Elmwood Funeral Chapel and On-Site Crematory serving the community since 1989.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of service for the Betkowski Family and the Staff of Elmwood Chapels is pure and simple: Serve families in the same way we would want our families to be served. Therefore, we are committed to handling each family with compassion and patience at every point in the service process. This includes the initial contact, each phase of the funeral service planning, during visitation and service as well as family follow-up or even pre-planning appointments. We strive to understand individual needs during a difficult time and offer families options to personalize a service and meet financial parameters. Each family should feel that their service was uniquely developed for them and not just a tradition or ritual.

Our History

Family, respect, honor, professionalism, and compassion drive the Betkowski family every day and enables us to bring those precious commodities to families and friends when in deepest need. When Jim & Lu Betkowski first opened Elmwood Chapel on Chicago’s East Side in 1989, they could little appreciate what their shared devotion and dream would bring in return.

In those 26 years of meeting the needs of those in need and the contributions of many friends and family, Jim & Lu expanded Elmwood Chapel by opening their funeral home in St. John, Indiana to serve their many friends and family, who also relocated their homes and families to Northwest Indiana. Read More