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.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

In 1902, Peter M. Daleiden founded and established The Daleiden Mortuary. His sons, George and Theodore, joined him in partnership and after their father's death in 1940, they continued to operate the mortuary until Ted passed away in 1955.

Thereafter, George operated the business as sole proprietor until his son, Peter, graduated from Worsham College and was employed by the mortuary. After several years, Peter was accepted as a junior partner until his father's death in 1976.

In 1980, Peter was able to better accommodate the needs of the ever-increasing clientele by purchasing the Corcoran Funeral Home at Lake and Cedar Streets on Aurora's West Side. This was the same organization that his grandfather was affiliated with in the late 1800s.

Before the modernizing renovation of The Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary in 1993, Peter's two daughters, Stephanie and Anastasia, each of whom are licensed funeral directors, joined him in the profession.

The High Street facility of The Daleiden Mortuary was contributed to St. Nicholas Church on May 30, 2004 to be used by the Parish as a community center and priest residence.

The Daleiden Family is very pleased that the building is able to function to the benefit of the church. We are expecially honored that the pastor has named the facility, The St. Nicholas Daleiden Center in recognition of our family's more than 100 years of funeral service to the greater Aurora community.

We remain totally committed to the assistance of our clientele during their time of sorrow at our Lake Street location.


Our Valued Staff

Peter G. Daleiden

Peter G. Daleiden, President


Anastasia Daleiden

Anastasia Daleiden, Vice President, Owner

Funeral Director, Embalmer


Stephanie Daleiden

Stephanie Daleiden, Vice President, Owner

Funeral Director, Embalmer


Jeffrey S. Martz

Jeffrey S. Martz, Funeral Director, Embalmer


Ralph C. Camp II

Ralph C. Camp II, Funeral Director, Embalmer


Michael E. Hacker

Michael E. Hacker, Funeral Director, Embalmer


Jayson E. Knazur

Jayson E. Knazur, Funeral Director's Assistant


Joyce M. Christenson

Joyce M. Christenson, Secretary


Carol R. Kellen

Carol R. Kellen, Preneed Counselor

* Assists families in preplanning for their own funeral service in advance or for those of a loved one.
* Graduate of Leland High School, 1962.
* Member of St. John Lutheran Church, Mendota, IL.
* Licensed Life Insurance Producer since 1992.
* Married to Jack Kellen.
* Two Children, Jacqueline: 911 Operator; Greg: Detective Sgt., Mendota Police Dept.
* Three Grandchildren, Lauren, Noah and Adam.



Hugo Juarez

Hugo Juarez, Spanish Translator, Maintenance