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.
Owner/Funeral Director - Mortician
Brianne has worked in a funeral home since 2014. Getting her start at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home in Helena, Montana. She achieved her dream when she graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute with her Mortuary Science Degree in 2016 and became a fully licensed Mortician in Montana in 2017.
God’s greatest blessing to Brianne and her husband, Nick, has been moving to Butte, Montana, to serve families at Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services, Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Services and through other civic involvements. Outside of the funeral home, Brianne is a member of Butte Sunrise Kiwanis Club, a PEO Sister – Chapter AL, and participates in local community events across Butte, Anaconda, and Deer Lodge whenever she is available. In her spare time, spending time with family and friends and practicing yoga are her passions.
Together, Brianne and her husband have found what a special community Butte and the surrounding areas of Anaconda and Deer Lodge are and are pleased to plant their roots in Butte. Since a child, Brianne has followed one belief: “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi. Her contribution to this belief is the work she does as a mortician.
Manager/Funeral Director - Mortician
Jessie Billquist is a Montana native, being born and raised in Anaconda, MT. After graduating from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and the University of Montana with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, she began her professional career as a Pediatric Physical Therapist. She enjoyed working with and caring for children in this field for over 20 years.
In 2011, Jessie joined the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Coroner’s Office as a Deputy Coroner and in 2018, she was appointed as the Coroner of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County. Through her work with the Coroner’s Office, Jessie saw firsthand the impact that caring and empathetic funeral directors had on the families they assisted. Because of this, she developed a passion for serving families in the same manner and returned to school to pursue her goal of becoming a funeral director/mortician. She earned her Mortuary Science Degree in 2021 from Arapahoe Community College and began her career at our sister facility, Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services. Shortly thereafter, Jessie transitioned to Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in her hometown of Anaconda, where she is the manager and funeral director/mortician.
As a funeral director, Jessie is privileged to be able to serve families the community where she was born and raised, along with the surrounding area, by providing them with compassion and understanding during their time of need. It is her honor to assist families in planning personalized and meaningful funerals and services, and to care for their loved ones.
Office Administrator/Certified Care Assistant
Katlyn was born in Glendive, MT, and raised in Butte, MT. She graduated from Montana Tech in Butte with a B.S. in Business & Information Technology, Accounting Option. Katlyn started working with Axelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in January of 2022. As a natural born caregiver, she wanted to take on more of a role in the funeral and cremation services.
Growing up Katlyn played volleyball, basketball, and softball. During the summer she plays slow pitch softball, and, in the winter, she hunts and snowboards.
Outside of the funeral home Katlyn is involved in the Mason Moore Foundation which was created to show our love and support of law enforcement agencies in Montana.