Gerein Funeral Service was created by the amalgamation of Grondin Funeral Service and Glassford Funeral Home. These two well established businesses have a rich story of serving the communities of Biggar, Unity, Wilkie, Cut Knife, and their surrounding areas, for a combined total of 72 years.
Stan and Loreen Grondin, owned and operated “Grondin Funeral Service” for 39 years until Stan’s passing in 2001. Loreen remained the owner for 18 years, until Mike and Carla Gerein purchased the funeral business in April of 2019. The longevity and history of the Grondin’s business has proven to be a valuable staple in the communities they served.
Arnold and Sandra Glassford, owned and operated “Glassford Funeral Home” in Unity and Wilkie for 15 years. Mike and Carla Gerein also purchased the Glassford’s business in April 2019, and feel honored to carry on the Glassford's tradition of serving families with dignity and compassion.
A Dream come True
Mike decided to pursue funeral directing and embalming under the direction of Dale McCaw, after spending summers as a teenager washing cars for McCaw's Funeral Service in Lloydminster. He graduated from the U of S apprenticeship program in 2004, and spent time working for the McCaw's in Lloydminster and Park Funeral Chapel in Saskatoon. Mike stepped away from the business for a career in sales and to begin a family with his wife, Carla. He always wanted to return to the funeral industry, so when the opportunity presented itself- Mike pursued. It could not be without the help of his sister, Andrea, and her husband, Dion Harrabek, that this would even be a possibility.
“It is a dream of mine to own a funeral business in my hometown, with my family working alongside me. I feel privileged and honored to carry on the tradition of assisting families in our area. All of the staff is very passionate about being involved in the communities, which really keeps our small towns thriving. I could not be more proud to work with such a great team of like-minded individuals who have the heart to serve people.” - Mike Gerein