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Gurnee Funeral Home - We Treat you like one of the Family

Like you, we appreciate having good neighbors. As established members of the Lake County community, The staff at the Salata Gurnee Funeral Home understands the security of dealing with people you know you can trust. We’ve built our reputation on this trust. Over the years, our commitment has been to provide you, your friends and neighbors with sound advice and personal service at times that can be emotionally difficult. Many families first learn to know us when they attend a loved one’s funeral. Later, they call The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home when they are in a time of personal need. They know from experience that they can count on us to be there…as reliable as a community landmark.

John L. Salata, Jr. - Owner / Director - The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home

He will be missed. (April 1, 1939 - January 11, 2007). John and Loretta (nee Therry), born in Waukegan, IL, were long time sweethearts; having gone thru grade school, high school and marrying in 1961. They have endured a 63 year relationship. They have four children, Christine, Bonnie, John III and Katie. Both John III and Katie are licensed funeral directors.

The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home traces its roots back, deep into the 20th century, when our family owned facility was dedicated. Many years later, this location has seen changes, but has always been and will continue to be an integral part of this community. Over the years, the original mission of the firm hasn't changed. We have always intended to provide the best, most professional services, complemented by the finest products. Today, The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home prides itself on being current with the major changes in funeral service trends - and bring those innovations and memorialization options to our client families with integrity and insight.

John's accolades include: A dedicated Funeral Director Owner and founder of Gurnee Funeral Home Ltd./ Owner of Salata Funeral Home in 1986 / Former owner of Nemanich Funeral Home 1973 - 1991 / Owner and Operator of Salata Ambulance Inc. 1973 - 2001 (also Certified EMT) / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer / Attended Lake Forest College Graduate - Class of 1959 / Worsham College of Mortuary Science / Former President of the Gurnee Lions Club / Former Gurnee Trustee / Former Waukegan High School Board Member / Private Pilot

Loretta Salata - Owner and Operator - The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home

Loretta Salata began her funeral service career in 1971. John and Loretta both knew this was their calling. The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home has over 40 years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity. When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, 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. The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home is a family owned & operated business with great care given to each family we serve. We provide pre planning services which tremendously relieves the emotional and financial stress associated with funeral planning. We are one of the most reasonable priced funeral homes in the area. We provide detailed professional service at affordable prices.

The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home is always available to you 24 hours a day. Please call with any questions you may have or if you need our professional services. We provide professional funeral services to comfort and assist your family in making difficult decisions at a difficult time. Our comfortable, homelike setting will place you at ease, and you will feel confident in relying upon our experienced, professional staff to help you in any way possible.

Loretta's accolades include: Executive Manager of Operations / Bereavement Support / Registered Nurse

John L. Salata, III - Licensed Funeral Director - The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home

As a young man, John grew up assisting his parents in the day-to-day operations of the firm. After graduating from Loyola University and the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, John later officially joined the family business and has made a strong commitment to serving the families of Lake County Illinois...and it shows through his many years of dedicated service at The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home. As a Salata Gurnee Funeral Home director, John is responsible for preparing, managing and conducting funerals to the highest standard in a responsible and professional manner. He co-ordinates the funeral by ensuring the correct number of staff are available to perform the funeral, brief staff on the proceedings and ensure all requirements of the family are met. He also has key responsibilities leading up to the day of the funeral while keeping in close contact with families to ensure they are comfortable and confident about what will happen on the day of the funeral.

John's accolades include: Graduate of Loyola University / Chicago Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science / Class of 1987 / over 25 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer / Paramedic with Salata Ambulance Inc. for 18 years.

Administration - The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home

As The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home Administrator, Administration is often the first voice heard or the first face seen when families called on the services of The Gurnee Funeral Home. It is our greatest pleasure to assist families in their time of need. We oversee innumerable details important to the day-to-day operation of The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home, greeting visitors as they arrive, and also handling clerical work.

"I’ve found that working with the staff of The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home is a very enriching experience. They are warm, knowledgeable and very professional – every day I learn something new. I especially enjoy serving the families who come to us. Each family has unique needs, and it’s my pleasure to tend to those needs as best I can."

Charlie - Parking Lot Attendant / Loving Mascot - The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home

Responsibilities include: Keep parking areas clean and orderly to ensure that space usage is maximized. Direct motorists to parking areas or parking spaces, using hand signals or flashlights as necessary. Patrol parking areas in order to prevent vehicle damage and vehicle or property thefts. Park and retrieve automobiles for customers in parking lots. Greet customers and open their car doors. Issue ticket stubs, or place numbered tags on windshields, and give customers matching tags for locating parked vehicles. Lift, position, and remove barricades in order to open or close parking areas. Escort customers to their vehicles in order to ensure their safety. Please note: Charlie is not really a parking attendant...but he is a much loved family member and for over 8 years, he bring us companionship, love and fun.

Contact Gurnee Funeral Home at 847-244-1155 for a Free and Friendly Consultation

The funeral is a ceremony of unmeasurable value for those who mourn the loss of a loved one. It provides a unique opportunity for the family and friends who share in the loss to express their love, respect and grief. The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home service not only recognizes that a death has occurred, but it is also a testimony that a life has been lived. Whether you have just experienced a death of a loved one or would like to obtain information on pre-planning a funeral or memorial service, the staff at the Salata Gurnee Funeral Home are dedicated to making these times easier. We believe in the healing values of faith and tradition that are sure to be a comfort to you. The Salata Gurnee Funeral Home looks forward to serving you.

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