Calvert Johnson & Froelich Memorial Homes - Team


Serving El Paso, Flanagan, Lexington, Minonk and Toluca


Alex Calvert
Partner/Funeral Director
(309) 828-2415 or (217) 935-3166

Alex, his wife Sue, and beloved chocolate lab, Sally, live in rural Heyworth, Illinois. The proud father of a son and three daughters, Alex treasures his family time and the many activities and events that they enjoy together. Alex’s hobbies include landscaping and playing golf, especially with his son, EvanHe earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a funeral service degree from Mid-America College of Funeral Services. Alex has been working with Calvert Funeral Homes since 1987. Alex readily admits that he always wanted to be a funeral director; and he loves seeing the families he has helped days or even weeks after their service, to see and hear how they are healing and to hear their stories of strength, recovery, and growth. 



William “Bill” Johnson
Partner/Funeral Director
El Paso, Lexington, Flanagan, Minonk, Toluca, Washburn, Henry, Varna
(309) 527-2490

Bill was raised in Bloomington, Illinois near Miller Park as the 4th of 5 children and now resides in El Paso, Illinois. He earned his AAS in Mortuary Science and Funeral Science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Bill and his wife have three children and two dogs. An avid sports fan, Bill enjoys high school and college wrestling, and watching the Chicago Bears and Fighting Illini. His daughter keeps him busy watching basketball, volleyball and swimming.



Matthew Cervantes
Funeral Director
El Paso, Lexington, Flanagan, Minonk, Toluca, Washburn, Henry, Varna
(309) 527-2490

Matt is a transplant to El Paso and has been in the community for the past two years. He was born in the Quad Cities and grew up in Taylor Ridge, Illinois, a small farming community in south Rock Island County.

A 2006 graduate of Carl Sandburg College with a degree in mortuary science , Matt has had a passion for the funeral profession and helping families since a very young age and considers it a “privilege” and a “calling” to do so.

He has 2 children, Brayden and Delaney, whom he spends all of his spare time with, and he is a big Illini, ISU, and Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan.



Evan Calvert
Funeral Director 
(309) 828-2415

Evan represents the third generation of the Calvert name in the funeral industry, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Larry, and father, Alex. A student at Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Evan’s desire is to further the legacy of his family members and offer the same kind of care and service to the communities in which the Calvert family serves. As Evan readily admits, “I embrace being able to help families in their darkest times in life.” When Evan is not attending to the needs of those aforementioned families or studying, he can be found spending time with his family, friends, and his dogs, Sally and George. Evan loves Bloomington-Normal, especially the wide array of good restaurants, amazing golf courses, and the friendly families that comprise these communities. In his limited spare time, Evan enjoys watching baseball, fishing, and golfing; and he dreams of one day playing on the PGA Tour, where he can play all the top courses in the world and ultimately employ his father as his caddy.



Tony Paluska
Funeral Assistant
(309) 527-2490

Born and raised in El Paso, Illinois, Tony has embraced the opportunity to serve the community that has impacted and enriched his life. Since 2002, Tony has represented Calvert Funeral Homes, and his love for meeting new people and assisting families during difficult times continues to inspire him in the work that he does. If not spending time with friends and family, watching sports, or playing darts, Tony can be found fixing electronics, which as Tony puts it, “challenges him to find the problem and fix it.” Tony is married to wife, Pam and has a stepson named Gavin and a cat named Lucy.



Kirk S. Brintlinger
Advance Planning Director
El Paso, Lexington, Flanagan, Minonk, Toluca, Washburn, Henry, Varna
(309) 527-2490

Kirk, a 5th generation funeral director and central Illinois resident since childhood, values the many community-enriching opportunities that his Advance Planning Director position at Calvert Johnson & Froelich Memorial Homes affords him. In fact, Kirk is extremely proud and privileged to offer his high level of service and “reverent care to surviving families”, which, as he notes, helps build “life-long relationships” that will always be sustained. A graduate of both SIU-Carbondale and Loyola University Chicago, Kirk’s familiarity with Illinois shines through, especially in his hobbies, where his true passion for sports, reading, and music are revealed. Kirk is no stranger to travel, and if he wasn’t working in Illinois, he would likely be seen with his dog, Russell, living and relaxing on an island.



Chad Sparks
Public Relations Director
(309) 827-7577

Chad and his wife Cammie live in Bloomington, Illinois with their 2 children. As the ultimate sports fan, Chad loves to root for his favorite teams, including the Chicago Cubs, Fighting Illini, Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Timberwolves. If he wasn’t working at Calvert Funeral Homes, Chad’s dream job would be the general manager of the Chicago Cubs. Since 2007, Calvert Funeral Homes has given Chad the opportunity to represent a premier company and build a partnership with the community through marketing and public events. When not working, you can find Chad enjoying sports, movies, reading, traveling or at Bible study.

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