On December 31, 2009, Robert and Richard Hantge of Hutchinson, Minnesota purchased the McBride Funeral Chapels in Glencoe, Norwood Young America and Lester Prairie. Their father, Everett Hantge, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Class of 1962, had moved to Hutchinson in 1973, and opened his own funeral home. In 1978, he purchased the Dobratz Funeral Home from Donald Dobratz (nowthe Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.) Following in his father’s footsteps, oldest son Robert joined him at the family firm in 1989, and younger son Richard joined them in 1991. Robert and Richard have continued their father’s commitment to provide professional quality funeral service to the communities they serve, and have been recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association for their Pursuit of Excellence.This building, which was called North School, is the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel. In 1909, School District No. 61 and School District No. 38 were consolidated to form School District No. 78 and a new school was built. The old school building was sold to Fred Kloth to be used as a private residence and it was home for the Kloth family until 1946, when the estate of Fred Kloth sold the home to Vernon Larson, who retained ownership until 1948, at which time Raymond Block purchased the property and building to be used as a funeral home.Kenneth Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1962, with a degree in Mortuary Science. He worked for various funeral homes in Minnesota before he purchased the funeral home from Mr. and Mrs. Milton Quast on September 1, 1970. The Paul family resided in the apartment above the funeral home. In 1973, the addition was built, creating a larger foyer and chapel. In that same year, Kenneth purchased the funeral home in Lester Prairie, Minnesota.
Bruce McBride, a native of Windom, Minnesota graduated with the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Class of 1974. He worked for the Hamlin-Hansen Funeral home in Moose Lake, Minnesota until 1977, when he and his wife, Suzanne purchased the Johnson Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, Minnesota. In 1993, they purchased the Paul Funeral Homes in Norwood Young America and Lester Prairie.The title to the property on which the funeral home is now located was transferred from Johann Feltmann and Elizabeth Feltmann to School District No. 61. in 1874, for the purpose of erecting a Public School. In 1884, as the village of Norwood grew, a new school was built. This was a two-story brick structure with one large classroom on each floor.
Mr. and Mrs. Block lived in the apartment above the funeral home and operated the funeral home until 1953, when they sold it to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Quast. Mr. and Mrs. Quast also resided in the apartment above the funeral home and during their ownership remodeled the funeral home and residence. On Sept. 1, 1970, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Quast sold the funeral home to Kenneth and Ellen Paul. The Paul family also resided in the apartment above the funeral home.
Anyone who visits Paul – McBride Funeral Chapel at 218 West Hill Street in Norwood, MN and asks about funeral arrangements is entitled to receive a free copy of the general price list. This applies to all individuals, regardless of whether they intend to purchase funeral services or not.Arranging a funeral can be both emotionally challenging and financially burdensome. Many people have little knowledge about the funeral industry, and in such difficult times, they may be vulnerable to being deceived or taken advantage of.The “Funeral Rule” was established in 1984 to ensure that all funeral homes, including Paul – McBride Funeral Chapel, provide customers with clear and accurate information about the products and services they offer. This includes providing price details over the phone upon request.Bruce McBride, a native of Windom, Minnesota, graduated with the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Class of 1974. He worked for the Hamlin-Hansen Funeral Home in Moose lake, Minnesota until 1977, when he and his wife, Suzanne purchased the Johnson Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, Minnesota. The funeral home was then renamed to the Johnson-McBride Funeral Home. In 1993, Bruce and Suzanne expanded their business and purchased the Paul Funeral Homes in Norwood Young America and Lester Prairie.In 1950, the funeral business was taken out of the corporation by Gilbert Weise and became a separate establishment. Gilbert continued to operate the funeral home until 1973, when it was purchased by Kenneth Paul.