dealership in Winona, Minnesota.  After retiring in 2003, he began working for Abbott Funeral Home and Crematory as a funeral assistant.  Ed is an active volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and a member of the St. Felix Cemetery Board.  He is also active at his church as an usher.

Ed enjoys fishing and working in his yard. He and his wife, Lana, have three children, John, Kevin and Wendy and seven grandchildren.

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Claire Penning Administrative Assistant

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Kelsey Hicks Administrative Assistant

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Brian D. Junker, CFSP Funeral Director (Retired)

Brian joined the Fawcett Funeral Home in June 1966. He earned his mortuary degree from the University of Minnesota and also holds a B.A. from Winona State University. He served his apprenticeship and early guidance from Raymond W. Fawcet, founder of the firm and his son, O.J. Fawcett. Brian was the first funeral director in Winona to earn his CFSP, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and has maintained it since 1998. In 1998, Brian acquired the assets of the funeral home from O.J. Fawcett and in January 2002, he sold a portion to his business partner, Douglas Penning. In June 2010, with a transition in his career and a change in ownership with the funeral home, he will remain active in funeral service with less responsibility. He is active in various civic and fraternal organizations in the Winona area: is a past president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association; a Minnesota Lions Eye Bank enucleator and a past member/chair of the Minnesota Department of Health Committee of Examiners in Mortuary Science.

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James D. Abbott Retired/Past Owner

James D. Abbott was born in Green Isle, Minnesota and raised in St. Paul.  He graduated from St. Thomas Academy High School there and then served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Upon discharge he returned home and graduated from the College of St. Thomas.  He then attended the University of Minnesota and received his mortuary science degree.  He worked for O’Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home in downtown St. Paul, involved in all aspects of the business.  Having a desire to own his own business, he and his wife, the former Anne T. Flahavan of Minneapolis, purchased the Wise Furniture and Funeral Home in Wabasha in 1960, renaming the business Abbott-Wise Furniture and Funeral Home.   He owned the two businesses until selling it to his son, Jim, in 1989.

Jake had been very active in his community. He was active in his church and was a long time member of the St. Felix Cemetery Board. He had served on the St. Elizabeth Hospital Board for over 30 years and served both veterans posts in Wabasha as commander as well as holding other positions. He served the City of Wabasha on its Park Board for many years. He served on the Coffee Mill Golf and Country Club board for many years as well. He received the Bishop’s Medal from Bishop Bernard Harrington of the Diocese of Winona on April 7, 2005 in honor of all his work and dedication.

His dear wife, Anne, died of cancer at the age of 45, leaving him to raise his family alone, which he did admirably well. He had five sons, two daughters, thirteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Jake enjoyed golfing, his lawn and garden, and organizing the annual Wabasha St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Jake died February 22, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

Douglas J. Penning

Funeral Director-CCO-President
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Douglas J. Penning is a native of South Dakota. He graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, TX and has been a mortician since 1986, with licenses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota. Douglas has also become a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO), a designation from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).  The NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program is a voluntary certification program that helps funeral directors better serve the needs of families that desire cremation.  He is active in civic and fraternal organizations. Previously employed as a mortician in Sioux Falls, SD and Faribault, MN, he moved to Winona in July, 2001 and became a business partner with Brian Junker in January 2002. In June 2010, with the transition of Brian Junker to the next part of his career, came the advancement of Douglas to owner and President of the corporation.

James E. 'Jim' Abbott

Funeral Director
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James E. Abbott was born in Minneapolis, lived in St. Paul until the age of seven when the family moved to Wabasha.  He is a graduate of Wabasha High School and a 1975 graduate of the College of St. Thomas, receiving a BA degree in business administration.  He later graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978, receiving a BS degree in mortuary science.  He worked at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin, Minnesota and the Adams Funeral Home in Adams, Minnesota, involved in all aspects of the business, from 1978 until moving to Wabasha in 1989 and purchasing his father’s business.  Jim is active in his church, serving on the Parish Council and ushering.  He is a past board member of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha.  He is active in civic affairs, having served as a charter member and past president of the Wabasha Economic Development Authority and currently a member of the city street commission and long range planning committee.  He also serves on the First State Bank Board of Wabasha.  He is a member and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Wabasha Rotary Club and had served as past president.  He also is a member of the Kellogg Lions Club.

Away from work, Jim enjoys golfing and listening to music. He and his wife, Claire, have three children, Riley, Hallie (Dan) Patterson, and Jillian and two grandchildren, Henry and Ivy Patterson and Magnus Jevne.

With the transition into the next part of his career, Jim sold the funeral home to Douglas Penning in June of 2018.

Jim Flim

Funeral Assistant
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Claire M. Abbott

Funeral Assistant (Semi-Retired)
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Claire M. Abbott was born and raised in Wabasha and is a graduate of St. Felix High School. She later graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA degree in sociology and juvenile justice. She is the chairman of her women’s unit at church and is active in the Wabasha chapter of the Isaac Walton League of America. She works as a homemaker, a gardener for several homes and helps her husband, Jim, with the funeral services.

She enjoys travelling, gardening, riding her bike and spending time outdoors and spending time with her family. She and Jim have three children, Riley, Hallie (Dan) Patterson, and Jillian and three grandchildren, Henry and Ivy Patterson and Magnus Jevne.

Edward Ostrom

Funeral Assistant
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Edward D. Ostrom was born and raised in Wabasha and is a graduate of Wabasha High School.    He was a career member of the U. S. Air Force.  Upon his retirement, he returned to Wabasha and worked for several years as a salesman for the Sugar Loaf Ford dealership in Winona, Minnesota.  After retiring in 2003, he began working for Abbott Funeral Home and Crematory as a funeral assistant.  Ed is an active volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and a member of the St. Felix Cemetery Board.  He is also active at his church as an usher.

Ed enjoys fishing and working in his yard. He and his wife, Lana, have three children, John, Kevin and Wendy and seven grandchildren.

Claire Penning

Administrative Assistant
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Kelsey Hicks

Administrative Assistant
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Brian D. Junker, CFSP

Funeral Director (Retired)
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Brian joined the Fawcett Funeral Home in June 1966. He earned his mortuary degree from the University of Minnesota and also holds a B.A. from Winona State University. He served his apprenticeship and early guidance from Raymond W. Fawcet, founder of the firm and his son, O.J. Fawcett. Brian was the first funeral director in Winona to earn his CFSP, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and has maintained it since 1998. In 1998, Brian acquired the assets of the funeral home from O.J. Fawcett and in January 2002, he sold a portion to his business partner, Douglas Penning. In June 2010, with a transition in his career and a change in ownership with the funeral home, he will remain active in funeral service with less responsibility. He is active in various civic and fraternal organizations in the Winona area: is a past president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association; a Minnesota Lions Eye Bank enucleator and a past member/chair of the Minnesota Department of Health Committee of Examiners in Mortuary Science.

James D. Abbott

Retired/Past Owner
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James D. Abbott was born in Green Isle, Minnesota and raised in St. Paul.  He graduated from St. Thomas Academy High School there and then served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Upon discharge he returned home and graduated from the College of St. Thomas.  He then attended the University of Minnesota and received his mortuary science degree.  He worked for O’Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home in downtown St. Paul, involved in all aspects of the business.  Having a desire to own his own business, he and his wife, the former Anne T. Flahavan of Minneapolis, purchased the Wise Furniture and Funeral Home in Wabasha in 1960, renaming the business Abbott-Wise Furniture and Funeral Home.   He owned the two businesses until selling it to his son, Jim, in 1989.

Jake had been very active in his community. He was active in his church and was a long time member of the St. Felix Cemetery Board. He had served on the St. Elizabeth Hospital Board for over 30 years and served both veterans posts in Wabasha as commander as well as holding other positions. He served the City of Wabasha on its Park Board for many years. He served on the Coffee Mill Golf and Country Club board for many years as well. He received the Bishop’s Medal from Bishop Bernard Harrington of the Diocese of Winona on April 7, 2005 in honor of all his work and dedication.

His dear wife, Anne, died of cancer at the age of 45, leaving him to raise his family alone, which he did admirably well. He had five sons, two daughters, thirteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Jake enjoyed golfing, his lawn and garden, and organizing the annual Wabasha St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Jake died February 22, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

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