In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Andrew RingaRead Bio
After graduating from the University of Dayton in 2002, Andrew earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington DC. After spending seven years in the nation’s capital working for an IT consulting firm, he moved back to Illinois and attended Worsham College where he earned academic awards in Restorative Art, Embalming, and Business Law. He also won the Albert Worsham Memorial Award, which is presented to the class valedictorian. He married his wife Colleen in 2007 and has a daughter.
Chris BaranRead Bio
Chris Baran-Moraetes grew up in Chicago, later moving to Round Lake Beach in 1996. She graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1984 and worked closely with her father at the family funeral home in Chicago for thirty years. Chris has been with Ringa Funeral Home since 2013 and has two adult children.
Karisa LamleRead Bio
Karisa is from Cody, Nebraska. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Chadron State College and attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2017.
RJ Ringa IIIRead Bio
RJ earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Dayton and a Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a graduate of Worsham College. RJ has worked as a high school teacher and guidance counselor in Austin, TX; Kenosha, WI; and Gurnee, IL. He is married to Megan and has two sons.