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Chicago funeral home to serve drinks at wakes

Chicago funeral home to serve drinks at wakes
Posted at 4:26 AM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 04:26:44-05

WHEELING, Ill. -- A suburban Chicago funeral home has obtained a liquor permit that will allow mourners to toast departed loved ones with alcoholic drinks.

Kolssak Funeral Home in Wheeling recently received a liquor license from the village of Wheeling. Owner Jon Kolssak tells the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1MCc3bq) he believes his funeral home is the first in Illinois to obtain a special use permit allowing it to serve alcohol.

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He says families were asking if they could have alcohol at memorial events.

The Wisconsin-based National Funeral Directors Association say Kolssak's move to offer special packages include liquor and catered food is part of a broader trend in which funeral homes are taking steps to accommodate receptions held in conjunction with a wake, funeral or memorial service.

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