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John G. Ligda, CPC 
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer,
Certified Pre-Planning Consultant

John is a first generation Funeral Director and the youngest of four children born to Stephen and Winifred Gardner Ligda. Along with his brothers and sister, John was raised in southwest suburban Evergreen Park and graduated from Most Holy Redeemer Elementary School. Like his brothers before him, John attended Brother Rice High School in Chicago where he was an active member of the Irish Christian Brother's Crusader Community. A 2004 graduate of Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana, John holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Roman Catholic Church Music & Liturgy, and is a two-time academic scholarship recipient of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) in Washington, D.C. John is in his 14th year as Organist & Director of Music at The Parish of Saint Joseph in south suburban Homewood, Illinois. He served two terms as Sub-Dean and was elected Dean of the Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists(AGO) in 2017. In addition to the AGO, John serves as Treasurer of the Southwest Pastoral Musicians, a consortium of Roman Catholic Church musicians serving parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

John is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. Since 2009 he has served a handful of notable, high profile firms in Chicago and the suburbs. He is an experienced embalmer, a designated Certified Pre-Planning Specialist (CPC) by the National Funeral Directors Association, and a Certified Cremation Specialist by the Cremation Association of North America. Professional memberships include the Illinois and the Cook County Funeral Director's Associations. John is licensed as a Funeral Director & Embalmer in two (2) states - Illinois and Indiana - and he is a member of Local 727 (Teamsters Joint Council 25) which represents several hundred Funeral Directors, Embalmers, Chauffeurs, and Livery Agents throughout metropolitan Chicagoland.


Why We Choose To Serve.

On October 30, 2007, the award-winning PBS documentary series FRONTLINE aired an intimate, in-depth look at funeral service. ‚ÄčFRONTLINE: The Undertaking took television audiences behind the scenes of the Lynch & Sons Funeral Homes, in Clawson and Milford, Michigan, painting a powerful portrayal of the deep and profound commitment funeral service has for the families it serves. Join award-winning author, poet, funeral director and father, Thomas Lynch, as he and his sons take you through the sacred journey of life and death in The Undertaking. 

To watch this PBS FRONTLINE exclusive, click the adjacent window. Note: The following video is intended for mature audiences only. Viewer discretion is advised.

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John G. Ligda 
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer,
NFDA Certified Pre-Planning Consultant (CPC)

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The Ligda Family has been active in their parish, Most Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park, since 1970.

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