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1211 Plainfield Road
| Joliet, IL 60435
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Tel: 1-815-722-0524
Since 1908, four generations of the Tezak family have served over 10,000 families in Joliet and the surrounding area. We continue the tradition of service today and want you to feel as though you are part of our family.  Every detail will be attended to, and we would like you to experience as much comfort and peace as possible in your time of difficulty.

We are proud to offer comprehensive family-care, including our:

  • Our Celebrations of Life memorialization packages designed to help your family celebrate the unique story of your loved one by sharing, honoring, celebrating, remembering and eventually healing.  Our knowledgeable, well-trained staff understands that every family has needs and preferences, and we are here to collaborate with you to create a personalized, meaningful celebration to remember your loved one.
  • Home, while contemporary, comfortable, and serene, is designed with the entire family in mind.  We are fully accessible with ample parking space, a children’s activity room, private family lounges as well as several options for gathering, remembering, worshiping, and celebrating a life lived.
  • Commitment to include you as part of our family with extended aftercare services when the initial funeral and memorialization are complete.  We host annual Spring into New Life, Veteran’s Day, and Candle and Tree Lighting memorial events to extend help in the grieving process while your family and friends begin to journey back to their day-to-day lives.
Each person is unique and we at Tezak’s Home to Celebrate Life are here to honor those we serve with dignity and respect. Although some services may seem traditional or similar, no two services are alike.

We treat each family and each service in their own unique way. We will provide you with information in order to prepare a unique and memorable service. We want you and your family to experience the comfort
and the peace of mind that your loved one is cared for.

Staff members of Tezak's Home to Celebrate Life ® are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique, vibrant with memories and celebrates with their own traditions. 

Special requests, family memories and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff. These are what make every funeral service valuable. 

We take pride in our high ethical standards, tradition of celebrating the life lived and helping all families have dignity and honor at the end of life.

Jack Tezak

Jack Tezak

Owner & Funeral Director


Richard Tezak

Richard Tezak

Owner & Funeral Director

Richard has been a licensed funeral director since 1976. He is married to Ellen (nee Degener) Tezak, they have three children, Kyle (Emma) Tezak, Kenneth Tezak and Jessica Tezak.

Richard is the founder of the Polka Masters, raising $400,000.00 for Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, he was an instrumental in the song writing for the "Providence Gift of Life" CD, a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Joliet, St. Joseph Holy Name Society- past president for 17 years, Joliet Exchange Club, Moran A.C., Joliet Moose, K.S.K.J., Knights of Columbus #4400 Council, Old Timers Baseball Association, Croatian Cultural Club, St. Joseph Boys Baseball, and Harvest Moon Band- which over the past 6 years has donated numerous hours to raise funds for local charities.

Telephone: 1-815-722-0524


Ryan Hayducak

Ryan Hayducak

Funeral Director

Ryan is a Licensed Funeral Director, having completed his studies at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2012.


Telephone: 1-815-722-0524

Email: ryan@tezakfuneralhome.com


Katherine Hayducak

Katherine Hayducak

Funeral Director

Katherine is a Licensed Funeral Director, having completed her studies at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She is a also a CANA certified crematory operator, Illinois Life Insurance Agent and Certified Celebrant. 

  • Funeral Director
  • Crematory Operator
  • Life Insurance Agent
  • Certified Celebrant

Kenneth Plese

Kenneth Plese

Office Manager

Ken has been in the funeral service professional for sixteen years. 

As a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant, Ken prearranges funeral services with families. As a Certified Celebrant officiating for wake, funeral, committal and celebration of life services for all faith denominations. Ken holds a Doctorate degree in Progress of Theology, a Master's Degree in Pastoral Education, and the foundation of his academic training is a Bachelor's Degree in both music and theology. Ken is a 2017 graduate of American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, New York. 

He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4400, Founding Grand Knight Council #12863, 4th Degree member Assembly #204, the Croatian Cultural Club, the Moran AC and is a featured vocalist at many celebratory events, including weddings, funerals and Celebration of Life Services. 

In addition, Ken serves as a Licensed Life Insurance Agent and Certified Crematory Operator.

Telephone: 1-815-722-0524

Email: Ken@tezakfuneralhome.com


Mark Cepon

Mark Cepon

Funeral Service Assistant

  • Certified Crematory Operator
  • Funeral Service Assistant

Telephone: 1-815-722-0524

Email: mark@tezakfuneralhome.com


Al Soley

Al Soley

Driver


Bill Whitmer

Bill Whitmer

Driver


Jim Blackburn

Jim Blackburn

Driver


Michael Zolecki

Michael Zolecki

Driver


Tim Kramer

Tim Kramer

Driver


Pat Marren

Pat Marren

Visitation Attendant


Louis Derlinga

Louis Derlinga

Assistant


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