Matthew Baskerville with Reeves Funeral Homes was one of 50 funeral directors nationwide who participated in the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) Meet the Mentors program. Meet the Mentors is supported by the Funeral Service Foundation.
Meet the Mentors, which was in August at the Harvard Faculty Library in Cambridge, Mass., brought young funeral professionals together to learn from three of the country’s leading funeral directors and to network with like-minded peers. During the program, each mentor gave a presentation in which they shared how to build a successful and fulfilling career in funeral service. After the presentations, there was a panel discussion followed by small group discussions with each mentor.
A graduate of Wilmington High School, Baskerville attended Joliet Junior College and earned his diploma from Worsham College of mortuary science. He continued his education at Northwestern University and National Louis University in Evanston for his undergraduate degree in behavioral science. He has assisted the Reeves Family since the age of 12. After college, Baskerville completed his apprenticeship and funeral directed on the North Shore of Chicago before returning to the area in 1999.
“It was an honor to be chosen to participate and learn from a few of the nation’s top funeral directors” Baskerville said. “Networking with other funeral directors from across the country who share my commitment to our industry is always inspirational, always invaluable.”
Under the funeral direction of Baskerville, the staff at Reeves Funeral Homes in Morris, Coal City and Gardner, and Baskerville Funeral Home (formerly Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville) in Wilmington remain committed to the local communities and dedicated to the highest ethical standards, while providing meaningful service to each family’s needs.
They are locally owned, operated and staffed with funeral service professionals. Each location offers the area’s most complete range of funeral services and support, and are available at the time of need – every hour of every day.
Reeves Funeral Homes, is at 408 East Washington St., Morris; 75 North Broadway in Coal City; and 203 Liberty St. in Gardner. Baskerville Funeral Home is at 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington.