History & 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 History

The Memorial Chapel of Waukegan at 1521 Washington St. was opened in December of 2008 by Daniel R. Patch and Daniel R. Patch, Jr. The Patch family purchased the building from the Marsh family.

The building was home of the Marsh Funeral Home for almost 70 years. The Marsh family sold the firm to a large national funeral conglomerate in 1997. They ceased operation at that location in 2007.


Our Valued Staff

Lesly Mondragon Navarro

Lesly Mondragon Navarro, Manager

Lesly is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, she joined the firm in 2014 and quickly became known in the community as a compassionate and caring funeral director. Being bilingual in Spanish and English has helped Lesly serve the families of Waukegan and all of Lake County.


Daniel R.  Patch, Jr

Daniel R. Patch, Jr

Dan was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois and is a lifelong resident. He spent his life growing up around the funeral business learning from and being inspired by his father, Dan Patch Sr., to one day become a funeral director.

Dan attended the College of Lake County and soon after graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1995 and has since been employed by Peterson and Patch. His years dedicated to the funeral profession have given Dan the opportunity to fulfill his life passion serving the families of our community.

Dan has been active in the community for many years. In 2000 he served as the president of the City Club of Waukegan, and is currently a member of the Exchange Club, Waukegan Moose Lodge 706, and Knights of Columbus 731. Dan is also very involved with the Northeastern Illinois Funeral Directors Association, where he had served as president from 2004-2006. He is also a current member of both Illinois and National Funeral Directors Association.

In 2000, Dan married Michelle Miscenic of Waukegan and they currently have two children, Oliver and Cecilia. He values his time with his wife and kids and is extremely dedicated to his family. Dan also enjoys attending sporting events and playing golf with his friends and family.