I want to sincerely thank all of you for all your help, guidance and comfort through a very hard and sad time for both my daughter, Michelle, and me. 

Losing someone quickly, who we deeply loved and who meant so much in our lives was like having the rug pulled from under us, leaving us with not only an overwhelming feeling of loss and sorrow, but also a feeling of befuddlement. 

When I first went in and spoke with Jennifer, I admit I was in a partial haze just learning the night before my husband, Tom, only had a matter of days to live. Jennifer was kind and compassionate. She gave me information she felt would help me with the very hard but necessary decisions that she knew I would have to shortly make. She never pressed me to make any decisions at that time. She just let me know she would be there when we needed her. 

Sadly, Tom passed away that very evening. Michelle's and my grief was deep and overwhelming.

When we went to see Jennifer the next day, her kind and gentle manner was a great comfort to us. She slowly walked us through the process and listened to us. We were also able to meet Paul that day. As a team, they made an extremely difficult situation very easy to maneuver through, never rushing us...just listening and guiding. Michelle and I found ourselves even smiling and laughing at times as we recalled fond memories. Listening to our memories, Jennifer and Paul encouraged us to bring whatever mementoes we wanted displayed during the visitation. 

On the day of Tom's visitation, the thought of first entering the room and seeing our beloved husband and father lying dead in a casket scared both Michelle and me. However, when we were led into the room, we were greeted with joy and happiness. Not only did Tom look peacefully wonderful, his mementoes were displayed beautifully...celebrating his life, which is exactly what Michelle and I both wanted. 

Thank you all, Jennifer, Paul, Deborah and Sharon, again, for your kindness, help and comfort. Because of all of you, the memory of Tom's visitation is a memory of celebration...happy and joyful. 

God Bless all of you!

Candy Luzar

Dear Mat,
We are so thankful for all of the efforts you put forth in making Carl's services meaningful and touching. We were all so impressed with your patience, compassion and professionalism. Everything from beginning to end was such a tribute to Carl and we are so blessed to have had you to lead us through this journey!

The Neiss Family
April 1, 2017

On behalf of the family of Carol (Bergloff) Leber, the family would like to take a moment to Thank you for the services your facility handled for us, as we sent Carol on her final journey.

Your facility offered respect, dignity, professionalism and comfort at all levels--especially from you.

Thank you for insuring all the details of Carol's funeral went smoothly.

The Family of Carol (Bergloff) Leber
February 27, 2017

On behalf of the LaCount family, I want to express our gratitude to you and your staff for the care you gave to my mom on her death. We appreciate the care with which you prepared her body for our family viewing before she was transported to Jacksonville. Thanks for your care & professionalism.

Dan LaCount
December 5, 2016

Dear Mat,
Thank you for your support for the Leisure Village Veteran Day service. Your support is greatly valued.

Karen Morris, Leisure Village Social Commission
November 19, 2016

Thank you for the wonderful service performed for our mother, Dale Villiger. We truly appreciated everything you did and it will be remembered.

Ann, Kim, Kathy, and family
September 17, 2016

Dear Mat,
Your kindness and professionalism is and was appreciated more than you'll ever know in making arrangements for our father's service. Your attention to detail, the appearance of the funeral home, your staff, and all accommodations were outstanding. From our original meeting and subsequent contact with you, it seems no question went unanswered as you anticipated our requests and honored our wishes.

On behalf of my brother, Joe, and my sister, Colleen, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and thanks for your care and compassion during this difficult time. Wishing you the very best, I remain,


Peg Macias
September 17, 2016


Thank you so much for taking great care of our Mom Linda Miller. You have helped us tremendously with some very difficult decisions. Everyone was impressed with the way we were treated. The DVD turned out beautiful, I will always be great full to both you and Gene for not only taking care of Mom but all of her grieving family. We wish you great success in all the years to come.

Pat Juarez

Pat Juarez
July 21, 2016

Thank you for providing us with a very lovely venue to hold mom's memorial. Everyone involved created the very essence of our mom, Joyce Suchanek, and we hope you got to know her through our eyes.

Kind regards,

Corine, Peter & Sharon
July 18, 2016

Dear Mat:
Thanks for everything you did for me--you truly are spectacular!!!

Marie Bogdala Evansky
July 8, 2016

Just a little note of "great thanks". You made our "grieving process" an easier feeling. "Time" will heal our pain today. Memories will carry us through. Not having to "worry" about the details was a great help. We, as a family, are so happy to have you "hold our hand", so to speak, during this time. You truly do what you do--well! Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Be well!


The Margaret Sweeney Family
June 10, 2016

Dear Mat,
My family wants to thank you for all your help thru our difficult time and in the handling of my father's funeral arrangements.
The video was done with such vision and we received so many compliments on how professional it was.
Your comfort and caring of all the details helped keep us together.
Thanks again,
Linda, Andra, Mike and Dan
March 11, 2016

Linda Amato
March 11, 2016

A very special thank you, with sincere appreciation for all you did for our family.

The Mary Ann Nowak, Sam Calamia, and Theresa Quinn Families
February 25, 2016

I don't know where to begin. First let me start by saying thank-you for everything you did for our family. We are so grateful for your kindness & compassion. Each of you displayed warmth & caring. We know you deal with many families and different emotions. Thanks for keeping us "crazies" under your wing. The wake, funeral, service & video were absolutely beautiful. Mom would have been so proud. You made us all feel as if we were a part of your family. I'm hoping my "old school" funeral didn't annoy you too much. All of you will hold a dear place and a special place in our hearts . . . Thanks for taking care of all of us. We may stop by in the summer to look at the lake, and I owe Gene a grilled cheese . . .

Margo and The Kucia Family
February 22, 2016

Dear Mat,

Just a little note to say thank you!

You did a fabulous job. You made my mom very proud.

Thank you, again,

Pam & John Sosnowski
January 26, 2016

Dear Mat,

Thanks for taking such good care of our sister, Laura; you did a wonderful job.

Skip, Ellen, Amy, Frank, Cathy, Bill, and Corinne
December 22, 2015

Dear Mat,
On behalf of the St. Bede Parish, we would like to thank you for your very generous donations for our yearly auction and dinner event.

It is because of your support our parish will continue to be able to offer the variety of ministries and services this parish and community have come to expect and appreciate. We are very fortunate to live in a neighborhood where local businesses and individuals, like you, actively support our community.

Thanks again, and may God bless you,

Bede Bash XVII Committee
December 20, 2015

Thank you for all the great care, comfort, compassion, and professionalism in handling all of my father's funeral arrangements. My mother and I truly appreciate all you did for us! Many blessings to you and your family in the New Year!

December 16, 2015

Dear Mat,

Thank you for helping make our Leisure village Veteran's Day Tribute a success.

Your support for our veterans and their families is greatly valued.

Karen Morris
Co-chair Leisure Village Social Commission

Karen Morris
November 23, 2015

Dear Mat,

On behalf of St. John the Baptist Parish and the 5th annual Ladies Bunco Party Committee, I want to thank you for being an important part of our event making it the biggest success ever!

Thanks to you we were able to raise a significant amount of money towards the much needed repairs to our rectory, while the sellout crowd of 360 ladies enjoyed an evening of fun and fellowship.

St. John's counts on generous donors such as yourself and we hope you will wish to help us again next year for Bunco, October 21, 2016.

Thank you again and God's Blessings,

Patti Hoeh
Committee Chairman

Patti Hoeh
November 9, 2015


Words cannot express the sincerity you have to help our family through this difficult time.

P.S. Everything was wonderful

The Hoefle Family
October 29, 2015

My family has a long history with Ken Hamsher, both personally and professionally. Personally, Ken was the ambulance service back in the 1950s when my father was a State Trooper and my mom worked for Judge Hartigan. It was a tight community and remained so throughout the years. Unfortunately one of the first people Ken had to take care of for us was my mom's mother, who passed at 49. Since then, he and his children: Debbie, Sharon & Kirk held our families and friends hands through many losses. In Febtruary 2014, I lost my dad suddenly and unexpected, and 4 1/12 months later, I lost my mom, 10 days before Ken passed. I mention that because the staff at Hamshers were there for me and my family 100% and, though I knew about his condition, they gave their all!  I found knowing I could trust these people to work with me and that the services would be beautiful was a great weight off my shoulders. Also, I know this might sound strange but in the worst of times, congregating in a familiar, soothing, caring, place helped. Being with  family, friends, neighbors, etc. just brought more comfort, even if it sometimes reminded me of passed loved ones, it was like they were there with us. Jen put it good, they try to make the best out of one of the hardest situations we face. And they did that by true caring & compassion, doing as much of the work as possible, and walking with you through this journey. I'm very grateful to you and I hope the new owners can maintain the quality and from what I've heard, they do.

Connie Schaer
October 5, 2015

Dear Mat,
I would personally like to thank you for taking care of all of the arrangements for my husband. I truly appreciate all of your compassion, care, courtesy, and professionalism you provided me! Again, I would like to say thank you so very much and to extend my extreme gratitude for all of your "awesome" support and assistance! God bless you!

October 1, 2015

Dear Mat,
A note of thank you for helping our crazy family through the loss of my brother, John. You were sensitive to our needs & amazed us every step along the way of working with us. He looked at peace. It helped to calm nerves which were at the end. We've already told so many people about "the new owner" of KKHFH. Good luck in your future endeavors.

Martha Schapals & family
September 23, 2015

Thank-you to Mat for making a very difficult time a little easier. Coming from a family of funeral directors I am a stickler for detail but you were always a step ahead of me. When Debbie came to my husbands wake, I told her how very pleased I was with the way you handled everything. She told me that she prayed every night that she would be able to find someone that would carry on the Hamsher tradition and when you came in and after talking to you she knew her prayers were answered,you would be the perfect fit for Fox Lake. She was right ,I thank you again Mat for going above and beyond the call of duty for making my husbands passing a litlle more bearable.

Carol Wilson
September 2, 2015

I just want to say thank you to Mat and his staff for all they did to help myself and my family in the death of my Mom Georgia Bailey. Mat you made me feel so comfortable talking to you and helping me through making some rough decisions. You made it all so easy. When I first talked to you on the phone I knew you were a caring gentle soul who made me feel like I had chosen the right place to help us through this most difficult time. You came to Hospice and patiently waited for us to spend as much time as needed with her before taking her to the funeral home. You were so kind! Making the arrangements were easy with your guidance. As you know we were unsure if wanted an open casket, but once we saw Mom we knew we wanted to keep it open. She looked beautiful and in such peace. The ceremony at the gravesite was wonderful as well. You let us make another hard decision, but with you by our side I know we chose what was best for our family. I would highly recommend Mat and Hamsher Lakeside Funeral Home.. The DVD is wonderful Mat. Thank you so much.

Cheryl Mueller
August 27, 2015

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