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Our History & Staff

Serving our communities since 1938

 

Our History


McKeown Funeral Home was started in 1938, when Everett & Evelyn McKeown purchased the business and property from a Mr. Hulse. The McKeown’s continued the business by themselves until William F. Dunn joined them in 1968, when he returned from serving in the United States Army. William & Patricia Pearce Dunn then purchased the business and property from the McKeown’s in 1972. The Dunn name was added in 1978. The business has been at 210 S. Madison St. since 1943.

Bill Dunn had a dream and goal to build a new facility bearing the Dunn Family name. He wanted the facility to be accommodating for the people being served, comfortable, and homey. After many years of planning, the new Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 S. Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL was opened on May 3, 2010, making it the 4th funeral home owned by the Dunn’s. (Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd., Sheridan, IL, Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd., Newark, IL and the two funeral homes in Oswego, IL.) The 10,000 sq. ft. building, of course, is totally ADA accessible, has a chapel seating capacity for over 240, large hospitality suite with a children’s area & kitchen, flower room with separate secured entrance. The facility truly has a family friendly environment. The Dunn family serves all faiths with traditional, non-traditional and cremation services. We offer pre-arrangements, preplanning & pre-financing for types of services.

Finding a property in Oswego for the new funeral home was very important to William & Patricia since Patricia’s heritage dates back to Daniel & Sarah Titsworth Pearce, original settlers of Oswego. Patricia’s dad grew up on a farm where Fox Bend Golf course is now located. The Dunn’s raised their three children (Bob, Eric and Tamara) in Oswego, their son Eric still lives in Oswego.

The Dunn’s have expanded the staff at the new funeral home from a part-time administrative assistant to full-time, two full time licensed funeral directors and a full time certified pre-planning consultant.

Patricia & William have been active in Oswego over the almost 45 years that they have been in Oswego. William served on the Village Board, was a firefighter with the Oswego Volunteer Fire Department, Coroner of Kendall County for over 16 years and is a member of the Oswego American Legion, Oswego Lions Club and St. Anne Church. William is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and Cremation Association of North America. Patricia has served as Oswego Village Clerk, Executive Director of Oswego Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Oswegoland Women’s Civic Club & Oswego American Legion Auxiliary & St. Anne Church.

Patricia & William look forward to serving the Oswego area for many years to come.

 

Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Staff members of Dunn Family Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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William F. Dunn Director

William F. Dunn is a graduate of Ottawa Township High School and a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. William is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a Certified Cremationist. He is a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation Association of North America. He and his wife Pat have lived in Oswego since Bill was honorably discharged from the U S Army in 1968. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Patricia A. Dunn Certified Pre-Planning Consultant

Patricia A. (Pearce) Dunn is a 1964 graduate of East Aurora High School and attended Eastern Illinois University.  She is a Certified Pre-planning Consultant and a Certified Cremationist.  She is a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Oswegoland Women’s Civic Club and Oswego American Legion Auxiliary.  Pat and her husband Bill raised their 3 children in Oswego and have both been active in the community since 1968.  She enjoys traveling, Stamping/Scrapbooking, knitting, reading and most of all her 7 grandchildren.

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Tamara A. Dunn-Svatek Chief Operating Officer

Tamara A. Dunn-Svatek is a 1993 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School, attended Waubonsee Community College and has grown up in the funeral home business.  She has been the Administrative Assistant since 2002 and the Chief Operating Officer since 2015 and is well versed in all aspects of the business.  She is also a Certified Cremationist.  She lives in Sheridan with her husband Mark and their three children, Miranda, Garrett and MacKenzie.

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Paul Jonassen Director

Paul Jonassen a lifelong resident of LaSalle & Kendall Counties was a 1971 graduate of Serena High School and the a 1974 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary and has worked continually in LaSalle & Kendall Counties as a funeral director & embalmer. Since February 1990 he has been the director for the Gabel-Dunn Funeral Homes Ltd. In Newark & Sheridan. He has been married 28 years to Aimee and has one son, Jonathan. He is a member of the Newark Lutheran Church, Serena Lions Club, National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, American Society of Embalmers, Ottawa Occidental Lodge #40 AF & AM. And the York Rite.

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Maradee B. Scharf Director

Maradee B. Scharf is a 1998 graduate of West Aurora High School, 2003 graduate of Aurora University with a degree in Biology and a 2011 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  She is an Oswego resident and has worked with the Dunn Family Funeral Homes since 2012.  Maradee is a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and enjoys reading, cooking, fishing and spending time with family & friends.

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Jessica W. York Director

Jessica W. York is a 2007 graduate of Goodrich High School and 2011 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  She is a Joliet resident, previously of Mid-Michigan, and has worked in the industry since 2010.  She is a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Skeet Shooting Association.  She enjoys hunting, fishing, competitive marksmanship and crafts.

William F. Dunn

Director
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William F. Dunn is a graduate of Ottawa Township High School and a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. William is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a Certified Cremationist. He is a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation Association of North America. He and his wife Pat have lived in Oswego since Bill was honorably discharged from the U S Army in 1968. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Patricia A. Dunn

Certified Pre-Planning Consultant
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Patricia A. (Pearce) Dunn is a 1964 graduate of East Aurora High School and attended Eastern Illinois University.  She is a Certified Pre-planning Consultant and a Certified Cremationist.  She is a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Oswegoland Women’s Civic Club and Oswego American Legion Auxiliary.  Pat and her husband Bill raised their 3 children in Oswego and have both been active in the community since 1968.  She enjoys traveling, Stamping/Scrapbooking, knitting, reading and most of all her 7 grandchildren.

Tamara A. Dunn-Svatek

Chief Operating Officer
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Tamara A. Dunn-Svatek is a 1993 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School, attended Waubonsee Community College and has grown up in the funeral home business.  She has been the Administrative Assistant since 2002 and the Chief Operating Officer since 2015 and is well versed in all aspects of the business.  She is also a Certified Cremationist.  She lives in Sheridan with her husband Mark and their three children, Miranda, Garrett and MacKenzie.

Paul Jonassen

Director
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Paul Jonassen a lifelong resident of LaSalle & Kendall Counties was a 1971 graduate of Serena High School and the a 1974 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary and has worked continually in LaSalle & Kendall Counties as a funeral director & embalmer. Since February 1990 he has been the director for the Gabel-Dunn Funeral Homes Ltd. In Newark & Sheridan. He has been married 28 years to Aimee and has one son, Jonathan. He is a member of the Newark Lutheran Church, Serena Lions Club, National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, American Society of Embalmers, Ottawa Occidental Lodge #40 AF & AM. And the York Rite.

Maradee B. Scharf

Director
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Maradee B. Scharf is a 1998 graduate of West Aurora High School, 2003 graduate of Aurora University with a degree in Biology and a 2011 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  She is an Oswego resident and has worked with the Dunn Family Funeral Homes since 2012.  Maradee is a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and enjoys reading, cooking, fishing and spending time with family & friends.

Jessica W. York

Director
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Jessica W. York is a 2007 graduate of Goodrich High School and 2011 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  She is a Joliet resident, previously of Mid-Michigan, and has worked in the industry since 2010.  She is a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Skeet Shooting Association.  She enjoys hunting, fishing, competitive marksmanship and crafts.