September 21, 1993 |
Rick Harra is a funeral director. He started at McCrery Funeral Homes in Wilmington when he was a sophomore at the University of Delaware in 1978, when student jobs were scarce. He's been there ever since. He says he finds satisfaction in caring for the dead, but his real reward comes from serving the living - helping a grieving family decide on the best arrangements and lifting details from their shoulders. He must orchestrate in days a complex sequence of events that make up the funeral.
November 28, 1988 |
Joseph L. Myrtetus, 54, owner and operator of Myrtetus Funeral Home in Camden, died Friday at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center. Mr. Myrtetus had operated the funeral home at 1530 S. Collings Rd. since 1961, after receiving his license as a practitioner of mortuary science in New Jersey. He graduated from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia in 1960. A 1951 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Myrtetus attended Drexel Institute of Technology and later worked as a draftsman at the New York Shipyard in Camden and at the Philadelphia Gas Works.
March 8, 1992 |
James A. McCafferty, 52, who was the third generation of his family to run a Philadelphia funeral home, died Friday at Hahnemann University Hospital. He lived in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. McCafferty grew up in the Northeast, where he followed his father and grandfather into the funeral business, opening his own funeral home in 1970 in the 6700 block of Frankford Avenue. His four sons worked with him in the funeral home and will continue to operate it. He graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1958 and Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. He attended Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia.
November 9, 2003 |
The first thing Reuben R. Rochvarg did each morning was read the obituary page. Then the Center City resident headed to work, Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks funeral parlor in East Oak Lane. Mr. Rochvarg, 83, a funeral director for more than 50 years, died of sepsis following treatment for prostate cancer Wednesday at Graduate Hospital. Born and raised in South Philadelphia - and proud of it - Mr. Rochvarg graduated from South Philadelphia High School. Before enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World War II (he served Stateside)
October 12, 1999 |
Raised on a tomato farm in Kennett Square, Matt Grieco grew up admiring his maternal grandfather's business savvy. His grandfather owned the farm and a neighborhood heating-oil business. Now, at 26, Grieco owns his own business, too. It's just a little different from his grandfather's. "I've always been very proud to say I'm a funeral director," said Grieco, who, as owner of Foulk Funeral Homes in West Grove, is one of Chester County's youngest sole proprietors in the business.
January 20, 2011 |
Frank C. Videon Sr. was known as a bit of a showman. To promote his car dealerships, he rode an elephant down West Chester Pike in the early 1960s and later in the decade landed in a helicopter on the closed roadway. "It landed on the median," a son, David, said with a chuckle of the copter stunt, but despite that, "they still had to close it. " At a few of his new-car showings, band leader Lawrence Welk and former Eagles quarterback Sonny Jurgensen were in the spotlights. And for the 1957 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, his son said, Mr. Videon provided more than 150 Plymouth Furys.
October 2, 1995 |
William C. Barclay, 83, who founded the Barclay Funeral Home in Clayton in 1934 and ran the firm until his retirement in 1975, died Saturday at his summer residence in Strathmere. A Clayton resident for 80 years, Mr. Barclay was born in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. He was a 1930 graduate of Clayton High School and went on to graduate from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. A big man, Mr. Barclay was known for his jovial nature. He always had a smile, his friends and family recalled.
August 23, 2000 |
Alvin F. Wetzel, 88, of Lower Gwynedd Township, a retired funeral director, died Sunday at the White Billet Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hatboro, where he had been for several months. He owned and operated Wetzel Funeral Home in Willow Grove from 1940 until retiring in 1969. Before entering White Billet, he resided in Lower Gwynedd for 19 years. He had also maintained a summer home in Ocean City, N.J. Mr. Wetzel, who was born and reared in Philadelphia, graduated from Simon Gratz High School and the former Eckels College of Mortuary Science in the city.
January 13, 2001 |
Betty Meier Steeley, 73, of Sellersville, one of the first women licensed as a funeral director in Pennsylvania, died on Wednesday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township after a long illness. A funeral director for 52 years, she owned and operated the Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home in Sellersville for 22. Mrs. Steeley purchased the business, then the Meier Home for Funerals, after her father's death in 1978. The business is now operated by her son, James D. Steeley.
February 27, 1997 |
Charles D. Marvil, 71, of Lansdowne, a retired funeral director who was active in the Darby Borough community, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Monday at the Dowden Nursing Home in Newtown Square. Mr. Marvil, a fourth-generation funeral director at the Marvil Funeral Home in Darby, joined the firm in 1949 and became president when his father, George D. Marvil, died in 1968. Born and raised in Darby Borough, Mr. Marvil lived there until moving to Lansdowne 10 years ago. He graduated from Darby High School in 1943, attended the University of Florida, and graduated in 1947 from the former Eckels College of Mortuary Science.