About Us | Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes

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; Eric Mayo, licensed funeral director; K'Lee McGary, licensed funeral director; Justin Bruno, licensed funeral director; Kendall Cox, licensed funeral director; Michael Burns, licensed funeral director; Joe Harvell, crematory manager; Sara Soucie, office manager and licensed funeral director; Cari Czakó, assistant office manager; Cathy Antognoli, assistant office manager; Nathan Starke, apprentice; Kathy Goodrich; Charley Frame; Lynn Sheehan; Colleen Regnier; and Marlene Clancy. 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 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, a retired kindergarten teacher,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 a teacher at Herscher Grade School. Tim has 2 grandsons and one granddaughter.
Member of St. Patrick Church, Former Board Member, Founder, and First President of Hospice of Kankakee Valley; Former chairman Presence St. Mary’s Hospital Board of Directors; Kiwanis Club; Knights of Columbus; 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 & Embalmer

City of Residence: Kankakee, 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 principal in Bourbonnais, IL. They have two sons, William and Jack. Member of Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais, IL


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.


Eric Mayo

Eric Mayo

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

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 Knights of Columbus. Lives in Kankakee will his wife, Jill, and his dog, Buddy.


K'Lee McGary

K'Lee McGary

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

City of Residence: Kankakee, IL
School: Graduate of Watseka High School Class of '09
Associate degree in Mortuary Science from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg in 2013

Member of The Adventure Church in Bradley. Proud dog mom to Benji & Zoe.


Justin J. Bruno

Justin J. Bruno

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
School: Graduate of 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.


Kendall Cox

Kendall Cox

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
School: BS degree in Kinesiology from Monmouth College
Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science


Michael Burns

Michael Burns

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

City of Residence: Herscher, IL
School: Attended Liberty University
Graduated Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1987


Nathan Starke

Nathan Starke

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
School: Graduate of Southern Illinois University in 2016

Personal Information: Nate lives in Bourbonnais with his dog, Nutmeg.


Joseph Harvell

Joseph Harvell

Crematory Manager of Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Crematory

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

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


Sara Beth Soucie

Sara Beth Soucie, Girl Friday

Office Manager and Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer.

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; Volunteer for Team RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities), participating in 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathons. Proud member of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, fundraising and walking the Avon39 over five times.
Joyful mother of three, Barkley, Beatrice, Bentley, and the late Chach (RIP Chachie)


Cari Czakó

Cari Czakó

Assistant Office Manager

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL
School: Graduate of Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields in 2001
BS degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University in 2005

Personal Information: Lives in Bourbonnais with her husband, Iggy, and their two dogs


Cathy Antognoli

Cathy Antognoli

Assistant Office Manager

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

Personal Information: Lifelong resident of Kankakee. She and her husband, David, have three children, Paige, Emily, and Nicholas. Parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kankakee, where she serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Treasurer for Pack 324 Cub Scouts. First time walker and fundraiser for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for the Avon 39 in 2017.


Kathy Goodrich

Kathy Goodrich

Director of Housekeeping and Hairdresser

City of Residence: St. Anne, IL
School: Graduate of BBCHS in 1981
Cosmetology license from Paul Mitchell the School in 2014

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


Charles Frame

Charles Frame

Right-Hand Man

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

Personal Information: Retired as an Illinois State Trooper after 28 years. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Manteno and have two children, Amanda and Andrew.


Lynn Sheehan

Lynn Sheehan

Associate, Groundskeeper, and Building Maintenance

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL

Personal information: Retired from Kankakee City Police Department in 1999. He has two children, Adam and Joshua, and 5 grandchildren. Member of St. George Parish.


Don Macaluso

Don Macaluso

Associate

City of Residence: Bourbonnais, IL


Len & Vicki Burgener

Len & Vicki Burgener

Associate

City of Residence: Manteno, Illinois


Mike & Sue Hildebrand

Mike & Sue Hildebrand

Associates

City of Residence - Bourbonnais, IL.


Colleen Regnier

Colleen Regnier

Payroll Manager

City of Residence: Anthem, AZ
School: Graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School

Personal Information: Married to Bill and have two children, 2 granddaughters, and one grandson.