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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Timothy S. Dawson Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Timothy Dawson represents the 4th Generation of the Tiedemann Family to embrace the vocation of Funeral Director. Tim is a graduate of East Leyden High School and went on to receive his BA in Communications from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.in 2011. After entering the workforce and still doing some maintenance work for the Family Funeral Home, Tim enrolled in Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Receiving his Degree in Mortuary Science in 2015, Tim became a Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director, returning to his lifelong home above the Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home. 



Tim is married to his wife Claire (2017) and they are expecting their first child and the first grandchild of Stephen and Tammi Dawson in March of 2019. Claire is an outside sales representative in the Food Service industry. While awaiting their new baby in March, TIm and Claire are kept company by their pet cats Jack and Vincent, and their dog Hank. 



Tim enjoys playing Rugby with the Chicago Riot RFC team. He's available 24/7 with the possible exception of  Deer Season and Turkey Season. Tim is extremely proud to be the 4th Generation of his family to enter this very important vocation. 

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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 Retired

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 - 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 St. Paul Evangelical Covenant Church.

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Jean Tiedemann Dawson Retired

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 St. Paul 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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Sarah Koning

Sarah is a recent graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, she worked as a student with us while at school and is continuing her training as our apprentice. Born in Holland Michigan she moved Franklin Park for school and currently resides in Oak Park. When she's not working Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends, catching up on her tv shows and visiting Michicagn to see her niece and nephew. Sarah is new to the business but is eager to continue learning and helping families.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin is a lifelong resident of Elmwood Park, graduated from Elmwood Park High School and went to Worsham College of Mortuary Science where he received his certification in 1995. Kevin also is on the FDSA Board of Directors and holds the position of Vice President. Kevin has over 20 years of experience as a funeral director and embalmer and has a great sense of pride and dignity while meeting the needs of families and would provide them with a sense of comfort, confidence and consistency with a personalized service.

 

Kevin is married to his wife, Alexis and they have three children, Kayla, Gabriella and Brayden. They also have three fur babies, Cassie (Shepard/Huskie), Tito (Chihuahua/Pug) and Cooper (French bulldog). Kevin enjoys playing golf, loves old muscle cars and is a die-hard Cubs fan. When not busy working or running around on his days off work he likes to vacation with his family somewhere on a lake in the middle of nowhere fishing and relaxing.

 

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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.

Timothy S. Dawson

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Timothy Dawson represents the 4th Generation of the Tiedemann Family to embrace the vocation of Funeral Director. Tim is a graduate of East Leyden High School and went on to receive his BA in Communications from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.in 2011. After entering the workforce and still doing some maintenance work for the Family Funeral Home, Tim enrolled in Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Receiving his Degree in Mortuary Science in 2015, Tim became a Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director, returning to his lifelong home above the Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home. 



Tim is married to his wife Claire (2017) and they are expecting their first child and the first grandchild of Stephen and Tammi Dawson in March of 2019. Claire is an outside sales representative in the Food Service industry. While awaiting their new baby in March, TIm and Claire are kept company by their pet cats Jack and Vincent, and their dog Hank. 



Tim enjoys playing Rugby with the Chicago Riot RFC team. He's available 24/7 with the possible exception of  Deer Season and Turkey Season. Tim is extremely proud to be the 4th Generation of his family to enter this very important vocation. 

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

Retired
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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 - 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 St. Paul Evangelical Covenant Church.

Jean Tiedemann Dawson

Retired
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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 St. Paul 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.

Sarah Koning

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Sarah is a recent graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, she worked as a student with us while at school and is continuing her training as our apprentice. Born in Holland Michigan she moved Franklin Park for school and currently resides in Oak Park. When she's not working Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends, catching up on her tv shows and visiting Michicagn to see her niece and nephew. Sarah is new to the business but is eager to continue learning and helping families.

Kevin Anderson

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Kevin is a lifelong resident of Elmwood Park, graduated from Elmwood Park High School and went to Worsham College of Mortuary Science where he received his certification in 1995. Kevin also is on the FDSA Board of Directors and holds the position of Vice President. Kevin has over 20 years of experience as a funeral director and embalmer and has a great sense of pride and dignity while meeting the needs of families and would provide them with a sense of comfort, confidence and consistency with a personalized service.

 

Kevin is married to his wife, Alexis and they have three children, Kayla, Gabriella and Brayden. They also have three fur babies, Cassie (Shepard/Huskie), Tito (Chihuahua/Pug) and Cooper (French bulldog). Kevin enjoys playing golf, loves old muscle cars and is a die-hard Cubs fan. When not busy working or running around on his days off work he likes to vacation with his family somewhere on a lake in the middle of nowhere fishing and relaxing.

 

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.