Time has gone by very quickly here. Nearly 3 decades ago, Bob and Elaine Van Staalduinen decided to sell their home and mortgage everything they had to build Knollcrest Funeral Home. Faith is vital to the Van Staalduinen Family and Bob often refers to his role in helping families is as much a ministry as a business. Being there for people in their most difficult times is something important for this family; a mission to help them heal from loss and celebrate life. For Bob and Elaine, it is a blessing to them that two of their children have come to work at Knollcrest. Daughter Holly works in the office, now part time as she raises children of her own and Joshua, who is a Licensed Funeral Director. Adding to the excitement of a Silver Anniversary this year for the funeral home is a family wedding for Josh this August.
As our home continues to grow with our community, our family continues to grow along with it. Knowing that our ministry is continuing into another generation is a great source of joy for us and a renewal of our commitment to all of the families we have served and will serve. We thank you and we’ll continue to be here for you.
Catherine’s mother sat in the lobby of Knollcrest Funeral Home while attending a visitation for a neighbor from Glen Ellyn area. Mrs. Galvin told her daughter that Knollcrest was where she wanted her wake to be. She said so because she thought Knollcrest was a pretty and cheerful place. Catherine’s father had passed away first, and his arrangements were also at Knollcrest. Catherine’s parents were both Veterans , and her father’s military servicewas especially important to him. “Bob and the staff at Knollcrest saw to it that his military service was recognized.” Two years later, Catherine’s mother’s wishes and military service were honored when it was time for her own services at Knollcrest. “I’d recommend Knollcrest in a heartbeat,” states Catherine. And she has. Like every family we serve, it was an honor to serve Catherine’s family. For any questions about arrangements, Pre-planning or at need, please feel free to call us at 630-932-1500 or visit here.
We are here to serve you, day and night on any day you need us.
Knollcrest Funeral Home is ready to answer your call and attend to your needs whether it’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon or 3 o’clock in the morning. That’s all part of the mission and ministry of the Knollcrest family. We are prepared to help you in your most difficult times. When you need comfort, compassion and competence, our family-owned funeral home is ready to serve you at a moment’s notice or in a pre-planning circumstance. We completely understand that this is among the most difficult things families are called upon to do for their loved ones. We are there to guide you through that difficult time. If you have any questions or would like to speak with us, please contact us at 630.932.1500, any time of day or night, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We receive a lot of letters telling us that we made things easier for someone. It’s not because of the “Thank you letters” that we do what we do, but it’s a great reminder of what a privilege it is to be so trusted by families. It’s also a reminder of just how important this responsibility is in the lives of people. There are few vocations out there where people feel compelled to hand write a letter of thanks. These are very dear to us. We read them. Over and over we read them. They certainly testify to the service we’ve provided and we’re very proud of that. They also testify to the “goodness” of the people we serve. That means everything to us. We Thank all of You!
There are numerous options available with Cremation at Knollcrest. Many people don’t realize that you can have a public viewing, a mass or service, or a memorial service to honor their loved one prior to Cremation. In the case of a Memorial, a service afterward is an option many people choose. As a disposition of a loved one, Cremation doesn’t preclude any of the options that are regularly available at Knollcrest for traditional funeral services up to and including a cemetery burial. For all of the choices available with Cremation, a member of the Knollcrest professional staff can answer any questions you may have (click here).
Today, financial planning has become an important part of life for families. Whether it’s college, weddings, new cars, a more suitable home for a growing family, we anticipate these expenses as part of life. One expense we will all be faced with at the end of our lives is funeral expenses. Financial planners have begun to factor this in to the formula of expenses. Not everything happens in the order of life we expect. At Knollcrest, we commit to do our best to help sort through all of the expenses and resources to make this time easier for families who are facing the loss of a loved one. We’ll help process all of the life insurance forms, veteran’s forms and other paperwork that seems so daunting during the planning of services. We’ll wait until the insurance issues are resolved for our costs. We’ll help you make affordable choices while ensuring a dignified service. We’re there to provide comfort any way that we can when you’ve lost a loved one. We’ll work hard to make sure the financial concerns are dealt with while you celebrate the life of your loved one.
Cremation is an option that has risen dramatically in the past few decades. While the original decision of Cremation for disposition takes some pressure off families, a decision must be made as to where the final resting place of a loved one’s remains still needs to be decided. There are many options for services for Cremation, containers (urns), up to and including a cemetery burial. To discuss all of the options with regard to Cremation with a Knollcrest professional, please (click here)
While the “services” of a loved one may conclude at the end of a funeral service, cemetery, or memorial, the “service” Knollcrest provides continues thereafter. Many circumstances come up after the funeral, sometimes long after the funeral where we can help. We offer grieving resources and materials. We continue to follow through on any insurance, veterans or medical forms that might require completion. We act as a liaison to cemeteries for headstones and monuments. We will help plan special remembrances, funeral banquets and help with any loose ends that may still need addressing. In short, we’re there for whatever you might need. While many families have little experience with funerals or the immediate needs that come up after the services, this is our vocation and we’re here for you no matter how long afterwards you need us. Recently, a family needed a death certificate in order to complete a real estate transaction. They needed it within an hour. We only needed a few minutes. Before, during and after, Knollcrest is there for you.
“It’s my family caring for your family,” Joshua shares. When one spends his formative years living above a funeral home, this statement is more than just words. This is a way of life. “That’s what gets me out of the bed in the morning, or any other time of day that becomes necessary”.
When their parents built Knollcrest, Joshua and his sister Holly learned by watching their father what it means to maintain the sacred trust given to them by the families they serve. Now in their 3rd decade, the Van Staalduinen family continues to preserve the legacy begun by Bob and Elaine to honor the families in the Western Suburbs of DuPage County, and beyond. When children grow up in a building in which home and vocation is combined, they gain an extraordinary perspective of the requirements and an intuitive understanding of the calling of a family funeral director. They have been able to step into the role of second generation family operation in a way that comes naturally. “It’s a blessing and a sense of pride to have my children involved” according to Bob.
Every family and every circumstance are different. Even after serving thousands of families, we learned no two family’s circumstances are exactly alike. What most funeral services have in common is that a host of important decisions must be made in a relatively short period of time. It’s our responsibility to keep track of every detail in regard to the wake and funeral services. We feel privileged to accept that responsibility. We’ll help you move through the entire process with efficiency and great sensitivity. We’ll provide you all of the choices available so you can make decisions based on your desires, your faith, your preferences and your comfort level.
After making these important service decisions, we’ll escort you to our selection room to view the merchandise options. There are a lot of choices ranging from very modest to premium and everything in between. We are there to answer questions and assist you. We’ve provided caskets, vaults, urns, memorial items, etc. Yet, we’ve never “sold” them. Our families choose what is most suitable for their needs and their circumstances. Honoring a loved one starts with honoring the family members who are tasked with making difficult decisions in a short period of time. We’re here to help facilitate whatever options make people comfortable.