Smits Funeral Homes Ltd.
Call UsSTEGER MEMORIAL CHAPEL
3045 CHICAGO ROAD
STEGER, IL 60475-1054
Smits DeYoung-Vroegh Chapel
649 E. 162nd St.
South Holland, IL 60473
Momence Funeral Chapel
203 North Locust St.
Momence, IL 60954
Smits Funeral Home
2121 Pleasant Springs Lane
Dyer, IN 46311
About UsWe are a family owned business that is committed to providing compassionate professional service. We take a personal interest in handling the needs of the families and communities we serve with integrity, trust and compassion.
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OUR LOCATIONSSteger Memorial Chapel Steger, IL 708 755-6100
Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Chapel - South Holland, IL 708 333-7000
Smits Funeral Home - Dyer, Indiana 219 322-7300
Momence Funeral Chapel - Momence, IL 815 472-4050
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Glenn Smits and Staff
March 26, 1935 - October 28, 2014
Memorial visitation will be held Sunday, November 8, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN 46311. Interment private.
Memorial contributions may be given to National Kidney Foundation or the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.
December 2, 1928 - October 27, 2014
Visitation Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN 46311. Funeral service Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (8303 Sheffield Ave. Dyer, IN 46311) with Rev. Christopher Gillespie officiating. Interment Oakland Memory Lanes Cemetery - Dolton, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Grace Lutheran Church appreciated.
October 12, 1955 - October 27, 2014
Memorial visitation Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 7:00 p.m. at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Chapel 649 E. 162nd St. (Rt.6/159th St.) South Holland, IL 60473 with Pastor Bill of Mount Greenwood Community Church officiating. Private Cremation.
Memorial contribution to The Foundation of Human Understanding appreciated.
September 27, 1932 - October 26, 2014
Visitation, Friday, October 31, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral 12:00 Noon. at the Smits, Steger Memorial Chapel 3045 Chicago Rd. Steger, Il. 60475. Interment at Beverly Cemetery Blue Island, IL. Information at 708-755-6100 or www.smitsfh.com.
August 18, 1920 - October 26, 2014
Visitation Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church 1407 W Church Rd Beecher, IL Interment to follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Kankakee, IL. Memorials to Saint Paul Lutheran Church or Kankakee Valley Hospice, 482 Main St. NW. Bourbonnais, IL 60914 appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Momence Funeral Chapel 203 N. Locust Street Momence, IL 60954. www.smitsfh.com
February 9, 1914 - October 25, 2014
Married to Robert A. McCarthy who passed away in 1993, predeceased by her brothers Daniel Merlo, Louis Merlo and her sister Ida (Merlo) Golnick. Met and married her husband Robert in 1932 and celebrated 61 anniversaries. Beloved mother to Eileen (McCarthy) Dempsey and her husband (Philip) and her son Robert W. McCarthy and his wife Jeanie.Grandmother to Paul W. Dempsey and his wife Sara K. Sherry, Janice Dempsey and her husband Frank Dawicki, Lisa Dempsey, Laura Cann and her husband Kevin, Jennifer L. McCarthy and Robert C. McCarthy and his wife Kelly. Great-Grandmother to Malikkah Gamble and her husband James, Liam Dempsey and his wife Mary Kate, Patrick Dempsey, Ryan Dempsey, Taylor Scott, Christopher Scott and his wife Franchesca and Grey R. McCarthy. Great-Great Grandmother to Alanna Gamble, William Dempsey and Lilliana Scott. Aunt to Linda, Carol, Dawn, Daniel, Gary, Kevin, Brian, Margo, Lois, Judy and Nancy.
Survived both the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu. Outstanding baker and cook especially bread, cookies, pies and home made ravioli and pasta. Lifetime knitter and expert at crocheting, knitted 1000's of baby slippers for children's hospitals including St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Knitted much sought after pot holders for friends and family.
Visitation, Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral Service 12:30 P.M. at the Smits, Steger Memorial Chapel 3045 Chicago Rd. Steger, Il. 60475. Interment private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Information at 708-755-6100 or www.smitsfh.com.
January 25, 1944 - October 24, 2014
A private interment was held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with full military honors. James memorial service, to celebrate his life, is scheduled for Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Reformed Church, 15924 South Park Ave., South Holland, IL. with Rev. Matt Waterstone officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Chicagoland Prison Outreach, Faith and Action, and Calvin Christian School. Arrangements entrusted to Smits Funeral Home South Holland, IL. For further information, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guest book at ww.SMITSFH.com
December 9, 1938 - October 23, 2014
A private service for Carolyn J. Martin, nee Shell, was held from Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home in South Holland, IL. Mrs. Martin was born December 9, 1938 and passed away October 23, 2014. Wife of the late Gordon D. Martin. Mother of Judy, Susan, Michael, David, Steven, Jeffery, Brenda,Jenniffer, and the late Darrell and late Rickey. Grandmother of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment Private. Arrangements entrusted to Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home South Holland, IL
June 21, 1920 - October 22, 2014
Memorial visitation for Gladys will be held at the Smits - Steger Memorial Chapel 3045 Chicago Rd. Steger, IL 60475 on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Memorials to: South Suburban Humane Society 1103 W End Ave, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 or Music & Memory 160 First Street PO Box 590 Mineola, New York 11501 For further information please contact 708-755-6100 or smitsfh.com
Pickle Pieszchala, Kory
April 20, 1965 - October 20, 2014
August 16, 1944 - October 19, 2014
Visitation Friday, October 24, 2014 from 2:00 8:00 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN 46311. Funeral service Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Church (100 W. 81st Ave. Dyer, IN) with Rev. Charlie Contreras officiating.
Memorial contributions may be given to Heifer International (One World Ave. Little Rock, AR 72202).
December 7, 1933 - October 18, 2014
Betty retired from Baker and Taylor after 22 years of service. Betty enjoyed music, card games, completing jigsaw puzzles and spending time with family and friends.
Visitation Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 3:00 7:00 p.m. at the Momence Funeral Chapel, 203 N. Locust St. Momence, IL. Funeral service Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Kankakee Memorial Gardens. Information and online guestbook at www.smitsfh.com.
January 19, 1940 - October 15, 2014
October 26, 1931 - October 15, 2014
October 3, 1960 - October 15, 2014
Visitation Monday, October 20, 2014 from 2:00 9:00 p.m. Prayer service Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane (Rt.30 & Pleasant Springs Ln.), Dyer, IN, 46311 to Our Lady of Consolation Church (8303 Taft St. Merrillville, IN 46410) for 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Joseph Vamos officiating. Private Cremation.
Memorial contributions to St. Anthony Hospice (203 Franciscan Dr., Crown Point, IN 46307) appreciated.
Jerry graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked 30 yrs. as an electrical engineer for the University of Chicago. He was an amateur ham radio operator for 40 yrs. and traveled extensively during his lifetime. He will be fondly missed by his loving family and faithful friends.
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Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at (708) 755-6100 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
Please call us at (708) 755-6100 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.
Grief SupportWelcome to the Griefwords Online Library
Brought to you by the Center for Loss and Life Transition - Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director
These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.
The Journey Through Grief
The Mourner's Bill of Rights
Helping Others with Grief
A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:
Helping a Friend in Grief
Helping a Man Who is Grieving
Helping a Friend Who is Dying
Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Grandparent Who is Grieving
Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You
Helping Yourself with Grief
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Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth
Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies
Mustering the Courage to Mourn
Love and Grief:
In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Loved Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies
Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning
Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?
Will I Grieve Or Will I Mourn?
The Capacity to Love Requires the Neccesity to Mourn
For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers
Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.
Finding the Right Words: Guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death
How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT Tragedy
Helping Children Cope With Grief
Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
Helping Infants and Toddlers Cope with Grief
Helping Children with Funerals
Helping Children Understand Cremation
Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Child Who is Dying
Helping Grieving Children at School
Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal
Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics
The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.
Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy
Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?
For Hospices and Other Caregivers
Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.
Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story"
Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines
Smits Funeral Homes Ltd.
3045 CHICAGO ROAD
STEGER, IL 60475-1054