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.

Our History

Family and tradition go hand in hand at our home. We have been family owned and operated since 1926. Our low-key professional yet, compassionate approach to the families that need our services are what you will find when you enter the doors at Carlson, Holmquist, Sayles Funeral Home. When it came time to move from our original location on the East side of Joliet to our new location on the West side of town, we found that our families moved with us. Our new facility has over 25,000 square feet of space and our Formal Chapel provides just the right atmosphere for a funeral or memorial service. The warm and inviting atmosphere makes everyone who enter feel at ease.

Our six full time staff members are here to help you through a difficult time and to help ease the burden of a stressful event. Our staff is knowledgable in every aspect of arranging service, from the different types of burial options, memorial services, and life celebrations to urn selection or jewelry keepsake, and we are here to answer questions about Social Security or Veterans benefits, we are here to help you through this most difficult time. We strive to provide you with the best of service and to guide you through the grieving process.

Our philosophy is to treat our families, as we would want to be treated, with compassion, caring, and concern to make the extra effort to comfort and accommodate our families when a loved one passes.


Our Valued Staff

Michael A. Sayles

Michael A. Sayles, Funeral Director / Owner

Mike is a second generation funeral director with the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home. This year will mark 33 years for him with the firm. A life long Joliet resident, Mike graduated from Joliet Township High School West and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is Past President of the Will County Funeral Association and Past Vice-President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. His memberships include the Joliet Noon Lion's Club, Joliet Regional Airport Board Member, Former President of Oakwood Cemetery and President of Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home. Mike has two son's in college, Nicholas at Southern Illinois University and Michael at University of Georgia.


Richard J. Tapella

Richard J. Tapella, Funeral Director

We are pleased to welcome Richard J. Tapella to our funeral home family. Rich has been an Illinois Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1974. Rich was born in Joliet on July 31, 1952 the son of George and Virginia (nee Faletti) Tapella. His parents established the Tapella Family Funeral business in 1948 and cultivated Rich's interest in the funeral profession at an early age. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School, Class of 1970. After attending Joliet Junior college, he enrolled in the renowned Worsham College of Mortuary Science and graduated with the Albert E. Worsham Memorial Award for the highest GPA of his class. He returned to Joliet and served as an apprentice funeral director/embalmer with his father and then subsequently became a fully licensed practitioner in funeral service. In his early beginning, Rich honed his skills working for many local Joliet funeral homes in the area as a funeral director and embalmer. In 1985, Rich established the Haley-Tapella Funeral Home Ltd and merged the two well-known family funeral businesses operating at the Haley Funeral Home location on Center Street in Joliet. In 1989, Rich had the opportunity to purchase the Westwood Memorial Chapel on West Jefferson Street and was the principal owner until 2002. Rich's funeral service management experience expanded in 2002, when he became the Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the 21 diocesan cemeteries for the Diocese of Joliet. In December of 2014, Rich proudly re-entered the funeral service field with the well-known and respected Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home. Rich's career has come full-circle and he is proud to have served and will continue to serve many families in their time of need at his new location. Rich is married to the former Lynn Smeets for 44 years and the proud father of Bryan James and daughter-in-law, Theresa. Rich and Lynn are proud grandparents of one granddaughter, Arya Reagan Tapella. Rich is currently a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and has been involved in several local organizations over the years. He has been the organizer and facilitator of numerous funeral service continuing education seminars and clergy conferences related to the funeral service and cemetery industry.


Marysue Reardon

Marysue Reardon, Funeral Director

We are pleased to have Marysue join our staff starting in September of 2013. She has over 19 years of experience within funeral service. Marysue is a life long Joliet resident and a member of the Cathedral of St. Raymond. In her spare time she enjoy's cross stitch, walking and spending time with her two college age children Kevin and Katherine.


Laurie Peyla Rambo

Laurie Peyla Rambo, Director of Administration

We are pleased to welcome Laurie to our firm. Laurie and her family have a long family history in Joliet. She graduated from St. Francis Academy and the College of St. Francis with a degree in communications. Laurie is a active member of Joliet Rotary and the YMCA Board of Directors. Laurie has two adult children Emma and Ian.


Craig W. Sayles

Craig W. Sayles, Funeral Director / Owner

Craig is a second generation funeral director with the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home. Craig and his wife Terri are life long Joliet residents. Craig is a graduate of Joliet Township High School West, Illinois State University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Craig is also a fire fighter with the Joliet Fire Department and a member of the Joliet Fire Department Honor Guard and Dive Team. Craig and Terri have two sons.


Gary Haire

Gary Haire, Funeral / Visitation Attendant


Robert A. Sayles

Robert A. Sayles, Funeral Director / Owner

Bob began his career with Carlson Funeral Home in 1963. This year marks his 50th year as a funeral director professional. Bob and his wife Sherry are life long Joliet residents as well as Joliet Township High School graduates. Bob graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He is also a founding member of the Joliet Junior College Community Band and has played bassoon in the band for the past 30 years. Bob's other past time passions are his four grandsons, wood working and wood carving. On July 13, 2013, Bob passed after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma Brain caner three weeks prior. We are thankful for all the support and care that he received from the staff at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet Area Community Hospice and all his friends.