Four Generations of the Muzyka Family in America
Basil Michael Muzyka (left)
Basil "Danny" Muzyka (right)
Basil Michael Muzyka 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.
Chad Reuland Funeral Director
Chad cherishes the time he spends and the relationships he is able to build when serving a family after a time of loss. Always giving the utmost care and respect to the deceased, he is also mindful of the survivors. Chad is continuously searching out other professionals who can help those survivors continue to heal. Chad has been committed to his career for over 20 years, serving the families of Chicagoland. A resident of Lindenhurst, Illinois, graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer and Life Insurance Producer, Past President of Northeastern Illinois Funeral Directors Association, husband and father of two daughters, Chad is very proud to be affiliated with the history and reputation of Muzyka & Son Funeral Home and will be there in your time of need.
Eli J. Turnbough Funeral Director
Eli has a deep understanding of how all people deserve final recognition along with a realization of the impact and legacy they leave. Planning a funeral is a stressful event, which is designed to honor a life. Making respectful decisions about honoring the deceased may take a traditional or a unique path to celebrate that life and the impact it has had on others. Eli received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Dickinson State University, while in college he worked within the mortuary industry and then chose to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2010. Eli, a native of Montana, now resides in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood where he can often be found at the dog beach with his dog, Suzy. He is the past president of Northeastern Illinois Funeral Directors Association, a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, and a Life Insurance Producer for the purpose of funding advanced funeral planning.
Melissa Jankiewicz Funeral Director
Melissa grew up in the northwest suburb of Elmwood Park, Illinois and currently resides in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago. 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. 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 dog Khabi.
Russ Carsten Henrichsen Funeral Director
As a child growing up in northwest Iowa, Russ always knew he wanted to serve families by becoming a funeral director. He moved to Chicago in 2009 to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and has dedicated his life to others from that day forward. Russ takes great honor in doing what is right for the families he serves; he is dedicated to every family he works alongside. His enjoyments include traveling, being outdoors and learning through new experiences. Russ is grateful to serve the very diverse city of Chicago and the surrounding area.
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
Laura Johnson Wake Attendant & Receptionist
After a life-long career of serving children, youth and adults with disabilities, Laura now receives fulfillment assisting people during the various stages of their grief journey. Now in her third year as a wake attendant and receptionist, she is pleased to be a member of the Muzyka & Son “family”, taking care to meet the needs of the families we serve. Born, raised and still residing in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago, Laura loves to garden, travel the world and read. She enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting her son, stationed in the US Navy in Jacksonville FL. She is involved in several volunteer projects through her church.
Magdalena Wojcik Wake Attendant