Matthew Jones President, Law Jones Funeral Home
As a Carroll County native, Matthew Jones grew up along the river towns that he still calls home today. He is a graduate of Savanna High School and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While Matthew initially had a career in technology near the city of Chicago, later events brought him back to his roots in northwestern Illinois.
During his formative years, Matthew learned about the importance of preserving and sharing community history from his father, Melvin (Mel) Jones. Mel collected hundreds of historic photos and presented stories about the river and railroad communities through programs he personally initiated. Matt was influenced by participating with his father in these programs.
When Mel died suddenly at the age of 50, Matthew left his career in technology to join his brother, Michael, as a co-owner of Law Jones Funeral Home, which had then grown to five locations. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. Matthew always wanted to work alongside his father, who took great honor in helping families at their time of need, so this was an opportunity for Matthew to continue the legacy of his father through service to the community.
As the President of Law Jones Funeral Home, Matthew believes the business is uniquely positioned to care for the deceased and help guide families through the entire healing process.
In addition to overseeing Law Jones Funeral Home, Matthew is the Carroll County Coroner and is involved in many civic organizations that benefit the surrounding communities.
Matthew resides in Lake Carroll, Illinois with his wife, Amy. He is thankful for his family and the work that God has put him in.
Rosemary Hartman Family Service Counselor
rowing up in Savanna, Illinois, Rosemary is personally invested in the families who call this area their home. She is an ambassador for the grieving, helping to make one of the most difficult times in life as stress-free as possible.
From the very beginning, Rosemary was surrounded by the unique environment inherent in a family-owned and operated business. Throughout the 1970s, her parents operated a successful supper club in Savanna, Illinois, where they treated their employees and customers as if they were part of their own family. It is this caring attribute that drew Rosemary to Law Jones Funeral Home, where these same values are shared across the business.
Rosemary is instrumental in helping families pre-plan their funeral care. She assists them emotionally and financially to plan ahead for the inevitable, as well as prepare for the design and purchase of their lasting memorial monument. Rosemary believes that caring for and about families is an extension of who we are and what we do here at Law Jones Funeral Home.
Rosemary is a graduate of Columbia College with a Business Administration degree. Family and faith continue to be the cornerstones of her existence.
Rosemary and Michael, reside in Savanna. She enjoys spending time with her three grown children and their families. She looks forward to big family gatherings and being outdoors. Rosemary is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Savanna. Through the years, she has been actively involved in church, as well as several boards and activities involving school and community.
Jean Jones Accounting Manager
Long before funeral care was a part of her life, Jean (Taniges) Jones was growing up on a farm in Shelby County, Illinois. This is where she met and married her husband, Melvin (Mel) Jones, who would later become an original partner of Law Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, Illinois.
Prior to living in Savanna, Jean and Mel lived in Cambridge, Illinois. While Mel developed his career, Jean was busy with her teaching career and raising their children.
The family settled in Savanna in 1962, when Mel and Jean purchased Hunter Funeral Home. Jean taught English in the Savanna School District, and in 1965 Mel and Jean partnered with Law Funeral Home to form Law Jones Funeral Home.
Today, Jean serves as the Accounting Manager of Law Jones Funeral Home, working closely with her son, Matthew. She resides in Savanna and is very involved with the Savanna Historical Society, the First United Methodist Church, and several bridge clubs.
Adam Watkins Administrative Assistant
A native of the Carroll County area, Adam is no stranger to the slow, quiet pace of our river towns.
Adam is a 2007 graduate of West Carroll High School and studied linguistics for a short period in Glendale Heights, Illinois. Upon returning home to Carroll County, he joined Law Jones Funeral Home as an administrative assistant. Adam is instrumental in communicating with families to publish obituaries; design funeral programs, thank you cards, and photo slideshows; as well as manage the day-to-day office duties for our staff.
As a member of the Law Jones’ staff since 2011, Adam has gained an immense appreciation for the caring aspect of the funeral business. He is truly grateful to be a part of the healing process for families of the deceased.
Adam resides in Savanna, Illinois, where he enjoys cooking, planning his next travel adventure, and doing anything art-related.