Irwin Chapel

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“I have been in funeral service for over forty years and enjoy the friendships I have made with the families we’ve served. Because of God’s grace, we have the opportunity to serve families from two locations in Granite City and one in Glen Carbon. The cornerstone of my business is personal service,” said Randall Irwin, President of Irwin Chapel Funeral Homes.

Irwin Chapel’s history begins in the late 1800s when Mr. Edward H. Schildman, undertaker and embalmer, opened Schildman Funeral Home in Venice, Illinois. Mr. Schildman closed his Venice funeral home in 1924, and opened the chapel at 2801 Madison Avenue in Granite City, which cost $19,000 to build. When Mr. Schildman died in 1950, at his home above the funeral parlor, the business was closed.

Mr. John Sedlack operated Sedlack Funeral Home in Madison, Illinois, and purchased Mr. Schildman’s building in 1950. John operated both locations until 1967. Louise Sedlack remained owner of the property until 1977, when it was purchased by Randall and Linda Irwin. During the years between 1967 through 1977, the building was used as a real estate office and later as the Special Education offices of School District #9.

Irwin Chapel for Funerals, later incorporated as Irwin Chapel, P.C., opened in 1978. A second location was opened in Granite City on Maryville Road in 1989. Their third funeral home, Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon, opened in June of 1997, to serve its hometown and the surrounding communities of Edwardsville, Maryville, Collinsville, and Troy. So many of Irwin Chapel’s Granite City families were moving to these areas, they wanted to be able to continue to serve them in their new neighborhoods. In 2007, Irwin Chapel celebrated their tenth anniversary in Glen Carbon.

“If it were not for the acceptance and confidence of these folks, my business would never have grown,” Randall said. “I don’t think many days have gone by that I have not said to someone, “I appreciate your trust!”

Irwin Chapel offers a full range of funeral services including prearrangements, cremation and cremation urns, cemetery monuments, and funeral memorialization such as videos of the deceased and their family members, which can be shown during the visitation..

The directors at Irwin Chapel encourage incorporating personal family photos, awards, and other memorabilia into the celebration of life at the funeral home. In addition, their H.O.P.E. group for widows and widowers celebrated its first anniversary in June.

Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon is located at 591 Glen Crossing Road. To learn more, visit or call 618.288.9500.