Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

The Severino family started and owned American Mortuary Services from 1970 - 1980 providing removal and preparation services to local and nationwide funeral homes that took care of  over 900 service calls a month. In 1980 they opened Cremation Services Inc., the first crematory not housed in a cemetery.

Later they saw the need for alternatives in funeral service, allowing families more choices at affordable prices.   In 1991 they started  Alternative Funeral Services, the first low cost funeral service center, which lead to building River Woods Funeral Chapels in Des Plaines.  

We have been in Des Plaines for almost 20 years now.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Tom Chung  II Suh

Tom Chung II Suh

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Colette M. Severino

Colette M. Severino

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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William E. Conlon

William E. Conlon

Funeral Director
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Gabriel J Severino

Gabriel J Severino

Funeral Director Assistant
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Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Funeral Director Assistant
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Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Pre Need Insurance Specialist
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Andrew M. Kopnicky

Andrew M. Kopnicky

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Neli Nova

Neli Nova

Funeral Director

Our location.

Learn exactly where we are, plus how and when to arrive.