Todd Winkel | Funeral Director
Our owner and Lead Funeral Director, Todd Winkel, was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. Wanting to stay close to home, he earned degrees in journalism, business administration and public relations at Sioux Falls College. Todd found careers in tv and radio, where he could use his engaging personality to entertain and inform others. Wanting to fulfill his desire to serve, he left the media industry to work as a Correctional Officer at the SD State Penitentiary and as a SD law enforcement officer. On the side, he also owned and operated a lawn care service, Bladerunners, Inc., and continues today. In 2003, an opportunity to study funeral directing presented itself. After years of learning the industry inside and out, Todd knew he had found his calling. Heartland Funeral Home was born in 2009, planted in the community of Brandon, SD. Along with his wife and partner, Sue, Todd has been able to use his compassion and philanthropic desires to give back to the communities he loves and serve others in an impactful way.
Sue Winkel | Director of Operations and Continuity
A native of Brandon since she was a little girl, Sue Winkel treasures her community and its people. She attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the Brandon Valley School District, graduating in 1990. Sue’s entire adult career has revolved around real estate and title insurance. In 2017, Sue met Todd Winkel and was introduced to the funeral industry. Her years of experience in managing people and large-scale operations made her the perfect fit to fill the role as Director of Operations and Continuity. In addition to assisting the Funeral Director with day to day operations, she makes sure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes to give clients a peaceful experience.
Marie Thesenvitz | Assistant Funeral Director
Brent Anderson | Funeral Assistant
Sharon Budd | Funeral Assistant
Having resided in Brandon since the mid-1970s, Sharon Budd was proud to raise her three daughters in a safe and growing community. She was a hard worker her entire adult life, trimming pork at John Morrell to driving truck and waitressing. After many years, she finally gets to enjoy retirement. Loving to socialize and spend time with her daughter, Sue Winkel, you may find Sharon helping out at the funeral home part-time. Look for her by the guestbook and beverage station!