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Michael A Sayles Funeral Director / Owner Mike@CHSFuneral.com

Mike is a second-generation funeral director with Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home and the principal Owner/Managing Director.  Mike is proud to continue his family's commitment to offering skilled and compassionate funeral service to families in need, in the memory of his father, Robert A. Sayles, one of the founding members of the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home.  Mike has dedicated his entire 37 year professional career to the firm and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  As a reflection of his commitment to offering caring  final arrangement alternatives, he is pleased to have brought cremation capabilities to those families who prefer them.  His is a life-long resident of Joliet, having graduated from Joliet Township High School West Campus,  in 1988 he obtained his Mortuary Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  In addition to his responsiblities at the firm, Mike is the President of the Will County Funeral Directors Association,  past Vice-President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, former board member of the Illinois Funeral Ethics Committee and former President of Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet.  His memberships include the Joliet Noon Lions Club, Joliet Regional Airport Board Member, as well as the President of Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home & Crematory.  He regularly contributes to a weekly radio program on WJOL Friends over Fifty.  Mike is a member of First Presbyterian Church.  Mike is the proud father of his two sons Nicholas and Michael.  Nicholas is an Operations Manger for Stuart Airport in Florida.  Michael is a Fireman/Paramedic with the Gwinnett County Fire Department in Georgia.  Mike's interest outside of the funeral home incude flying, as he is an avid pilot, stained glass and traveling.

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Richard J. Tapella Funeral Director Rich@CHSFuneral.com

Richard joined the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home Staff in December 2014. He 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 46 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.

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Marysue Reardon Funeral Director Marysue@CHSFuneral.com

We are pleased to have Marysue join our staff starting in September of 2013. She has over 26 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 children Kevin and Katherine.

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Michael C. Reardon Family Services MCReardon@CHSFuneral.com

We are proud to welcome Michael C. Reardon to the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home family.  As our Family Service Director, Mike is able to provide aftercare service and advanced planning services to families we are privileged to serve.  

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Craig W. Sayles Funeral Director / Owner info@CHSFuneral.com

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.

Michael A Sayles

Funeral Director / Owner
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Mike is a second-generation funeral director with Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home and the principal Owner/Managing Director.  Mike is proud to continue his family's commitment to offering skilled and compassionate funeral service to families in need, in the memory of his father, Robert A. Sayles, one of the founding members of the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home.  Mike has dedicated his entire 37 year professional career to the firm and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  As a reflection of his commitment to offering caring  final arrangement alternatives, he is pleased to have brought cremation capabilities to those families who prefer them.  His is a life-long resident of Joliet, having graduated from Joliet Township High School West Campus,  in 1988 he obtained his Mortuary Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  In addition to his responsiblities at the firm, Mike is the President of the Will County Funeral Directors Association,  past Vice-President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, former board member of the Illinois Funeral Ethics Committee and former President of Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet.  His memberships include the Joliet Noon Lions Club, Joliet Regional Airport Board Member, as well as the President of Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home & Crematory.  He regularly contributes to a weekly radio program on WJOL Friends over Fifty.  Mike is a member of First Presbyterian Church.  Mike is the proud father of his two sons Nicholas and Michael.  Nicholas is an Operations Manger for Stuart Airport in Florida.  Michael is a Fireman/Paramedic with the Gwinnett County Fire Department in Georgia.  Mike's interest outside of the funeral home incude flying, as he is an avid pilot, stained glass and traveling.

Richard J. Tapella

Funeral Director
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Richard joined the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home Staff in December 2014. He 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 46 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

Funeral Director
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We are pleased to have Marysue join our staff starting in September of 2013. She has over 26 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 children Kevin and Katherine.

Michael C. Reardon

Family Services
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We are proud to welcome Michael C. Reardon to the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home family.  As our Family Service Director, Mike is able to provide aftercare service and advanced planning services to families we are privileged to serve.  

Craig W. Sayles

Funeral Director / Owner
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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.