A Controversial Low cost Chicagoland Funeral Director has returned to the Chicago Area. Now there are two Loyd Mandel named Funeral services operating in a Chicago Suburb.
Mandel is known for giving low funeral cost services to the Jewish Community.
The world’s largest Funeral Corporation, Service Corporation International(SCI) who purchased the original Loyd Mandel Funeral Service Name for millions is very upset. They have been taking ads out near the obituary section of the Chicago Tribune opposing the Mandel return.
Lloyd Mandel long ago established himself as a maverick of the Jewish funeral business in Chicago when he opened a storefront funeral parlor that allowed him to book basement-price services for the dead.
In 1989, the Wilmette native opened the business in a strip mall and contracted with other funeral homes to handle the Jewish ritual washing, garnering criticism from other parlors that argued he was focusing on price instead of service. Six years later, Mandel sold his business to a funeral conglomerate and retired to Florida.
Now Mandel, 49, is back in business, trying to reclaim his name, and once again has become embroiled in controversy that has upended the reserved mortuary world.
When he sold his funeral business in 1995, Lloyd Mandel Levayah Funerals, Mandel agreed to stay out of the Chicago-area funeral industry for 15 years.
But on July 21, the day after that clause expired, Mandel opened a new shop, this time from a high-rise office building in Deerfield, operating as Lloyd Mandel Mitzvah Memorial Funerals.
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