Spotlight Business of the Week: Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home

Originally located on West Illinois Avenue in Carterville, Riggin Funeral Home was established in 1930 by William Henry Riggin. Five years later, they relocated to their current location at 322 N. Division Street in Carterville. In 1976, Craig Pillatsch purchased the funeral home from the Riggins and the name became Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home. When Craig retired in 2003, he sold the funeral home to Michael “Junior” R. Burke and his wife, Lori, and today the funeral home is known as Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home. Junior began his career at Riggin-Pillatsch in 1982 as an apprentice and worked for Craig for over 21 years. He has been with the funeral home a total of 35 years. Currently on staff along with Junior is Tiffany Holmes, a 2008 graduate of the SIUC Mortuary Science program who has been at the funeral home since 2007. She has been with the funeral home 10 years.  From time to time Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home hosts interns from SIUC as a way to continue the legacy. We are pleased to host Lin Crisco as she completes her apprenticeship with us this summer. We are on-site residents who are dedicated to around-the-clock care. 


Our mission is to provide superior service to the client families we serve through caring, compassionate counseling during the most difficult time in one’s life.


Our primary services include traditional and non-traditional funeral services, cremation, ship-in and ship-out services, anatomical donation, and all aspects of funeral services tailored to meet each client family and their needs. We also offer a host of specialty services to cater to the unique needs of our clients.


We also assist with funeral pre-planning as well as offer grief support through a trained grief counselor.


We pride ourselves on unique personalization and memorialization through our DVD tributes and special photo tributes and displays.


We are honored to have continued the tradition of excellence in serving our community these past 87 years.


We are currently completing a major renovation of the funeral home. Phase 1 of the construction project is practically complete and we have moved into phase 2. Custom drapery and furniture will be arriving in the next few weeks. The last phase of the project will consist of all new carpeting. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience during this renovation process.


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