In Memory of Carl R. Vandenberg 1929-2014 Founder
Carl R. Vandenberg is the founder of Vandenberg Funeral Homes in 1965, as well as a co-founder of Hickey-Vandenberg Ambulance (currently known as Vandenberg Ambulance). Carl graduated from St. Benedicts Catholic School in 1943, Blue Island High School in 1947; and Worsham College in 1950. Carl, then was drafted into the Korean War; serving in the American Graves Registration Unit in Korea, from 1951-1953. After serving in the war, Carl worked in the funeral industry before he opened his own Funeral Home. Carl is a proud 50 year member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. Carl is a lifelong parishoner of St. George Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus (reaching as high as Grand Knight). He is also a 50 year member of the VFW and American Legion of Tinley Park, IL. He was a dedicated member of the Tinley Park Lions Club. Carl raised his family in Tinley Park, IL and was proud to stay very active in the community until he was called home.
Gary Vandenberg Past President / Funeral Director
Gary is the son of Carl Vandenberg, continuing the legacy of funeral directing. Gary graduated from St. Geroge Catholic School in 1974, Tinley Park High School in 1978, and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1987. Gary is a life long parishoner of St. George Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Gary is a founding member of the Tinley Park Sertoma, former member of the Tinley Park Jaycee's; past President and Athletic Director of the Tinley Park Athletics Association "also known as Tinley Park Bulldogs", Past President of the St. Jude Knights hockey organization, and a former board member of the Amatuer Hockey Association of Illinois Tier 2. He is also a member of the Illinois Funeral Director Association.
Jacob C. Vandenberg President / Funeral Director
Jacob is the son of Gary Vandenberg, and is a fourth generation Funeral Director. Jacob is a 1998 graduate of St. George Catholic School, 2002 graduate of Providence Catholic High School, and a 2006 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science where he received his Associates in Applied Science. Jacob lives in Tinley Park, with his wife Carrie, sons Oliver and Logan, and his daughter Reese.
Jacob is very involved in the community; having been elected an Orland Township Trustee (2009-2015), Tinley Park Trustee (2015-2017), and most recently Mayor of the Village of Tinley Park (2017-). Jacob takes great pride in the dignity and honor he provides to the families that he serves at the Funeral Home; he takes that same approach to the residents in the community he serves.
Among the work at the Funeral Home, Jacob is an avid sports fan and outdoors enthusiast. When he is not working in the funeral home or representing the community he can be found on a local golf course, or playing at the park with his kids.
Jacob is a member of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Funeral Director Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Cremation Association of North America, a founding member of the Chicago Southland Interstate Alliance, and the Knights of Columbus Fr. CC. Boyle 4698.
Joshua J. Vandenberg General Manager
Joshua Vandenberg is the son of Gary Vandenberg and brother of Jacob. Joshua is a 2003 graduate of St. George Catholic School and a 2007 graduate of Providence Catholic High School. Joshua resides in Tinley Park with his wife Kelly, daughter Reagan, and their dog Lucy. Joshua was a communications manager at Trace Ambulance from 2009-2013. He then expanded his communications experience in business development of Elite Ambulance from 2013 -2017. There Josh was responsible for the daily operations, marketing and the telecommunications department. He believes in the importance of customer service and constant professionalism in all aspects of the funeral industry. Joshua is a member of the Tinley Park and Mokena Chamber of Commerce. He continues to become more involved in the communities of Tinley Park and Mokena.
Michael Grabowski Funeral Director / Embalmer
Mike Grabowski is a lifelong Southsider. He was raised in Hickory Hills, raised his family in Palos Hills, and now resides in the Village of Tinley Park. He is the proud father of two children, Chris and Lindsey. Mike has been in the funeral service for over 25 years and dedicates himself to each family he serves.
Mike graduated of A.A. Stagg High School in 1988, attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in English in 1993 and went to Worsham College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1994.
In his free time Mike enjoys motorcycling with friends and other funeral service professionals as a member of the Trocars Motorcycle Organization. He also enjoys spending quality time with family.
Mike is a Master Mason with Grove Lodge #824 in Downers Grove and currently is the President of the Trocars Motorcycle Organization.
Mike Wittman Safety Compliance Officer & Funeral Assistant
Mike Wittman is a lifelong resident of Tinley Park and dear friend of the Vandenberg family. Mike graduated from St. George Catholic School in 1982 and Tinley Park High School in 1986. Upon completion of High School, Mike went to work as an EMT-B with Vandenberg Ambulance. He furthered his career in emergency services by becoming a Firefighter within his community. Today, he is a Lieutenant with the Tinley Park Fire Department and past president of the Tinley Park Firefighters Association. Mike has dedicated his life to serving his community, among the many positions of service; he is a Past Athletic Director of the Tinley Park Bulldogs, Volunteer Coach and Administrator of the Tinley Park Roller Rink Roller hockey league, and former football coach and mentor at Chicago Christian High School and Lincolnway North High school. Mike is the proud father of two daughters.
Kathy Gilbert Office Assistant
Kathy Gilbert is a lifelong resident of Tinley Park, a graduate of St George Catholic School and a graduate of Tinley Park High School. She is a lifelong parishioner of St. George Catholic Church. After graduation Kathy began her career at the Northern Trust Co. in Chicago. She retired from Northern Trust in 2015 as 2nd Vice President of Securities Lending Operations with 37 years of service. Kathy is now honored to serve the community in her capacity at the funeral home. Kathy has one daughter and blessed with two granddaughters. Her hobbies include cake decorating and various arts and crafts.
Kathy Moore Visitation Attendant
Rudy Vandenberg Emotional Support and Grief Therapy buddy
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