Morris William Brezniak (1917-1998)
Morris W. Brezniak was born in Boston’ s West End. As a young man he worked for his father at Goldstein’s Moving Company. No one in the family understands why it was called Goldstein’s Moving Company since it was started by Morris’ father, Harry Brezniak, in 1905. Goldstein’s was a very busy company serving the Jewish community, which moved from the West and North end of Boston to the Jewish suburbs of Dorchester and then to Mattapan. In 1942 he married Beatrice Levine, grandaughter of Jacob H. Levine, founder of the The Levine Chapel and daughter of Henry Levine. Morris had every intention of continuing in his father’s business when on the fateful evening of November 28, 1942, tragedy struck Boston when the infamous Coconut Grove Fire claimed 492 lives. Morris was recruited by his father in-law to help in the task of removing many people from the Boston City Morgue. Morris never talked about that experience, but from that tragedy he felt a calling to help people at their most difficult time. Morris graduated mortuary school and joined the family business in 1950, where he served as President of The Levine Chapels until the Brezniak family sold their interest in 1989. In 1992 he joined his son at Brezniak-Rodman Chapel. He served on the Board of Directors of The West End House, and received the Keystone award from The National Boys and Girls Club of America. He was a Board member of Congregation Kehillath Israel and The New England Chassidic Center, Brookline, and the Jewish Funeral Directors of America. Morris was a longtime member of The Brookline Democratic Committee and was Deputy Sheriff of Norfolk County under Sheriff Peter McCormack. He was very well respected in the Jewish Community for his adherence to Jewish traditional funeral practices and the establishment of the first mikvah for the performing of Taharah (ritual washing) in the United States outside of New York. He also served as a mentor to many young funeral directors who worked for him for many years.
David Brezniak is a fourth generation funeral director, whose great grandfather Jacob H. Levine founded Levine Funeral Home in 1893 on Salem St. in the North End of Boston. In the 1920’s the funeral home moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts under the leadership of David’s great uncle Samuel Levine, where it remained until the late 1960’s. David’s late father, Morris W. Brezniak, joined David’s late grandfather, Henry Levine, at Levine Chapel in 1950. He remained active as president until 1989, when the Brezniak family sold their interest in the company. In July 2011, Levine Chapel was purchased by Service Corporation International of Houston, Texas.
David received his funeral directors license in 1967. He served as Vice-President of Levine Chapel until 1989. He founded Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors in West Newton in 1992.
* David served in the Romney and Patrick administration as Chairman of the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, the first person of the Jewish faith to serve on that board. He was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker and currently sits on the Massachusetts Medical Examiners Board.
- Member of The National Board of Funeral Service Examiners
- Member of The Board of The Freelance Players
- Member of Temple Beth Shalom, Needham
- Founder of The Jewish Theatre of New England at The Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton
- Member of The Moses Michael Hays Lodge of Masons
- Man of the Year JCC Golf Tourn
Nathan Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Home Management and Grief Counseling from the New England Institute at Mt. Ida College. As a licensed funeral director, he has been serving Jewish families in their time of need for the past ten years throughout the greater Boston and South Shore areas. He has passed all licensing requirements in order to possess a MA life producers insurance license and is currently awaiting being appointed through the Commonwealth. Nathan brings an authentic, caring disposition, and a divine purpose to serving the Jewish community.
Born and raised in Sharon, MA, Nathan graduated Sharon High School in 1999. Growing up with two younger brothers, Michael and Maxwell, you could often see “the boys” working hard at Ward’s Berry Farm on South Main Street. Nathan and his family were proud members of Temple Adath on Harding St. It was during his senior year of high school that Nathan was introduced to funeral service, working with a local funeral director in Sharon.
Nathan’s personal time is spent with his wife, Yesenia Torres, who is a licensed funeral director in MA, and their two sons, Samuel and Daniel. In addition, Nathan’s passions include martial arts fitness, reading, and volunteer work with community driven organizations including the Community Hevra Kadisha.
Elizabeth Brasco was raised in Vermont and graduated from Hartford High School in 1995. She is a veteran of the United States Navy. Her tours of duty included Naval Air Station TSC Sigonella Sicily, IT and Naval Air Station Brunswick, ME. After her service she earned her degree in Bereavement/Aftercare Services and Business Management from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College.
She lives in Natick with her husband Jim and their five boys, James, Benjamin, Daniel, Samuel and Joseph.
Elizabeth loves to travel, the outdoors, sports and spending time with her family.