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Staff members of Staab Polk Memorial Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Our Team

Paula J. Staab Polk

Funeral Director & President

Email: staabpolk@mwii.net
Phone: 217-483-9292

Paula J. Staab Polk, owner of Staab Polk Memorial Home, is a native of central Illinois. She was born to Mr. & Mrs. Paul John Staab (Jean Reichart) and is the sister to several brothers and sisters. Paula attended Cathedral Grade School, Ursuline Academy, Springfield College in Illinois, and St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield. After obtaining a nursing degree, she received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois College, and then attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to receive her degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service in 1980 and was licensed with the State of Illinois a funeral director and embalmer. Working in funeral service for 20 years, Paula founded Staab Polk Memorial Home in 1999, Cremation Services of Central Illinois in 2001, and Sangamon Prairie Reception Center in 2003. Paula has four children: Christine, Mark, Karla, and Megan. As well as a grandmother to three. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham. Her other memberships include the National Funeral Directors Association and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association where she has served as President of IFDA, Chairwoman of the Funeral Service Credit Union for 5 years, and has spoken about funeral service and cremation internationally. Paula is also a trained funeral celebrant. She was named the 2003 Illinois Mother of the Year. Paula’s hobbies include traveling, shopping, photography as well as spending time with her grandchildren. When asked why she decided on a career in funeral service she replied, “I recognize that funerals are such difficult times for people. Guidance and counseling are always needed during that time. Through experience and education, I was able to develop my attributes to help meet my clients’ needs. I feel that I am an excellent listener and it helps me assess needs and provide options to meet the many different religious, cultural, and social needs of the families I serve.”

George Staab

Funeral Director

Phone: 217-483-9292

Gena Walls

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Email: sangamonprairie@mwii.net
Phone: (217) 483-9292

Daniel Bedell

Family Service Advisor

Dan Bedell has been married 40 years to his wife, Anita. They are the proud parents of two sons and grandparents to six. He received his MBA from the University of Illinois – Springfield and was a Certified Internal Auditor for the Illinois state government for 30 years. He served many years as a youth soccer coach and Boy Scout Scoutmaster. Dan is a U of I Extension Service Master Gardener and the American Legion finance officer. He and Anita reside in Chatham where they are members of St. Joseph’s Church. Dan enjoys spending time with his family and keeping busy in his woodworking shop. After retiring in 2002, Dan’s ministry moved more to serving those in need. He has volunteered with St. John’s Third Age Living caregivers program, his church’s ministry of consolation, and has worked with Staab Polk Memorial Home as an associate since 2005.

Judith Berg

Hospitality Assistant

Judith Berg was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England and came to the U.S.A. in 1989 after meeting her husband Bill on a vacation. She has worked at Mommy & Me and The Wardrobe in Springfield, where she now lives. She is an active member of Calvary Temple Christian Center in Springfield. Judy enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling—especially enjoying everything Italian. Her current work comes from the heart. After losing her parents, she fully understands grief and the ramifications of what it brings with it. Judy is confident she can help others going through the same.

Les Morgan