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Funeral Home Happenings — January 16, 2017

by | Jan 16, 2017 | Funeral Home Happenings

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Funeral directors and funeral home owners constantly strive to improve themselves for their community and the families they serve.

Unfortunately, they don’t often get the recognition they deserve. That’s why, starting now, Frazer Consultants will regularly feature the accomplishments of funeral directors and funeral homes in our Funeral Home Happenings blog. See what your peers and colleagues have been up to lately!z

Kevin J. Dusenbury Sr. Seeking Re-Election as Coroner

Kevin J. Dusenbury Sr., owner and operator of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for coroner in the upcoming spring primary election.

Read more at Olean Times Herald.

New Funeral Home Opens in North Carolina

Just one year after starting out on his own, Chad Beam is opening the first new funeral home in McDowell County, North Carolina in 80 years — Beam Funeral Service.

Read more at McDowell News.

Holmdel Funeral Home Featured in the News

Holmdel Funeral Home and its new owner, William Boglioli, were featured in a nice story highlighting their dedicated staff, range of personalized services, and compassion.

Read more at Asbury Park Press.

Ewing Funeral Homes Expand

Ewing Funeral Homes, with various locations in Iowa owned by Mike Ewing, are expanding as they take ownership of the Dugger Funeral Homes with whom they have worked for decades.

Read more at The Wright County Monitor.

Paulsboro Funeral Director Saves Woman from Fire

Gary Stevenson, owner of the Stevenson Funeral Home in Paulsboro, New Jersey, saved a woman from her burning home. Stevenson also is the mayor of Paulsboro, a current volunteer firefighter, and has served as the town’s fire chief.

Read more at Daily Mail.

Kevin Cease Speaks to High School Freshmen

Kevin Cease, a funeral director at Cease Family Funeral Homes in Minnesota, spoke to high school freshmen about how they can prepare for their futures.

Read more at The Bemidji Pioneer.

Bower Funeral Home Chapel Assists Firefighters

More than 100 firefighters worked through the night to put out a church fire in Pulaski, Virginia, so the Bower Funeral Home Chapel across the street opened its doors to provide a place for them to rest between shifts.

Read more at WDBJ7.

Samuel Teolis Honored for 61 Years of Service

Mayor Anthony Court of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, presented a commendation to Samuel Teolis, owner of Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory, after 61 years as a funeral director in the area.

Read more at Ellwood City.

Funeral Director Saves Man at Funeral Home

When a guest at the Cardinal Funeral Home in Toronto collapsed, Funeral Director Aaron Battle quickly began performing CPR as they waited for paramedics to arrive.


Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge First in State to Receive WBE Certification

Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge, owner and funeral director at Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home in Ballston Lake, New York, is the first in the state to receive the Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification.

Read more at Saratogian.

Richardson Funeral Home Hosts Coat Drive

Richardson Funeral Home in Owingsville, Kentucky, hosts its second annual coat drive.

Read more at WKYT.

Harry VanVliet IV Qualifies for CFSP Recertification

Harry VanVliet IV, a funeral director with Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home LLC in Ulster Park, New York, qualified for recertification as Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Read more at Daily Freeman.

If you or someone you know deserves recognition, email us at We’d love to feature you or them in our next installment of Funeral Home Happenings!


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