Our Dedicated and Experienced Staff
Many of the families that call on us for help each year have cited different reasons for doing so. Some say, because of the beautiful facilities we have, others have indicated that it was a matter of costs and value. We believe it is our associates. " Any doctor can stitch up a wound, but those with experience leave very little scarring." We surround ourselves with only the very best in what they do, we always have. Many funeral homes have three funeral assistants for each funeral director, we have three funeral directors for each assistant. We are very proud of the people we work side by side with and we think you will be too.
Each of the staff members at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.
When a loved one is called home, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.
Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.
Mark L. Dames, Funeral Director
Office Phone: (815) 741-5500
Our Dad is a fourth generation funeral director. Married to our Mom Sharon (nee Healy) Dames. He is the son of the late Fred C. and Louise (nee Wilhelmi) Dames. He has one brother, Joel (the late Arlene) Dames, three sisters, the late Marilyn Offermann, Paula ( the late Richard ) Brady, and Gervaise (the late Jerry) Orzech. His three sons Jeffrey, Brian, and Fred, and one daughter Melissa Corwin. Eight Grandchildren who keep him young. Our Dad is semi-retired, but checks in on us regularly.
Jeffrey M. Dames, Funeral Director
Jeffrey is a fifth generation funeral director and the eldest son of Mark and Sharon Dames. He is married to Tina and has two children, Alexis "Lexie" and Jeffrey Jr. A graduate or Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Lewis University and Joliet West High School Class of 1980. A parishioner of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus. A family man dedicated to his profession.
Brian L. Dames, Funeral Director
Brian, is also a fifth generation director. Married to Shelley, he has three children, Sarah (Nick) Holloway, Shannon and Shaun Dames; two stepchildren and three step-grandchildren. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Joliet Junior College and Joliet West High School Class of 1983. Brian is the first at work and the last to leave.
Fred J. Dames, Funeral Director
Fred is the youngest of the fifth generation of directors. He is married to Theresa (nee Valdez) and has two children Mark and Julia Dames. He also is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, University of South Florida and Joliet West High School.
Patrick Prignano, Funeral Director
Patrick is an associate director and can be counted on to be there day or night. His diverse skill set makes him an asset in any task that needs to be addressed. He is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary science. He is married to Dawn and has three children.
Joseph Newton, Funeral Director
Joseph is an associate director who is a former funeral home owner. Joe understands the personal commitment needed for every family you serve when it is your name outside on the sign. He has four children and six grandchildren. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and the University of Illinois.
Michael Fantin, Funeral Director
Michael comes to us as a quite stalwart professional. He is a graduate of Ivy Tech of Mortuary Science, he is also a certified crematory operator. Michael has a daughter Alyssa who is the love of his life.
David Garbacz, Funeral Director
David is an associate director who comes from a diverse and management oriented funeral service background. David has two children Conrad Adams and Genevieve Caroline. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and lives in Shorewood.
Marlena Jurek, Funeral Director
Marlena Jurek is an Illinois Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory Operator. She has a long and consistent record of exemplary service in her chosen profession. She has been with us for some time now and we are pleased with the dedication she has for her position as an associate director with our firm.
She is a graduate of Chicago City Wide College of Mortuary Science. Marlena resides in Plainfield where she is raising her son Nathan and her daughter Parker.
Tina Dames, Comptroller
Tina started as a fill in "temporary" bookkeeper 25 years ago. She is the part that touches almost everything. She does it all, answers the phones, pays the bills makes sure all of the details have been checked and rechecked. We appreciate her continued dedication to the best we can be.
Amanda Moscato, Administrative / Funeral Director Assistant
Amanda has joined our firm with an excellent personal interaction background who's personality is only rivaled be her work ethic. She resides in Darien where she is raising her teenage daughter Selena. When she's not making sure everything has been completed or attending to the requests of our families, she enjoys live music, baseball and football.
Bernadette Mahoney-Wheet / Cremationist and Funeral Directors Assistant Email: email@example.com
Bernadette is a certified crematory operator and performs many of the myriad of tasks that adds to comfort of each family that we serve. She grew up and resides in the Plainfield and Joliet area. When she is not enhancing the quality of our services she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and darling children.
Amy Bellah / Pre-Arrangment Funeral Service Counselor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What can we say, a wonderful kind hearted person who loves people. Amy comes to us with an extensive background in excellence in customer service. She believes that all of our families that we serve deserve the utmost respect and attention to detail regarding their final wishes and that their surviving family can heal from the loss. She grew up in the Marshall Islands and has been in the mainland since 1989. Along with earning JD Power's outstanding customer satisfaction awards she has gained recognition within the community, with her involvement with numerous charities and as an exceptional mother to her 3 children.
Al Thompson, Operating Superintendent
Al has been with us for several years now and it is the first time he has consented to his photo being taken. He is here most days before the sun comes up and some days well after it has gone down. Al makes sure that not only are the funeral homes completely clean and the cars are washed by hand, but all the chairs in the chapel are perfectly aligned. There isn't anything Al can't or wont do to make sure that everything is perfect for every service. Al is married to Tina and they have two children their son Nicholas is married to Katie and their daughter Melanie is married to Zach.