Four Generations of the Muzyka Family in America
Basil Michael Muzyka (left)
Basil "Danny" Muzyka (right)
Mr. 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.
Mr. Scott Swanner Funeral Director
Scott was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. In his sophomore 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, and is a certified crematory operator with the Cremation Association of North America. In his free time, Scott enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, exploring the city, and spoiling his dog, Leo.