Stephen C. Dawson
Stephen Dawson earned his high school diploma from the East Leyden High School in 1977. He further pursued his studies at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and graduated with a B.A. degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts. He also attended the Players Workshop of Second City to learn the art of improvisation. To prepare for the family business, Stephen attended the Worsham College of Mortuary in 1982 to get an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He also holds a certificate from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), Illinois Crematory Operators Certification Program, and is certified through the Green Burial Council.
Stephen owns and manages Monarch Cremation Society with his wife Tammi. Stephen has been the past president in the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Church Council; former secretary of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. He is currently the Secretary of School District 84 school board of Franklin Park. Showing his love of sports, Stephen is a former Thunder soccer coach. He enjoys spending time with the family, is a certified scuba diver, a holds an A.S.A. sailing captains certificate. He also plays the keyboard for the musical group Looney Train.
William Sean Sweetman
Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Cremationist
Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Certified Cremationist Sean has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1991. Born and raised in Chicago, he is a second generation funeral director, following in his father and uncle's footsteps. Sean graduated from Gordon Technical High School in 1987. He attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois.
Sean served for over 10 years as Secretary Treasurer of the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago. He currently teaches Clinical Embalming and Anatomy Dissection at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Sean is a member of CANA - Cremation Association of Northern America. He is also a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and was recently appointed to their Board of Directors. Sean serves as a distinguished member of Worsham's advisory board.
Sean is married to his high school sweetheart, Ellyn, and they are the proud parents of 3 children. When not working at the funeral home, Sean volunteers as assistant coach of his son's baseball team and plays coed-recreational softball with his wife, family, and friends. Fishing and golf are some of Sean's favorite hobbies.
Ms. Beth A. Stolte
Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Cremationist
Beth was born and raised in Stanwood, Iowa, a small farming community 30 miles from Cedar Rapids. Beth is the youngest of 3 sisters and her sisters and parents continue to reside in Iowa. She played softball and ran track in High School and continues her running regimen to this day. It was in grade school where Beth decided she wished to become a Funeral Director when Mr. Chapman of Chapman Funeral Home in a neighboring town gave a presentation to students on the importance of his vocation. From that moment on, Beth’s professional ambitions remained committed to the funeral industry.
To accomplish her goal, Beth attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2008. She is also a Certified Cremationist. She worked at Sax-Tiedemann as a student, became an intern apprentice and was hired full-time in 2008. Beth continues to enjoy running and enters many 5K races for charitable causes including the Shamrock Shuffle and Santa Hustle. Among her favorite charitable causes to raise funds for is PAWS, having fostered a love for animals since her early days in a farming community and continuing today. Being the only member of her family to move away from the farm and off to the big city, Beth enjoys spoiling her 2 nieces and 2 nephews whenever she gets the chance.