Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Associated in funeral service at various times from 1910 to 1922 were Frank’s two brothers, Dr. Robert G. Green and R.V. Green who were engaged in funeral service in Fort Frances, Ontario.
In 1938, a third generation of Green’s, Frank’s son Grover and his wife Lillian took over running the business and later built the new Green Funeral Home at it’s present location on the corner of fourth street and sixth avenue in 1965.
In October of 1968, the Green family became associated with Norman Larsen, who moved to International Falls from Minneapolis. Norman and his wife Nancy, purchased the funeral home from the Green family in January of 1969 and the firm then became known as Green-Larsen Mortuary.
Today the funeral home remains a locally owned and family run business by the Larsen Family. Norman and Nancy, along with their son, Leif Larsen who joined the firm as a licensed mortician in 1999, continue to serve the community of International Falls and surrounding area with caring and compassionate service.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Leif C. Larsen
Leif C. Larsen is a second generation funeral director and embalmer. Leif is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Program of Mortuary Science. He served as President of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association in 2011-2012. Leif currently serves as the Minnesota representative on the National Funeral Director's Association Policy Board, which is the largest and leading funeral service organization in the world. In the community, Leif serves as vice chair of the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is also an active PER of Elks Lodge #1599. Leif and his wife Ashley have two children; Grady Oliver and Gwendolyn Lake.
Ashley M. Larsen
Norman S. Larsen
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Norman S. Larsen, a 1962 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science. Prior to coming to International Falls, he was employed with the Welander-Quist Mortuaries, Minneapolis, MN. In 1969, Norman along with his wife Nancy; purchased Green Mortuary. Norman served as president of the Minnesota Funeral Director's Association in 1994. Norman retired from the funeral business in 2010 and now spends part of the year in Florida.
John M. Gearhart
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John M. Gearhart, a 1978 graduate of Stillwater High School in Stillwater, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science in 1983. John moved to International Falls in 1984 to join Green-Larsen Mortuary as a licensed mortician. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Rotary International, and the Elks Lodge. John and his wife Melanie have three daughters.
Danette Amerud Nixon