CHICAGO (CBS) — Church and Chapel Metal Arts is a family-owned company that makes funeral equipment, including some uniquely shaped urns.
“People call up, ‘Can you get me a butterfly?’ And we’ll make something that looks like a butterfly,” said Charles Taddeo – whose father started the business in 1933.
“Our best-selling urn, believe it or not, is the gas tank. It’s a motorcycle gas tank. ‘Born to Ride.’
“We developed it about 15 years ago, and I tell you, we sell one a day.”
Taddeo says someone once wanted an urn in solid gold.
And one of their urns drew some publicity.
“We have one urn that’s very famous: Versace. When he died, he was buried in one of our urns.”
One man said he wanted an urn in the shape of a Jack Daniels bottle.
“He wanted that… said it’s been killing me for the last 30 years and I want to be buried in one.”
Church and Chapel Metal Arts at 2616 West Grand has about 12,000 customers, including funeral homes and crematories all over the world.