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Shauna Gerelus

Funeral Director

Shauna Gerelus has been in funeral service for 29 years, and continues to be driven by her passion to assist families in their time of need.  Her passion began with intrigue about the concept of death while she was a student at Brandon University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in both Sociology and Religion.   While attending the funeral service for a close elderly neighbour Shauna decided that funeral service was the career path she needed to pursue.  In 1991 she graduated as a Funeral Director and Embalmer from the Western School of Mortuary Practice and has since worked with The 110 Group.  She finds working with families very rewarding and genuine.

Shauna and her partner Cliff have one daughter and they enjoy time riding their horses.


Rick Thom

Funeral Director

As a young man, Rick Thom was impacted by the death of his mother and wanted to be able to assist others as they went through the grief process. The memories he carries on how his family was assisted when his mother passed away still gives him reason to minister into the lives of the families he serves.  Rick has heart for the people he serves and listens to the families as they share their stories.  He strives to assist them in planning a funeral that will honour the life of their loved one.


Rick began working with Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service in 1977, is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, having graduated from the Western School of Mortuary Practice.  Rick has also completed numerous continuing education courses to better support the families he serves.


Rick and his wife Wendy, who is the pastor of the Shoal Lake Baptist Church, have resided in Shoal Lake since 1988 and have two married sons and have three grandchildren whom they love to spend time with.

Jodi Albry


An Ontario girl, Jodi now resides in Shoal Lake, Manitoba.  Jodi completed her elementary schooling in Ontario and her high school years in Brandon, Manitoba.  She graduated with an Honour Award and Special Merit in Commercial Art and has her certificate from the Canadian School of Floral Art.

Jodi is married to Jorg and has two sons, Colten and Ryan.  She enjoys painting, window painting, crafts, camping and motorcycling.  She is often seen donating her time or creations to the local community events.

John Derhak

Funeral Assistant

John Derhak joined The 110 Group in 2015 as a Funeral Assistant and general maintenance assistant.  He was born and raised in Sandy Lake, Manitoba and currently resides in Oakburn, Manitoba.  You may remember John from his time owning the Oakburn Food Town, Feedstand and LiquorMart.

John enjoys “laking it”, golf, baseball, hunting, fishing, reading, yard work and gardening.  He also enjoys playing and doing things with his wife Joan; children Larrisa, Brad and Kyle; and his grandchildren.

John is active with the 20/20 Committee, Oakburn and District Lions Club, Oakburn Rec. Association Board and he serves as a councillor with the R.M. of Yellowhead.

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