Four Generations of the Muzyka Family in America
Basil Michael Muzyka (left)
Basil "Danny" Muzyka (right)
Basil Michael Muzyka Owner and Funeral Director
Basil Michael Muzyka is the 4th generation of his family in America from Ukraine. A 3rd generation funeral director born and raised in Chicago, Michael is the youngest of four children and the only son. He always looked up to his father, Basil Bohdan “Danny” Muzyka, who lived for others and was very active in the community. Michael wanted to be just as generous. He went to Lake Forest Academy and then attended college in Texas before going to Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He became a licensed funeral director in 1983 and joined his father at the second location in Jefferson Park, Muzyka & Son Funeral Home. His sister Margaret Muzyka continues to manage the original Muzyka Funeral Home location on Chicago Avenue. An adventurous spirit, Michael enjoys many outdoor activities in his leisure time such as skiing, hiking, gardening, and riding his motorcycle. Michael is honored to serve the families of Northwest Chicago and the Chicagoland Area.
Scott Swanner Manager and Funeral Director
Scott was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. In his freshman year of high school, Scott experienced the death of his grandfather. Seeing how the staff of the funeral home was able to help his family through such a difficult time was the reason Scott decided to enroll in mortuary school. He takes great pride in being able to help families during one of the worst times in their life. Scott graduated from Carl Sandburg College of Mortuary Science in May of 2013. He is a member of Sigma Phi Sigma Mortuary Science Fraternity, and served as President for one term while in school. Scott is also a member of Illinois Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association. He is a certified crematory operator with the Cremation Association of North America, and a licensed Life Insurance Producer with the State of Illinois. This means Scott is able to meet with families prior to the passing of a loved one, and give them the option of pre-funding their wishes with the funeral home at any time. In his free time, Scott enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, exploring the city, and spoiling his dog, Leo.
Melissa Jankiewicz Funeral Director Intern
Melissa grew up in the northwest suburb of Elmwood Park, Illinois and still currently resides there with her family. After the sudden and unexpected death of a close family friend, Melissa decided to change careers and enroll in mortuary school to become a Funeral Director with a particular emphasis on helping families through the devastation of loss and its ensuing grief. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in English in May 2010, and then later graduated Worsham College of Mortuary Science in March 2017. She is a certified crematory operator with the Cremation Association of North America and hopes to become a certified grief counselor. In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading and relaxing, as well as attending Blackhawks and Cubs games and going to local concerts in Chicago. She also enjoys spending time with her family, her companion Chad, and her dogs Mia and Toby.
Samantha Rossi Funeral Director
Samantha was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. Her husband, Dominic, their two young children, Louis, and Marilyn, and their furry friend, Gavin reside in Niles. She enjoys, gardening, the outdoors, HGTV projects, and spending cherished time with family. Samantha graduated from Worsham College in 2007, and has been serving the Chicagoland area ever sense. She started working with Muzyka and Son Funeral Home in 2012 and has maintained a part-time relationship due to her needs as a mother, and determination to complete her bachelors degree in public health. She understands what it is like to lose a loved one and therefore serves our families with compassion and experience. Samantha has her Insurance Producers License which allows her to help families pre-arrange and pre-fund their funerals. She is also able to help you design and purchase a monument or memorial stone.
James E. Peterson Funeral Director
Jim has been working full time in the funeral service profession since 1967. He has been a part of the Muzyka & Son staff for over ten years. Jim resides in Naperville with his wife, Marybeth. Together they have five children, and thirteen grandchildren. When he is not serving a family, he enjoys spending time with his family, spoiling his grandchildren, and doing all kinds of different woodworking projects. We are very lucky to have Jim as a part of the Muzyka & Son family.
Patricia Reichart Wake Attendant and Receptionist
Magdalena Wojcik Wake Attendant