He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery   

“We do everything in our power to make sure that your loved one looks like the person who was so loved” is how Robert Van Staalduinen says it. Funeral Director Keith Kustra agrees, having experienced the satisfaction and peace a family feels when their loved one appears as the beautiful person they remember most and best. It’s something we place a lot of emphasis on for our families. 

Families want to and need to see their loved ones at their best, even in death, even when they may have had some difficult days prior to passing. It’s often not easy for families to articulate this desire, but their hearts always present the request to ensure their final moments here are moments when they are as peaceful and as beautiful as their families remember them to be.  There is a great deal of science and knowledge behind what we do, but there is also art, and time and attention to detail.  When our families share with us that we’ve prepared their loved ones beautifully, we know precisely what they mean. At Knollcrest and Steuerle Chapels, it always matters. 

If you have any questions or need any assistance at-need, or you’re considering pre-planning, please contact us. There is no obligation in either instance. We’re here to help no matter what time of day or night you need us. For Knollcrest, phone us at 630.932.1500 or email us at  For Steuerle Chapel, phone us at  630.832.4161 or email us at

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