Robert Moynihan, President of Central Chapels, became a funeral director in 1983. Two years later, the Central Chapel was built on the Southwest Side of Chicago, across the street from Chicago’s Midway Airport, at 6158 South Central Avenue. Central Chapel was established at a time when many firms had been sold to high cost, impersonal, national funeral chains. It was strategically built 4 blocks from a Blake-Lamb Chapel, owned by the SCI Dignity chain. And the concept was to serve one family at a time offering a homelike setting and "living room comfort." Central Chapel has all the amenities of a large firm: spacious coffee and reception room, on-premise casket display yet not the high costs and impersonal treatment that we often experience when dealing with large institutions. Central Chapel is unique in offering undivided attention to each family served and offering a quiet, private environment for people in the days following the death of a loved one.
THOMAS McINERNEY’S SONS FUNERAL HOME, now McINERNEY CENTRAL CHAPEL, on the South Side at 4635 South Wallace Street, is the oldest funeral home in Chicago. The firm was established in 1873 and the landmark Wallace Street mortuary was built as funeral home in 1893. Thomas McInerney’s Sons is a trusted name for funerals for nearly 150 years. They have served generation after generation in the same families while continually attracting new client families. They have a sterling reputation among families who have worked for our city including Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department families.
Thomas McInerney’s Sons had a second location from 1970 to 2010 on the Southwest Side of Chicago at 7901 South Komensky Avenue. That location has relocated to our Central Avenue chapel.
The merger of CENTRAL CHAPEL with THOMAS McINERNEY’S SONS was a natural one. Our Central Avenue location is convenient for families that have relocated to the Southwest Side from the Bridgeport and Canaryville neighborhoods, as well as families that used to rely on the McInerney 79th Street Chapel. At the same time, CENTRAL CHAPEL has always served families in the Bridgeport, Canaryville, Back of the Yards and Brighton Park neighborhoods, so the Wallace Street chapel is an added convenience for these folks.
The unique contribution that CENTRAL CHAPEL and McINERNEY CENTRAL CHAPEL makes to 21st century funeral service in Chicago area is that it integrates tradition with innovation, affordability with distinction, providing all of this by a remarkably exceptional, caring staff and seasoned funeral directors -- on the shoulders of a century and a half of service by our McInerney founders.
Robert Moynihan, Funeral Director and President of Central Chapel, has often been described as the quintessential funeral director. A gifted public speaker on the outside and a stickler for details on the inside, Bob Moynihan believes two things passionately:
1. Every life has meaning and should be honored.
2. Funerals are too expensive.
Robert Moynihan became a Funeral Director in 1983 and acquired the Ketcham Funeral Chapel, one of Chicago’s oldest funeral firms, in its centennial year. The firm was later renamed LANE-MOYNIHAN, in memory of DeWitt Lane, a mentor of Bob’s who had a reputation for sincere, honest, sensibly priced service. Moynihan also brings his past experience as Managing Partner of Lain-Sullivan and Lain-Fern Funeral Homes where he learned the importance of providing high quality and unique services while attracting more and more families due to being cost sensitive.
Bob Moynihan worked with and for some of the best funeral directors in Chicago, learning different things from each of them. Abiding gratitude to these mentors: Leonard Tobuch, of Ketcham Funeral Chapel and Doty-Panozzo Funeral Home, James Melka, of Beverly Ridge Funeral Home, Peter Brady of Brady-Gill Funeral Home, Michael Heeney, of Heeney-Laughlin Sons Funeral Home, Margaret McKeon and Thomas J. McKeon, of McKeon Funeral Home, James R. Sheehy and Jack Sheehy, of John J. Sheehy & Sons, Jerry Sullivan, of Cremation Society of Illinois, Marcus Jaeger, of Countryside Funeral Homes, and DeWitt Lane, of Lackore Nichols and Lane.
We are proud of our past but it's who we are today that is making a difference, making us Chicago's leader in distinctive and affordable funeral care. If you have any questions about our past or our future, please feel free to call us at 773-581-9000 or e-mail us at [email protected]
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