By Bob Uphues
It's been a busy month or so in the Brookfield funeral business. In addition to the sale of Johnson Funeral Home, there's been a change at the top at the village's other longtime funeral business, Hitzeman Funeral Home at 9447 31st St.
In September, Todd and Sue Hitzeman retired from the funeral business. Their son, Charles is the new president. He and his wife, Danielle, are the new co-owners of Hitzeman Funeral Home.
"We'd been working on it for six months to a year," Charles Hitzeman said in a phone interview.
Hitzeman said his parents are still involved in the business on a part-time basis, and the rest of the staff remains on board.
"The 24-hour personal service remains the same," Hitzeman said.
Hitzeman said the funeral home will continue to expand its range of services. The funeral home recently acquired a liquor license and now can serve alcohol for visitations, if families want that option. The funeral home also offers catering for visitations and continental breakfasts for morning services.
In addition, Hitzeman said the funeral home is working to meet non-traditional requests, such as Sunday funeral services and after-funeral dinners instead of luncheons.
Danielle Hitzeman assists at the funeral part time, Hitzeman said. She works full time as an early childhood educator.
Charles Hitzeman is a fifth-generation funeral director. The 113-year-old funeral business started in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago in 1904. The family built the Brookfield location in 1963.