Smits Funeral Homes Ltd.
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3045 CHICAGO ROAD
STEGER, IL 60475-1054
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649 E. 162nd St.
South Holland, IL 60473
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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
VIDEO TRIBUTESWe offer to create a free DVD Video Tribute that is played during the visitation and will also appear with the obituary on this website. Thank you for visiting our website. Please call or stop in if you have any questions or need assistance.
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Gilbert, Sheldon "Babe"
February 10, 1922 - September 22, 2014
March 19, 1921 - September 21, 2014
A memorial visitation will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. until the time of the memorial service at 5:00 PM at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. Interment private.
Irene was a member of the A.A.U.W, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, and the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Her passion was the preservation of the Hoosier Prairie.
For further information, please contact 219-322-7300.
Van Milligan, Carl
July 29, 1924 - September 18, 2014
October 4, 1930 - September 17, 2014
November 15, 1942 - September 16, 2014
January 15, 1942 - September 14, 2014
Visitation Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 3:00 8:00 p.m. Funeral service Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN 46311 with services conducted by Rev. Joel Sheeres. Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens - Schererville, IN.
Memorial contributions may be given Illiana Christian High School (2261 Indiana Ave. Lansing, IL 60438).
December 13, 1932 - September 10, 2014
February 4, 1955 - September 9, 2014
Very proud father of his son, Nick. Loving son of the late Jerry and late Betty Halpin. Cherished brother of Barry (Carolyn) Halpin, Cathy (Paul) Pfingston and Rose (Jerry) Capriotti. Beloved uncle to his nieces and nephews, including Jennifer (Justin) Martino, Kevin (Katelyn) Pfingston and Barney (Karen) Moton. Preceded in death by his nephew, Danny Halpin. A fun loving great-uncle. Special cousin to Pat, Marie, Charlie and Helen.
Mike was a retired police officer, who started his career with the Crete Police Department. He then served 26 years with the Matteson Police Department, some of that service with his very special partner, Bar.
Mike was compassionate and loyal to everyone he loved. He lived life to its fullest and brightened all of our lives with his witty, Irish humor. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.
Visitation Friday, September 12, 2014 from 3:00 9:00 p.m. at Smits, Steger Memorial Chapel 3045 Chicago Rd, Steger, IL. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on September 13, 2014 10:00 a.m. at St. Liborius Church Steger, Illinois. Interment at Calvary Cemetery Steger, IL.
November 25, 1953 - September 9, 2014
Visitation Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane (Rt. 30 & Pleasant Springs Ln.) Dyer, IN 46311. Funeral service Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Village Church (14849 93rd Ave. Dyer, IN 46311) with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Interment Oakland Memory Lanes Cemetery Dolton, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society (17060 Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park, IL 60477) appreciated.
Medendorp Sr., James
April 24, 1935 - September 8, 2014
Kuhn jr., Frank
May 15, 1989 - September 7, 2014
De Boer, Andrew
April 20, 1928 - September 6, 2014
September 2, 1937 - September 6, 2014
Visitation Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 3:00 8:00 p.m. Funeral service Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane (Rt.30&Pleasant Springs Ln.) Dyer, IN 46311 with Rev. Jason DeVries officiating. Interment Homewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery Homewood, IL.
Memorial contributions to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (1311 Mamaroneck Ave. Ste.310 White Plains, NY 10605) or C & S Patient Education Foundation (320 Osprey Ct. Wexford, PA 15090) appreciated.
November 16, 1921 - September 4, 2014
Vander Weele, Emma
October 8, 1927 - September 2, 2014
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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
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.
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