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Michael Waldmeier DMD PhD

I want others to know of my appreciation to Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, especially from D. Neale "Buster" Hanley II for my wife with regards to the Visitation, the Service in the Funeral Home, and the Service at the Cemetery. I had made the majority of decisions several years ago. When she died I sent information for the Catholic priest so the priest could add Biblical passages, and more specific details about how I wanted to present her to family members and friends. For Buster Hanley as a Christian, he views being a funeral director as a calling and it was personal to him as he knew many of my family members in Pekin. He took care of my grandparents, my parents, an uncle and aunt, and their son. He understood my thoughts and she looked wonderful. The casket was the same as for my Mom and it and the vault covering were elegant yet dignified. Just as I had loved and cared for her in life, Buster Hanley helped me do one last thing for her now. He contacted the Priest and the Cemetery, worked closely with the funeral director in Frankfurt to get her here, and paid close attention to details such as her makeup, jewelry, rosary beads and Cross. He also let me know how to present the photos which I brought to show my wife's past - her parents and relatives, her youth, her 1st husband that I knew well before he died, and pictures of us over the years to my great-aunt and friends. These were incorporated into a slideshow which I can show at home to our friends. The entire event was well-organized and I had time to proceed at my own pace. This made one of the most difficult times in my life easier. I have asked Buster Hanley to handle my situation in the future.

Michael Waldmeier DMD PhD
October 4, 2019

Pam Morris

I like to say thank you for a funeral for our mother Judy mink. Everything was done well - your employees were awesome. Things were handled really well and gave me and my family a gift of not having to worry about the little things like they did.

Thank you, Pam Morris
May 21, 2019

Christine Lanan

How can I ever thank Buster and his staff for their kindness and caring during the loss of our mother, Joan Rogers. They took care of everything so we didn't have to worry about any issues. It was perfect and my family thanks you from the bottom of their hearts.
 

Christine Lanan
April 28, 2017

Randy Berardi

As in life, the death of a loved one is a journey. The quality of that journey depends, in part, upon those who are there to help and support you...to take that journey with you. The staff at Preston-Hanley took that journey with us when my father, Randal Berardi, passed away on March 12, 2017. They helped transform a very difficult time into a comforting and peaceful experience. This was a memorable journey that I shall never forget, and I will always consider the folks at Preston-Hanley as my friends.
 

Cindy S. and Family

Charlie,

Thank you and your family/staff for the excellent service and caring that you provided during our recent loss.  We all appreciated your helpfulness and willingness to answer any and every question, and your attention to details.

Sincerely,

Cindy S. and Family

Betty W.

Charlie,

Thank you for making our visit on Wednesday a light hearted experience for me and my daughter. I am so happy to have everything taken care of.

Thanks,

Betty W.

Jessalyn Hopkins

Charlie and Dean,

We would like to thank you so much.  You were very helpful and compassionate and caring kindness through my father’s loss.  You gave us hope of goodness.  It meant everything you did for me and my family.

God Bless You!!

Jessalyn Hopkins and Family

The Linda DeSollar Family

Our family is so grateful for the care and personal attention we received for our dear wife and mother's (Linda DeSollar)service. We were treated as if we were part of your family. Thank you so much for making us feel at ease, letting us know everything would be perfect in our time of sorrow and confusion. God Bless all of you who assisted us, especially Buster. We were able to grieve for our mom without worry.  Renee Hufford (June 27, 2016)
 

Sarah vanOrman and family

Charlie,

We would just like to give our thanks for the wonderful service you gave us for Dad's (Lawrence) arrangements and service.  There was nothing that we could think to improve.  It was outstanding.  Your attention to detail was so evident.  Our family is very grateful for all you did for us especially in such inclement weather at the gravesite.  It was beyond the call of duty. We will not hesitate to recommend your services to others.
 
With grateful hearts,
Sarah vanOrman and family 
February 11, 2016

The family of Ralph Brower

Dear Friends, 

I will never forget your kindness.  There aren't enough words in the dictionary to explain what your help and kindness has meant to me.  Everything was fine beginning to the end of the service.  

God Bless, 

Marilyn

Marsha Norris Family

We just wanted to thank you again for providing an amazing service for our mother.  We really appreciate all that you have done to make things as smooth as possible.

Michelle, Stephanie, Joe, Jason & James

Helen Hagen Family

Thank you for the wonderfully caring and professional services provided during the passing of our mother, Helen Hagen. We are very thankful that you ensured that Mother was well taken care of by Preston-Hanley prior to her transport to DeKalb. Thank you very much!

Laureen Allison
 

The Byron Stewart Jr. Family

Our family would like to thank everyone for the kindness and care that we were shown during our loss. We would especially like to thank Buster for guiding us through the process. We were too grief stricken to even think, but you helped us so much. May God bless you all.

Faye Waters Family

We want to say thank you to everyone at Preston-Hanley for their compassion and professionalism in handling my mother’s (Faye Waters) funeral. This is a difficult time for any family, and it was obvious everyone there wanted to help make it as easy as possible. We want to thank you, too, for personally being there for us.

Wally Bennett & Family

I and my family would like to thank you and your entire staff for all you did for us in our time of need. Everything was perfect. It was all greatly appreciated. Thanks again.