History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

Although the names and faces of the staff may have changed over the last 89 years, the dedication and quality service at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes has remained consistent throughout.

In 1915, Thomas Morgan began his funeral business and was joined in 1928 by Michael “Bud” Clancy. Their business was located just south of the Kankakee Court House on the corner of Merchant and Harrison Streets in Kankakee. Together these two men were highly respected leaders in their profession.


In 1955, Richard “Dick” Clancy joined his father, Bud, in the family business. Bud and Dick Clancy saw their business grow and in 1963 they built the location at 1151 E. Court St. in Kankakee. In January 1972, tragedy struck the Clancy family with the sudden death of Dick Clancy, followed by the death of his father, Bud, five months later. The business was then operated by Bud’s wife, Catherine, who was also a licensed funeral director. Tim Gernon joined his Aunt Catherine in 1972 and together they managed the business. 1986 marked the opening of the new Clancy Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. A mere two years later, Catherine Clancy passed away. That same year, they acquired Sexton Funeral Home in Manteno and Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne. Patty Clancy, Dick’s daughter, joined her cousin Tim in the family business in 1990.


This brings us to where we are today. In January of 2004, Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel was purchased by the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes. Hertz-Thoma has been a Kankakee funeral home since 1904 when it was started by Ben Hertz and later run by Gilbert Hertz. The owners and staff are: Tim Gernon, President; and Patty Clancy, Vice-President; Robert Gernon, Tim's son and licensed funeral director; Paul Tezak, licensed funeral director since 1973; Eric Mayo, licensed funeral director; Michael Hakeman, licensed funeral director; Joe Harvell, crematory manager; Sara Beth Soucie, licensed funeral director;  Justin Bruno, licensed funeral director, K'Lee McGary, licensed funeral director; Colleen Regnier, office manager; Cari DeBoer, administrative assistant, Marlene Clancy; Lynn Sheehan; Charley Frame; and Kathy Goodrich. Services will be conducted in the finest facilities available in Kankakee County at the following locations: Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home at 295 Main St. NW in Bourbonnais; Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home at 1480 W. Court St., in Kankakee; Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home at 214 W. Sheffield in St. Anne; and Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home at 291 N. Main St. in Manteno.


Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes continue to offer sincere and compassionate funeral service at affordable prices. These services include a wide range of funeral packages, cremation options, and pre-arrangement plans. At Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes you will ALWAYS meet with a licensed funeral director whether you need their services immediately or are planning for the future. The diverse and experienced staff enables them to provide the premier funeral service for your family. They offer unique personalization of services, 24 hours/day availability, the only on-site crematory in the Kankakee County, and many other resources to best serve families in the community. Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes continue to honor the tradition of generations past and respect the changes of the future.


Our Valued Staff

From left: Robert D. Gernon, Licensed Funeral Director; Patricia A. Clancy, Owner, Vice President & Funeral Director; Marlene Clancy, Associate; Lawrence Tim Gernon, Owner, President, & Funeral Director


Lawrence Tim Gernon

Lawrence Tim Gernon

Owner, President, & Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Kankakee, IL
School: BS degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1972
Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1973

Personal Information: He and his wife, former Colette Childs, have three children. Daughter, Liz, is a teacher for the Kankakee School District. Son, Rob, is employed here at the funeral home. Daughter, Timoney, is employed by Bradley Grade School. Tim has 1 grandson.
Member of St. Patrick Church, past president of Parish Council and past board member of St. Patrick Grade School, Kankakee, IL. Member of: Hundred Club; Kankakee Country Club; Former Member, Founder, and First President of Hospice of Kankakee Valley; Provena St. Mary’s Hospital Board of Directors; Diocese of Joliet Education Foundation; Past General Chairman of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School Capital Campaign and KCC Capital Campaign; Kiwanis Club; Knights of Columbus; Elks; former Chairman of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School Auction; Former Member of Provena Our Lady of Victory Nursing home board of directors; Member and one of the founders of KCC Cavalier Club; Board member of Kankakee Community College Foundation; President of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School Foundation.


Patricia A. Clancy

Patricia A. Clancy

Owner, Vice President, & Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
School: BA degree from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN in 1986
MBA degree from Loyola University, Chicago, IL in 1989
Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1990

Personal Information: Member of Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais, IL
Member of Zonta International; Member of Kankakee Country Club; Bishop McNamara Catholic High School Finance committee.


Robert D. Gernon

Robert D. Gernon

Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
School: Graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in 1998
BBA degree in Marketing from The University of Iowa in 2002
Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2003

Personal Information: Lives in Bourbonnais with his wife, Nicole, who is a teacher in Manhattan, IL. They have one son, William. Member of Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais, IL; Board Member of Bishop McNamara Alumni Association; Member of the Hundred Club


Marlene Clancy

Marlene Clancy

Associate

City of Resident: Manteno, IL
Personal information: Member of St. Joseph Church in Manteno; Widow of Richard Clancy and mother of four Kevin, Michael, Mary and Patricia. Grandmother of 4. Member of Manteno Woman’s Club; Associate member of Provena St. Mary’s alumni and avid reader.


Paul Tezak

Paul Tezak

Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Bradley, IL
School: Attended Eastern Illinois University
Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1972

Personal Information: My wife Kathy and I have two children and 5 grandchildren


Ms. Sara Beth Soucie

Ms. Sara Beth Soucie

Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Bradley, IL

School: Graduate of Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School in 1996
Associate Degree from Kankakee Community College in 1999
Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2002

Personal Information: Mary Kay Independent Sales Director; Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. George Catholic Church; Volunteer for Team RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities), participating in 2010, 2011, and 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathons.


Eric Mayo

Eric Mayo

Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Kankakee, IL
School: Graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in 1998
BS degree from Illinois State University in 2002
Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2005

Personal Information: Member of Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais, IL
Member of Knights of Columbus


Justin J. Bruno

Justin J. Bruno

Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
School: Graduate o BBCHS Class of '09
Associate degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science

Personal Information: Member of Maternity B.V.M. Church in Bourbonnais, member of the Bourbonnais Sportsmen's Club, Kankakee Elks golf club and the Hundred Club. Lives with his wife, Tamara, who is an esthetician in Kankakee County.


K'Lee McGary

K'Lee McGary

Licensed Funeral Director

City of Residence: Bradley, IL
School: Graduate of Watseka High School Class of '09
Associate degree in Mortuary Science from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg


Joseph Harvell

Joseph Harvell

Crematory Manager of Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Crematory

City of Residence: Kankakee, IL
School: Graduate of Manteno High School

Personal Information: Born and raised in Deselm (Manteno) area and lifelong resident of Kankakee County.


Colleen Regnier

Colleen Regnier

Office Manager

City of Residence: Manteno, IL
School: Graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School

Personal Information: Married to Bill and have two children and 2 granddaughters.
Member of Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais, IL


Carolyn J. Czako

Carolyn J. Czako

Assistant Office Manager


Lynn Sheehan

Lynn Sheehan

Associate and Building Maintenance

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
Personal information: Retired from Kankakee City Police Department in 1999. He has two children and 5 grandchildren


Charles Frame

Charles Frame

Associate

City of Residence: Manteno, IL
School: BS in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University

Personal Information: Retired as an Illinois State Trooper after 28 years. My wife, Kim, and I reside in Manteno and have two children


Kathleen Goodrich

Kathleen Goodrich

Associate

City of Residence: St. Anne, IL
School: Graduate of BBCHS in 1981

Personal Information: Member of St. Anne Catholic Church, St. Anne, IL where she is Eucharistic Minister. She has 3 children and a grandson.


Dominic Macaluso

Dominic Macaluso

Associate

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL


Len & Vicki Burgener

Len & Vicki Burgener

Associate

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, Illinois


Mike & Sue Hildebrand

Mike & Sue Hildebrand

Associates

City of Residence - Bourbonnais, IL.