Our Staff

 

Our Staff's Commitment to You

Staff members of Atkins-Northland Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to all of us at Atkins-Northland Funeral Home.

 

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Karen Atkins Funeral Director/ Owner Katybug006@aol.com

Karen, a native of southwestern Kansas, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science Pre-Law and also a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science. She has been involved in funeral service since 1988 in both Oklahoma City and Denver. In addition to her responsibilities as a funeral director, Karen coordinates many of the after-care programs at the funeral home. She enjoys being a volunteer harpist at area hospices, nursing homes and churches. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her puppies, reading, needlework, and traveling.


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Bob Atkins Funeral Director/Owner northlandbob@aol.com

Bob is a 1987 Graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science. A Wisconsin native, Bob has worked as a funeral director in Denver, Minneapolis and St. Paul prior to coming to Cloquet. He is active in the community and has served on the Board for Friends of Animals Humane Society for the past 19 years, but has just recently retired for the Board. Bob is also a Wisconsin licensed funeral director.  Bob also enjoys his four legged kids, golfing, and traveling. 


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Glen Novack Funeral Director

Glen was born and raised in Superior, Wisconsin. He began his funeral career while working on his undergraduate degree at UMD, working part-time at the local funeral home as his schedule allowed. Glen eventually made the decision to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science and obtained his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in March of 1994. He continued working in his Superior until moving to the Twin Cities in 2002, working for several funeral homes over the next 12 years. Glen took a brief hiatus from funeral service before returning to join the Atkins Northland staff part-time in August of 2016 and full-time in May of 2017.

In his free time, Glen loves spending time with his family and friends at the family’s summer home and riding his Harley. He also enjoys home DIY projects, photography, spending time in the outdoors, no matter what the season and listening to all genres of live music.

 

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Sheila Quiram Office Manager nfhcloquet@aol.com

She grew up in Cloquet and graduated from Cloquet High School.  She currently lives in Esko and is married to Mark.  They have one son, Paul, who is married to Eva.  She has worked as a geologist in the Barnum area and then went on to work at Potlatch in the Research and Development Department for 19 years until Sappi purchased Potlatch and closed Research and Development.  Sheila has worked at Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2005 and finds it very rewarding helping families through this difficult experience.  

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Phill Powers Director's Assistant

Phill grew up in Marion, Ohio and after high school he joined the Air Force.  He was assigned to Duluth for the next four years.  After the service and while attending UMD, he met and married Charlotte Hill.  After graduating from UMD, PHill worked as a probation officer for 30 years.  During that time he also served 18 years in the Minnesota Air National Guard.  He has lived in Esko since 1974 and he and Charlotte raised their two children, Scott and Christina there.  After the passing of Charlotte in 2006, Phill started working at the Atkins Northland Funeral Home.  In 2009 he married Linda Levar and with her came two sons, Erik and Christopher.  They now have four grandchildren, Tristan and Owen Powers and Lauren and Abigail Dargontina.  Phill has always been active in the Esko community, serving his church, the Esko School Board, the Esko Education Foundation Board, and teaching martial arts, just to name a few. 

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Gary Stevens Director's Assistant

Gary retired for his job as Maintenance Supervisor for US Bank after working there for 25 years.  He also served in the Air National Guard for 30 years.  He is married to Patrice and they live in Cloquet.  His hobbies include golfing, gardening and traveling. Gary has been with Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2013.

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Ron Stahl Director's Assistant

Ron lives in Cloquet and is married to Sue.  He retired from the postal service in May of 2014 after working there 34 years.  He is also a former member of the Air National Guard.  He enjoys open water and ice fishing, golfing, camping, deer hunting and traveling.  He has worked for Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2015 and says it is has been a very rewarding experience and hopes his care and compassion for each family we serve helps in their time of grief. 

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Emily Debele Director's Assistant/Reception Hostess

Emily has been a Cloquet resident since 1970, coming from the Twin Cities but is a native of North Dakota.  She retired from Queen of Peace Catholic Church in 2000 where she worked as the office manager and bookkeeper.  She is married to Arlin Debele and they have three children and eight grandchildren.  She has worked at Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2001.

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Sandy Green Director's Assistant/Reception Hostess

Sandy has been a Cloquet resident since 1963.  She has two children.  She worked at a local financial institution for 17 years before retiring in 2005.  In 2006 she joined the Atkins Northland Funeral Home family. 

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Judy Wiles Director's Assistant/Reception Hostess

Judy is married to Ray and together they have one daughter, Stacey.  Judy worked as an LPN at Miller Dwan Burn/ICU Unit for 41 years, retiring in 2008 and soon thereafter joined the staff at Atkins Northland Funeral Home.  She is active in Our Savior's Lutheran Church where she has been a member since 1976.  Judy and Ray enjoy their country life on 40 acres west of Cloquet.  They have a rescue cat named Missy and several deer that visit daily.  Judy enjoys her time outside with her flower gardens, walking on their trails in the woods and time with friends.  In the winter she enjoys reading.  

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Debby Borin Reception Hostess

Debby has been a Cloquet resident since 1982 where she and her husband, Wayne raised two children.  She is active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church and loves to read, knit and crochet. She has been with Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2015.

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Linda Lahti Reception Hostess

Linda is a retired Registered Nurse.  She lives in Cloquet and is very happily married to her husband, Rick.  They have two children, Troy and Christine; three grandchildren; and one spoiled Bichon Frise, Molly.  Linda and Rick are members of the Christian Motorcycle Association #899, the Aurora Knights in Cloquet.  She enjoys motorcycle riding, camping, quilting, reading, taking walks, playing dominos and spending time with family and friends.  She began working at Atkins Northland Funeral Home in 2016.  

Karen Atkins

Funeral Director/ Owner
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Karen, a native of southwestern Kansas, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science Pre-Law and also a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science. She has been involved in funeral service since 1988 in both Oklahoma City and Denver. In addition to her responsibilities as a funeral director, Karen coordinates many of the after-care programs at the funeral home. She enjoys being a volunteer harpist at area hospices, nursing homes and churches. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her puppies, reading, needlework, and traveling.


Bob Atkins

Funeral Director/Owner
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Bob is a 1987 Graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science. A Wisconsin native, Bob has worked as a funeral director in Denver, Minneapolis and St. Paul prior to coming to Cloquet. He is active in the community and has served on the Board for Friends of Animals Humane Society for the past 19 years, but has just recently retired for the Board. Bob is also a Wisconsin licensed funeral director.  Bob also enjoys his four legged kids, golfing, and traveling. 


Glen Novack

Funeral Director
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Glen was born and raised in Superior, Wisconsin. He began his funeral career while working on his undergraduate degree at UMD, working part-time at the local funeral home as his schedule allowed. Glen eventually made the decision to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science and obtained his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in March of 1994. He continued working in his Superior until moving to the Twin Cities in 2002, working for several funeral homes over the next 12 years. Glen took a brief hiatus from funeral service before returning to join the Atkins Northland staff part-time in August of 2016 and full-time in May of 2017.

In his free time, Glen loves spending time with his family and friends at the family’s summer home and riding his Harley. He also enjoys home DIY projects, photography, spending time in the outdoors, no matter what the season and listening to all genres of live music.

 

Sheila Quiram

Office Manager
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She grew up in Cloquet and graduated from Cloquet High School.  She currently lives in Esko and is married to Mark.  They have one son, Paul, who is married to Eva.  She has worked as a geologist in the Barnum area and then went on to work at Potlatch in the Research and Development Department for 19 years until Sappi purchased Potlatch and closed Research and Development.  Sheila has worked at Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2005 and finds it very rewarding helping families through this difficult experience.  

Phill Powers

Director's Assistant
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Phill grew up in Marion, Ohio and after high school he joined the Air Force.  He was assigned to Duluth for the next four years.  After the service and while attending UMD, he met and married Charlotte Hill.  After graduating from UMD, PHill worked as a probation officer for 30 years.  During that time he also served 18 years in the Minnesota Air National Guard.  He has lived in Esko since 1974 and he and Charlotte raised their two children, Scott and Christina there.  After the passing of Charlotte in 2006, Phill started working at the Atkins Northland Funeral Home.  In 2009 he married Linda Levar and with her came two sons, Erik and Christopher.  They now have four grandchildren, Tristan and Owen Powers and Lauren and Abigail Dargontina.  Phill has always been active in the Esko community, serving his church, the Esko School Board, the Esko Education Foundation Board, and teaching martial arts, just to name a few. 

Gary Stevens

Director's Assistant
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Gary retired for his job as Maintenance Supervisor for US Bank after working there for 25 years.  He also served in the Air National Guard for 30 years.  He is married to Patrice and they live in Cloquet.  His hobbies include golfing, gardening and traveling. Gary has been with Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2013.

Ron Stahl

Director's Assistant
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Ron lives in Cloquet and is married to Sue.  He retired from the postal service in May of 2014 after working there 34 years.  He is also a former member of the Air National Guard.  He enjoys open water and ice fishing, golfing, camping, deer hunting and traveling.  He has worked for Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2015 and says it is has been a very rewarding experience and hopes his care and compassion for each family we serve helps in their time of grief. 

Emily Debele

Director's Assistant/Reception Hostess
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Emily has been a Cloquet resident since 1970, coming from the Twin Cities but is a native of North Dakota.  She retired from Queen of Peace Catholic Church in 2000 where she worked as the office manager and bookkeeper.  She is married to Arlin Debele and they have three children and eight grandchildren.  She has worked at Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2001.

Sandy Green

Director's Assistant/Reception Hostess
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Sandy has been a Cloquet resident since 1963.  She has two children.  She worked at a local financial institution for 17 years before retiring in 2005.  In 2006 she joined the Atkins Northland Funeral Home family. 

Judy Wiles

Director's Assistant/Reception Hostess
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Judy is married to Ray and together they have one daughter, Stacey.  Judy worked as an LPN at Miller Dwan Burn/ICU Unit for 41 years, retiring in 2008 and soon thereafter joined the staff at Atkins Northland Funeral Home.  She is active in Our Savior's Lutheran Church where she has been a member since 1976.  Judy and Ray enjoy their country life on 40 acres west of Cloquet.  They have a rescue cat named Missy and several deer that visit daily.  Judy enjoys her time outside with her flower gardens, walking on their trails in the woods and time with friends.  In the winter she enjoys reading.  

Debby Borin

Reception Hostess
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Debby has been a Cloquet resident since 1982 where she and her husband, Wayne raised two children.  She is active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church and loves to read, knit and crochet. She has been with Atkins Northland Funeral Home since 2015.

Linda Lahti

Reception Hostess
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Linda is a retired Registered Nurse.  She lives in Cloquet and is very happily married to her husband, Rick.  They have two children, Troy and Christine; three grandchildren; and one spoiled Bichon Frise, Molly.  Linda and Rick are members of the Christian Motorcycle Association #899, the Aurora Knights in Cloquet.  She enjoys motorcycle riding, camping, quilting, reading, taking walks, playing dominos and spending time with family and friends.  She began working at Atkins Northland Funeral Home in 2016.