Kober Funeral Home announces staff additions

Tom and Lori Kober, owners of Kober Funeral Home, announce the addition of Erin Feldman and James Bartels to the funeral homes staff.

These two wonderful young people will be working at both locations, Vermillion and Elk Point, Lori said. It is a blessing from heaven that we have those two young people entering into this profession.

Erin Feldman

Erin is a new intern at the funeral home. She is originally from Renville, MN, and graduated high school in 2004. She then went on to college at the University of South Dakota here in Vermillion. After graduating with a degree in psychology with a minor in biology in 2008, she moved back to Minnesota to attend the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis graduating in December 2009.

While going to school at the University of Minnesota, Erin both worked and lived at a funeral home. After graduating, she continued to work and live there while seeking and inquiring about internships. In May of 2010, she interviewed with Lori and Tom Kober, and in June she was told she had been given the opportunity to work at Kober Funeral Home.

James Bartels

Although she doesnt have a personal background in funeral service, Erin was intrigued and interested in the science of funeral service and the role of the funeral director in the community. She believes that funeral directors have the unique opportunity to give back to the community and help others. Erin is passionate about learning and she believes that working at Kober Funeral Home will give her a unique experience and outlook on the field of funeral service.

For hobbies, Erin enjoys being active outdoors, biking and swimming, reading voraciously, spending time with family and friends, and having a good time in general.

James Fredrick Bartels of Sioux Falls, grandson of Fritz and Mary Bartels of Vermillion, is a new intern at the Kober Funeral Home. His parents, Joseph and Jodene Bartels, are hearing impaired and are longtime friends of the Kober family.

During his time at Washington High School he participated in a job shadow as part of a marketing class and showed interest in the funeral service industry. After receiving his high school diploma he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a journalist, photographer and public relations specialist in order to obtain military benefits to further his education. During his five years of active duty he participated in three deployments, which included taking part in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After James honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to Sioux Falls and pursued a business degree from Dakota State University. In 2010 he received an associate of business management with high honors.

James moved to Vermillion, where he plans to be a permanent resident, shortly after completing his degree. He has recently begun the mortuary sciences program at Des Moines Area Community College as well as the internship at the Kober Funeral Home. He expects to be a fully licensed funeral director by early 2012.

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