Tag Archives: Todd Vanbeck

Assuming The Risk

When I was a little boy, (moved away when I was 9) there was a pizzeria in Hillside, NJ  that for me, was the benchmark of what pizza should taste like.  Whenever I had pizza, I compared to that store. … Continue reading

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Another Lesson

It has been thirty one years since I first sat in Todd VanBeck’s classroom at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Fortunately, I was invited into his world over the years and know a good bit about his life. I … Continue reading

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How Could I Forget?

I started this column several weeks ago, but forgot about it. Lauren reminded me of it with this article. ***** It has been a while since I have written about funeral service, which is what I am supposed to write … Continue reading

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Title Track

I was just going through some old files and found this poem. It was taught to me many years ago by my old friend, teacher and mentor, Todd VanBeck. In his honor…. The Undertaker The midnight hour, the darkest hour … Continue reading

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Another Change

I recently heard of the sale of the Aurora Casket Co. to a private equity firm from New York. My mentor and friend, Todd VanBeck chimes in here: Another Change to the Funeral Horizon Todd and I go back to … Continue reading

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Food At A Funeral?

Sure….we do it all the time, starting with our freshly baked cookies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. If we were located in Pennsylvania (and several other states), we would be in violation of state law which prohibits any food on … Continue reading

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From The Land of Corn…

…and Really Nice People. (As Todd VanBeck, an Iowa native, has been known to say) I came across this “feel good” piece and thought I would share it because, well….. it made me feel good. Peace of mind at life’s … Continue reading

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Humble Heroes

I recently came across and ordered a book entitled “Humble Heroes, Setting The Record Straight About Funeral Home Operated Ambulance Service” It arrived a few days ago and I took some time to read most of it yesterday afternoon and … Continue reading

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The Blust Bros. Emergency Ambulance Service

Since 1983, he is my teacher, mentor and friend. Todd VanBeck is one of the great voices of funeral service and I am not hesitant to admit that I have tried to model my story telling after his, because he … Continue reading

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