Our Staff

At Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home & Cremation Service and Ertl Funeral Home, we are honored to have earned the trust and confidence placed in us by those that we serve. We pledge to offer respectful and dignified professional service, service that a family should expect, service that a family deserves. From the time the first phone call is received, throughout the service and beyond, each staff member at our funeral home contributes in an important way.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more our staff at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home & Cremation Service and Ertl Funeral Home.

Steve Nelson 

Licensed Funeral Director 

Steve was born and raised in Litchfield. He graduated from Litchfield High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Before joining the staff at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service, and later, Ertl Funeral Home, Steve lived and worked in the Twin Cities area and northern Minnesota. He is a Certified Crematory Operator through National Funeral Directors Association. 

Steve and his wife, Michelle, reside in Litchfield with their two daughters, Aili and Helena. A few of Steve's interests include family activities, traveling, camping, music, reading, and watching movies and sports. 

Erin Riebe 

Advance Funeral Planner/Grief Care Coordinator 

Erin was born in Litchfield and grew up on a hobby farm north of town. After graduating high school in 2004, she was employed as a Mental Health Practitioner for the State of Minnesota at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center. Erin attended St. Cloud Technical College and Ridgewater Technical College. 

In 2012, Erin earned her insurance license and was employed by American Senior Benefits in Maple Grove, where she helped individuals effectively plan their retirement. Erin specialized in Medicare, life insurance, long-term care, and annuities.  

Erin joined the staff at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral & Cremation Service and Ertl Funeral Home in 2014 as an Advance Funeral Planner and Grief Care Coordinator. She enjoys educating people on the benefits of planning ahead and creating a meaningful funeral service for families. As a Grief Care Coordinator, Erin is available to provide support, as well as resources, to help families better understand the grieving process.  

In her spare time, Erin enjoys biking, traveling, going to concerts, and horseback riding. She also serves as a Litchfield Chamber Ambassador, welcoming new business to the community. Erin and her significant other, Wayne, have two children, Gabriel and Francesca, who keep them very busy. 

Ann Konietzko 

Support Staff 

Ann was born in Hutchinson, MN and grew up in Brownton, Minnesota.  After high school, she completed nurse's training as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She worked at Meeker County Memorial Hospital for fifteen years and Augustana Homes for twenty-four years, with five of them in Pastoral Care. In 1999, Ann changed her career and started her work with Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home as a Prearrangement Specialist and Grief Care Coordinator, assisting families with their funeral plans and with the grieving process following funeral services. 

Ann was united in marriage to Don Konietzko in 1964 at Stewart, Minnesota.  They have three children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters.  

She is an active member in St. Philip’s church activities, serving as a lector, Eucharistic minister, prayer shawl ministry and more.  She has also been involved with various community activities and has served as an active volunteer with the Litchfield Area Hospice since 1989.  In 2019, Ann was nominated as Meeker County Senior Volunteer of the Year. 

Her favorite pastimes are spending time with family and friends, sewing, crocheting, playing cards and helping others, often in the form of "listening".  

Don Konietzko

Support Staff

Darlene Smith

Support Staff

Lee Bautsch

Support Staff

Stan Kittleson

Support Staff

Karen Schneider

Support Staff