History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Dreaming Big…But Starting Small

Dreaming Big…But Starting Small

Almost 30 years ago, back in 1983, Edward Calahan opened his own funeral service company. He started small – in fact, Calahan Funeral Service was based out of an existing funeral home in Chicago. When the owner of that firm suggested that Edward take his passion for excellence in service out into the wider world –he took the suggestion to heart.

The Dream Becomes Reality

The Dream Becomes Reality

In 1986, Edward and Shirley Calahan stood outside the building at 7030 South Halsted, and dreamed of the day when they would open the doors of their own firm, the newly renamed Calahan Funeral Home. They set about the task of renovating the existing structure, and proudly opened their doors later that same year. It didn’t take Shirley long to realize that she wanted to work more closely alongside Edward in the family business. In 1989 she left her career in banking to become a licensed funeral director. Her commitment, compassion, and energy beautifully complement that of her husband – and today, they are joined by their son, Edric.

The Commitment Continues

The Commitment Continues

The Calahan family, through their faith, deep sense of duty to their community, offer 5-star service and a superb work ethic. 

We’re a privately-owned family business, and we are proud to serve all families, of all faiths and traditions. Throughout the years our goal has been to provide helpful and caring service to families when dealing with the death of a loved one. It remains our #1 priority today.” ~ Edward Calahan

Our Valued Staff

  • Edward  Calahan

    Edward Calahan, President, Owner

  • Shirley A. Calahan

    Shirley A. Calahan, Vice President, Owner

  • Edric Calahan

    Edric Calahan, Director of Marketing and Community Liaison

  • Mrs. Valarie Calahan-Taylor

    Mrs. Valarie Calahan-Taylor, Assistant Manager

  • Nicole Baldwin

    Nicole Baldwin, Administrative Assistant

  • Mr. Karl  King

    Mr. Karl King, Claims Specialist

  • Mrs. Angela  Turner-Susberry

    Mrs. Angela Turner-Susberry, Advanced Planning Specialist

  • Rev. Jasper Taylor

    Rev. Jasper Taylor, Chaplain

    Rev. Jasper Taylor has served as our staff chaplain for 5 years. A fourth-generation ordained minister of the gospel, Rev. Jasper Taylor serves as the Executive Pastor of St. Paul and Greater Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is privileged to continue a legacy of ministry at two churches where his father currently Pastors, but also where both of his grandfathers, distinctively named Jasper, served as Pastor.

    Having completed his clinical pastoral education in the field of chaplaincy at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Jasper’s experience and compassion makes a lasting impression on families as they celebrate the lives of their loved ones here at Calahan Funeral Home.

  • Peggy Taylor

    Peggy Taylor, Caterer