As a Mt. Greenwood resident, Jim Trolia takes pride in living in the community he serves, and as the owner and funeral director of Beverly Ridge Funeral Home for more than 30 years, he has witnessed the joys and sorrows of many local families.
“We like to say,” Trolia said, “that they come in as strangers and leave as friends.”
For 62 years, Beverly Ridge Funeral Home has served families with the highest quality personal service and professionalism.
Founded in 1957 by James Melka, Beverly Ridge Funeral Home, 10415 S. Kedzie Ave., has always been guided by family values, and it remains as Mt. Greenwood’s only family-owned-and-operated funeral home.
Jim Trolia has distinguished himself and Beverly Ridge Funeral Home for comforting families in their time of need, and family values are important to him.
Jim and his wife, Susan, live above the funeral home, and for these parents of three, the past months have been a reminder of how time flies.
James Trolia Jr., 31, joined the funeral home staff nine years ago and is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
On St. Patrick’s Day, he surprised Amanda Gardner by proposing at the South Side Irish Parade with the help of two leprechauns leading the parade. Jimmy got lucky at the corner of 114th Street when Amanda said yes, much to the approval of her 5-year-old daughter, Molly.
Jim Sr. was also in on the surprise, but he never revealed if it cost a pot of gold for the leprechauns (Dennis and Ryan Dooley).
A Mt. Greenwood resident, Jim Jr. excelled in his studies at Worsham College, his father’s alma mater, and upon graduation, he was presented with the Jack Adams Dodge Award, given to the student who achieves the highest combined average in restorative art and embalming laboratories.
Their daughter, Mary, 27, recently completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where she also earned her master’s degree. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In August, she will start her work at the Kansas City VA Medical Center providing treatment for military veterans suffering from PTSD.
She also added another title—that of wife— in December 2017, when she married Adam Kirschner. Adam, a CPA, recently started his new job in Kansas City.
The youngest Trolia, Emily, 26, lives in Celebration, Fla., and for the past several years has used her creative talents for the Walt Disney Company at Disney World.
Obviously, Beverly Ridge Funeral Home is a family business, and that’s why local residents trust it to provide personalized service tailored to each family’s needs, whether it be a traditional funeral service or an immediate burial or cremation.
Beverly Ridge funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They do everything possible to make the celebration of life more meaningful.
They support the family’s personal needs, answer questions about grief, recognize when there appears to be difficulty coping and recommend sources of additional assistance.
The staff at Beverly Ridge Funeral Home makes every effort to customize a funeral or memorial service precisely to individual tastes, including personal eulogies, special music, displays of personal items and pictures, and more.
“We are committed to providing top-quality funeral service at an affordable price,” Jim Sr., said. “We have built a reputation of trust by ensuring that the value and satisfaction received far exceed the cost.”
The Trolia Family also takes an active role in the community. Jim Sr. serves on the board of directors of the Mt. Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and has also been involved with the Mt. Greenwood Lions Club for decades.
Beverly Ridge Funeral Home is a proud union member of Teamsters Local 727. It belongs to the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago.
The Trolias have also volunteered their services to Catholic Charities for funerals of people who couldn’t afford private burials.
One of Beverly Ridge Funeral Home’s services that local residents have taken advantage of is funeral pre-planning programs, which allows families to make meaningful choices without the pressure and grief of a stressful situation.
Beverly Beverly Ridge is proud to offer funeral planning through National Guardian Life Insurance Company, a trusted source for providing life insurance to fund future funeral expenses.
Beverly Ridge Funeral Home is one of the few that offers a guaranteed funeral program. Simply put, a guaranteed funeral is provided in the future for no additional cost to a family. The original amount they have paid with accumulations of dividends and interest will cover the cost in the future with the funeral home.
They offer several options to prepay for funeral services: monthly payments, insurance coverage or single-payment plans.
Only a family-owned-and-operated funeral home can deliver the compassionate service that local residents expect, and that’s why people rely on Beverly Ridge Funeral Home.
“We thank you for your continued faith in our family and staff,” said Jim, “and we want you to know that our doors are always open to you and your family.”
For more information, call Beverly Ridge Funeral Home at (773) 779-4411 or visit the website at beverlyridgefuneralhome.com.