Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory Staff

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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L.J. Brugger III Funeral Director, Partner

Son of Leo and Teresa Minadeo Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School
United States Army Veteran
Attended Penn State University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Staff member since 1994

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Garett J. Brugger Funeral Director, Partner

Son of John and Gretchen Hinz Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School
Graduate of John Carroll University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
CPC- Certified Preplanning Consultant
Staff Member since 2001

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Austin J. Brugger Funeral Director, Partner

Son of John and Gretchen Hinz Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School

Graduate of Vanderbilt University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Licensed Insurance Representative
Certified Crematory Operator
CPC- Certified Preplanning Consutant
Staff member since 2001

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Carl R. Brugger Funeral Director, Partner

Son of Carl T. and Marlene Hawk Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of McDowell High School
Attended Northampton Community College and Penn State Behrend
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Certified Crematory Operator
Staff member since 2004

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Martin G. Szabat Funeral Director

Graduate of Oil City High School
Attended Clarion University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Licensed Insurance Representative
Staff member since 1979

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Donald J. Walczak Funeral Director

Graduate of Fort LeBeouf High School and
Penn State University
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Staff member since 2000

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James A. Hodinko Funeral Director

Graduate of Clariton High School
Attended Gannon University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Licensed Funeral Director since 1980
Staff member since 2013

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Robert E. Peters Advance Funeral Planner, Funeral Director

P: 814-864-0632
Fourth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Highlands High School
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Licensed
Funeral Director Since 1990
Staff member since 2015

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Joshua T. Carion Funeral Director

Graduate of Freeport Area High School

Attended Slippery Rock University

Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

Licensed Funeral Director since 2018

Certified Crematory Operator

Staff member since 2017

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Daniel Labrozzi Operations Assistant

Graduate of Mercyhurst Preparatory High School

Certified Crematory Operator

Staff member since 2008

Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP - West 38th St.

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Suzanne D. Merva Administrative Assistant

Graduate of Mercyhurst Prepatory School

Attended Edinboro University

Staff member since 2015

Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP - Pine Avenue Branch

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Melanie A. Crisswell Funeral Director

Graduate of Seneca High School and Gannon University

Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

Licensed Funeral Director since 2011

Staff member since 2018

Melanie A. Crisswell

Funeral Director
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Graduate of Seneca High School and Gannon University

Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

Licensed Funeral Director since 2011

Staff member since 2018

Suzanne D. Merva

Administrative Assistant
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Graduate of Mercyhurst Prepatory School

Attended Edinboro University

Staff member since 2015

L.J. Brugger III

Funeral Director, Partner
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Son of Leo and Teresa Minadeo Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School
United States Army Veteran
Attended Penn State University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Staff member since 1994

Garett J. Brugger

Funeral Director, Partner
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Son of John and Gretchen Hinz Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School
Graduate of John Carroll University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
CPC- Certified Preplanning Consultant
Staff Member since 2001

Austin J. Brugger

Funeral Director, Partner
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Son of John and Gretchen Hinz Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School

Graduate of Vanderbilt University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Licensed Insurance Representative
Certified Crematory Operator
CPC- Certified Preplanning Consutant
Staff member since 2001

Carl R. Brugger

Funeral Director, Partner
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Son of Carl T. and Marlene Hawk Brugger
Fifth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of McDowell High School
Attended Northampton Community College and Penn State Behrend
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Certified Crematory Operator
Staff member since 2004

Martin G. Szabat

Funeral Director
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Graduate of Oil City High School
Attended Clarion University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Licensed Insurance Representative
Staff member since 1979

Donald J. Walczak

Funeral Director
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Graduate of Fort LeBeouf High School and
Penn State University
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Staff member since 2000

James A. Hodinko

Funeral Director
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Graduate of Clariton High School
Attended Gannon University
Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Licensed Funeral Director since 1980
Staff member since 2013

Robert E. Peters

Advance Funeral Planner, Funeral Director
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P: 814-864-0632
Fourth Generation Funeral Director
Graduate of Highlands High School
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Licensed
Funeral Director Since 1990
Staff member since 2015

Joshua T. Carion

Funeral Director
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Graduate of Freeport Area High School

Attended Slippery Rock University

Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

Licensed Funeral Director since 2018

Certified Crematory Operator

Staff member since 2017

Daniel Labrozzi

Operations Assistant
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Graduate of Mercyhurst Preparatory High School

Certified Crematory Operator

Staff member since 2008