We are pleased to announce that Phillip A. Maher Funeral Services is now an independent, family-owned and operated local firm available to care for you and your family during times of need.
After twenty-three years of proudly serving our community at the McGann funeral home on South Pulaski, it is time to go a different way and return to a family-owned, community-based, local funeral service. By leaving corporate America and starting this small business, we are better able to treat each family with undivided and sincere attention, as dear friends in our community, an extension of our own family, with the ability to be economically flexible in meeting the family’s needs. This move also means a return to an unwavering commitment to personal attention; to guiding families though such a difficult time with respect and compassion and to providing families all the information needed that will allow them create a tribute that encompasses their traditions.
Phillip A. Maher Funeral Services focuses on remembering, celebrating and honoring a life well-lived. Our founder, (pictured above right) is joined by his family in this local small business. We are available at any time of day, everyday. Multiple locations are available for our families throughout the Chicagoland area. Please feel free to contact us at (773) 412-3917 and/or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norman and Marian Maher, both from the Southside of Chicago, moved their young family to our community in 1973. Establishing roots and making their home where they continue to live, they raised their children, Phil, John, and Julia, who attended local grammar schools, and then Marist and Mother McAuley. After high school, they all moved on to Bradley University. Phil transitioned from Bradley University to Worsham College of Mortuary Science, where he earned his degree and in 1991, became an Illinois Licensed Funeral Director. Julia went on to become a public relations professional. Today, the twosome have joined together as a family to operate Phillip A. Maher Funeral Services.
These are our main values: Respect, Dignity, Personal Attention, Service. They come from our family. But also, they come from our neighbors, friends, teachers, coaches, religious instructors, veterans, union members, police offiers, firefighters, and public servants.
Respect. We were raised in a community where to this day, even as adults, we still address our elders as "Mr." or "Mrs." This value is at the core of the service we provide to you and your loved ones.
Dignity. Many families in our community come from elsewhere and made their roots in Chicago. Through their hard work and struggle, our neighbors demonstrated dignity. We work to ensure that your family says farewell with the utmost personalized dignity.
Personal Attention. You will not be meeting with corporate employees nor will your calls and questions go unanswered. Instead, when your family is in need, there is nothing more important than providing you options in keeping with your family's traditions.
Service. We really do not provide a product. What we do provide is respectful, dignified, personalized service in the hope that we exceed your expectations in taking care of your loved one.
After graduation, Phil began his career as a funeral professional working at the right hand of his mentor, Andrew J. McGann Sr. at the McGann Funeral Home on South Pulaski. While there, he bought a home near his parents and completed his formal education at St. Xavier University.
After the 911 attacks, Phil enlisted in the US Navy Reserve and graduated from Basic Training at the Great Lakes Naval Base. Trained as an Intelligence Specialist, Phil served for eight years in the Naval Reserve. He was Honorably Discharged in 2008.
After Mother McAuley, Julia attended Bradley University and graduated with a degree in public relations.
While working in downtown Chicago for non-for-profit organizations, Julia met and married her husband of ten years, Kevin. The mother of three young children, Julia lends her skills and personality to provide families with creative ways to honor their loved one in tailored services, not the least of which is DVD tributes designed to stream during services.