Having grown up in Franklin, it remained my long term goal to one day "come back home" to help the people that I had come to know and love. I look back on my life with great fondness remembering childhood memories of helping my grandparents: Joe and Mary Guyton in their family grocery; formerly located at 501-13th Street in Franklin (the building is presently occupied by the Time Warner Cable offices). I enjoyed and looked forward to helping them with the store, and to get to know many of the people of Franklin and surrounding communities. In those days, as many of us are now experiencing, times were often difficult. I can remember banks, in particular, not holding the hours that they presently do, and my grandfather going to the bank himself to borrow extra money so he was able to cash the checks of many workers, so as they could get through the weekends with food. Thankfully, this is something today that many of our younger people have not had to witness first hand or endure. My parents: Harold and Mary Ann Hartle still reside in Franklin; as do many of my extended family members.
I attended St. Patrick School in Franklin through 8th grade and graduated in 1982 from Venango Christian High School in Oil City. I attended St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania; along with attending Clarion University of PA, Venango Campus. I became a licensed funeral director in 1987 after serving a state mandated internship following graduation from The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. I have had the honor of working with many of the founding families of funeral service today, including; John A. Freyvogel Sons www.johnafreyvogelinc.com of Pittsburgh, PA; Rusiewicz Family of Funeral Directors www.rusiewiczfh.com in Arnold and Lower Burrell, PA ; L. Beinhauer & Son Company www.beinhauer.com of Pittsburgh, PA & McDermott Funeral Homes www.mcdermottfuneralhome.com of McKees Rocks and Kennedy Township, PA . Each firm remained patient with me while learning and instilled in me clinical ability of the highest levels and the time honored qualities of caring for people at one of the most devastating times of life. I try to maintain and uphold these values with each and every family that my firm today has the privilege of serving.
In November of 2003, our new funeral home opened its doors. We have been truly blessed, as we have become accepted as a trusted leader in this area’s funeral service. Without the support of the many local families who have placed their trust in us, our business, like any other would not succeed. Thankfully, our business has flourished; and for that I will remain always grateful.
In December of 2010, our firm was invited into the membership of Selected Independent Funeral Homes (formerly The National Selected Morticians); making our funeral home one of the youngest firms ever to be invited into membership. Most invited firms are the leading firms in their area and most generally have been involved in funeral service for many generations. This was truly an honor, not only for our firm, but for the many families that we have had the privilege to serve during their time of need as well as the growing number of area families who have entrusted to us their pre-planned wishes. Selected remains the only organization in funeral service to which a funeral home must be invited to become a member, and member firms must continue to operate at their highest levels of integrity and care to the families that they serve to maintain their membership standing. I invite you to visit their site: www.selectedfuneralhomes.org to become more familiar.
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you at any time – and thank you again, for taking your time to visit our website today!
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