Our Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Timothy S. Kallal

    Timothy S. Kallal, Owner - Funeral Director/Cemetarian

    Tim is originally from Jerseyville, Illinois. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Chicago, Illinois in 1995. He became licensed in Illinois in 1996 and licensed in Missouri in 2002 and serves as a Madison County Deputy Coroner.

    Tim moved to the Riverbend area in 1995 to begin employment with Elias Smith Funeral Home where he is now co-partners with Craig Schaaf owning Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home. Tim has serviced on several boards and been a part of several community organizations. Tim has three children, two sons, Dillon and Alex and a daughter Isabella. In addition to spending time with his family, Tim's interests include traveling and playing golf.

  • Craig A. Schaaf

    Craig A. Schaaf, Owner - Funeral Director/Cemetarian

  • Marty Arnold

    Marty Arnold, Funeral Director

    Marty Arnold grew up in Bethalto, where he and his wife, Earleen, were high school sweethearts. He graduated from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Mortuary Science Program in 1987 and has been in funeral service ever since. Marty has worked extensively throughout the State of Illinois and has been exposed to many cultures and faiths. He is ready to use his experience to assist you and your family in your time of need.
    He stays busy with his two children, Sammie and Eric, playing and writing music, and is a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge #25 in Alton.

  • Ashley N. Reed

    Ashley N. Reed, Funeral Director

    Ashley (Egelhoff) Reed grew up in the small town of Greenfield, IL. She attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL, graduating in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in General Biological Science and a minor in Psychology. She attended Carl Sandburg College and graduated from the Mortuary Science program in 2015. She joined our staff in 2016 as an apprentice, and has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2017.

  • Kellie L. Romano

    Kellie L. Romano, Administrative Assistant

    Kellie grew up in Bethalto, IL. She joined our team in 2017. Kellie, her husband Greg and daughter Lily love to spend time at their lake lot in Taylorville, IL, they also enjoy trips to Disney World.

  • Taryn E. Bates

    Taryn E. Bates, Funeral Director

    Taryn Bates grew up in the small town of Tolono, IL. After high school she attended Carl Sandburg College and graduated from the Mortuary Science program in 2018. She joined our staff in 2020 as a licensed funeral director. On her days off she likes to spend time outside and hanging out with friends and family.