Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Our Valued Staff
Randy Valentine, Managing Partner & Funeral Director
Randy has been a licensed funeral director for 17 years. His ten years experience in funeral home management has earned him 8 Pinncale of Excellence Awards for Service Standards.
Lisa DeAngelis, Funeral Director
Lisa DeAngelis, is a graduate from Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Class of 85, and a Graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Class of 88. Lisa has been a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Restorative Artist and Cosmetologist for 22 years. Lisa was born and raised in the funeral industry, getting her start by working with her grandfather Nicholas W. Loschetter, a legendary south side Chicago funeral director whose reputation as a perfectionist was rivaled only by his dedication to grieving families at Heinen and Loschetter Funeral Home, and she wanted to follow in his footsteps. Lisa is a member of the FDSA, CCFDA and OMEGA. Lisa takes much pride when it comes to taking care of families and their loved ones. Lisa is a member of St. Stephen Deacon Martyr Church of Tinley Park, where she to resides with her husband Rudy of 24 years and their 3 children.
Michele Johnson, Loving Memorial Care Pet Undertaker
Michele, a 40+ year resident of Park Forest, attended Rich East High School and Prairie State College. She retired after 24 years with Dominicks Finer Foods and was looking for an opportunity to be of service to the world. She found it at Lain-Sullivan and Hirsch Funeral Home twelve years ago. Michele is a certified Crematory Operator and Founder of Loving Memorial Pet Care in conjunction with Lain-Sullivan Funeral Home & Crematory where pets are provided honest, ethical and compassionate deathcare.
Giving back to her community has become an important part of her life. She is a member of the South Suburban Food Co-op, she serves as a Village Hearing Officer, previously serving on the board of the Police and Fire Commission, she is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Park Forest and helps to coordinate their fabulous Panake Day fundraiser every year, she was a former Board Member of the Tall Grass Arts Association, she volunteers at P.A.D.s for the homeless, and, of course, volunteers for many pet rescue organizations.
Married to Phil Knight, she loves animals, particularly her two dogs, Bowrinkle and Cinderella.
Rick Serrano, Office Administration
Rick Serrano, grew up in Grant City, IL next to St. Louis , where he attended high school. Then he went to the Southern University of IL in Evanston, IL and served in the Army’s Special Forces for 27 years, where he was given the Legion of Merit Award. He serves his community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, Masons, VFW, American Legion, Am Vets, DAV, and the Eagles.
Married to Sharon , they share 4 daughters, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. When he’s not running in marathons, you’ll find him scuba diving, with his stamp or coin collection, or taking a Caribean Cruise with Sharon.
Larry Johnston, Ambassador
Larry, an Ambassador since Feb. 2006, graduated from Benton High School in Benton , IL , studied business at Mt. Vernon Junior College , served two years in the Army’s Military Police, worked 35 years in the Material Control Division of Ford Motor Co. and retired in 1995. He then became a sales representative for Capital Lincoln Mercury in the Auto Mall in Matteson, IL. A 45 year resident of Crete, Sundays, he serves as head usher of Crete United Methodist Church in Crete , IL and during the week he is currently serving his fourth term in political office as the Crete Commissioner of the Police and Fire Departments.
Married to Sharon for 44 years, with one daughter, one son and one granddaughter in high school, he likes crafting woodworking projects at home, traveling around the U.S. or taking cruises. Although technically retired, he loves to stay involved with his community.
Walter Ekstrom, Ambassador
After completion of his formal education and military service, Wally along with his two brothers founded RAECO INC, marketing environmental and industrial instrumentation to the Midwest states. They obtained national status and recognition as a major sales organization for industrial hygiene and air quality instrumentation as well as industrial measurement for temperature, flow, level and pressure. In addition, Wally served on numerous professional and community organization boards including Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce and The Cancer Support Center serving the south and west Chicago suburbs.
Now retired, Wally is actively involved in his hobby of collecting antique autos, serving on Crete Township planning board and trustee for his local fire protection district. His wife Katherine and he have resided in Crete for the last 33 years, spending winter months in their home in Arizona and time with their out of state children and their families.
Allen Ekstrom, Ambassador