John W. Glueckert, Jr.
John is a second generation funeral director, born and raised in Arlington Heights, currently residing in Inverness with his wife Lori. After attending public school in Arlington Heights, he graduated from Ripon College in Wisconsin and then Worsham College of Mortuary Science. John has been a fixture around the funeral home since childhood becoming a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1983.
John is a longtime dedicated Rotary member for many years having joined the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights “Noon Club” in the mid 1980’s. In 2013 he was humbled to be selected as the “Duffer of the Year” for the Arlington Classic, a golf outing which supports Special Leisure Services Foundation and the Mt. Prospect/Arlington Heights Rotary Club. He’s also a proud charter member of Arlington Heights Sunrise (now Mt. Prospect/Arlington Heights), and Arlington Heights Sunset where he served as the Charter President. He’s been a Wheeling Township Cemetery Trustee since 1999, and a Certified Crematory Operator. Among other service clubs and organizations John serves are; the Arlington Heights Senior Center, Inc. board, member of St. James Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Holy Rosary Council #4483 and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Assembly.
John’s interests include motor racing (member, instructor and club racer with Porsche Club of America), sporting clays (member at Northbrook Sports Club), golfing (St. James Men’s Twilight golf league) and bicycling. If you catch him watching sports; he enjoys watching auto racing, the Bears and Blackhawks.
Marcie is pleased to say she was born, raised, and currently resides in Arlington Heights, and is a graduate of Arlington High School. She earned a degree in Veterinary Technology from Morehead State University in Kentucky. She then worked and managed a local Animal Hospital. After 23 years of nursing puppies, kittens, and critters she decided it was time to start her own family. She’s been married for 17 years to her best friend and husband Marc and is the proud mother to 2 children Alexi and Seth, and proud stepmother to Corey, Shannon, Connor and Kelsey. When she’s not spending time with her family, you can find her on the golf course trying to improve her game. She loves cooking, crafts, and anything chocolate. Along with her brother John Jr. and sister Jackie, she is an owner of Glueckert Funeral Home. As Project Manager, Marcie is currently working on redecorating the interior at the funeral home.
Her parents instilled in her to treat family like they are friends, and your friends like they are family , to open up your heart and your home , that any and all are welcome. I hope that all can feel welcome and comfortable in our home during one of the most difficult times of one's life.
Born and raised in Arlington Heights , Jackie was among the last graduating classes of Arlington High School. She went on to receive her BA in Education from Drake University. She is married and has 2 boys attending Fremd High School.
Jackie has been a flight attendant for United Airlines since 1986, as well as working at the funeral home. Her responsibilities at the funeral home include being Office Manager and that job title can vary from day to day. She provides the necessary tools and supplies for our Funeral Directors to be able to complete their arrangements and honor family requests. This includes a wide range of things from catering to making memorial videos, whatever we can do to help a family through a difficult time. Jackie is our liaison who stays in contact with all of the families that we serve after the funeral services conclude. We see to it that any aftercare needs the family may have are arranged. Her flight attendant skills make her our perfect person to coordinate our community activities and events such as the Honor Flag Unit in the Memorial Day Parade, Veterans Bus Trip to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and our Annual Holiday Remembrance Services.
In her free time, she enjoys attending her kids various sporting events, gardening, playing tennis, and running. Her whole family has been charity runners and supporters of Salute, Inc for many years. The mission of this organization is to raise needed funds for military service members, Veterans and their families.
Originally an Iowa native, Matthew and his wife make their home in Arlington Heights. After earning his bachelors degree in sociology with a minor in counseling from the University of Iowa, Matt attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He has served the northwest suburbs in the funeral services for the last 14 years, joining the Glueckert family in 2006 being promoted to Manager in 2010.
As a Rotary International member who was awarded Rotarian of the Year in 2012, Matt enjoys the opportunity to promote the betterment of the local community and also have an impact on lives globally. Matt believes that it is compelling to be part of an industry that has such a long documented history and tradition that continues to evolve with the change of social values and the influences of technology. Working for a progressive and innovative funeral home allows him to offer a wider range of funeral service options, therefore better meeting the needs of families that we are fortunate to serve.
Matt has a remarkable sense of humor that he attributes in some way to being left handed. He enjoys a lot of different kinds of music, traveling and being a loyal and suffering Cub fan. His fun loving and animated personality are only enhanced by being a member of Phi Beta Kappa. When you meet him, don’t be surprised when he explains that he’s still amazed by electricity and he would like to own a bear. He’s our version of the “most interesting man in the world”.
Born in Spirit Lake, Iowa, in the northwest corner of the state, Sam was raised on a family farm with 4 siblings. Growing up on the farm taught him a few traits; responsibility, work ethic, efficiency, pride, and people skills. Sam loves to cook, something you learn early being raised on the family farm, but also by participating in the Dickinson County 4-H program. He earned 2 trips to the Iowa State Fair; one with his German Rye Bread Project, and the second for a bread taco educational presentation that received a “Certificate of Excellence” Award.
Sam is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Illinois, graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2003. Sam started working for the Glueckert Family in 2002. Glueckert Funeral Home is the only funeral home that he’s worked for, having progressed through three different positions; student, apprentice, and funeral director. At Glueckert Funeral Home, Sam meets with families to make both pre-need and at-need arrangements. Sam puts himself in his families’ situation to listen, to direct, and to meet their needs to the best of his ability. He finds the smallest details and the simplest questions are almost always the most important. Sam’s a people guy. He loves being with people and listening to their stories, and he especially likes helping people. He assists in preparation work, training of new employees and doing whatever needs to be done to make a day run smoothly. For Sam, this profession is a faith-driven ministry where we work with the clergy from all faiths. In this ministry he can help a family through the worst times of their lives. He’s very proud to be a member of the staff of Glueckert Funeral Home and to be a member of this wonderful community. The same Resch Family principles taught to him yesterday by his parents are continued today with the Glueckert Family. He looks forward to meeting and serving every family that comes to Glueckert Funeral Home for help.
In his spare time, Sam loves to listen to various types of music. Sam is married to wife, Kari, who teaches Kindergarten at St. James Elementary School in Arlington Heights. He is father to his daughter, Kiana, and caretaker to his dog, Blaze, and his cat, James. He is a member of St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus Council in Arlington Heights. He's involved in a number of Kiana's basketball programs that she participates in year round. In return, as a new driver, Kiana chauffeurs him to his favorite local ice cream shop, while he monitors her driving skills.
Greg was born and raised in on the northwest side of Chicago, moving to Arlington Heights in 1979. His first full time job at age 16 was landscaping at St Adalbert cemetery in Niles. It was there where his interest grew in the funeral service and science. Being raised close to O’Hare Airport, he also had interest in aircraft mechanics and interest in carpentry. He continued to work full time while attending Harper College at night. In 1991 he enrolled in Worsham School of Mortuary Science and has been in the funeral business ever since, starting his career as a Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director at Glueckert Funeral Home in 1999. Greg enjoys being part of a reputable and busy funeral home. All the staff members are very much like his family. Greg is married with two daughters and one grandson. He serves as a member of Kiwanis. Away from work he enjoys being outdoors, home projects, drums, music and the Blackhawks.
Donna was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, in a funeral home family and is a third generation funeral director. She attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science graduating in 1984. She served her apprenticeship with her family’s funeral home, becoming a licensed funeral director in 1985. She continued to work there as a director until 1990 when she and her husband, Scott purchased the funeral home following the death of her father.
Together Donna and Scott continued the tradition of caring for their community for 15 years when they decided it was time for Donna to dedicate time to caring for their two young daughters. Now that the children are young adults, Donna is once again carrying on her mission of caring, believing that “if I can help people through this very difficult time and make it just a little bit easier, then I have achieved my purpose.” Joining the staff of Glueckert Funeral Home in 2015, she looks forward to serving the families of the Arlington Heights community with the same care and respect shown to the staff by the Glueckert Family.
Away from work the family enjoys traveling and during her free time, Donna enjoys reading, baking and bicycling. Giving back to the community through civic organizations and her church.
Rich was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and his family moved to Evanston just prior to his entering elementary school. Rich is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and Loyola University of Chicago, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. While attending Loyola, Rich enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was a reservist assigned to Weapons Company based in Waukegan, Illinois. Rich received an honorable discharge at the rank of Corporal after four years of active reserve duty.
Upon graduation from college, Rich began a career in law enforcement that lasted approximately 29 years and spanned four cities. During his career, he was fortunate to receive a variety of assignments and opportunities for career development. Towards the end of his law enforcement career, Rich fulfilled his desire to continue public service in a different capacity, and completed the course of study at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Rich completed his apprenticeship for licensure at Glueckert’s Funeral Home, and received his license as a Funeral Director/Embalmer in June 2015. Rich is also a licensed crematory operator. In November of 2016, Rich retired from law enforcement and began his career full time as a Funeral Director/Embalmer at Glueckert’s Funeral Home.
In his spare time, Rich is an avid golfer, often spending hours on the range in an attempt to improve his game, which is a constant work in progress. Rich is a huge fan of the mixed martial arts, Notre Dame football and the Chicago Blackhawks. Shamefully, Rich admits jumping on the Cubs’ World Series bandwagon, even though for the longest time he considered Wrigley Field the world’s largest beer garden and a place for singles to meet.
The biggest source of contentment in Rich’s life is his family, and he loves attending his son’s athletic events. Rich, his wife Gail and their son Jaden live in Arlington Heights and are members of St. Mary’s Parish.
Bonnie has been with us at Glueckert Funeral Home since 2009. She’s believes everyone has a niche in life, and she has found hers working here and feels the experience has been very rewarding. Bonnie was raised and continues to reside in Des Plaines with her husband and two children. She started her career working in a funeral home directly out of high school not knowing the job was going to span a lifetime.
It is highly like that when you call Glueckert Funeral Home, Bonnie is the first person you’ll speak with. Among her many duties is assisting the funeral directors who are working with the many families who enter our doors. Having worked on the clerical side of the funeral industry for 39 years, Bonnie has had the pleasure of working with many talented and devoted funeral professionals. She’s learned a lot from them. She enjoys speaking with the families being served and is always looking to help them in some way. When you are a witness to the difficulties and challenges that families experience, Bonnie believes that a simple life is a better life!
When it’s time to relax, she enjoys stitching and crafting with friends at our monthly gatherings. She likes listening to her favorite blues and rock music, doing yoga, cooking and dining together with family and friends.