In Remembrance of Donna Lange

 

Our Family and Our Community have suffered a loss.

The Glueckert Family has suffered a profound loss. Our family extends to every person who is part of our providential mission to comfort families at their most difficult times. That includes all of us, the immediate Glueckert family and all of our staff family who carry out the most important ministry there is for people who have experienced a loss.

We hurt. We lost Donna Lange.

Donna was a truly exceptional funeral director.  Graceful and gracious. So many families could attest to her compassionate,  professional guidance and service to them in circumstances that were unbearable in their sadness and loss. Her professional colleagues, brothers, and sisters really, feel the incredible loss of a colleague, a dear friend, and a beloved member of their work family.

Donna embraced every service and outreach ministry we engaged in. More so, she did it with an eagerness that highlighted her zest for helping other people. It was in the fabric of her DNA to be a helper, and to bring unbridled enthusiasm to every effort she was part of. We do a lot of outreach here. That would be entirely impossible without a person like Donna, who was a fully devoted member of our Opioid Awareness Team, a vigorous Flag Waver and a member of the honor guard at our Memorial Day Parade entry and other Veteran’s events we were part of or hosted. Our families who attended the Christmas Luminary Remembrance Service will remember Donna’s welcoming smile and comforting words and know without doubt just how happy she was to see all of them again after the services for their loved ones were completed. They’ll also remember how absolutely beautiful she looked at these events. They were special to her and she dressed to the nines, willing to endure the discomfort of high heels and other fashion inconveniences!  For the families she served and the family she represented, Donna was more than willing to go the extra mile. Always.

We will miss Donna here. For everything she did and who she was. Her husband Scott and daughters Maxine and Suzanne were always part of the Donna package. They loved her enough to be as big a part of everything we did, and do it with a bright disposition and smiles and wonderful humor.  Donna inspired all of us that way. As a family, they brought levity to our entire family at work. She volunteered her family for everything we did. There was no reason for her to ask them first. She knew that what was important to her, was important to them. Being universally loved is a gift; a gift Donna possessed in magnitude.

In passing, Donna continued giving as an organ donor. It would surprise no one that her generosity existed beyond her life here. To know that others are living and thriving because of Donna’s generous life gifts is something we can continue to admire about this remarkable woman.

It will remain a mystery how tragic things can happen to such truly good people. We are at one with all the families we serve as we cope with and grieve our own very personal and difficult loss. As always, our prayers will remain with all of you. Please pray for Scott, Maxine, Suzanne and Donna’s family as well. If we can be so humble as to ask, please pray for our whole Glueckert Family of Directors and Staff. Our loss is profound.

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Glueckert Funeral Home Featured in Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune

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Glueckert – Memorial Day Parade 2018

We are so honored by the participation in the Memorial Day Parade by our volunteers, our friends, family and wonderful staff. Thanks to many, including the Arlington Camera Club, we have a wonderful slideshow of the parade. Enjoy.

 

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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.

Pink Up! If we’re wearing pink ties, and our cars have pink flags, Stand with us!

 

 

If we lose a loved one to Breast Cancer, it heightens our awareness of how important it is to continue to find a cure to this disease that takes our mothers, daughters and sisters away from us too soon. As a way to honor one of our colleagues, Glueckert Funeral Home began to wear pink ties or scarves and add pink ribbon flags on our cars when we performed services for a loved one who died of Breast Cancer. Making a statement among those survivors and those fighting this disease was important to us. No matter how much time it takes, we’re going to beat this disease. And until we do, we proudly “pink up” in solidarity with everyone fighting the fight and everyone who lost a loved one to this disease.

 

For any question you may have, at-need or pre-planning services you may need, call us any time of day or night at 847-253-0168 or www.glueckertfuneralhome.com
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Glueckert Family receives 2016 ‘Heart of Gold’ Award for Business Leader in Arlington Heights.

 

Glueckert Funeral Home, Arlington Heights IL 2016 Hearts of Gold AwardPictured L to R: Matt Ottaviano, Marcie Glueckert-Heidkamp, Jackie Glueckert, John W. Glueckert, Jr.

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

 

And so it was, on the evening of February 20, 2016, that Matt Ottaviano of the Special Events Commission presented the beautiful crystal award to the Glueckert Family for their service to the community. Accepting were Jackie Glueckert,Marcie Glueckert-Heidkamp, and John W. Glueckert Jr. Only a short distance away, beaming, were Rosanna and John W. Glueckert Sr. proud parents and founders of the Funeral Home.

Several volunteers were honored in different categories of service from Education, to Community Service to Young at Heart to Beautification. Said Steve Fromm, Chairman of the Special Events Commission, “In a City of nearly 80,000 residents, a few each year are nominated and honored for going above and beyond in their service to our community”.

Cited for among other events and activities were the sponsoring of the Honor Flag Unit in the Memorial Day Parade honoring living and deceased veterans and families, an annual educational tour of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL, for veterans and families that includes transportation in a luxury coach bus and lunch, and their annual Holiday Remembrance Service and Memorial Tree Customized ornaments for anyone in the community celebrating the memory of a loved one.

The Glueckert Family was also recognized for “Rest in His Arms”, a group dedicated to providing Christian services and burials for abandoned babies. They have also been strong participants in Relay for Life, Rotary Club, Salute, and Arlington Park’s Trunk ‘n Treat. In the City of Good Neighbors, this family is involved.

Jackie Glueckert, coordinator of the events for the Community and Special Events at Glueckert Funeral Home reminded the large audience at Rolling Green Country Club, “When we speak of the Glueckert Family, we include our wonderful and dedicated staff, who are our family, and are key participants in all of these events. All of them and their wonderful spouses and children are involved with 3 generations of our family. We’re proud of everyone connected with our business and we’re deeply proud to be part of the City of Arlington Heights. To be recognized along with so many other remarkable people here in the city fills our hearts and humbles us. It is an amazing honor we all appreciate beyond words.”

 

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