Beidelman Kunsch Funeral Home
Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home has a long history of service to the Naperville community.
In 1861, local cabinetmaker Fred Long established his furniture and "undertaking" business at the corner of Washington Street and Jackson Avenue, responding to requests to "undertake" the making of coffins. The Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home evolved from this pioneer firm.
Long's nephew, Oliver "O.J." Beidelman, began working for his uncle prior to the turn of the century. He purchased the business from Long in 1911, and 17 years later built the three-story brick building in the same location.
Oliver Beidelman continued to operate the dual-purpose business there until his retirement. He was a 50-year member of the Euclid Lodge #65 AF & AM and one of the founders of the Naperville YMCA.
Oliver's son, Owen "Dutch" Beidelman, entered the family business at an early age and continued to operate the two concerns at the original location (Beidelman Furniture Store) until 1966, when he built the new ground-level structure at 117 West Van Buren, where the funeral home operates today. Dutch was a member of Rotary for over 60 years; he was also a member of the Masonic Euclid Lodge #65 AF & FM, as well as past director and lifelong member of the Naperville YMCA. He served on the City Council for 24 years and actively supported many civic projects through the years.
In 1968, Dutch's son-in-law John W. Kunsch joined the funeral home staff. In 1978, a new partnership was formed and the name of the firm was changed to Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home. John earned his Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University in 1963 and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1969.
A Bronze Star medalist, John served as a second lieutenant with the 16th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Moose, Knights of Columbus, and Kiwanis Evening Club.
Along with the addition of a branch facility, John Kunsch's twin sons, John L. and Joseph O. (fifth generation) joined their father in the family business. They take pride in keeping the funeral home family owned and independent. They are both 1997 graduates of Loras College and 1998 graduates of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.