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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Erin Burke Administrative Assistant

If Erin's name sounds a bit familiar, it's because she is Tammi Burke Dawson's sister. It is likely that Erin may be the first voice you hear when contacting Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home. Born and raised in Northbrook and a proud graduate of Glenbrook North High School, Erin and her husband Jerry make their home in Grayslake. Erin is an enthusiastic "Hockey Mom" to son Michael and daughter Shannah, who are now grown and driving themselves to rinks all over the place. Erin and Jerry are big live music fans. Erin is a  self-professed Parrot Head and never misses Jimmy Buffet when he gets anywhere close to the area. She also loves the Blues and many other genres of music. Her parenting duties now are centered around a full figure Min Tin dog named Louie who takes Erin on long walks. Erin's career has always included hospitality and greeting people, in addition to accounting and administrative duties. Her favorite chapter of her career of course is her present position as Administrative Assistant at Sax-Tiedemann, followed closely by driving the beverage cart at a local golf course where everyone was thrilled to see her. We're thrilled to see her here too. 

 

Stephen C. Dawson

President
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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.

Tammi Burke Dawson

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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.

Clyde Dawson

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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.

Jean Tiedemann Dawson

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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.

William Sean Sweetman

Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Cremationist
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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.

Erin Burke

Administrative Assistant
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If Erin's name sounds a bit familiar, it's because she is Tammi Burke Dawson's sister. It is likely that Erin may be the first voice you hear when contacting Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home. Born and raised in Northbrook and a proud graduate of Glenbrook North High School, Erin and her husband Jerry make their home in Grayslake. Erin is an enthusiastic "Hockey Mom" to son Michael and daughter Shannah, who are now grown and driving themselves to rinks all over the place. Erin and Jerry are big live music fans. Erin is a  self-professed Parrot Head and never misses Jimmy Buffet when he gets anywhere close to the area. She also loves the Blues and many other genres of music. Her parenting duties now are centered around a full figure Min Tin dog named Louie who takes Erin on long walks. Erin's career has always included hospitality and greeting people, in addition to accounting and administrative duties. Her favorite chapter of her career of course is her present position as Administrative Assistant at Sax-Tiedemann, followed closely by driving the beverage cart at a local golf course where everyone was thrilled to see her. We're thrilled to see her here too.