Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Mike Bratley

Mike Bratley

Funeral Director/Owner

Michael Bratley was raised in Ashland, WI, and graduated from high school there.  Ashland is also where he met his future wife, Erinn Johnson, while in high school.  After high school he attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he received a Business Administration degree and then the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he received a Mortuary Science degree.   In 1997, Mike moved to Hayward, WI, where he began his career in funeral service with the Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Home.  Mike and Erinn were married in Ashland, WI, in 1998 and since then have resided in Hayward raising their two children, Emma and Tyler.  Mike is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing and various kinds of hunting.  He is a member of First Lutheran Church in Hayward and the Hayward Area Rotary Club.

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Marcus Nelson

Marcus Nelson

Funeral Director/Owner

Marcus Nelson, licensed Funeral Director in Wisconsin and Minnesota, co-owner, and a Wisconsin Licensed Insurance agent, has been part of the funeral homes in Spooner since March of 1998.

Marcus began his funeral service career in June of 1994 when he began his apprenticeship at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Webster, Wisconsin. He then graduated from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, with Distinction, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science in June of 1998.

Marcus and his wife, Maria, have two children, Tristan and Gabriela.  Marcus, an Eagle Scout, has held nearly every position in the Spooner Boy Scout Troop 104 since July 1998 but is currently the Charter Organization Representative.  He co- established the Spooner High School Trap Shooting Team and has been its head coach since its start in 2016.  He has also been on the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors since 2007, serving as President in 2014.

In his spare time, Marcus enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and also working and spending time with family at the family farm in Danbury.

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Troy Chaon

Funeral Director


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Brent Griffeth

Funeral Director

Brent Griffeth is a licensed funeral director in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, a licensed agent for burial agreements/trusts, and a certified crematory operator, currently at the Spooner Funeral Home in Spooner, Wisconsin.  He graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, in 1987.  He then graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 1991 with a BA in biology.  After graduation, he worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska and associated waters for 5 years.  In 1997, he graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois, earning The Worsham Key.  Since graduation, he has worked for funeral homes in Luck, Wisconsin; Red Wing, Minnesota; Rochester, Minnesota; Sandstone, Minnesota; and since 2007, at the Spooner Funeral Home in Spooner, Wisconsin. 

Brent and his wife, Anita Ylimiemi, were married in Menagha, Minnesota.  They have a daughter, Genavieve, attending Spooner High School, and a son, Spenser, currently at Spooner Middle School.  While in Sandstone, he was a member of the Sandstone Fire Department.  Since living in Spooner, he has been a member of the Lakeland Family Resource Center Board and the Spooner/Trego Lions Club.  He enjoys music, reading, downhill skiing, wolves, and is an avid,  life-long, Miami Dolphins fan, Chicago Cubs fan, Chicago Blackhawks fan, and collegiate wrestling fan.

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Terri Reiter

Funeral Director

Terri Reiter is a licensed funeral director in both Minnesota and Wisconsin since 2008 after apprenticing for Bratley-Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, formally known as Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Homes  & Crematory prior to her licensing.  Terri has worked in some capacity for the funeral homes since that time. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science, Business Management degree, May, 1991, and an Associate of Applied Science, Mortuary Science degree from Mesa, AZ, May, 1999.  Being in the funeral profession is a “calling” for Terri, feeling that helping folks in time of need is truly an honor and a blessing.

 

Terri is married with an awesome blended family of four grown kids and five grandchildren, all very loved and respected.  She has lived a very blessed life in Spooner, with parents, grandmother, two dear sisters and their precious family since 2006.  She’s very community-minded, serving as Alderperson for Spooner City Council Ward 4 since 2015, and one term 2016-2018 as Washburn County Board Supervisor. She enjoys worshipping and playing piano full time for the Spooner United Methodist Church.

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Ron Brown

Former Owner/Retired

Growing up on a farm in rural Shell Lake, a local girl, Jeanne Beardsley, caught his eye when he exhibited his horse at the County Fair, and in 1968, just a few days after their wedding, he deployed to a Naval Communications Base in Asmara, Ethiopia.  A year later they met up in Germany, had a whirlwind tour of Europe with a Eurail Pass, then went on to Ethiopia to complete his duty in the Navy. Returning to Washburn County, Ron served with the Wisconsin National Guard with the Spooner Engineer Battalion.

College at the Barron County Campus in Rice Lake, followed by Mortuary Science School at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, started Ron on his career as a funeral director.  From 1978 until 1998, Ron and Jeanne owned the Brown Funeral Homes in Solon Springs and Minong, then he worked with the Bratley-Nelson staff whenever they needed him to put on his suit and tie. Connecting with families that he had served became such a wonderful reason to come to work with the staff.  Sharing the most difficult event of death with someone's family just never goes away.

Grandchildren, Spencer and Lacy, are daughter Tiffany's children, and they live in Rice Lake.  Granddaughter Baylee is son Mitch's daughter, they live on part of the family farm, and Mitch is Director of Public Works for the City of Shell Lake.

Ron is a member of the American Legion Post #499 in Gordon where he has served as Commander and is currently Chaplain and Honor Guard Commander.  He has been a president of the Spooner Jaycees and the Solon Springs Lions Club, and he has served on the boards of the Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association, the Minong Town Lakes Committee, and the Minong Flowage Association.

Delivering Meals on Wheels from the Minong Senior Center, deer hunting, collecting water quality data on the lake, kayaking, reading and traveling keep every day interesting.


Ken Frame

Apprentice

Ken Frame is a resident of Hayward, moving here in February of 1995. He has three children - Kristen, Stephanie and Laura, and three grandchildren as well!  Ken married Robin (formerly Anderson) in June of 2004 and they live out in the hills near the OO Birkie Trailhead near Seeley, WI. They affectionately call the house their “Birkie Trail Retreat”, with family and friends visiting on a very regular basis. Ken and family love the closeness of the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail, CAMBA bikes trails, snowshoe trails, and all the other activities the local silent sports scene has to offer.

Having worked with the funeral home since October of 2010, Ken has transitioned from being the office manager for the funeral homes to a position of Director’s Assistant/Crematory Operator as of September 2018. The increased role has Ken working more closely with families that we serve and assisting the directors more closely as they serve the families who come to us, as well as continued responsibilities related to assisting at funerals, singing as a soloist when requested, trips when required, and pitching in to do what is required to serve our families the best that we can. Ken says, “I just want to serve the folks where our funeral homes are located to help all I can during what is a very difficult time. Trying to make a difference daily for the folks we serve is an honor and a privilege”.

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Darby Roehl

Apprentice



Samantha Shaw

Administrative Assistant

Sam Shaw was born and raised in southern Minnesota and moved to Hayward in 2008.  She started working for the funeral home in October of 2014.

Sam is married to her husband, Jamie, and has two boys.  When she isn’t spending time with her family, you can find her either reading, crocheting, or enjoying the lake. 

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Jeri Witkowiak

Administrative Assistant

Jeri Witkowiak has been working in the office at the Spooner Funeral Home since October of 2019.  She is originally from Onalaska, Wisconsin.  After graduating from Western Technical College in La Crosse with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Sciences, she joined the Air Force.  Following six years on active duty, she returned to Wisconsin and joined the Air National Guard.  She completed 20 years of military service and retired as a Master Sergeant in 2002.  She has also worked in the offices of the Onalaska and Appleton Police Departments, and worked for the Wisconsin Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health Services in Mauston.  Jeri retired from the State of Wisconsin in May of 2019.  At that time, she and her husband, Buddy, moved to Spooner.  They have two sons and four grandchildren.  

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Laura Sisko

Administrative Assistant


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Kris Larsen

Director Assistant

Kris Larsen helps at the Funeral Home during busy times.  He works fulltime at the DNR as the Northwest Citizen Lake Monitoring Coordinator and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist.  He has volunteered as a coach for youth soccer, served 22 years in leadership roles for Boy Scout Troop 104, and assistant coach for the Spooner High School Trap Team.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and the many outdoor activities available in northern Wisconsin.


Stacey Hessel

Stacey Hessel

Director Assistant

Stacey Hessel has been a resident of Hayward since 1973.  Small town life is a good life.

Stacey started working as a part-time Director's Assistant with Bratley-Nelson Funeral Homes in 2016.  She assists with services at all Bratley-Nelson locations.

Stacey has three grown children; a daughter and two sons.  She enjoys volunteering, outdoor activities, baseball (Go Brewers!), and LOVES our great state of Wisconsin.

Tim Zeigle

Director Assistant

Tim Zeigle has served as a Director's Assistant with Bratley-Nelson Funeral Homes since 2010.  Prior to that, Tim served 28 years in Law Enforcement, retiring as Chief Deputy from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department in 2010.  Tim assists with services at all Bratley-Nelson locations.  Tim and his wife, Barb, have resided in the Hayward area since 1977.  Since retiring from Law Enforcement, they spend their winters in Punta Gorda, Florida. Tim and Barb have two sons and seven grandchildren.


Fred Kosmach

Director Assistant

Fred Kosmach has served as Director’s Assistant with Bratley-Nelson Funeral Homes since 2019 after semi-retiring as a full-time physician’s assistant.  Fred has a heart for people, and loves to help wherever and whenever he can.  He is the Chairman of the United Methodist Church in Spooner, and very active in the community. Originally from the Chicago area, Fred has lived in the northern woods, mostly Spooner, for nearly 25 years!  Fred loves muskie fishing, and makes yearly trips to Canada with family.  

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Marvin Mullet

Director Assistant



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