Knollcrest Funeral Home acquires Steuerle Funeral Home

Trusted Funeral Service Provider Expands Service Area, Will Serve More Families

Robert Van Staalduinen, Founder of Knollcrest Funeral Home, and the entire Knollcrest Family and Staff are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Steuerle Funeral Home, the longest serving funeral home in Villa Park, Illinois. The sale by Henry “Hank” Ebeling to Knollcrest follows years of strong friendship and cooperation between Mr. Ebeling and Mr. Van Staalduinen based on mutual respect and the ministry of service both have been so committed to.

Bob Van Staalduinen stated, “Hank and his extraordinary staff have provided an outstanding standard of service to the communities of Villa Park, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace, Elmhurst and others. It is our intention to continue that legacy of goodwill and great service to the families Steuerle’s has so ably served.” He added “The Knollcrest Family maintains values perfectly aligned with that high level of service.”

Knollcrest Funeral Home recognizes the years of compassionate service provided by Steuerle Funeral Home to Villa Park and several communities in the area. The Knollcrest Family is committed to extending that legacy. We endeavor to continue to earn the goodwill of the community and serve them with the care and attention we have become well known for at our Lombard location.

By Lori Solyom, Community Contributor

Vital decisions in precious little time

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.

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Pre-Planning a funeral

Why You Should Consider Pre-Planning Your Own Funeral Arrangements

As people file their taxes each April, retired adults, or those nearing retirement, often consider the tax advantages of making a gift to their heirs. And, in that frame of mind, also consider the cost of their future funeral arrangements. Just as monetary gifts give joy to children and heirs, knowledge that parents have taken care of these final expenses give children a sense of relief.
When children think of their parents’ death, grief is often quickly followed by the overwhelming realities of all the decisions that will fall on them, and worse, in such a short amount of time! While none of us like to think about our own mortality, we know that at some point everyone will have to have some kind of arrangements made for them. As with Life Insurance, practicality and love are shown to those we care about when we plan ahead.
At Knollcrest, we safeguard these plans for you and your family. We know that pre-planning isn’t for everyone, but for a growing number of people, it’s a practical and generous gesture.
Pre-arrangement planning at Knollcrest is a complimentary and simple process. We will meet with you to discuss all your options for services and disposition, and help you decide, as precisely as you desire, how your funeral arrangements would proceed. There is no obligation for our consultation, and you may take whatever time you need to consider whether pre-paying your pre-arrangements is the right option for you.


Approaching death with children

children need to grieveWe naturally have the desire to protect our children from the hard things of life. But we all know that the hard things happen anyway. Children certainly need to grieve when they lose a loved one, not be sheltered from it. They may process information differently than adults, yet they are very capable of understanding that a person they loved deeply is no longer going to be part of their daily life. Children can be very profound, and resilient. As much as they need comfort and understanding, they also provide comfort and understanding to the adults in their lives at a time of loss. Even the littlest children are sensitive to the grief of those around them, although they might not be able to process the death themselves.

Although it can be uncomfortable to talk about death with children, remember, they are grieving too. Try to answer any questions accurately and honestly, without cliché. And don’t be afraid to simply say “I don’t know”. Try to listen and be empathetic without taking over their feelings, and be available for support as they express fears and fantasies.

Knollcrest is a family funeral home. Bob and Elaine raised their children here, and we continue this tradition as a staff by sharing lunch together nearly every day. Our family dining and coffee area was designed with children in mind. We encourage families to bring items that make their children feel more comfortable. We have coloring books, crayons, games, toys, DVDs, and other child-friendly items to help occupy our little guests when they feel a need to shift their attention during the course of a service. Their presence is important; we want them to feel that they have a place here.

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Visit Our New “Subscribe” Feature

When we developed our blog and short video series, we did so with the idea that people who might be encountering a difficult decision might find it easier to get a glimpse into how Knollcrest Funeral Home fulfills our ministry within our community. For many people, opening the front door to ask those questions and receive the answers to their questions is a very difficult step. While our service extends to the greater DuPage County area, our surrounding communities of Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace and Oak Brook are more familiar with us.

Fewer people are using the large metropolitan newspapers for Death Notices than before. We have added a feature to our website where you can SUBSCRIBE now. This way, our Obituaries and Notices which appear on our homepage will be easily accessible to you and help you receive notice of the passing of friends or members of your community who you may not have regular contact with. We often hear from people that they regret not having paid their respects only because they were unaware that a person had passed away. We think our SUBSCRIBE feature can help prevent this from occurring. Since it is featured on our website, it is accessible no matter where you are. If you happen to be out of town, you can still pay your respects in some manner in absentia with a phone call, a note, Mass card, flowers, etc.

The Knollcrest Family understands how rapidly things change. Getting the word out is easier and more complicated at the same time nowadays. Using our website and its SUBSCRIBE feature is something we’ve developed to help serve our community. Please take advantage of it and any of the other services we can provide; be it a Pre-Planning Consultation or a Funeral Services Consultation, both available complimentary from the Knollcrest Family.


Remembering a Loved One as the Person they Were to You.

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   

Most of us will look in the mirror each morning and at the very least consider the question “How do I look?” We may even beg the same question from a family member or trusted friend. It’s not vanity, really. It’s important to us that we look like the very best versions of ourselves. Over the years, our friends and family have learned to read our appearance as a reflection of what’s going on inside. Those that love us find joy with us when we look our best, and know from just a glance when all is not well.

The need people feel to see their loved one at their best, even in death, is not always a desire that families can articulate. But it is something we at Knollcrest understand is in everyone’s hearts. The visitation is the last time that families and friends will see their loved one. We understand that the face everyone wants to see is one that reminds them of joyful memories, not the pain that accompanied the last moments of their dear one’s life. Like any learned skill, there is a great deal of science and knowledge behind what we do, but there is also time, attention to detail, and pride that make what we do more than a skill; to us, it’s an art.

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