Brezniak funeral directors awarded certificate of excellence
Edward A. Palleschi, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer and Business Regulation, or OCABR, awarded a Certificate of Excellence to the Brezniak funeral directors of West Newton in a ceremony on December 7.
Calling them the lifeblood of Massachusetts’ economy, OCABR’s licensee recognition program seeks to promote local businesses and their commitment to their communities. Companies must be in good standing with the Commonwealth Secretary and meet other criteria to gain recognition.
Brezniak Funeral Directors is proof of the “American dream in action,” said Palleschi. “You are a shining example of the gold standard we are aiming for with all of our licensees. ”
With a family legacy of funeral directors since 1893, Brezniak Funeral Directors is on the cusp of its fifth generation of stewardship, serving families in the greater Boston area at the time of their loss. Brezniak’s director of operations, Marcy Hirschen, is a 2022 candidate for a funeral director’s license from the American Academy McAllister Institute. She is currently under the direction of her stepfather, David Brezniak, who has been a funeral director since 1967 and formed what is now Brezniak funeral directors.
“We are honored by this recognition from Under Secretary Palleschi and the Commonwealth,” Hirschen said. “Our commitment to the families we serve has always been centered on the need to create personal and meaningful experiences during difficult times, and this Certificate of Excellence strengthens the deep roots we have in our community. ”
Prior to joining the family business, Hirschen spent the last decade raising two daughters and being an active member of his community. She has served as Chair of the Mitchell School Parent Teacher Committee, served as a Liaison Officer for the Parents’ Special Education Committee for Needham Public Schools, and served on the temple and fellowship councils at Beth Temple. Shalom in Needham. Brezniak served as chairman of the state board of funeral directors and embalmers during the Romney, Patrick, and Baker administrations, and was the first Jewish person to serve on that board. In 2018, he was appointed to sit on the State Council of the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Located at 1251 Washington St., West Newton, Brezniak Funeral Directors employs four funeral directors, providing funeral, chapel, memorial and cremation services, as well as pre-arrangements for their clients.