Thomas M. Janusz, Sr.
Founder and Funeral Director
Thomas M. Janusz , Sr. was born in the Pennytown section of the Grand Crossing/Avalon Park neighborhoods of Chicago. He was the seventh son of Polish immigrants, born three days after his father died. On that day, visitors moved from the parlor, where they viewed the body of his father, to the back bedroom, where they welcomed Tom into this world.
His family endured tough times throughout the Great Depression and WWII. Like all of us, Tom was shaped by the events of his childhood. He lost his 13-year-old brother, Chester, to pneumonia when he was 18 months old. He witnessed his mother, a Polish-speaking immigrant, struggle to support her children, without assistance or relief. He watched his three older brothers leave home to serve during WWII. All these things made Tom who he was and scripted what he believed in--duty, honor, family, loyalty, and hard work.
Tom graduated from Hirsch H.S. in 1954, and married Betty Lou in 1956. He graduated from Worsham College in 1959. Together, with the help of his wife, Betty Lou, Thornridge Funeral Home was opened in 1973. Tom not only built it, he practically built it brick by brick. He was an exemplary mentor and example to many funeral directors, colleagues, and associates. A Licensed Funeral Director with 53 years of dedicated service.
4th Degree Knight of Columbus Genoa Council #1659. Past President of St. Jude the Apostle Holy Name Society. As an active member of St. Jude the Apostle Church and the local community, Tom honorably volunteered for many memorable church and social functions.
Tom Sr. was past president of the Suburban Home Owners Association, member of Elks Lodge #2335, South Holland Business Association, South Holland Jaycees, member of the Dolton Chamber of Commerce and worked on fund raisers for the community.
He passed away on December 9, 2013. His gifts, spirit and legacy continues to live on in his family's hearts to be shared with others.
Betty Lou Janusz
Betty Lou Janusz graduated from Hirsch High School in 1955 and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1975. She was the first student to attend Worsham while expecting her daughter, Lynn Ann. She was able to complete her studies and graduate on time even with having her newborn daughter before the Christmas break.
Betty Lou was the past president of the St. Jude Women's Club and has volunteered with numerous church and civic organizations over the years.
Lynn Ann Janusz
Lynn Ann Janusz graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor of science and nursing degree and worked as a registered nurse in the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center. In 1999 she graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science and has been continuing the family tradition of providing personal service and attention as a full time funeral director.
Mary is a wonderful, friendly person always ready to assist families and staff. She is a graduate of Lewis University with a Bachelor of Elected Studies in Health and Social Sciences. Mary has worked in many aspects of public health, social sciences, and funeral service. Working with the bereaved has always been a calling for her, especially working with patients and families in Hospice. Mary spends her free time co-facilitating the Life Moves On bereavement group at St. George Church, spending time with her husband Matthew, and chasing after their two children.
Dan is a huge asset to our funeral home. He is the friendly face that greets the guests attending visitations and funerals.