Meet Our Staff

Michael Demnicki

Owner / Director

Michael Demnicki, the director of Michaels Funeral Home, wasn’t always in the family business.

He graduated from Loyola University in 1990 with a BS in Biology and from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1991. Though all indications were pointing to him becoming the next Director of the family funeral home, he decided instead to give law a try and received his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 1996.

As a lawyer, he worked for the State’s Attorney’s Office of Cook County, was in-house counsel for an equipment leasing corporation and had a successful private practice. In 2006, however, Michael Demnicki realized that law was no longer personally satisfying and wanted to do something more immediate and helpful.

“Being the Director of this funeral home gives me the opportunity to be a part of someone’s family, if only for a brief time, yet somehow during one of the most important times in their lives.”

Michael believes that his legal background has helped the families he serves, as well. “My law experience just means that I have more tools in my toolbox to handle whatever my client’s needs are. Whether that’s to answer legal questions about social security, medicare or estate planning.”

Beyond his personal desire to care for others in their time of need or to help from a legal perspective, Michael also spends time learning about the latest studies on bereavement and how to expand the services he offers to better fulfill the healing process.

Chelsea Janic

Intern - Associate Director

Chelsea is the newest member at Michaels, joining the staff in June 2014 after graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Prior to that, she went to Elgin Community College for nursing and became a Certified Nursing Assistant, working locally for several years. Although she enjoyed nursing, she had often thought about working in the funeral industry and is now finding many rewarding opportunities to help others as part of the Michaels family.

Jeannette Kalinauskas

Marketing Coordinator

Jeannette has worked in marketing for over 25 years for large corporations, small private businesses and as an independent consultant. Although she earned her degree in Business Communications from Roosevelt University in 2000, she has yet to put her books down. Jeannette began her marketing role for Michaels in 2009 and has been grateful for the chance to work with such a caring and professional group.