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Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead see wonderful musical and dancing performance {October 12, 2015}

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead see wonderful musical and dancing performance On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead traveled to The Chadwick in Wexford to see an exciting musical and dancing performance featuring Doo Wop, Disco and Motown music. The Latshaw Pops Orchestra, well-known singers including Donna Groom and Frank Czuri of the Skyliners Group, and the professional Katie Kelly Dancers put on a wonderful show, making the show, "Dancing in the Streets," a hit. The upbeat music took the audience on a trip down memory lane as they listened to different renditions of well-known artists from those genres. The professional dancers performed familiar dances like the Jerk, Twist and Mashed Potato, and finished with a dancing tribute to Michael Jackson. Prior to the show, a delicious hot lunch was served at The Chadwick's beautiful ballroom.

There are no Bauer Steps Ahead or Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead events for November, but an announcement will be made soon about December's excursion. Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For questions, call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Read about past excursions on or become a fan on Facebook.

Eroh gathers with colleagues at annual meeting of Selected Independent Funeral Directors {September 24, 2015}

Eroh gathers with colleagues at annual meeting of Selected Independent Funeral Directors Jennifer Bauer Eroh was among the many funeral service professionals attending the 97th Annual Meeting of Selected Independent Funeral Homes in New Orleans, LA, September 16-19. Eroh is president of Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. in Kittanning with branches in Elderton, Dayton, Petrolia and Rimersburg.

"I always value the opportunity to gain new information and insight on how to better serve my client families and community," said Eroh. "Selected's meeting provided valuable opportunities to gather with my fellow members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes from across North America and around the world. We participated in a variety of informative study sessions, discussed insights and shared new ideas that I'm excited to implement."

Meeting sessions focused on important issues concerning the funeral service profession, such as innovative service ideas, timely business advice and best practices.

Founded in 1917 as National Selected Morticians, Selected Independent Funeral Homes is the world's oldest and largest association of independently owned funeral home. Members of the association are expected to operate according to specific standards and best practices to provide the public with reliable, high quality funeral services and funeral-related information.

"Our members pledge to uphold the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Code of Good Practice and are committed to the important responsibility they have to the families and communities they serve," said Robert J. Paterkiewicz, executive director of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. "It's a tradition of trust that Bauer Funeral Home has been a part of for over 50 years."

Enjoy some 'Dancing in the Streets' with Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead {September 15, 2015}

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead took guided tours of three of Pittsburgh's most unique places of worship. The tour guides, Gabe and Bernie from The Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation, gave an excellent guided tour of the highlights and history of Pittsburgh on the way to each church destination. At each church, a docent graciously greeted the group and shared the history of the churches and what made each one unique.

The presentation at St. Nicholas Croatian Parish in Millvale was about the bigger than life murals on the walls and ceilings by world-renowned artist Maxo Vanka that depicted the life and struggles of the Croatian people. Next, the group marveled at the cathedral-styled architecture of the Calvary United Methodist Church in the Allegheny West neighborhood, with beautiful 30-foot-high stained glass windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and magnificent vaulted ceilings. To wrap up the afternoon, the group toured St. Anthony's Chapel in Troy Hill, which has the largest public collection of Catholic authorized documented relics outside the Vatican and life-size wooden statues of the Stations of the Cross.

The group was transported back to the Golden Age of Railroads when they had a lunch stop at the Grand Concourse Restaurant in Station Square. The beautiful décor was equaled by the attentiveness of the staff and delicious lunch.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see the Latshaw Pops Orchestra and Singers, and Katie Kelly Dancers as they present "Dancing in the Streets" at The Chadwick in Wexford. This exciting 90-minute show features music and dancers performing your favorite music from the Fabulous 50s, the Vibrant 60s and the Disco 70s.

Prior to the show, a delicious hot lunch will be served in the formal ballroom. The menu includes tossed green salad, maple bacon glazed chicken breast, green beans, roasted red potatoes and spice cake.

Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, 758 Main St., Rimersburg and at 9:15 a.m. at the Bauer Funeral Home, 515 North McKean St., Kittanning. The cost is $80 for motor coach bus transportation, lunch and show ticket. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations. Reservations and money are due by Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Make check payable to Bauer Management and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read about past excursions on or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Funeral Home to participate in the 2015 Armstrong County Senior Expo {August 27, 2015}

State Senator Don White, State Representative Jeff Pyle and State Representative Donna Oberlander will again be hosting the Armstrong County Senior Expo. This year's expo will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, from 10 AM - 1 PM at the Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Department, 13126 State Route 422, Kittanning.

The Senior Expo hosts many exhibitors made up of local organizations, businesses and health associations, as well as state and federal agencies. These groups are participating in the informational day with the hope of aiding local senior citizens with various concerns and interests. There is no fee to attend the expo and it is a great opportunity for local senior citizens to learn about services available to them. The exhibitors are well prepared to answer questions and offer advice specific to their fields. Last year's Senior Expo was attended by over 50 exhibitors and over 300 visitors.

The Bauer Funeral Homes' professional and friendly staff will be one of the exhibitors to answer any questions or concerns you may have about pre-planning funeral arrangements, cremation options, traditional funeral options, cemetery monuments and bereavement information. Brochures and other literature will also be available to take so that attendees can have guidance when making decisions.

Throughout the day, there will be many free give-a-ways and door prizes awarded courtesy of all the exhibitors, and the hosts will provide refreshments for all. In addition to stopping by Bauer Funeral Home's exhibit, you can enter our own door prize drawings. Bauer Family Funeral Homes will be giving away a gift certificate to a local restaurant and two fall floral arrangements donated by Darlene's Flower and Gift Shop of Elderton and Kimberly's Floral and Design of Kittanning.

Funeral Director Mark Thompson becomes a Certified Funeral Celebrant {August 07, 2015}

Funeral Director Mark Thompson becomes a Certified Funeral Celebrant Funeral services have evolved throughout the years from using a standard format for everyone to turning the ceremony into a unique celebration of a life. However, it may be difficult to decide who will preside over the service. Traditionally a pastor or religious figure has officiated, but what if the loved one is not religious? To provide an alternative to a religious service that offers a personal touch, InSight Institute created a program that trains certified celebrants to direct services.

From June 23-25, 2015, Funeral Director Mark Thompson from Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services attended the InSight Institute Funeral Celebrant Training in Albany, New York. As a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Thompson now has training in the specific area of conducting funerals for families who wish to have a personalized and individualized funeral service experience. His services will be available at the Bauer Funeral Home locations in Kittanning, Elderton, Dayton, Petrolia and Rimersburg.

Through the years, society has become less tied to the church, leaving many people who are not affiliated with a religion without a clergy member to call when a death occurs. Also, many people are not comfortable with a traditional religious funeral ceremony, making the need for funeral celebrants more apparent.

"Funeral celebrants are not meant to replace the clergy," said Thompson. "Having a celebrant gives families another way to remember their loved ones when they do not have a church home."

The practice of using funeral celebrants began in New Zealand and Australia, and in recent years has become popular in the United States. Each celebrant adheres to a Code of Ethics that ensures confidentiality when working with a family and has a library of resources, including readings, music and recordings, to make the service special. "As a celebrant, I work to make the funeral service a personal, true representation of the deceased's life, regardless of religious background."