History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Our Valued Staff
Jack Tezak, Owner and Funeral Director
Richard Tezak, Owner and Funeral Director
Dick is a licensed funeral director of 37 years. "I love what I do, and look forward to what each day brings. This is because I know that, with the support of our excellent staff, I will make a difference in someone's life.
When Dickis not in the office, he is active in the Harvest Moon Band, the Exchange Club, and enjoys his role as a founder of the Polka Masters, Moran A.C.
Ken Plese, Office Manager
Ken has been a funeral service professional for twelve years now. He is a Licensed Life Insurance Agent as well as a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant and a Certified Celebrant. He prearranges funeral services with families, performs wake, funeral, committal and celebration of life services for many denominations.
"It is truly an honor to be able to serve our neighbors, friends and people in the surrounding communities in their time of need."
He 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 an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4400, a member of the Croatian Cultural Club, and is a featured vocalist at many celebratory events, including weddings and funerals.
Ryan T. Hayducak, Licensed Funeral Director
Ryan has been a member of the staff here since he was 16 years old. "I find each day to bring new challenges and new rewards. Working on behalf of our client families, to help them find ways to honor and remember a loved one, is what I am meant to do - and I always strive to do this work to the best of my abilities."
Currently Ryan is a Licensed Funeral Director, having completed his studies at Worsham College of Mortuary Science and his apprenticeship. He is a also a CANA certified crematory operator.
Kenneth J. Tezak, Driver/Funeral Assistant
Kenny is currently serving his apprenticeship after having graduated from Worsham Mortuary College in September 2012.
Kenneth has been in funeral service for the past 10 years. "I enjoy working at the funeral home. It feels really good to help people, and I enjoy the diversity of work. Whether it's office support, driving a vehicle, or landscaping - it's all rewarding."
Al Soley, Funeral Assistant
Al has been a part of our staff of funeral assistants for about 1 year now. "The word 'rewarding' doesn't do justice to way I feel about the work I do. I feel truly blessed to have been given this opportunity to serve our wonderful community as a staff member of one of Joliet's oldest and most respected family-owned service businesses."
When he's not at work, Al has many interests to nurture. He's been active in many bands for the past 40 years, and has participated in numerous church and secular choral groups. For him, each day is an opportunity for growth, and he reminds everyone he comes in contact with that life is rich, and rewarding.