History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for grieving families. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
The funeral home was originally built as a private residence by the Bayne family in the late 1800’s for whom the local park and library are named. The property was eventually deeded to the borough of Bellevue. In the early 1900’s the property was purchased by the Cray Brothers, owners of the local livery stable, to house Cray Brothers Undertakers and Embalmers. Decades later, it became the (Timothy) O’Shea Funeral Home until purchased in 1957 by Lawrence T. Miller.
Our Valued Staff
Janice Miller Stein CFSP, Funeral Director, Supervisor
The daughter of the late Lawrence T. Miller and Rosemarie Miller, founders of the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Janice was born in Bellevue and raised in the family residence above the funeral home -- she literally grew up in funeral service.
Janice attended and graduated from Assumption School and Northgate High School. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Lock Haven State College in 1983, Janice attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary of Science where she graduated with honors. She became a licensed funeral director in 1985 and worked alongside her father, until his death in 1996.
Janice is involved in church, community and civic activities. She has served on Parish Council at the Church of the Assumption and volunteers for many church and school functions. Janice is a member of the North Boroughs Chamber of Commerce and the North Boroughs Lion’s Club. She served board appointments for the YMCA and Marian Hall Home for the Aged. Janice served on the Board of Directors of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association (ACFDA). She was instrumental in creating a sustained partnership between the ACFDA and The Caring Place, a regional support network for grieving children and their families. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Caring Foundation. Janice enjoys crafts, interior design, Feng Shui and spending quality time with her family.
Kurt A. Stein CFSP, Funeral Director
Kurt was born and raised in West View, Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from St. Athanasius Grade School and North Hills High School. Kurt volunteered as a paramedic at Ross/West View EMSA. He continued his work in emergency medical services as the Director of Operations for the Office of Prehospital Care at Allegheny General Hospital and served the same capacity at Suburban General Hospital in Bellevue, PA.
Kurt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration and Management from
La Roche College. He was named to the Dean’s List and graduated magna cum laude.
In that same year, Kurt tendered his resignation from Suburban General Hospital
and joined the funeral home staff. He enrolled in the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Sciences. Upon graduating, Kurt received The John Rebol Award for highest academic achievement. He also received the Mu Sigma Alpha Award, an honorary society established by the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science that gives recognition to those who display outstanding merit in scholarship and conduct themselves as good citizens of their school. Kurt became a licensed funeral director in 1996.
Kurt is an active member of the Church of the Assumption. He volunteers for many church and school functions including the Annual Festival. Kurt is a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #1400. He was on the board of directors of Children’s Charities of Western Pennsylvania and the Camp Fire Boys and Girls of Western Pennsylvania. He is a committee member of the Hoge•Ward Celebrity Golf Classic and the Chuck Tanner MLB Manager of the Year Award Banquet. Kurt has presented numerous seminars and educational programs to community and civic groups, support groups and EMS agencies. Kurt is an active member at Shannopin Country Club where he serves on various committees and served on the Board of Governors for 3 years. Kurt enjoys golf, listening to the Beatles and jazz, dining out, and spending time with his wife and children.
John Manzella, Support Staff
John is a life-long resident of Bellevue borough. John attended and graduated from Assumption Elementary School and Bellevue High School. He served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. He and his wife, Kate, have three children and five grandchildren. John worked for 25 years in the furniture trade as a refinisher and upholsterer. He worked for 19 years at Church of the Assumption and School as the maintenance supervisor. Upon retiring in 1999, John became a staff member of the funeral home. John was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for over 15 years. He served as treasurer for the Bellevue High School Athletic Association for five years. John is active with Assumption Parish participating with various committees and serving as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. John enjoys woodworking, walking and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
William Bender, Support Staff
Bill and his wife, Rita moved to Avalon borough in 1955. They raised eight children and have 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Since moving to Avalon, Bill has been an active member of Church of the Assumption, where he serves as an usher and served on Parish Pastoral Council. In 1958, Bill became a laborer for Avalon borough; he was promoted to road master in 1973. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1990, at which time he became a staff member of the funeral home. Bill is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1400 in Bellevue and the Avalon Fire Department. Bill enjoys traveling, volunteering for a number charities, and the Rivers City Brass Band.
Earl Ceh, Support Staff
Richard Bell, Support Staff
Richard grew up in Bellevue and attended Assumption School and Bellevue High School. He worked for the North Boroughs YMCA and as a dispatcher for the Bellevue Police Department during the 1970.s
He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He taught at Assumption School for 35 years. Richard joined the funeral home staff in 2006.
He still resides in Bellevue with his wife, Leona. They have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. He is a lifelong member of Assumption Parish.