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Our Staff

Skip Wyland

Skip Wyland has thirty years of experience working with grieving families and friends through his work as a funeral director in Minnesota and Arizona and as a sales representative to funeral homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has been licensed in the State of Minnesota as a funeral director for almost 30 years.

We founded Pet’s Remembered as an open door policy pet death care provider and memorial center offering on-site cremation services for companion pets of all kinds serving the Minneapolis/St Paul and the seven county area.

We, at Pets Remembered, understand that the death of a pet can be powerfully overwhelming.

During this difficult time, you can find comfort in knowing that we are a family owned pet lover business and we promise that we will always handle your pet in a dignified and caring manner. You can be assured that your pet will receive the highest quality care.

The loss of a pet is an emotional time in our life. When a pet dies, there is a tremendous amount of pain and emptiness that we experience. It’s important to find comfort in knowing that your sorrow and pain is natural, and that there is compassion for your loss.

We can help guide you and your family through the various services and options that are available to you.

Carol Noren

Carol Noren’s background includes twenty two years as a pastor, in addition to work as a hospice chaplain, working extensively with families as they journey through dying and death.

Our pets are part of our family and we grieve deeply when they die.

For some older adults, and others who live alone with their pet, a pet may be their best friend.

The death of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death. Children rely on adults to see how to openly express their feelings. An adult’s response during this time can determine whether a child’s first exposure to death will be a positive or negative part of personal development.
Regardless of our age, when our pet dies, it is important to say good-bye, embrace memories of our pet, and find ways to remember our pet. At Pets Remembered, we want to assist you during this significant time.

Melanie Dittmann

Melanie Dittmann graduated in 1996 with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from the Medical Institute of MN, and earned her certification in 1997.   In September of 1996 she started her career as a Research Animal Technician for Medtronic.  In May of 2000, while working full time at Medtronic, Melanie joined Cedar Pet Clinic in Lake Elmo where she not only worked with cats and dogs, but also exotics.  In 2005 she began teaching at Globe University in the Veterinary Technology Program where she worked for ten years.  In November of 2014 Melanie worked for seven months part-time at the Animal Humane Society, and joined Pets Remembered in March of 2015.

Pets have always been a part of her life from a young age; she has had a variety of animals from cats and birds to dogs, and has raised both Old English sheepdogs and Yorkshire terriers.  She has five yorkies currently that range in age from 3 to 12 years old.  On any given Sunday you may find Teddy at Pets Remembered, one of her 3 year old yorkies.

In Melanie’s 18 years as a certified Veterinary Technician she has experienced nearly every aspect of the veterinary profession, and is now helping clients in a respectful and compassionate way as they come to terms with the loss of their pet.  Pets are now more than ever a member of our family and need to be treated with the dignity and respect that they so deserve.

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Elayna Younker is a current student at the University of Minnesota. She is working towards obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Mortuary Science, and is expected to graduate December 2017. Born and raised locally, Elayna is an Irondale High-School graduate and currently lives in Mounds View. She joined the Pets Remembered team in Fall 2016.

Growing up, she has cared for many pets and understands the bond owners make with their pets. From birth to present there has always been an aquarium within the house. She currently is managing a 10 gallon freshwater tank that contains a variety of life, such as aquatic plants, snails, shrimp, and a variety of fish species. Also within her house, she has a Pekingese named Reggie, a four pound Miniature Dachshund named Winnie and a cat named Lucy.

Our pets are there for us on both good and bad days. They are always excited to see you after a long day of work. The pets we care for are our friends and are members of our family. It is important to honor their life and forever hold their memory within our heart.

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BriAnna McCabe joined the Pets Remembered team September of 2016. She is currently a student at the University of Minnesota in the Mortuary Science Program. BriAnna was living in Rochester, MN before moving to Minneapolis for school.

BriAnna worked at her local humane society for four years. She has always been passionate about animals and is an advocate for them. She volunteers with animal rescues around the cities and is currently enjoying fostering.

BriAnna’s family has two dogs; a German Shepherd named Cooper and a Shih Tzu mix named Stella. In her free time she can be found hanging with her dogs or trying to befriend other people’s pets. BriAnna knows that pets are family and understands the grief that comes with that loss. She is honored to take care of the beloved pets that come through our doors.

0b189c4d-d9e8-424d-ace1-25e28167d918Jacob Kohl

Jacob Kohl is from Faribault, MN and currently resides in Robbinsdale, MN. He is currently a student at the University of Minnesota and is studying mortuary science. He graduated from Gustavus with a degree in athletic training. His family owns Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault and he will be the 4th generation funeral director in his family.

Pets have been a part of his life ever since he can remember. He currently has a Sheltie named Jazzy that has been in his family for 11 years. Prior to Jazzy his family had another Sheltie name Missy.

Jacob joined Pets Remembered in the summer of 2016.