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 Savanna, Illinois. He is thankful for his family and the work that God has put him in.
Anthony "Tony" Garcia Funeral Director
Growing up in the small, rural farming community of Erie, Illinois, Tony has spent most of his life along the Mississippi River. By the age of 11, he knew he wanted to be a funeral director, and since then he has followed his true calling of joining the funeral care industry.
Tony is a 1998 graduate of Erie High School and attended Blackhawk Community College for two years. He is a 2001 graduate of the Worsham Mortuary College in Wheeling, Illinois. After serving an apprenticeship and several working years at Cooney Funeral Home in Chicago, Tony returned to the northwestern Illinois area and began working for Law Jones Funeral Home in 2004.
As a funeral director for Law Jones, Tony has established a deep connection with many families in the surrounding communities. He enjoys the opportunity to work with individuals in one of their greatest times of personal need.
Tony resides along the Mississippi River, where he spends most of his free time with his wife, Chrystal, and three children: Alivia, Aaron and Aubrey. Fishing, hunting, and hanging out with friends are some of his favorite pastimes.
Chris Martin Funeral Director
As a lifelong resident of Carroll County, Chris Martin has a deeply personal connection with the people and communities of our small river towns. He is a graduate of Mt. Carroll High School and a veteran of the United States Navy, and now proudly serves his hometown as a funeral director with Law Jones Funeral Home.
Chris attended a Career Day at Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois, where he determined that funeral service was his true calling. During his youth, he worked at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Center in Mt. Carroll. It was this experience that gave him an appreciation for life and the realization he needed to work in a service-oriented business. Before he could do that, however, he had another mission to complete: serving in the United States military.
Immediately after high school graduation, Chris enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served for nearly five years during the War on Terrorism and Iraqi Freedom. Following his discharge, he returned to Carroll County and attended Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois.
In 2006, he graduated from Worsham School of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. By September of that same year, he began working at Law Jones Funeral Home as an apprentice.
Chris believes that his work as a funeral director is not only personally fulfilling but also one of the most meaningful ways to care for families during their time of great need.
Chris and his wife, Kelli, reside in Mt. Carroll where they enjoy the small town life.
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.
Patricia Rader Account Management
With more than 33 years in banking, finance, real estate sales, and corporate customer service management, Patricia came to Law Jones Funeral Home with a smorgasbord of professional experience. It is no wonder she became a perfect fit for Law Jones’ on-site printing department back in 2002, and to this day continues to be an asset to the business.
After spending the lion’s share of her career in the Chicagoland area, Patricia relocated to the beautiful Carroll County, Illinois. It was here that she decided a real change was in order. She was offered the position with Law Jones to help customize their printed commemoratives, which included memorial folders, prayer cards, bookmarkers, candles and DVDs.
Today, Patricia’s role has expanded to include home visits and following up with families. By working at all Law Jones locations, she helps relieve all families of the burden of documentation, insurance paperwork, and the many other clerical details that are often difficult for those who are grieving.
Patricia’s love for life and adventure led her to Law Jones many years ago, and today she truly feels it is an honor and privilege to serve the families within our communities.
Patricia currently lives in Carroll County and has two daughters and seven grandchildren. Her favorite pastime and passion is geneaology.
Brittany Stein Funeral Director
Since her freshman year in high school, Brittany knew she wanted to become a funeral director. It was a true calling for her, and she followed that calling until she reached Law Jones Funeral Home where she is now serving a funeral director apprenticeship.
Brittany grew up in the Rockford area and is a 2011 graduate of Winnebago High School. She received her Associate’s Degree in 2013 from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois.
As an apprentice for Law Jones Funeral Home, Brittany assists families who are coping with the loss of a loved one. For her, the privilege to relieve some of the burden for the family is the most rewarding and fulfilling part of the position.
Brittany currently resides in Preston, Iowa, and spends her free time watching movies, cooking, and biking.