From the time the Glueckert children were very young, John and Rosanna Glueckert ensured the entire family was involved in the community. They stressed that sense of community in John, Marcie and Jackie from the beginning. So, it’s not surprising that the entire family and staff at Glueckert Funeral Home are very involved in all kinds of activities, programs, groups and activities around town. Arlington Height’s motto is ‘City of Good Neighbors’, and the businesses and the people there live up to that promise! Glueckert Funeral Home sponsors events all year round, including the Memorial Day Flag Unit in the parade, Relay for Life, Bus Tour of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery for Veterans, a Holiday Remembrance Service and many other charitable events and drives throughout the community. The family and staff are members in the service organizations in town; Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, local PTAs and other organizations. They treasure all the relationships and friendships that have grown from being involved.
John W. Glueckert lived an unassuming life. He took people and things at face value and spared no kindness for anyone who crossed his path. He was nice to everyone. It was just his nature. That was never more clear to all of us than when we celebrated a life that was even more remarkable than we knew.
It started with so many notes, texts, posts, and phone calls to offer comfort to our mom and us upon his passing. To say it was overwhelming would be an understatement. It continued at his Visitation, where hundreds of people filed in a very long line to offer comfort. The amazing fellowship in that line was something to behold. For so many people, who had never met one another, the one thing they had in common on that day was their desire to honor our father and provide comfort to our family. We could feel that through the entirety of a day that while long, seemed to pass in the blink of an eye for our family. Hearing familiar stories, and so many that were new to us brought us a level of joy we wouldn’t have ever expected. Our family and extended family brought us comfort. So many friends we see often, and some we haven’t seen for a long time were there for us. Amazingly, we met people who didn’t know our father personally, hadn’t met him, but knew of him or read his obituary online or in the newspaper and wanted to pay their respects! The powerful spirit of that kind of love and respect will never be lost on us. It’s still tingles.
To all those generous and loving souls who stood in line for over an hour at our dad’s visitation and did so with such a wonderful spirit and maintaining lively and lovely conversation with one another, we cannot be more thankful to you. Our father would be so pleased know of the friendships that were kindled there.
St. James Church was our father’s home parish for life. He loved his parish. We’re forever grateful for the kind words of Fr. Zavaski, who’s homily was heartfelt and so revealing of the wonderful relationship our dad had with him. Deacon Pierce Sheehan had been a frequent visitor of our father during his lengthy illness. We share a very special bond with the Celebrant, Fr. Matt Foley, who’s touching words will be etched into our memories forever. His recounting of our father’s legacy in ministering to people who experienced loss and his words of kindness toward us in continuing that legacy were as touching a tribute as can ever be. All of the priests and deacons on the altar lost a loved one, just as we did, and it so visibly showed. We are grateful.
To all of the wonderful people who joined us at the Mass of the Resurrection, we are thankful. It’s truly awe-inspiring to all of us. Everyone’s lives are so busy, and to have so many people in church on a Friday at noon to help us celebrate our father’s life is another memory that will remain with us forever.
Our faith tells us where our father is now. Reuniting with so many loved members of his family and so many families he assisted over many years is a wonderful image. For our dad’s sake, we hope there are some Triple Crown winners there too. Even some who Placed or Showed, he loved them all!
Our deepest gratefulness to all who provided us the comfort and love that helped us honor our father. We’re sure he loved and appreciated every moment.
“Our goal is to serve the family in the manner they wish. In fact, that’s our mission”, states John W. Glueckert, Jr. speaking on behalf of his entire family and professional staff.
The most important reason people choose would Glueckert Funeral Home is because they feel comfortable here. ‘Funeral Home’ is two words, and the “Home” portion is the most important. The mission is to ensure that while a family is here that they treat it as if they were home and they feel at home. Making people feel comfortable is our mission here.
When people require our service, it’s during the most stressful days of their lives. We do everything we can to make things a little easier for the families we serve. We’ll take care of the details so you can focus on greeting family and friends and celebrating the life of your loved one. We want our home to be your home.
At Glueckert Funeral Home, our professional Funeral Directors and Staff are there to listen. Glueckert Funeral Home Manager Matt Bennett states “the objective is to serve families to the highest capacity”. And the way to do that; is to listen. We have the opportunity to customize your service in your desire to honor your loved one in the most memorable way. When families make funeral arrangements, a lot of valuable and important information is shared. It is in those precious moments that we have a unique and wonderful opportunity to know and understand the loved one being celebrated and honored. So, we do a lot of listening. For Matt, “the big reward is being able to listen and take that information and sharing and turn their services into exactly what that family wants them to be”.
The entire staff at Glueckert Funeral Home is dedicated to specializing the services you are planning to be unique and personal to the life you are celebrating. When a family entrusts us with this very important responsibility, we’re honored. It is our mission to go above and beyond in any manner we can to accommodate our families. So tell us everything. We’re listening.
Kathy Borresen has experienced Pre-Planning funeral services personally with both of her parents. Her parents pre-arranged their services and her position as Chairwoman of the Environment & Arts Ministry at St. James Parish in Arlington Heights has occasionally offered her the opportunity share her experience with others.
The sigh of relief is unmistakable when Kathy describes, “this just takes difficult decisions and uncertainty out of the hands of the family and gives them clear direction on what to do”. Families can choose to pre-fund their expenses, which alleviates any financial burden to the family. In doing so, Kathy feels the family can then celebrate the life of their loved one and exclusively focus on the family and friends who celebrate with them.
Whether pre-arranged with or without the funding portion, Glueckert Funeral Home will keep on file the record of what the person making the arrangements desire and any choices they’ve made.
During the arrangements for funeral planning or even Pre-Planning, the experience of selecting merchandise can be a very difficult one for families. GlueckertFuneral Home make it as comfortable as we possibly can. We have a very welcoming selection room where families can view full size displays of what they are choosing. We are there to serve our families by answering their questions and providing the information they need to make whatever selections they desire. Whether choosing caskets, vault enclosures, urns or any other merchandise, those decisions reside solely with the family. We even have a section devoted to Eco-Friendly options for families to view.
This portion of the arrangements is often a very difficult one. When the family of a loved one is ready, that’s when we proceed. But not until that time. Our family and our dedicated staff are committed to providing compassionate and professional service throughout the entire arrangement process, whether it is working with a family who have experienced a very painful recent loss, or pre-planning with an individual or a family. There are many choices that families need to make. It is our mission to make that process as comfortable as possible.
“It’s our opportunity to let our families know how much they mean to us” says Jackie Glueckert of the Holiday Remembrance Ceremony that is an annual event at Glueckert Funeral Home the first Saturday of each December.
“People tell us how much it means to them. It means every bit as much to us here” confirms John Glueckert, Jr.
“To see everyone again comforting one another is special. We look forward to this all year” adds Marcie Glueckert Heidkamp.
Every family who entrusts their loved one to the Glueckert Family and the professional staff there is special to us. This ceremony gives us another opportunity to celebrate the lives of our loved ones and the families we serve. It is such a privilege and an honor for us to assist families at difficult times. Our Holiday Remembrance is meant to offer some strength to families coping with loss, and we know the most difficult steps many people take are the ones back into a funeral home after a loss. When people leave this ceremony with a sense of a burden being lifted, even a little bit, we realize that the journey is continuing and the occasions to celebrate loved ones are special. So, join us every time. We love having your loved one’s ornament on our tree through the holidays. We love seeing all of you again. We’re honored by you! Thank you.