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 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 since. She started working with Muzyka and Son Funeral Home in 2012. 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