We are always interested in hearing from the families that we serve. Please take a moment to let us know how well we served you in your time of need. We very much appreciate your feedback.
Mat, Everything was perfect!
Dear Mat, Words cannot express the gratitude I have for all you have done for our family in helping with our Dad's (Mark Graff) and brother's (Daniel Graff) preparations and celebrations of their lives. You have a special gift. With sincere thankfulness,
Mat, My heartfelt thank you in dealing with the funeral arrangements for my husband, Gary. Your thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion were very much appreciated! Everything was so nicely done and having Father Ryan do the service couldn't have been more perfect! Thank you also to Colette who filled in for you that day!
There are no words to express my gratitude for all you've done. Thank you.
Every detail whether big or small made the service to honor Les so special. For two days life was easier to endure knowing you had everything under control.
Mat, you have a unique gift for listening with your heart. My "thank you" seems so small compared to all you've done, but it comes from the heart.
May life bring you a reflection of the kindness you've shown to me and my family.
Dear Mat, Our family is forever grateful for the caring and compassionate service we received from you during our heartbreaking loss of our sister/aunt/great aunt MaryAnne McNally. You are a blessing to our community.
Dear Mat, Nancy and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help with the arrangements for her father. Everything went so smoothly, and you were so easy to work with. Sincerely,
Dear Mat, Just wanted to thank you for your compassion, caring, and kindness you gave me and my family. I appreciated everything you did to help us honor Bob and make this a special tribute for him. You treated us all so special. I am forever grateful and blessed for your comforting kindness during this sad time.
When my sister passed and we went to Hamsher Lakeside, Mat immediately made our family feel at ease and comfortable in a sad time. Mat resolved a bump in the road for us so fast I was amazed, relieving tremendous stress. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. 10 stars for Mat and Collette. Thanks again from our family! Nancy Kvaas
Dear Mat & Staff, Your kindness and knowledge of the right things to do just felt like a warm blanket over our shoulders during the recent loss of our dear Jim/Poppy. Everything went so well at the memorial and we are so grateful to you for that. The picture and music video is a beautiful masterpiece, too. We are so comforted by our whole experience with Hamsher (you, Mat). Thank you. We love that you sponsored a tree for our loved one, too.
Our heartfelt thanks,
Thanks so much for such a great "celebration of life" for Mark.
Your attention to detail and so many miscellaneous items really empowered us to work thru all the many things such an undertaking requires, at such a difficult time in our lives.
We are grateful to you for all that and for being so kind and thoughtful. You are awesome!
God bless you, always and in all ways,
Our family is grateful to have had you at this extremely difficult season in our lives. You are an incredible human being and we were so blessed by your presence in our dad's/my mom's husband's/the kids'/grandpa etc. passing and the way it coincided with Daniel's. You made everything so incredibly easy and peace-filled. You deserve a life filled with blessings and love. You make a huge impact in peoples' lives. You made this process feel so "possible." You're a gift. Much love and gratitude,
Mat-- The boys and I are forever grateful to you. Brad's service was simple and beautiful. Your support and guidance along the way will never go unnoticed. We wish you the very best to you and yours.
Dear Mat, Thank you and your staff for all of your help and guidance while we were preparing for Charlie's funeral. Your attention to detail and extreme kindness made a very difficult time a little more bearable. You are truly gifted in what you do. Thank you again,
Mat, Thank you so much for your compassion and excellence in the service you provide. You exceeded our expectations in providing a comforting setting. The service for my brother Chris with Military service conducted by the Navy officers lifted our family's spirit. It turned a very difficult day for our family, into one that filled us with joy and pride of his life and memory
Mat- There are really no words to express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy and support you have extended toward our family during this time of loss. We really appreciated your professionalism and compassion when dealing with our family at such a time. Thank you for all your involvement and preparation with all the arrangements for the ceremony and burial. I know our requests and indecisiveness could be overwhelming at times but you were very accommodating and understanding. I really appreciate all of the texts and phone calls and constant communication. Thanks for helping us celebrate and honor the life of our loved one George Joseph Knotek and offering peace and closure to our family. The comfort and kindness shown to us during this time of sadness was very much appreciated and will always be remembered. With sincere gratitude,
Mat, thank you so much for your dedication and patience. You helped enable the most perfect send-off/celebration of our dad's memorable life. So many of our friends and family raved about the space and just how well it fit with our dad's memory, right down to the picturesque sunset over the water. Thank you for humoring us as we took full advantage of the space. All the details and not feeling like we were being oversold, was so nice in a stressful and vulnerable time. We truly appreciate all that you did. You do an amazing job at your profession.
Dear Mat, Our entire family and all the friends and neighbors "thank you!" You did go above and beyond!!! I can not put into words the magical moments that were created in a most spectacular space . . . your place! This was the most loving and compassionate farewell, thanks to you! Your whole being was felt as we gathered to coordinate with you. You allowed us to utilize your "home" in whatever ways we could to memorialize Doug . . . then there was your most serene sunset space that we were allowed to fill with joy to celebrate his life! It couldn't have come together any better--it was a if it were a choreographed, spectactular venue!
Mat, You went above and beyond to make my Dad's celebration true to him. I really can't thank you enough for allowing us to take over your space to make it true to who my puppa was. You made an awful experience feel as wonderful as it possibly could and for that you will always be remembered and appreciated. Keep up the amazing work for other families, you truly are a blessing to us in these hard times.
I just wanted to thank you all for your support and kindness during the wake, funeral Mass, and Burial Of my brother Greg this pass weekend. The respect and care you showed to my brother, my family and all his friends was outstanding. Tracy
I just wanted to thank you again for everything. You've made the absolute worst time in my life better.
Matt The planning and services you provided for our family during the passing of Claude was outstanding. Your empathy and support are greatly appreciated.
Matt, Thanks to you and your staff for the professional and courteous service provided for my mother Betty. You were there to guide us every step of the way from the initial meeting to the final service. The DVD and portrait were exceptional. Thanks again
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Mat. I truly feel my family and I had the best experience possible as we mourned the loss of my mother, Valerie. You responded promptly and with great care to all of our questions and concerns. I felt secure in the knowledge that things would evolve smoothly because you anticipated our needs and resolved every issue. My family and I are forever grateful.
Dear Mat, Just want to thank you again for all you did. We were at a loss on how to do things and you were beyond helpful. We are so grateful. Sincerely,
Mathew, Thank you for everything!
It was such a smooth and stress-free process (even with the ice at the top of the cemetery hill!).
Mat, Many thanks to you and your staff for the excellent service you rendered at the most difficult time in my life. Your caring and compassion are greatly appreciated. Thank you is a simple phrase, but still it's meant to show that I sincerely appreciate your kindness more than you could ever know. Also, many thanks for the framed picture of my Pat. It is proudly displayed in our living room.
Dear Mat, We appreciate all you have done for us. You are kind, thoughtful, and a blessing to all families you help and serve in a time of need. Thank you.
Thank you for doing what you do--so well and with great kindness!
You make a great difference.
Thank you so,
Thank you so much for making George's funeral as stress free as possible for me. I appreciate the care you took and the attention to details I would never have thought of.
Mat, Just a little note to express how thankful we are for all your help during this difficult time. Your graciousness and kindness were boundless and we couldn't have asked for anything more. You are the best. We appreciate you and all you have done for the family . . .
Our warmest Thank You for your professionalism and your attention to every detail. The service was heartwarming, the picture and DVD was perfect. Thank You.
Mat, Thank you for all your help in my husband's last care. I will certainly recommend your services to all my friends. Thank you,
Matt is the best I had service for my husband on Sunday June 10. I had ordered flowers from a local florist and I cant find words to express how bad the flowers looked upon my arrival on Sunday afternoon. I asked Matt what am I going to do his remarks were let me take care of this and o how he did I had beautiful flower from Phillips just after it was open to the public. I think Matt so much for putting a little sunshine in the worst day of my life. I suggest letting Matt get your flowers and not ordering from a local florist.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Laura, Mat, and Ed at Hamsher Lakeside for taking exceptional care of our dear Cheryl.
Laura dutifully assisted with the initial planning and arrangements well into a Sunday evening; Mat stayed in touch, kept us appraised, and answered all our questions throughout the process; and Laura, Mat, and Ed provided much-needed comfort and assistance on the days of the visitation, funeral service, and burial ceremony.
The professionalism, understanding, care, sympathy, and attention to our needs was outstanding during this very difficult time. Through it all, we genuinely felt they were attending to our dear Cheryl as though she were a member of their own family.
Thank you and God bless,
Dear Mat: The Leisure Village Community would like to express their thanks for your sponsorship of the Veteran's Day Celebration at Leisure Village on November 11. The day was snowy and cold, but 85 Leisure Village residents came out to recognize and celebrate our country's heroes. Thank you.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for the most elegant and sincere service for our brother Mark you gave him. It was so kind of you.
May God bless you, always,
Your exceptional support and sympathy was extremely appreciated and welcomed by my daughters, family and myself. Thank you for your friendship.
Dear Mat and Robb,
A note of thanks for your generous donation of the most amazing basket you created for our Spring Fling fundraiser.
It was a big success. We appreciate your participation and help with the beautification of our neighborhood.
I want to thank you so much for all you have done.
Both me and my family appreciate everything you did to help make our mom's wake, funeral, and burial services so lovely.
The loss of our mom has been such an emotional and difficult time for us. We want you to know, all your guidance and support made it so less stressful. With such a big family we have, I sure hope we didn't overwhelm you too much.
Your love, compassion, and kindness was felt by everyone. Mat, anytime we needed to call or stop by, you were always there for us.
We appreciated all your help with picking up om so quickly from the hospital, to helping write the obituaries, choosing and design of the memorial card, ordering of flowers, choosing the casket, copies of death certificates for us, refreshments for all who attended the services, helping Deacon Spohr with doing some of the readings, and great job on the DVD.
The service at the chapel over at Ascension Cemetery and burial was very nice, The beautiful, custom framed memorial plaque you had made with mom's picture was so sweet.
The funeral home looked so beautiful with wehre you placed all the flowers and pictures framed and the picture boards.
Our mom would be very proud and so would Kenny and Thelma. Thank you, you do so much more for us.
Mat, we will always recommend you and your Hamsher Lakeside Funeral Home to our family and friends when need arises.
Thanks so much . . God bless. Love to you from,
Mat- Thank you, again, for another great experience working with you! I always enjoy our "chats" that develop into long stories. You are the best!
Mat, Thanking you again for the great job that was done for my mom's celebration.
Your kindness was appreciated more than you know.
Dear Mat, Thank you for ensuring all the details for my Mom's, Elaine Purdom, memorial went smoothly. I am amazed and grateful for all your thoughtfulness and thoroughness including the beautiful picture of my mom welcoming people to the service all the way through bringing the flower arrangements to Fairmont Shores. Thank you for making all the arrangements, DVDs, and your expertise. Warm regards,
Mat Thanks to you and your staff for providing a warm and caring setting for all to share their thoughts and memories at mom's passing.
It seemed fitting that her service was held where my father, as well as relatives and friends, preceded her.
Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.
Mat- Thank you for your kindness and professionalism. You turn a tough time into a seamless reality. It was his wish to let you take care of him, and us, and he was not wrong.
On behalf of our entire family, Judy and I want to thank you for all your kindness and thoughtfulness to us.
Our sister Diane's death was a shock to us and you provided us with clarity, calmness and a sense of peace to be able to tackle this hard task.
You helped us make decisions on memorial cards and sent us to Sue for the perfect choice of flowers.
We could not have done any of this without your calm, dignified presence and quiet dignity.
I wanted to thank you personally for your professional and in so may ways, your personal care to my family at the funeral and planning and days leading up to the funeral. I needed someone like you at the helm, and you led us through a tough time in a way I'll never forget.
Mat- There are really no words to express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy and support you have extended toward our family during this time of loss. We really appreciated your professionalism and compassion when dealing with our family at such an intimate time. Thank you for all of your involvement and preparation in helping our memorial service flow smoothly. I know our requests and indecisiveness could be a bit overwhelming at times, but you were very accommodating and understanding. Thanks for helping us celebrate and honor the life of our loved one, Charlene L. Bernard, and offering peace and closure to our family. The comfort and kindness shown to us during this time of sadness was very much appreciated and will always be remembered.
With sincere gratitude,
Mat, Thank you for all you help during this difficult time. You made a hard time a bit easier. Sincerely,
Dear Mat Thank-you for the great job you did arranging Dominic's funeral. A special thanks for arranging the flag ceremony and for the beautiful flag case. Even though it was all pre-arranged, there was still so much more to do and you made it very easy for me to take care of all the extra arrangements. Again thank-you for your professionalism, help and kindness in this sad time.
The guidance you gave me was so much appreciated; the care and time you took to make sure everything was done just right with the cremation; the paperwork; having the "perfect" urn for me to purchase; and just being so wonderfully kind and compassionate. I still can't find the right words to express my sincerest thanks and deep gratitude to you.
Again, thank you. You are perfect in your profession.
Dear Mat- Thank you for all of your assistance in the many facets of Brett's wishes. You were a joy to work with. If you ever need a referral or recommendation, please use my name. God Bless.
Dear Mat, Thank you for hosting such a wonderful memorial for my mother, Linda Wehde. From the set-up to all the help you provided, we were so impressed and happy with our choice in Hamsher Lakeside. You turned a sad event into a beautiful and stress-free celebration. Thank you very much, I know Mom would have been so happy with the entire event. Sincerely,
Thank you for all the help you gave us to make this happen seamlessly . . .
Mat, Thank you so much for making a difficult time in our life easier.
Believe me, if Greg were there, he would have had us laughing more! He was there in spirit.
You are professional, caring, and kind. May God continue to bless you and your business!
Respectfully and fondly,
Dear Mat, Your kindness, and thoughtfulness, and great help were greatly appreciated during our time of need. You went over and beyond. Thank you,
I am so pleased with Matt. His attention to detail, kindness, and experience has helped at a difficult time. When unable to make a decision due to the grief, his input is invaluable. God put him in the right place!!
Our family wishes to thank you for your kindness and care in planning the service for Earl. Your guidance during a difficult time to determine the best options made the process less trying and easier than anticipated. We gratefully remember your professionalism and expertise.
We received many compliments on behalf of Hamsher Lakeside regarding the care of families as well as the quality of the home and service given.
We wish you all the best in the years ahead.
Mat, thanks so much for your handling of the funeral of Earl Thomas. We were very pleased with your attention to detail and your professionalism, coupled with your compassion. You were able to preserve agreement and ensure smooth handling of the entire operation – not an easy task given all the disparate opinions. We believe that Earl would have been pleased with the entire operation. Best regards,
Your professionalism, thoughtfulness, and kindness made a difficult time more bearable.
I am deeply grateful.
Dear Mat, Thank you for taking care of my Grandpa, Earl Thomas. Especially for all the little things you did to make his wake & service run smoothly. For being so kind and supportive with me & my family. I know your job cannot be easy, but wanted to let you know your caring ways and support didn't go unnoticed. My Grandpa was always a tough customer and I know he would not have any complaints go your way. Thanks again. Take care,
Dear Mat-- Thank you so much for making our day a lot easier. We appreciated your kindness and comfort.
Dear Mat, On behalf of our family, I would like to thank you for the kindness and professionalism which you showed us as we said our good bye to my mother, Anna Sexton. There is no easy way to walk through the passing of someone you love, unexpectedly, but, when it is your mother, the pain is felt even deeper. Your patience with each phone call and question was very appreciated. I have explained to many people how I think you found your calling perfectly. Also, please thank Gene for all the help he gave the family too. He does a great job of making things look ready at a moment's notice to share with those people we love. Sincerely,
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! Sincerely,
Mat, 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.
Mat, 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.
Dear Mat, Thank you for your support for the Leisure Village Veteran Day service. Your support is greatly valued.
Thank you for the wonderful service performed for our mother, Dale Villiger. We truly appreciated everything you did and it will be remembered.
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,
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.
Sincerely Pat Juarez
Mat- 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.
Dear Mat: Thanks for everything you did for me--you truly are spectacular!!!
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!
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
A very special thank you, with sincere appreciation for all you did for our family.
Gentlemen, 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 . . . Love,
Just a little note to say thank you!
You did a fabulous job. You made my mom very proud.
Thank you, again,
Thanks for taking such good care of our sister, Laura; you did a wonderful job.
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,
Mat, 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!
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.
Sincerely, Karen Morris Co-chair Leisure Village Social Commission
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
Words cannot express the sincerity you have to help our family through this difficult time.
P.S. Everything was wonderful
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.