divider image

Dear Members,

July/August 2013

Congratulations to our New President!

F. Glenn Fleming, supervisor and owner of Koch Funeral Home in State College and owner and president of John B. Brown Funeral Home in Huntington, was elected President of PFDA at the association's annual meeting on June 11. He was installed as president by Randall Earl, NFDA Immediate Past President, at the board banquet on June 12 at the Hotel Hershey in conjunction with the132nd PFDA annual convention. Glenn will serve as PFDA President for the 2013-2014 term representing Pennsylvania funeral directors statewide and nationally.

Glenn is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He served as District 4 Governor and held offices of secretary/treasurer and president-elect on the PFDA Board of Governors. He serves on numerous PFDA committees and on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Glenn attended Virginia Military Institute, the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a degree in Mortuary Science from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He has been a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director for more than 49 years. This year the Koch Funeral Home is celebrating 100 years of dedicated service to the Centre County Region in Pennsylvania and surrounding communities.

Glenn has always believed in giving back to his community and lives that philosophy daily. He has served on many boards, organizations and committees in his community. He is currently a member of the State College Kiwanis Club where he has held various board positions and was the Holiday Basketball Tournament Chairman for 17 years. He received the George F. Hixon Award, which is Kiwanis International Foundation's highest honors. He has also been the recipient of numerous other awards for outstanding volunteer service to the people in his community.

Glenn and his wife Margery have two children, son Stephen Fleming of State College and daughter Rebecca Fleming of Evergreen, Colorado. They have four grandchildren.

And Congratulations to the New Officers You have elected two new officers to serve on your Board. They are Paul Urban, President-elect and Norman Shropshire, Secretary-Treasurer. They were installed by Randall Earl, NFDA Immediate Past President, at the Board banquet on June 12 at the Hotel Hershey.

Paul J. Urban, CFSP, is a graduate of the Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He has been a licensed funeral director for 10 years. He works at the Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home in Munhall. Paul is a member of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association and past Vice President of ACFDA, and a member of the American Society of Embalmers. He is also a past District 2 Governor and secretary/treasurer of PFDA. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in West Homestead with their three daughters.

Norman Shropshire is the owner and supervisor of the Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home in Media. He is a member of the Delaware County Funeral Directors Association and served as the District 7 Governor on the PFDA board. He is a current member of the Unichoice Board of Directors. Norm holds a degree in Mortuary Science from the Cinncinnati College of Mortuary Science. He has been a licensed funeral director for over 42 years. Norm and his wife Geraldine reside in Middletown Township. They have a daughter, Devon.

2013-14 PFDA Officers and Board of Governors
Paul Urban (President-Elect)
JoAnn Pavlic (Immediate Past President)
F. Glenn Fleming (President)
Norman Shropshire (Secretary-Treasurer).
Marilyn Gubbiotti (District 5 Governor)
Gene Cratin (District 7 Governor)
Stephanie Doriguzzi (District 2 Governor)
Patricia Cool (District 10 Governor)
Michael Hacker (District 4 Governor)
James Hahn (NFDA Policy Board Member)
Deron Youse (District 6 Governor)
Joseph Levine (District 8 Governor)
Michael Newman (District 9 Governor)
Richard Shoemaker (District 3 Governor)
William Deeley (District 10 Governor)
Norman Johnson (Quaker State).

PFDA PAST PRESIDENTS at Board Banquet

Pat Lanigan, Jim Humphrey, Andy Mamary, Janice Mannal, Ted Beck, Jim Hahn, Dean Wetzler, Jr., Bill Williams, Sam Cummings, Jr., Charles Bowen, Marty Brown, Don Deaner and Frank Galante.

Right to Disposition - Exceptions for Members of the Armed Forces Senate Bill 586 (Act 45) was passed by the legislature and approved by Governor Corbett on July 2, 2013. It takes effect on September 2, 2013. Act 45 provides for right to dispose of a decedent's remains by creating an exception for members of the armed forces. The bill states that the determination of the final disposition of a decedent's remains shall be as set forth unless otherwise specifically provided by a DD Form-93 executed later in time than a valid will executed by the decedent, or a waiver and agreement of the person entitled to make such determination.

County Burial Limits The Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Policy, has made changes in the burial limits for Westmoreland, Bucks and Crawford counties. An updated copy of the 2013 County Burial Limits can be downloaded at www.pfda.org/burial-reserve-limits/.

Need CE Credits to Renew Your License?
....We've got you covered....
- Fall District Meetings
- November 13
- November 19 & 20
- December 3

COME FOR THE CE CREDIT HOURS YOU NEED:

- District meetings - September 9-12 & 16-19 --- 3 CE credits
- November 13 - Four Points Sheraton in Cramberry Township/Mars --- 6 CE credits
- December 3 - Holiday Inn/Grantville --- 6 CE credits

- November 19 & 20 - J. Levine & Son Memorial Chapel/Trevose --- 3 CE credits each day

Who Is Responsible for Notifying Social Security About the Death of a Social Security Beneficiary – the Funeral Director or the Family? According to the Social Security website, "Many funeral directors voluntarily provide death information directly to Social Security. But, family members of a deceased individual still have the legal responsibility to notify Social Security." (Emphasis added.)

For more information on what action families should take when a beneficiary dies, see "How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies" at www.ssa.gov.

Citrin Cooperman 2013 Funeral Directors Survey The annual funeral directors survey is available for directors and owners to provide their perspectives on important industry issues. Citrin Cooperman has produced this survey for more than a decade. Any funeral director in the country can participate. The survey asks a combination of benchmarking questions which provide year-after-year information as well as new questions on looming issues and trends facing the funeral profession. The survey may be accessed online at www.citrincooperman.com/industries/funeral-homes. Participants will receive a FREE, fully customized copy of the survey findings, comparing their funeral home to others in their region. Responses will be compiled to create statewide and regional averages; all individual funeral home information will be kept strictly confidential. The deadline for participation is July 31, and results should be available by September 15, 2013.

OSHA Enforcement on Exit Routes and Exit Doors OSHA recently sent a memo to all regional administrators and state plan designees directing inspectors to verify whether employers have provided and maintained an adequate means of egress from work areas.

Funeral homes have previously been cited for failure to mark exit routes and exit doors and for obstructed exit. To avoid being cited during an inspection, employers should ensure:
 That all exits are marked
 All doors that are not exits are clearly labeled as to their purpose or marked "Not an Exit"
 That all exit ways remain unblocked
 That all exit doors are unlocked
If you have any questions about what OSHA inspectors might be looking for during inspections, please call the association office at 1-800-692-6068 for assistance..

NFDA's meet the Mentors Program Three state funeral professionals were among the 50 selected to participate in the NFDA Meet the Mentors Program on August 19 and 20 at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They are:
John Brennan Jr., Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home (Carbondale)
Karin Figueroa, Panebaker Funeral Home (Hanover)
Scott Green, George Irvin Green Funeral Home (Munhall)
The program is being held in cooperation with the Funeral Service Foundation. There is no cost to participate in the program itself

American Diabetes Association for Northeast PA The new address for the American Diabetes Association office for the northeastern area of the state is: P. O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Their telephone number is (610) 703-4313.

Free Mass-Fatality Planning Course Available for Funeral Directors and Other Emergency Response Officials in Rural Communities The Department of Homeland Security, through the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), is making available at no charge, The Mass Fatality Planning Response for Rural Morticians and Funeral Directors course intended to help funeral directors and other emergency response professionals in small, rural and remote areas strengthen their capabilities of responding to natural or man-made mass-fatality disasters.

To request this course in your area or to register for an already scheduled course, visit
http://www.ruraltraining.org/training/courses/awr-309/. This course is one of many DHS-certified courses available from the RDPC. RDPC training is tuition-free for qualifying jurisdictions. For more information email info@ruraltraining.org or call 1-877-855-7372.


In Memoriam

Joseph J. McGoldrick, age 89, of Jenkintown, died at his residence on June 29, 2013. He was the owner-operator of the Joseph J. McGoldrick Funeral Home founded by his father in 1900. His son, Thomas McGoldrick, a funeral director, plans to carry on the family business.
John E. Kertesz, age 68, of Nescopeck, died on June 29, 2013. He was the owner of the Heller Funeral Home in Nescopeck and a Deputy Coroner for Luzerne County.

Mabel M. Hauke, age 82, of Coplay, died on July 7, 2013 in Whitehall Manor. She was the mother of Robert A. Hauke Jr, a funeral director, who continues in the family business, the Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home in Coplay.

Complete obituary is available on the PFDA website at www.pfda.org

© Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. All rights reserved. PRIVACY POLICY | SITE MAP | MOBILE SITE