Glueckert Funeral Home 6th Annual Sponsorship of Entry to “Honor Their Hero” Veterans and Active Service Members in 2018 Memorial Day Parade.

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For the sixth consecutive year, Glueckert Funeral Home invites veterans, relatives and friends to join them in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2018. The parade entry is an “Honor Flag and Ribbon” procession honoring Veterans, living and deceased, as well as active duty members of the military. Area organizations volunteering in the Honor Banner and Flag entry features, Hersey High School ‘Service Over Self’, Boy Scout Troop 132 & Cub Scout Troop 132.  The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Al Mampre, US Army, WWII Medic, Easy Company, 506 Parachute Infantry “Band of Brothers”.

Jackie Glueckert, Entry Coordinator for Glueckert Funeral Home shares, “Every year we are excited and grateful to be joined by so many wonderful community partners. The parade is even more special with their amazing participation”.

Each volunteer may carry a US flag in honor of the Veteran(s) they wish to recognize. A personalized Honor Ribbon with the name of the Veteran or active service member will be provided for each person marching in the Glueckert Funeral Home entry. Upon entering Memorial Park, the Flags and Personalized Honor Ribbons will be displayed for the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Ceremony.  The parade steps off at 9:30 am sharp (please arrive by 8:45am for check-in for flags and honor banners) from Sigwalt and Arlington Heights Road. It proceeds 1 mile to Memorial Park. There at 11am, a ceremony honoring Arlington Heights heroes who paid the ultimate price for our freedom from the Civil War through to the Afghanistan theaters of action, will take place. The names of veterans who have passed away in the last year will be read aloud. Arlington Heights has been honoring its veterans on Memorial Day since the end of World War I.

Residents are asked to bring a flag (on a pole) to Glueckert Funeral Home at 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road on or before May 23rd. Also, we will record the name of the veteran being honored so we may customize an Honor Ribbon Sash to be worn in the parade. After Memorial Day, the flags may be picked up at Glueckert Funeral Home by June 3rd. You may opt to donate your flag to the Arlington Heights American Legion Post #208.

“This parade, and the ceremony at Memorial Park, mean so much to our family and it’s such an honor to be able to sponsor an entry honoring our local heroes and our country. This year it’s even a little more personal for our family to honor our father. With every passing year, it becomes even more special for us as more community service organizations and residents participate to support our Veterans and all those currently serving. We look forward to this day all year long and we’re hoping and praying for a nice breeze and sunshine. The feeling you get along the parade route is truly inspirational. Celebrating Arlington Heights long history of answering the call to service is an incredible honor for us. Our family’s history in Arlington Heights is something we treasure deeply and offers us an enormous sense of pride” stated Jackie Glueckert, adding, “We look forward to seeing everyone!”

For more information visit our website or contact Jackie Glueckert 847-253-0168.

 

About Glueckert Funeral Home

Glueckert Funeral Home has served Arlington Heights and the northwest suburban Chicago communities since 1976. In their second generation of family ownership and operation, the funeral home offers a full range of funeral, cremation and memorial services. We maintain 4 spacious memorial chapels, 2 comfortable lounges and abundant parking. For information about pre-planning, imminent need or immediate need, contact us at 847-253-0168, or www.glueckertfuneralhome.com

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Choosing Cremation offers many options for Families.

A number of families today choose Cremation as a final disposition, most often honoring the wishes of their loved one. Families also have a choice of a variety of options that conclude with Cremation. It’s commonplace to have visitations with the loved one present in a casket, or an urn display with a prominent photograph of your loved one. Memorial Services are also gaining popularity as it removes some urgency on the logistics of assembling family and friends on short notice. Glueckert Funeral Home has a special urn carrying device called a “Bennett” which allows for the inclusion of pall-bearers in a ceremony including the urn being transferred at the funeral home, a place of worship and cemeteries.

“Families are extremely pleased and sometimes surprised to learn that many of the services of a traditional service remain available to them when Cremation is chosen as final disposition” states Sam Resch, a long-serving Funeral Director at Glueckert Funeral Home. Sam adds that the Glueckert Family’s mission is to treat every client family like their own family and see to it that we carry out your wishes to our fullest and very best capabilities”. That mission occurs no matter what services a family may choose in saying their final goodbyes to their loved ones. Sam and every member of the Glueckert Family take this mission very seriously. You only have one opportunity to honor a person you’ve loved and lost.

To discuss any questions you may have about Cremation; Direct Cremation, Memorials or any of our services, please call 847-253-0168 or Click Here.

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We Listen

 

 

“Our objective is to serve our families to their highest capacity”, states Matthew Bennett, Manager and Funeral Director at Glueckert Funeral Home. Citing a cohesive staff with many specialties and areas of expertise, truly learning what the desires and needs of every family are, Matthew believes this is what separates this Family Funeral Home from others. The “Family” part is vital too. The Glueckert Family is dedicated to their community and the families they have served for generations. This offers Matthew and the entire family and professional staff “the ability, the resources and the freedom to meet all the customized needs a family desires”.

From Matt’s point of view, he calls that a great reward in that he can “listen” to a family and specialize in providing them the services they want and care deeply about.

Whether planning a service at the time of need or pre-planning funeral services, the Glueckert Staff is here to help you, day or night. For more information or to answer any questions you may have feel free to contact us at 847.253.0168 or visit us at www.glueckertfuneralhome.com

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WE WANT YOU TO THINK OF OUR HOME LIKE AN EXTENSION OF YOUR HOME

 

“Like your home, the doors of our home are open to your family and friends. That’s how we want our families to feel”. Those are the words of Marcie Glueckert-Heidcamp, who shares how her entire family feels about every family they are privileged to serve. Knowing that making a family comfortable is the most important mission during difficult times, the environment is carefully considered for comfort, for privacy and lending a beautiful space to encourage sharing. We have two separate lounges for families to get some refreshments and some relief during a service. Our furniture is chosen to be comfortable for your guests. We maintain a large parking lot with easy access to multiple entrances and full handicap access to our chapels, lounges, and restrooms. We’re frequently addressing every decor, finish and fixture in the building with our families in mind. Marcie shares that “we try to think of everything, but just in case, we’re always still listening”.

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And, if you need our family, we’ll be there for you. Whether it’s At-Need, or Pre-Planning, feel free to contact us at 847.253.0168 or http://www.glueckertfuneral.com

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Holiday Luminary Remembrance Service

We have the video of our Holiday Luminary Remembrance Service.

We actually have two. One is a two minute recap with some highlights. The other is the full service for all of the families to view. We’re so grateful for the beautiful singing of Tam Conseur and the inspirational words of Reverend James Preston. It was an uplifting night for all of us at Glueckert Funeral Home to celebrate so many loved ones in this most holy season.

The Glueckert Family and Staff ensure every Veteran receives their Earned Benefits

The Glueckert Family has a strong commitment to Veterans in their community. In addition to sponsoring an entry in the Memorial Day parade with honor banners representing the loved ones and active members of our military, each September, Glueckert Funeral Home also sponsors a bus coach trip and tour or Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The tradition of service in Arlington Heights and the surrounding communities is something is the Glueckert Family is dedicated to preserving. That includes ensuring that each and every Veteran is aware of, and receives the earned benefits of their service.


Kathy Borresen’s father was a Veteran. Kathy explains how the Glueckert Family assisted her in locating her fathers’ DD-214, and arranged the Military honors for his funeral services at Glueckert.  When she couldn’t locate  her father’s Discharge Document (DD-214) among his papers, she stated “Sam went to town finding them, by calling Washington DC and the Veteran’s Administration to locate the documents so my father could have all of the military benefits as part of his service. They always seem to extend beyond what you might expect”. Veterans are a special group among us. Honoring their service all the way to their final resting place is a privilege and a duty. We’re honored by the families who choose us to take care of their loved ones who served us.

Veterans are entitled to burial services at no cost at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery  in Elwood, Illinois. (or any National Cemetery where space is available) The benefit also extends to a Veteran’s spouse.

If you are interested in learning more about veteran earned benefits or would like to be included in Veterans programs offered by Glueckert Funeral Home, please contact Jackie Glueckert at 847-253-0168. Or for any information on Pre-Need, At-Need Services or questions you may have, contact us at 847-253-0168 or visit http://www.glueckertfuneralhome.com

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Veterans Helping Veterans!

 

Glueckert Funeral Home sponsored and hosted their 7th Annual bus tour for Veteran’s and families to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. As part of the Glueckert series of “Honoring Their Life & Legacy” , their special guests were provided a tour of the grounds. Veterans also received information on the valuable benefits available to them, earned through their service in uniform. Many Veterans remain unaware ofthe important benefits available to them.

And of course, no Veteran’s Event at Glueckert’s  is complete without our special caretakers: the Kare-9 Military Comfort dogs. We were honored to have our furry helpers, Susie, Flex and Brandy along with their Veteran handlers joining us as well.

 

John Glueckert offered a brief presentation to the Veterans and their families during the trip from Arlington Heights to Elwood, Il. He explained the benefits and eligibility requirements, as well as the importance of having their DD-214 Discharge Papers available and accessible. John also explained how to apply for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, how to be included in the Illinois History Project and theburial cost savings available to Veterans when their burial takes place in a National Cemetery. Information was presented on how to pre-qualify for burial at a National Cemetery.

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Christopher Hill, Program Support Staff Member from the National Cemetery, guided the tour, sharing the history of the 1000 acre cemetery and explaining the National Shrine Standards that are followed for every service. Between 15 and 28 casketed, cremated remains in-ground burials or Colmbarium interments occur each day. Honorably Discharged Veterans have the option of receiving Military Honors from their branch of the service or the Volunteer Honor Squad.  Chris gave helpful information on eligibility of those that qualify for space at a National Cemetery.  Burial benefits extend to Veterans, their spouse, and dependent children (who qualify before the age of 18 years old). Also, thatthe order of death did not matter. If the spouse of the Veteran is the first to pass away, they would be placed and given a grave marker.  When the Veteran passes away, a new marker would be made for the Veteran and their spouse at no cost to the family. The tour continued to areas in the cemetery including; gravesites, committal shelter, Colombaria, and  we passed the Scattering Garden and Memorial Walk.

 

Our guests participated in the committal of US Air Force Veteran Fred Richard.

 

This year we had the honor of providing Military Honors, rifle volley, a bugler playing Taps during the committal service of a US Air Force Veteran who had been left in the care of the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. With the help of  Rebeca Perrone, indigent Coordinator at Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Fred Richard had a full Military Honors burial.  Veterans from our bus tour were honored to volunteer and serve as pall bearers for the unknown Veteran.  We knew this man’s name, Fred Richard, and that he was in the Air Force and that he died in July.  No family or friends of Fred’s were present at the cemetery.

The committal service was led by Matt Bennett, Manager at Glueckert Funeral in a wonderful tribute to this man that no one there knew. Matt’s heartfelt words, “Sometimes people come in to our life and we know right away that they are meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, to teach us a lesson, or help us define who we are or who we want to become.  You never always know who this person may be, it could be your neighbor, a long lost friend, a companion, a child or even a complete stranger, and you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.”  Fred Richard’s life will not go without notice, he has had a profound way of touching many lives that he never knew.  “Never forget that this man served his country and would have willingly given his life to protect us, our families and our freedoms.” The tribute continued, “Mr. Richard chose to serve his country in the United States Airforce, to defend this great nation.  Every soldier joins the military with one mission in mind, and that is to protect the freedoms for which this great nation was founded.  Soldiers do not get to choose their missions, they are  assigned them.  A good and obedient soldier accepts their mission without hesitation, regardless of consequence or outcome.  A soldier does not choose to protect the freedoms of this nation based on race, religion, gender, or political point of view.  They do not fight for some and not others.  They do not discriminate, segregate, or value one group over another.  They simple accept the mission to serve and protect the freedoms of this country.  And that is exactly what Mr. Richard did and that is why he deserves to be buried with dignity and respect, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with his fellow comrades.”

 

The flag that had draped the casket was then folded and presented to Jackie Glueckert  along with the rifle volley casings from the US Air Force, with the immortal words offered to the families and loved ones of veterans, “On behalf of the President of the United States, theDepartment of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of Fred Richard. “

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The Glueckert’s will present this flag to Rebeca Perrone for her assistance in helping to coordinate the efforts and help in giving Mr. Richardthe proper burial he deserved.

 

“Our father John W. Glueckert Sr. loved making this trip each year. He was an Army Veteran and had deep love and respect for the Veterans and their families. The stories on the way to and from Abe Lincoln, the fellowship during the tour, and the profound reverence of theceremonies and rites were all something very special to him. While our father passed only very recently, he always considered this to be among the most important things our family assisted people with”.  Then Jackie added, “It’s our privilege to honor these men and women who served our country, and honestly; it’s our duty to pass along the information on the benefits they earned through that service to all of us. We are very much a part of this grateful nation and must ensure that Veterans are aware of every benefit they are entitled to”.

 

If you are interested in learning more about veteran earned benefits or would like to be included in Veterans programs offered by Glueckert Funeral Home, please contact Jackie Glueckert at 847-253-0168.