The Irwin Chapel Staff
Once you request the services of Irwin Chapel, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
Back Row Left to Right:
Rev. Clint Wisdom, Larry Cooper, Tony Wallis, Bob Stanton, Greg Modrusic, Robert Jones, Jason Denton,
John Irwin, John Wallace, Don Bohley, Fred Epperson, Ken Halbe, Norm Hessler, Kenneth Bone
Front Row Left to Right:
Liz Geisler, Merna Davis, Maggi Vaught, Mary Collett, Randall Irwin, Linda Irwin, Mindy Morgan,
Jackie Logan, Michelle Strack, Barb Mersinger, Judy Propes
A life-long resident of Granite City, Illinois, Randall was born on October 26, 1946. He graduated from Community High School in 1964, attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and Carbondale, and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1966. Randall married the former Linda Gilbert in 1970.
Mr. Irwin is a licensed funeral director and Madison County deputy coroner. He opened his first funeral home, Irwin Chapel for Funerals, in Granite City in 1978, and a branch location in 1989. In 1997, he opened a third funeral home, Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon, in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Randall is a member of the National and Illinois Funeral Directors’ Association. He received IFDA’s Professional Certification Award four consecutive years. He has served on the State Association’s Community Education Committee and the Speakers’ Bureau Committee. Mr. Irwin was a member-by-invitation of National Selected Morticians. Randall has served as secretary, vice president, and president of the Madison County Funeral Directors’ Association.
Randall has formerly served as vice president of the Granite City Optimist Club, treasurer of the Granite City Lions’ Club, and Chairman of the Board of Hospice of Madison County. He has served on the board of the American Cancer Society, Lewis and Clark Lung Association, Tri-Cities Area United Way, Association for the Protection of Animals, and the Boy Scouts’ Executive Council. Randall was a member of the board of directors of First Granite City Savings and Loan. He was also a member of the Granite City Jaycees, Granite City Ambassadors’ Club, Breakfast Kiwanis, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Mr. Irwin is a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Ainad Temple, and the Scottish Rite Bodies. He is the recipient of the DeMolay Active Legion of Honor Award and a member of the Court of Chevalier. He holds memberships with the New Hope Chapter #432 Order of the Eastern Star, Triple Lodge #835 A.F.&A.M., Granite City Low Twelve Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, BPOE Elks, Granite City Optimist Club, and International Order of Odd Fellows, Mr. Irwin is a charter member of the Old Six Mile Historical Society.
Randall is a trustee and deacon of Central Christian Church. He is a member of Solid Granite, Faith in Action, Granite City Scholarship Foundation, Southwestern Illinois Chamber of Commerce (since 1989), and the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce (since 1997).
In June of 2009, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association honored Randall for over forty years of “licensed" service to the funeral profession. Randy and his wife Linda have been married for forty years and reside in Granite City with their pets.
Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1949, Linda Gilbert moved to Granite City, Illinois, in 1962. She graduated from Community High School in 1967, and from Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) in January of 1971 with a degree in elementary education. In 1970, she married Randall A. Irwin.
Mrs. Irwin was employed by Granite City School District #9, immediately after graduating from college. She taught middle primary, gifted education, and Learning Center during her twelve-year assignment at Lake Elementary School. From 1987-1991, Linda served as a member of the Granite City Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.
Linda helped organize the Quad-City Unit of the American Cancer Society serving as vice chairman, secretary, and Service and Rehabilitation Chairman for a decade. She was also a member of the Association for the Protection of Animals for ten years, publishing their annual newsletter (Linda was named by Mayor Von Dee Cruse as “Honorary Humane Officer" in 1988). Mrs. Irwin previously served on the board of directors of the Tri-City Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was formerly a member the Cloverview Garden Club, Women of the Moose, Granite City Ambassador’s Club, Golden Agers Club (ancillary member), Granite City Opti-Mrs. Club, and the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce.
Linda currently serves as Deacon Chairman, choir member and Council Secretary of Central Christian Church. She is a member of PEO, Chapter HT, Granite City Elkettes, New Hope Chapter #432, Order of the Eastern Star, the Chamber of Commerce’s “What’s Right, Right Here in Granite City" committee, the Granite City (formerly) and (currently) a member of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Business & Professional Women’s organization, Ed/Glen Chamber of Commerce, and a charter member of the Old Six Mile Historical Society. Linda has served for over ten years on the “Patriots in the Park" committee, which organizes the July 4th celebration at Wilson Park.
Mrs. Irwin has assisted her husband in his funeral business since it opened in 1978. It was her privilege to organize the annual Irwin Chapel “Service of Remembrance" every December for ten years. Linda and her husband Randy have been married for over forty years and reside in Granite City with their pets.
Mary Jean (Zotti) Collett was born and raised in Granite City She attended St. Margaret Mary Catholic Grade School and graduated in 1977 from Granite City High School. She resides in Granite City with her two daughters, Josie, a nursing student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and Lauren, a student at Granite City High School.
Mary is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and enjoys attending her girl's athletic outings and has been very active with their scholastic activities. She enjoys swimming, walking and being amongst her family and friends.
Previous to her dedication with Irwin Chapel, she had been employed at GCS Federal Credit Union for 16 years. She began employment at Irwin Chapel in 1997 as an administrative assistant until 2002 when she accepted the position of General Manager. She takes pride in overseeing the daily operations of the funeral homes and being the liaison between the funeral home staff and Mr. and Mrs. Irwin. Mary's goal is for the families we assist to be taken care of as if they are her own family.
Jason L. Denton
Assistant Manager & Funeral Director / Embalmer
Jason has dedicated his life to caring for families of the Riverbend. He was born in Alton and grew up in South Roxana and resides now in Hartford. He graduated in 1992 from Roxana High School and in 1994 graduated from St. Louis Community College at Forest Park with an Associate Degree in funeral service.
Jason has been with Irwin Chapel since 2005 and began working in the funeral business at the age of 15. He serves as a reserve Deputy Coroner with the Madison County Coroner’s Office. Being a member of the Granite City Rotary, Masons and Shriners are just some of the ways he gives back to our community. Jason helped to start Irwin Chapel’s H.O.P.E. support group and enjoys being active with the monthly luncheons. He truly feels fortunate to help celebrate one’s life and being able to help those going through one of the most trying times in one’s lifetime. Jason’s experience in funeral service for over 21 years and his caring and knowledge have touched many families in the area.
Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends and working around his house and yard. He is an extreme fan of Dolly Parton and attends as many events as possible throughout the year.
John P. Irwin is a lifelong resident of Granite City. John came to work with his brother Randall in August of 1984. He contributes his knowledge of all aspects of paperwork and forms to assist families. He has taken on the leadership for our staff in initiating our online death certificate program with the State of Illinois, our local city clerk’s offices and the signing physician.
He assists our families with notifying many organizations including Social Security and Veterans Administration and working with the funeral directors and other staff members to assure families are thoroughly cared for during this trying time in their lives.
Originally from Athens, Illinois, Robert grew up on a small farm and lived there with his family until he joined the United State Marine Corps in 1983, serving 4 years.
He is a 1991 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He joined the Irwin Chapel family in 1994. He holds a Illinois Funeral Directors and Embalmers license and a Illinois Insurance Producers license and serves as a Madison County Reserved Deputy Coroner.
He is a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, National Rifle Association and is active in the Westwood Village Condominium Association, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon YMCA, Belleville Indoor Shooting Range, Maryville Town & Country Gun Club and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. During his free time, he enjoys his hobbies of riding his motorcycle, collecting guns, spending time with his family, fitness, his dog, Knuckles and just enjoying nature.
Robert has been serving families of the Granite City and Glen Carbon areas for nearly 16 years and has made many friends and close connections.
Gregory A. Modrusic
Funeral Director / Embalmer
Gregory A. Modrusic, was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois, and a 1989 graduate of Granite City Senior High School.. And still resides in Granite City. Served his country in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. Studied mortuary science at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park and graduated with an associate degree.
Greg has been at Irwin Chapel his entire career lasting a span of more than 18 years. A deputy coroner with the Madison County Coroner’s Office, and firefighter II certified. Also an avid fan of the St. Louis Blues.
James D. "Jim" Laughlin
Jim has been a vital part of our community for over 37 years, serving many families in their time of need. He is a native of Wood River, Illinois. Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Science, and attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago in 1961. He subsequently earned a Certificate in Forensic Pathology from St. Louis University. He is currently the Chairman of the Troy Police Board and is in his 20th year serving as Madison County Deputy Coroner. He served on the Troy Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years, retiring in 1990 after 11 years as Chief. He has been a parishioner at St. Jerome's Catholic Church for 35 years and is a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #9266. He is Past President of the St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association and Past President of the Madison County Funeral Directors Association. He is Past President of the Lions Club, having also held the positions of Directorship, Secretary and Treasurer. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married 15 years and together operated Rita Marie's Flower Shop in Troy until selling the business to former employees in February 2004.
Barbara J. Mersinger
Barbara J. Mersinger was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois and graduated from Granite City Senior High School in 1969. She worked 32 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital (now known as Gateway Regional) in the billing department and later for Hospice of Madison County. Her career as administrative assistant with Irwin Chapel began in February 2002.
She is married to James Mersinger for 23 years and has a daughter and son-in-law, April and Brent Nelson of Zion, Illinois; stepson and wife, Richard and Lisa Mersinger of Bethalto, Illinois and one grandchild.
She is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City where she is the organist, choir director, soloist and wedding coordinator. When needed, she plays the organ and sings for funerals. She is also an assistant director of the City Voices Chorus (a chapter of Sweet Adeline International) in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also a member of Granite Chapter #650 Order of the Eastern Star.
John grew up in DuQuoin, IL, graduating from DuQuoin High School in 1987.
He attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL, graduating in 1993 with a degree in Mortuary Science.
John joined the Irwin Chapel Family in July of 2012, with twenty years in the funeral industry. He holds an Illinois Funeral Director and Embalmers License and an Illinois Insurance Producers License.
He is a member of the Elks Lodge takes pride in caring for others.
John and his wife, Leslie, enjoy traveling, working on their home and in their yard, special times shared with their grandchildren, Brady and Brin.
Liz (Connolly) Geisler has lived in Granite City for over 50 years. She attended St. Margaret Mary grade school and graduated from GCHS in 1977. She and her husband Darren reside in Granite City and have two children, Lucas, who just graduated from Mizzou's Journalism School and Emily, a junior at Southeast Missouri State studying physical therapy.
Liz is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends and doing volunteer work for her church.
Previous to Irwin Chapel, she had been employed for 33 years at Katz Media Group as a sales assistant until they closed the St. Louis office.
Liz serves as our office manager in our Glen Carbon chapel and will be assisting with the coordination of our monthly H.O.P.E. widows luncheon.