We are committed to creating an event that celebrates a loved one’s life in a comfortable setting whether our client families use our facilities, their church or other memorable place.
The Anderson, Long and Klontz family names have been synonymous with funeral service for nearly 80 years. The late, Mr. Francis C. Long had been associated with the late, John W. Culhane in the former Long & Culhane Funeral Home which was located at 623 Mulberry Street before starting the Long Funeral Home in 1940. His son, the late, John F. Long had joined his father also in 1940 in a father-son operation. The Klontz name has been associated with funeral service since 1933. The late, Mr. David Klontz was born and raised in Cherry Valley, Illinois. Mr. Klontz became a partner in the former Ochsner-Klontz Funeral Home until 1940. Mr. Klontz was associated briefly with the former Burpee-Wood Funeral Home. In 1942, He and Mr. Francis Long formed a partnership to create the Long & Klontz Funeral Home which was located downtown at the corner of N. Court Street at Park Avenue. This partnership continued to 1958 when the senior Mr. Long retired and his son, John took over his father’s interest. For a period of time, Mr. Klontz was the Coroner for Winnebago County. The Anderson name has been associated in funeral service since 1959. Mr. Roger L. Anderson began his career with the former Burpee-Wood Funeral Home. Roger was invited to work at Long & Klontz Funeral Home in 1964 and was made partner in 1969. His son, Jeffrey S. Anderson joined the funeral home in 1983. The Long & Klontz Funeral Home name was changed to Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home in 1986. The funeral home moved to our current location at 6825 Weaver Road in 2005 after remaining in the downtown location for over 60 years.
OUR SOCIETY HAS CHANGED…
You Bet! Our society continues to evolve regarding mores and traditions. In the 20th Century, the traditional funeral which consisted of the evening visitation, some type of religious service followed with burial. These typical events described could have been out of the deceased’s own home, church or the “new” concept of a funeral home or mortuary. Cremation was pretty much unheard of and may have been used more in the disposal of the indigent dead. The average person at that time embraced or identified with a certain religious belief which more or less dictated what type of funeral service was to be held. Families typically lived within a short distance of each other and were supportive of each other during their time of need. We as a society witnessed the great war, WWII, Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War I and II, Iraqi and Afghanistan War. Technology has evolved from horse drawn carriages, to automobiles, trains and airplanes, as well as how we communicate. Our mobile society has created issues which may or may not influence how we celebrate a life lived. Over the years there has been confusing, misleading information and claims related to funeral service. Mental Health experts still agree that some type of celebration of a loved one who has died is important. The question is what type? Traditional Service? Memorial Service? Private Only? Cremation? Burial or Entombment? Location of Celebration? The staff at Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home can help you determine what is important to those left behind. The “old adage” said “Funerals are not for the dead but, are for the living.” Our facility includes a large chapel as well as an on-site crematory. Our goal is to treat each family individually with equal compassion and sensitivity and to provide the highest quality of service and related merchandise possible.