You can reach us at all hours for immediate assistance at:

(708) 361 - 4235

Mike's Cell (708) 793 - 2295

7020 W. 127th Street

Palos Heights, Illinois 60463


Considerate and Caring...

Here at Kerry Funeral Home we have a sense of compassion that comes with our profession, the responsibilities to the families we service and to the communities we live in. 

Mike Orrico

Proud Owner & Operator

Kari Orrico

Proud Owner & Accountant

Peter Van Henkelum

Peter, Funeral Director and Embalmer who has been licensed since 1975, is the son and grandson of Funeral Directors. Coming from a long line of Funeral Directors who took pride in their occupation, he was raised with his father and mother who owned funeral homes in Chicago and Palos Heights. His grandmother was the former owner of the Walsh Funeral Home in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago for many years. Believing in the value of funeral and memorial services to fit the individual at Van Henkelum Funeral Home, Peter prides himself on helping to provide the best possible service for your loved ones and demands a level of excellence in all facets of services provided so as to uphold the standards he learned from his parents and grandparents. Peter was born and raised in Palos Heights having attended St. Michaels and St. Alexander Grammar schools, Carl Sandburg High School, Moraine Valley Community College and is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. In his spare time, Peter enjoys Bowling, Golf and riding his bicycle on the many trails throughout the forest preserves. Peter is a certified crematory operator, member of the Cremation Association of North America, National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association recently joined a national group of cremation specialists Cremation-with-Care to access better ways to help families that choose cremation and other simplified services.

Kathie DeBow - Administrator

Kathie holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a strong background in fundraising and event planning. During her career, she has worked at various non-profitsincluding JDRF, working with families and community leaders to educate and raise support for the non-profit while planning seamless events for thousands of partners and families.   As a passionate communicator, she works closely with families at Kerry Funeral Home to create a memorable service for their loved ones during a difficult time.  Kathie is deeply compassionate and strives to offer a caring and meaningful experience to all at Kerry Funeral Home.    She has served as treasurer for the Parent Faculty Association within the Palos School District #118 where her kids attend school.  Kathie and her family have volunteered their time within the community at various organizations and events including, the Community of Exceptional Artists group and the Chicago Thanksgiving Basket Brigade.   In her free time, she enjoys hosting dinners with family and friends as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters.  She loves being a part of her daughters’ activities, including volleyball and theater while serving as top chauffer for them!  An avid reader, Kathie also likes to bake and share her talents with neighbors and friends alike.

Joyce Bibeau


Debbie Herrick

Funeral Assistant

Lou Battisto

Funeral Assistant

Mary T. Anderson 

Funeral Assistant

Amy Greenspan

Funeral Assistant

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