Our History

The Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Home was founded in 1992 in Newton, Massachusetts by David Brezniak and George Rodman.

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

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.

  • Member of The Board of Trustees Mount Ida College, Newton, MA
  • Member of The National Board of Funeral Service Examiners
  • Co-founder and past Executive Director of Kavod, The National Independent Jewish Funeral Directors of America and Canada
  • A professional actor, he was an original member of “The Proposition” improv theatre in Cambridge and off-Broadway, and was in the original cast of  “Shear Madness”, Charles Playhouse
  • 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 Tournament

 

George Rodman

  • Past President of The Jewish Community Center, Stoughton
  • Member Temple Israel, Sharon
  • Co-Chairman of The Maccabee Games
  • Past Chancellor of The Knights of Pythias
  • Former Board Member of Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Recipient of The First Annual Lights and Spice Ball of the JCC in recognition of service to the Jewish Community

BRIAN E. FALVEY

Brian E. Falvey joined the staff of Brezniak Rodman Funeral Directors as a licensed funeral director and our location manager in 2013.  Brian earned his B.A. degree in Public Administration and Economics from Stonehill College in 1989 and his A.S. degree in Funeral Service Education from the New England Institute at  Mt. Ida College in 1991.  He brings over 25 years of experience serving Jewish families throughout the Boston area to our staff.  Brian began his career with Torf Funeral Service in Chelsea and went on to help families in their time of need on Cape Cod, the South Shore, and most recently in the Metro West area, earning the respect of the area clergy as well as grateful families he has worked with.  A resident of Dedham, he has always played an active role in the community serving on the Dedham Planning Board, the Dedham Council on Aging, the Dedham Capital Expenditures Committee, and as a Commissioner of the Endicott Estate.  He also served on the Town of Provincetown Zoning Board of Appeals. Brian was an active supporter of the development of New Bridge on the Charles in Dedham from its infancy to the magnificent complex it has become. He is a member of the Stonehill College Alumni Association, the Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves, the Greater Boston Business Council, the Provincetown Yacht Club, and Equinox Health Club in Chestnut Hill.  Brian enjoys running, boating, gardening, following Boston sports, and spending relaxation time at his historic home on Cape Cod.  “My desire is to exceed each family’s expectation in guiding them through what is probably the most difficult time in their life.”

DEBORAH  BRISS  WOLFE

Deborah Briss Wolfe is a fifth generation funeral director whose great-great grandfather founded The Levine Chapel. Deborah worked at her family’s funeral home, Levine-Briss Funeral Home in Randolph until it was sold to Brezniak-Rodman Chapel. Deborah is a member of Temple Israel, Sharon, and is very happy to be working with her cousin David Brezniak and his partner George Rodman. Deborah is the mother of two daughters and the wife of Jason Wolfe.

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