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Testimonials

We were completely satisfied with the caring services provided by New Tradition Funerals and Cremations. Chuck Goff was such a blessing. He went out of his way to accommodate our needs while planning Mom's funeral. He was open to our ideas and had wonderful thoughts as to how to pay tribute to her. His calm demeanor and attention to detail alleviated so much stress and worry. Heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to Mr. Goff and staff from our family.

                                                 God Bless You,

                                            Richard & Mellody Krieger

Submitted by: Richard and Mellody Krieger


Dear Chuck-
  Thank you so much for your kindness & thoughtfulness- for once again being with our family & being so wonderful.

Love, Susan and Penny

Submitted by: Susan and Penny


Dear Chuck:
  On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us through a difficult time.  Our "Saluki roots" forged an instant connection...so much so that many commented to us that it was "neat that the funeral director was a family member!"
  From the initial arrangements to the graveside service in Marion, your service was truly awesome.  We are very grateful to you.

Sincerely,

Ellen Swanson & Family
The O'Neills
The Riddles


Dear Chuck,
  We would like to thank you for helping us on one of the saddest times in our lives.  My sister and I feel you were meant to connect with us.  I wish we could express the way you made us feel that everything was going to me ok.  Throughout all the decisions and choices to be made, you never made us feel pressured or hurried but, rather calm and heard.
  Thank you for your true compassion, empathy and sympathy.  Our mothers wake and funeral were so beautiful, just like her!  We know she was pleased!  
  You have a gift, Chuck; your talent and way with words and we appreciate how you took care of us.  We will never forget this and consider you a forever family friend!
  Your mother Ann & Helen I'm sure have met by now in Heaven and I bet they are looking down at all of us saying: "We did good!"
  
Warmly,
Donna Mitchel and Janine Tsakopoulos


Dearest Chuck and Staff,
  The Jelinek family would like to express how much you have done for us.  Your professionalism, kindness and joy for celebrating life meant so much to all of us.
  Thank you again           -Wally


On behalf of the Illinois Veterans' Home at LaSalle, we want to express our sincere appreciation to you...
Thank you for thinking of our veterans, and for your support of the Illinois Veterans' Home at LaSalle.

Submitted by: Dept. of Veterans Affairs


Chuck,
  Here is a very late Thank You for all you and your staff did for our family after losing my mom last April.  You made a very difficult time less stressful.  It is still hard at times to believe she is not here anymore.  Thank you for what you do, you are really making a difference.

                       Thank you,
                       Cindy (Stockwell) Schroeder


Chuck,

My sister, Kelly Simons, passed away one month ago, and we chose your funeral home as the place to have her wake & funeral.

I wanted to send a thank you to you and your staff for the incredible professionalism and compassion shown to my family during the wake, funeral, and arrangements beforehand.

I've never had to make funeral arrangements before, but, with your help, planning this unfortunate event was easier to bear.

Thank you for your help in bringing special honor to Kelly.  I am forever grateful.

Sincerely,

Karen Santiago


...The day of the funeral both mom and I dreaded, but as soon as we walked into the church "Chuck" was there to greet us and walk us through the day.  He was sooo very compassionate and kind.  He explained everything and made the difficult parts go very smoothly.  He was very professional and many complimented his final parting words to everyone at the burial, I still think of what he said and it helps me get through the day...

Sincerely,
  Laura G. Hascek


Chuck,
  Thank you so much for all you did for myself & my family.  You are a wonderful person.
  Thank you for your thoughtfulness and prayers.

The family of Victoria Koff


Dear Mr. Goff,
  Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and thoughtful gift during such a difficult time.
God Bless.

Love Mary

Submitted by: Family of Ron Wojtecki


Dear Chuck & Associates...

  We can not thank you enough for all your assistance and compassion during this difficult time in our lives.  You never rushed us - and you gave us the guidance we needed when our "minds" were not fully working!  We know Virginia, "Ginny", would have liked you very much; and that comforted us immensely.  On behalf of the Dooley family, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We were very pleased with all the arrangements and the manner in which they were handled.  May God Bless all of you.  Thank you!
                     Sincerely,

                     The Dooley Family


We were impressed with the personal attention given to the visitation process.  We had guests from Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Illinois who were also favorably impressed.  We are especially appreciative for the fine quality of embalming that reflected Mary's beauty and serenity during her lifetime.
  The army unit...made a fitting, timely close to the service with the Bugler playing Taps followed with presentation of the flag honoring Mary's service in the Army Nurse's Corp in WWII.  You can use our comments as a referral.

August G. Bensen
Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force (Ret.)


Dear Chuck,
  Thanks for all your help planning LaVerne's funeral.  Everything was beautiful.  You thought of every little detail and whenever I asked you about anything, you already had it covered.
  The funeral Mass was wonderful too.  Fr. Ken made it so personal even though he didn't know her.
  Many thanks again.  We are so appreciative.

                    Sincerely,
                    Arlene & Lee Krizka


Dear Chuck,
  I write to thank you again for your and your team's professionalism and concern during my family's ordeal upon the loss of my mother....you were attentive and responsive every step of the way.
  Thank you all for being there for us.

Ken Mennemeier


Dear Chuck,
  I can't thank you enough for making Mom's (Mary Eloise Benson) funeral so special.
  We are forever indebted.
Warm Regards,
Kathleen Bensen-Chaney


Dear Chuck,
  Your very generous gift is truly appreciated.  Working with you & the others has been a pleasure.

Gratefully,

Father Ken

Submitted by: Fr. Ken Zigmond, O.S.B.


Chuck,
  Many thanks to you and team for the funeral service for my dad, Jack Weber.  Your knowledge, professionalism and your ability to listen are much appreciated.  Everything we talked about & agreed to happened just as you said it would.  And that is much appreciated.

-Joe


Dear Chuck,
  Hi!  I truly appreciate your handling so many matters for me as I was alone and in completely foreign territory.  It was good for me to talk to you heart to heart & you were so kind to listen patiently to me.  Thanks!
  I miss Carl so much.  I have his photo on our book case & talk to him each day.  He was a sweet guy.
  50 years was not enough!
  Sincerely,

  Elsie Nelson


Dear Chuck,
  Thank you so much for your kindness and professionalism in dealing with our family.
  We appreciate the extra effort and care you took in helping us with the arrangements.

Peace,
Jim & Anne Marie Patrick


Dear Chuck,
  I want to thank you for your assistance when my husband died in February.  You were so kind to me and all my family.  You truly helped us through a terrible time.
Thank you.

Mrs. Grisanti


I would like to say thank you all for being the nice people you are.  If it wasn't for all of you I could never get thru this.  you all are in my heart.  Plus Ron he would be so happy what you did for him.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-Rosemary Graf


Chuck,
Thank you and your staff for helping us make arrangements for William in our hours of sorrow.  Your caring and kindness meant so much to all of us.

Sincerely,

Eleanor Zrout and family


Finding words to thank you isn't easy, but perhaps these heartfelt words will help to show your thoughtfulness will always be remembered with more gratitude than you could ever know.
  
Thank you so much for your patience and kindness at a most difficult time.

Jim & Arlene Young


Chuck & Co.,
Thank you so much for everything.  You really helped to make this as easy as possible.  You do your job very well & for that I am grateful.

Shannon Kelly
(Anna Carroll's granddaughter)


For a very high degree of service for my wife, I will always be grateful.

Yours,
Henry S. Brown


Dear Sir or Madam,
  I just wanted to say thanks so much for the wonderful way you handled my Mother-in-Law's funeral on Saturday.
  She looked lovely , a special thanks to the lady that did her hair, make-up and nails.
  We will miss Mom of course but at least she is at peace now!

Yours Truly,
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Nelson

Submitted by: Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Nelson


Dear Chuck,
This letter is long over due.  I know you may not remember, you have handled so many services.  My father was Edward Herout, and you all assisted in the funeral services along with the Fire Department.

I would like to thanks you for all that you did for our family.  You made sure everything was handled respectfully and with dignity.  I thank you for the superb attentive service we received from you and your staff.

I appreciate people like yourself, your job is not a job that just anybody can do.  You and your staff portrayed genuine concern to want to make a difficult, stressful time in anyone's lives have a sense of order.

Sincerely,

Penny Beeler
Daughter of Edward Herout


Dear Chuck,
  On this first full day of Spring, I write to say THANKS for a great meal last Monday evening and a very pleasant time together.  The time passed all too quickly.
  I wish you much success in your relatively new position.  It looks to me as if you're off to a very good start.

Peace always,

Fr. Don Kocher

(Let's us farmers stick together!)

Submitted by: Fr. Donald Kocher


Dear Chuck,
  In today's busy world it takes a special person to take the time and make the effort to reach out to others in such kind and thoughtful ways...
  I just want you to know that I've noticed how you're always so willing to go that extra mile and do whatever it takes to make someone else's life a little bit brighter.
  Your special blend of caring goes a long way toward proving there are still kindhearted people in this world-  people who seem to receive their greatest joy by sharing the best of themselves with others.
  Your thoughtfulness means so much.  -Cindy Chuksudoon
And actions speak louder than words!!!  We will never forget you.

Love,  Elizabeth Brodie's family


Chuck,
  Once again thank-you so much for all you have done for us.

Mark, Kim, Jamie & Michael Orcutt


I wanted to thank you and all your staff...for the respectful, warm, and dignified funeral you all worked out for my dad.  I know it has helped all of us work through our loss.  Thanks again for everything.

Sincerely,
Ray Janke


The family of Lois Jane Reimer would like to express their thanks for the kindness shown by the staff...

In Christ's love,
Linda and John Wold


Dear People,
  Just a note to thank you so very much for sending the beautiful synopsis of the life of my cousin "Bud", John Lamars.  It was a beautiful eulogy & I will share it with other family members who couldn't be there.
  Again - many thanks for the beautiful remembrances of a good man.
May God continue to bless you and your "ministry" as you aid those of us in grief, as only He can.

Judy Chiappetta


Chuck,
  Thanks so much for helping us give our mother the honor she so deserved!
-Jackie


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

Jay & Betsy Velazquez
Martin Velazquez
Phyllis Velazquez


Chuck,
Thank you so very much for all your help and patience with us.  My mom would have been honored with everything.  Thanks so much!

-Cherryl


Thanks so much.  My mom wanted us to contact you only, definitely helped us through our sorrow.

Donna Velazquez


Chuck,
We would have never made so many decisions in so little time.  Thank you for your help.

Nadine Cruz


To the staff,

The Science of Spirituality Center wants to express to you our gratitude for your wonderful services, your kindness and for caring so much in these difficult moments that we went through.

Thanks again!

Sincerely,
SOS
Especially the Hispanic Sangat


Dear Chuck,
  We never know how deeply an act of kindness (many) can touch a heart.
  Thank you so much for all the special care shown to my Dad.  It sure means a lot to me.

-Alison Donnelly


Dear Chuck,

I just want to take a moment to thank you and your fellow presenters for a very informative presentation.

Sincerely,

Marshall Kayman


Chuck,
  Thank you so much for going above and beyond to make things perfect for my mother!  I'm so blessed to know you.  You are part of our family like a brother!  You are very kind and compassionate.  Thank you for all you have done for our family.

Love,
Debra


Chuck,
  Because of your kindness and understanding all things were made possible for the beautiful service that was provided for our family.

With sincere Thanks and appreciation-

The family of Denver Jay (D.J.) Hinkle


We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the wonderful service & attention to detail provided to us by your staff.  Everything about my dad's funeral & wake was perfect!
  A special thank you to Chuck & Glenn for your support and attentiveness to our needs.  

Sincerely,

Barb Slowen


Dear Mr. Goff,
  Thank you for your respectful, kind and professional care of my dear husband, Richard.  You and your staff handled the wake, prayer service and funeral procession in such a manner that Rich would have been honored.  I am truly grateful and will not forget.  Your dedication is evident.
  I am deeply saddened to have lost the only man I ever loved.  However, grateful to have him for over 24 years and shared such a loving relationship.  I have been blessed.

God Bless you,
Gina Santori


Chuck,
  My brother and I sincerely thank you for your support and compassion at the time of loss of our mother.  Your kindness, attentiveness and follow-through provided a level of comfort that cannot be expressed in words.

Sincerely,
Linda & Ron Bobek


Chuck,
  I would like to say thank you for your compassion & caring.  Your thoughtfulness made a horrible task that much easier.

Regards,
Marianne Chandler


Dear Chuck and staff,

We truly appreciate the compassionate, caring and professional manor in helping us with our father's wake and funeral.
  Thank you for making this difficult time a peaceful and comforted experience.

Sincerely,
Kathy Schulz and the Joseph Krope family


Dear Chuck,
  Thank you for all your hard work & help with our event.  Escape School was awesome.  This event could not have happened without you & Escape School.  Words cannot express how much it meant to the children & parents that attended how great the program was!!  We look forward to working with you again!  Thank you for your commitment to Spring Into Safety!  We appreciate your loyalty!!

Best regards,
  Spring Into Safety Board
  Autumn, Shana, Karen & Stephanie


Chuck, Kelli and all the team,

  Thanks SO much for doing such a nice job with my sister Andrea Malek's wake and funeral.  Everything was so well done, from the photo display to the biography, sign in book, to the pictures on the flowers.  You all didn't miss a thing and your attention to detail allowed our family time to focus on Andrea and her mourners.  Great job to all!!

Beth Garcia and family


Dear Chuck, Ted & Trish,

I re-visited Richard's grave last week, Feb. 24th on his birthday.  Thank you for having the beautiful evergreen cross placed on his gravesite.  He would have been pleased.  I certainly was.  It would have been his 75th birthday.  God willing he had the best birthday ever.

God bless you all

Gina Santori


Dear Chuck,
  Thanks so very much for the invite to John's retirement dinner.  Your kindness & thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated.
  Hoping all is going well with you.

Gratefully,

Fr. Ken

Submitted by: Rev. Kennth Zigmond, O.S.B.


Chuck and Ted,
  Infinite thanks for making such a difficult time for us go as smoothly as possible.  Your care, kindness and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,

Tiff & Rob Campbell


Dear Chuck and staff,
  Thank you so much for all your help in the planning and preparation of Doris Emme's funeral.  I truly appreciate all your efforts from the pre-planning to the cemetery.
  These were unusual circumstances for me and your help made things much easier.
  Thanks again.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Ristic


Dear Chuck,
  Jeanie and I would like to thank you and your staff for all you did to make her passing a peaceful and respectful one.
  We had a wonderful memorial service that Mom would have been proud of.  It was truly a celebration of her life.
  Thanks to Kelli and Ted also for their help in the preparations.

Sincerely,
Janet Anderson


Dear Chuck,
  God's spirit shines through in people like you.  Thank you so much for helping us thru a difficult time.  Your kind words for Frank & Virginia Trcha will not be forgotten.

                   Sincerely,

                   Alan & Tina Trcka


Chuck,
...Thanks for your continued professionalism and service excellence...
All the best,
  Larry Michael


Chuck,

Thank You for all you do for the families. Your special touch means a lot to us.

Sincerely,

Linda Valentine

Submitted by: Linda Valentine


Thank you so much for helping our family with the loss of my Brother Robert Howard. Your kindness, thoughtfulness and guidance with the arrangements is greatly appreciated. God sent you to us and I thank him and am grateful for all you did. God bless you.

On behalf of my family and myself,
Thank you.
Doneda Sebastian and Family of Robert Howard

Submitted by: Doneda Sebastian


Chuck & Beth,
  Many thanks for your caring, kindness and understanding.  You both are beautiful people.

Submitted by: Kathy Nartnick


Hi Chuck,
Thank you so much for your kind words, care, and professionalism.

Patricia & I are very pleased with how the service turned out. Today, we talked about how well it went.

Thank you for being so on top of things,
Tasha

Submitted by: Tasha Weatherspoon


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