Our Family History
Marilyn and Mark McMurrough joined the family business in the late 1960's. Mark went to grade school across the street at St. Joseph School and continued his education at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Class of 1961 and graduated Quincy College Class of 1965. Marilyn graduated from Marquette University in 1965. Mark served with the US Army in Vietnam as platoon leader and later as executive officer for the company. He returned a decorated veteran receiving the Bronze Star for acts of valor while in combat. Mark and Marilyn have three married children Sean, Erin and Brian. They continue to be active in the community though church and charity at the Holy Family Soup Kitchen, Lions Club, the One Hundred Club among many other philanthropic activities.
Brian McMurrough joined the family business in 2012 and is a licensed funeral director in Illinois. He was raised in Libertyville and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School and Carmel High School in 1998. He continued his education receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Brian worked from 2001 to 2012 for General Motors as a product engineer at facilities in New Jersey, Michigan, Arizona, Mexico, Germany, China and New York. In 2010 Brian became a licensed funeral director in New York and was a science professor at Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY. In 2012, his wife, Leili, and he decided to join and continue the family business and moved to Libertyville. Brian is a current board member of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary and is the Chemistry professor at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL. He has a 4 year old daughter Audrey and our newest addition Clara in 2014. He is a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church and lives with family in Libertyville.
Leili McMurrough is a licensed Illinois funeral director and is also a licensed attorney in Illinois. Leili went to college at Lehigh University and graduated with honors in Philosophy and Political Science. She continued her education receiving her Juris Doctorate at Syracuse University. She graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse and later became their law professor. She passed the Illinois Bar exam in 2009 and is currently the Program Director at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL Leili is a member of the board of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Mother's with Young Children's group. She is busy raising her young daughters Audrey and Clara. She is a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church and lives with her family in Libertyville.
In 1947, Bernice and John "Jack" McMurrough purchased the then Osborne Funeral Home at our current location. Osborne's promotional material denoting the company as "Furniture and Undertaking." Jack also operated an emergency ambulance service along with the funeral home, this was long before the village had its own ambulance service. In the 1950's they expanded the funeral home to include the current main chapel expanding the facility to over twice its size. Jack was an WWII Army Veteran, aircraft pilot and also served in the flying funeral directors of America. Bernice and Jack had five children Mark, Mary, Michele, Marguerite and Maureen who were all raised in Libertyville while being parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libertyville. Bernice and Jack's tireless work ethic and desire to provide superior funeral service continues in every family we serve.
Now if we could bake cookies and brownies nearly as well as Bernice...