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Bauer Steps Ahead to see Vicki Lawrence in Altoona {April 08, 2014}

On Saturday, April 5, the Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead groups traveled to Greensburg to hear River City Brass Band present "Big Band Brass" at the Palace Theater! James Gourlay, artistic director, led the talented musicians in playing music from the '40s, '50s and '60s. The evening performance included wonderful soloists — both vocal and instrumental — along with delightful comedy and light hearted fun. Before the concert, the group enjoyed dinner at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont.

The next outing is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014, when Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead see a performance of "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Women Show" at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona!

Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. First introduced to audiences in 1974 as the sidekick on "The Carol Burnett Show," Vicki later headlined the spin-off, "Mama's Family." You will find this performance to be very funny and entertaining with a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and observations about her life.

Before the show, we will stop for lunch at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Altoona. The menu includes unlimited garden fresh salad, your choice of soup, a side order of pasta (fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti with meat sauce) and assorted Dolcini desserts. When making reservations, your pasta needs selected.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 7:30 AM or at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 8:30 AM. The cost is $90 for motor coach transportation, meal and show ticket. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464, 724-756-2710 or 814-473-3080 to make reservations as soon as possible; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due by Wednesday, May 7. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to P.O. Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join.

Read more about past excursions on the website or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis ranks high as best of the best {March 12, 2014}

Bauer-Hillis ranks high as best of the best Jennifer Bauer Eroh, president of the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Homes of Rimersburg and Petrolia, announced that Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home was rated among the "Best of the Best" for 2013 by the Texas-based Funeral Service Research Group (FSRG).

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home ranked near the top of the more than 92 elite rated funeral homes during the annual period. Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home earned "excellent" ratings for Overall Satisfaction from 100% of the customers that responded to the survey. "We have FSRG survey every family we serve," explained Eroh, "and then our results are ranked yearly against the 92 firms FSRG represents, which includes 898 funeral directors serving over 70,000 families per year."

"Receiving 100% excellent Overall Satisfaction for the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home is quite an achievement and displays the compassion and attention that they provide to each family," stated Scott Newton of the Funeral Service Research Group. "In fact, Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home was ranked at the top in nearly every category that we surveyed during this time period. For example, Bauer-Hillis is rated #1 out of all 92 elite firms for the 'Attention to Detail' and 'Options and Prices Available' questions. In the category for 'Support and Follow Up,' Bauer-Hillis ranked #2 among all funeral homes that we survey. Jennifer and her entire staff should be very proud of their high level of customer satisfaction."

Individually, both Deana R. Turner and Eroh were honored with 100% Overall Satisfaction Arranger certificates. This was only achieved by only 37 of their colleagues out of 898 with 100% Overall Satisfaction as a funeral director.

"We strive to serve families in a way that we would like our own families to be treated. Deana, manager of Bauer-Hillis, and all of our employees are committed to delivering a memorable and meaningful service to all of our client-families just as Dick Hillis provided for 45 years. We pay close attention to the details which are important to our families, care about their experience and focus on exceeding their expectations," said Eroh. "Delivering excellent service is truly a team effort. All of our staff works together to make a real difference."

"The feedback we receive from the families is very important to us and we use these surveys to learn from their experiences. Their input pinpoints areas we are doing well in, along with areas we can improve upon. We truly appreciate the honest feedback from our client-families," explained Eroh. "This year 62% of the families we served returned the survey to FSRG to help us achieve our scores."

Founded in 1980, Funeral Service Research Group has surveyed hundreds of thousands of families. FSRG surveys more than 70,000 individuals throughout the United States and Canada annually who experienced the loss of a loved one. Their research has led to groundbreaking improvements in funeral service.

Photo credit: Richard D. Hillis, supervisor of Bauer-Hillis Rimersburg, Deana R. Turner, manager of Bauer-Hillis Funeral Homes, Larry Bliss, funeral home.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to enjoy a big band concert {March 07, 2014}

On Saturday, April 5, join Bauer Steps Ahead to hear the River City Brass Band present "Big Band Brass" at the Palace Theater in Greensburg.

This Pittsburgh-based 28-piece band ensemble tours throughout the US and many other venues across the world. River City Brass swings into Big Band mode featuring hits made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., and also music from the libraries of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and others.

Before the concert, the group will stop at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont for dinner. The menu choices are boneless stuffed chicken breast, roast sirloin with whipped potatoes or broiled Boston scrod with rice. All dinners include a fresh fruit appetizer, tossed salad, vegetable, bread, assorted desserts, coffee, tea and iced tea.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 1:30 PM or at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 2:30 PM. The cost is $65 for bus transportation, concert tickets and dinner. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464, 724-756-2710 or 814-473-3080 to make reservations as soon as possible; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due by Friday, March 21. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to P.O. Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join.

Read more about past excursions on the website or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see Disney on Ice! {January 30, 2014}

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see Disney on Ice! On Thursday, March 6, 2014, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see the Disney on Ice show, "100 Years of Magic," at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh!

Join in the celebration as 65 of your favorite Disney characters from 18 beloved stories come to life on the ice. You'll be captivated by the glittering, colorful costumes and show props, fascinated by the artistry of the professional ice skaters and enchanted by the familiar music of Disney. Become a kid at heart as you experience this ice skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you will never forget. After the show we will stop at Eat'n Park Restaurant. The menu choices are a Bavarian turkey pretzel sandwich with a side, the soup and salad bar, or the super burger with fries. Lunch includes a beverage and desert.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 7:15 a.m. and the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 7:45 a.m. for bus transportation. The cost is $70 for bus transportation, the show and lunch. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464, 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 to make reservations; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due by Wednesday, February 19. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join.

Read more about past excursions on www.bauerhillisfuneral.com/steps-ahead or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home holds Remembrance Tree Ceremony {December 11, 2013}

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home holds Remembrance Tree Ceremony The Tree of Remembrance lighting service was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg. The trees held approximately 50 ornaments with the names of those who passed away in 20132, as well as the names of loved ones that were requested by people in the community.

Twenty-nine people attended the lighting ceremony, which featured a short service by Funeral Directors Deana R. Turner and Larry Bliss, Funeral Intern, Courtney Shirey. The crowd was also treated to Christmas carols performed by the Union High School Choral Ensemble. The ensemble was led by Mr. David Gibson and the students participating were Beau Rankin, Billy Vanderbilt, Casey Confer, Leah Milliron, Danara Hawk, Tanya Banks and Kassie McGarrity.

Families and friends were given the chance of honoring their loved ones by placing their ornaments on the tree. The trees will be up until Thursday, January 2, and anyone wanting to pay his or her respects is welcome to stop by.