Funeral home puts the ‘fun’ back in funeral by serving liquor and food

(Image Courtesy of Kolssak Funeral Home)
(Image Courtesy of Kolssak Funeral Home)

The funeral of a loved one can be a sad time or a moment for the celebration of life. For one funeral home in Wheeling, Illinois, it will be a celebration because of a recent measure approved by the city council. Kolssak Funeral Home has been granted a liquor license and will now be serving drinks at viewings and funerals. The measure also requires that food be served to mourners during events at the funeral home.

According to David Kolssak, CFO of Kolssak Funeral Home, “Right now we’re pioneering, we’re out there looking far out, thinking these things could change the life celebrations at a funeral home. The spirit of this is not to do nothing but help people at a time of need.” The measure will allow the funeral home to serve alcohol from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Rolling out spoke with owner Jon Kolssak about the recent measure. Kolssak stated, “We have received an amazing outpouring of support from people. We feel [catering] allows another tier to the services that we provide. We are giving people the freedom to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.”

According to Kolssak, the actual servicing of food and drink will be provided by a local restaurant and not by the funeral home itself. This allows local businesses the opportunity to reach new customers and supports the community as a whole.

Kolssak Funeral Home has been in business since 1930 and serves a community of about 40K in Wheeling, which is a suburb of Chicago. The funeral home will begin alcohol  and food service by June 2016.

If you’re interested in the services of Kolssak Funeral Home, they can be reached at:

189 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone:(847) 537-6600

Open 24 hours

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