History & Staff

/SaxTiedemannFuneralHome/Family.jpg In October of 2014, Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home celebrated our 90th Anniversary. First incorporated in 1924 by Maurice Sax and Peter Thomas Tiedemann we were originally located on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Atlantic Street in Franklin Park. The business moved across the street in 1928. A year later, Mr. Tiedemann bought the shares owned by Mr. Sax and became the sole proprietor of Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home.

Today, Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home reflects a vastly different appearance. The only traces of the original structure are seen in the middle portion of the funeral home. We moved to our present location of 9568 Belmont Avenue in 1936. While the funeral home has changed in appearance, Sax-Tiedemann continues to maintain its professional service into it’s third generation of family service that has been a hallmark of our existence from the beginning.

 

Three Generations

 

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Stephen C. Dawson President

Stephen Dawson earned his high school diploma from the East Leyden High School in 1977. He further pursued his studies at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and graduated with a B.A. degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts. He also attended the Players Workshop of Second City to learn the art of improvisation. To prepare for the family business, Stephen attended the Worsham College of Mortuary in 1982 to get an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He also holds a certificate from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), Illinois Crematory Operators Certification Program, and is certified through the Green Burial Council.

Stephen owns and manages Monarch Cremation Society with his wife Tammi. Stephen has been the past president in the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago and Evangelical Covenant Church Council; former secretary of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. He is currently the Secretary of School District 84 school board of Franklin Park. Showing his love of sports, Stephen is a former Thunder soccer coach. He enjoys spending time with the family, is a certified scuba diver, a holds an A.S.A. sailing captains certificate. He also plays the keyboard for the musical group Looney Train.

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Tammi Burke Dawson

Tammi Burke Dawson is a registered nurse. She received her education from the Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois and Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. She is currently working with the Out Patient Surgical Unit with Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois, in addition to helping around the funeral home.

If you see her moving around quickly, you can trace it back to her family heritage which made its mark in the sport of speed skating. In fact, her father, Charles Burke, participated in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics. Since 2013, Tammy has been the Lead Nurse with Honor Flight Chicago, the organization that brings Veterans to Washington DC to the War Memorial Site. She has been a volunteer for Honor Flight Chicago since 2011.

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Clyde Dawson

Clyde Dawson grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. He met Jean Tiedemann at Grinnell College where he earned a B.A. degree in Biology. In 1956, he began working with his father-in-law, Peter Tiedemann and pursued further studies at Worsham College of Mortuary Science.

Now retired, he is still very active in the community. Clyde is a member of several organizations, including the Franklin Park Kiwanis Club, The Franklin Park Social Club, and the Leyden and Laurel Masonic Lodge. He was also a former member of the School District No. 84 School Board for 30 years. Clyde is an active member of Evangelical Covenant Church.

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Jean Tiedemann Dawson

Born into the family business, Jean Tiedemann Dawson lived in the funeral home since it relocated to Belmont Avenue in 1936. Jean is the youngest child of Peter Thomas Tiedemann and Irma Tiedemann (nee Freie). She graduated from Leyden High School and attended Grinnell College where she met her husband, Clyde. Jean holds a B.A. degree from Elmhurst College. One of her most notable achievements is having served as President of Evangelical Covenant Church.

Jean regularly does volunteer work for the Women’s Association of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her appreciation for the arts can also be seen in her active participation in the Bell Choir.

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William Sean Sweetman Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Cremationist

Sean has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1991.  Born and raised in Chicago, he is a second generation funeral director, following in his father and uncle's footsteps. Sean graduated from Gordon Technical High School  in 1987.  He attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois.  

Sean served for over 10 years as Secretary Treasurer of the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago.  He currently teaches Clinical Embalming and Anatomy Dissection at Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  Sean is a member of CANA - Cremation Association of Northern America.  He is also a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and was recently appointed to their Board of Directors.  Sean serves as a distinguished member of Worsham's advisory board.

Sean is married to his high school sweetheart, Ellyn, and they are the proud parents of 3 children.  When not working at the funeral home, Sean volunteers as assistant coach of his son's baseball team and plays coed-recreational softball with his wife, family, and friends.  Fishing and golf are some of Sean's favorite hobbies.

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Beth A. Stolte Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Cremationist

Beth was born and raised in Stanwood, Iowa, a small farming community 30 miles from Cedar Rapids. Beth is the youngest of 3 sisters and her sisters and parents continue to reside in Iowa. She played softball and ran track in High School and continues her running regimen to this day. It was in grade school where Beth decided she wished to become a Funeral Director when Mr. Chapman of Chapman Funeral Home in a neighboring town gave a presentation to students on the importance of his vocation. From that moment on, Beth’s professional ambitions remained committed to the funeral industry.

To accomplish her goal, Beth attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2008. She worked at Sax-Tiedemann as a student, became an intern apprentice and was hired full-time in 2008. Beth continues to enjoy running and enters many 5K races for charitable causes including the Shamrock Shuffle and Santa Hustle. Among her favorite charitable causes to raise funds for is PAWS, having fostered a love for animals since her early days in a farming community and continuing today. Being the only member of her family to move away from the farm and off to the big city, Beth enjoys spoiling her 2 nieces and 2 nephews whenever she gets the chance.

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Jullene Cocozza Administrative Assistant

It is very likely Jullene’s voice is among the first you’ll hear when calling Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home. It’s nearly impossible to not hear Jullene’s voice during your time with us, as she is involved in assisting our families and our staff with our arrangements and memorials. Her responsibility is to make sure people get the assistance they need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Being able to help people at perhaps the most trying time in their lives is important to Jullene. Being able to be the bridge from the people who need help with the staff here who can provide that help is a vital role. That role is performed with great professionalism by Jullene.

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Stephen C. Dawson

President

Stephen Dawson earned his high school diploma from the East Leyden High School in 1977. He further pursued his studies at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and graduated with a B.A. degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts. He also attended the Players Workshop of Second City to learn the art of improvisation. To prepare for the family business, Stephen attended the Worsham College of Mortuary in 1982 to get an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He also holds a certificate from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), Illinois Crematory Operators Certification Program, and is certified through the Green Burial Council.

Stephen owns and manages Monarch Cremation Society with his wife Tammi. Stephen has been the past president in the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago and Evangelical Covenant Church Council; former secretary of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. He is currently the Secretary of School District 84 school board of Franklin Park. Showing his love of sports, Stephen is a former Thunder soccer coach. He enjoys spending time with the family, is a certified scuba diver, a holds an A.S.A. sailing captains certificate. He also plays the keyboard for the musical group Looney Train.

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Tammi Burke Dawson

Tammi Burke Dawson is a registered nurse. She received her education from the Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois and Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. She is currently working with the Out Patient Surgical Unit with Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois, in addition to helping around the funeral home.

If you see her moving around quickly, you can trace it back to her family heritage which made its mark in the sport of speed skating. In fact, her father, Charles Burke, participated in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics. Since 2013, Tammy has been the Lead Nurse with Honor Flight Chicago, the organization that brings Veterans to Washington DC to the War Memorial Site. She has been a volunteer for Honor Flight Chicago since 2011.

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Clyde Dawson

Clyde Dawson grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. He met Jean Tiedemann at Grinnell College where he earned a B.A. degree in Biology. In 1956, he began working with his father-in-law, Peter Tiedemann and pursued further studies at Worsham College of Mortuary Science.

Now retired, he is still very active in the community. Clyde is a member of several organizations, including the Franklin Park Kiwanis Club, The Franklin Park Social Club, and the Leyden and Laurel Masonic Lodge. He was also a former member of the School District No. 84 School Board for 30 years. Clyde is an active member of Evangelical Covenant Church.

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Jean Tiedemann Dawson

Born into the family business, Jean Tiedemann Dawson lived in the funeral home since it relocated to Belmont Avenue in 1936. Jean is the youngest child of Peter Thomas Tiedemann and Irma Tiedemann (nee Freie). She graduated from Leyden High School and attended Grinnell College where she met her husband, Clyde. Jean holds a B.A. degree from Elmhurst College. One of her most notable achievements is having served as President of Evangelical Covenant Church.

Jean regularly does volunteer work for the Women’s Association of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her appreciation for the arts can also be seen in her active participation in the Bell Choir.

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William Sean Sweetman

Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Cremationist

Sean has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1991.  Born and raised in Chicago, he is a second generation funeral director, following in his father and uncle's footsteps. Sean graduated from Gordon Technical High School  in 1987.  He attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois.  

Sean served for over 10 years as Secretary Treasurer of the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago.  He currently teaches Clinical Embalming and Anatomy Dissection at Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  Sean is a member of CANA - Cremation Association of Northern America.  He is also a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and was recently appointed to their Board of Directors.  Sean serves as a distinguished member of Worsham's advisory board.

Sean is married to his high school sweetheart, Ellyn, and they are the proud parents of 3 children.  When not working at the funeral home, Sean volunteers as assistant coach of his son's baseball team and plays coed-recreational softball with his wife, family, and friends.  Fishing and golf are some of Sean's favorite hobbies.

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Beth A. Stolte

Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Cremationist

Beth was born and raised in Stanwood, Iowa, a small farming community 30 miles from Cedar Rapids. Beth is the youngest of 3 sisters and her sisters and parents continue to reside in Iowa. She played softball and ran track in High School and continues her running regimen to this day. It was in grade school where Beth decided she wished to become a Funeral Director when Mr. Chapman of Chapman Funeral Home in a neighboring town gave a presentation to students on the importance of his vocation. From that moment on, Beth’s professional ambitions remained committed to the funeral industry.

To accomplish her goal, Beth attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2008. She worked at Sax-Tiedemann as a student, became an intern apprentice and was hired full-time in 2008. Beth continues to enjoy running and enters many 5K races for charitable causes including the Shamrock Shuffle and Santa Hustle. Among her favorite charitable causes to raise funds for is PAWS, having fostered a love for animals since her early days in a farming community and continuing today. Being the only member of her family to move away from the farm and off to the big city, Beth enjoys spoiling her 2 nieces and 2 nephews whenever she gets the chance.

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Jullene Cocozza

Administrative Assistant

It is very likely Jullene’s voice is among the first you’ll hear when calling Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home. It’s nearly impossible to not hear Jullene’s voice during your time with us, as she is involved in assisting our families and our staff with our arrangements and memorials. Her responsibility is to make sure people get the assistance they need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Being able to help people at perhaps the most trying time in their lives is important to Jullene. Being able to be the bridge from the people who need help with the staff here who can provide that help is a vital role. That role is performed with great professionalism by Jullene.