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funeral directors

Whether you are planning ahead or dealing with a recent loss, we will be there with you every step of the way. With decades of experience, we can help you understand your options to make the best decisions for you and your family.

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David Brezniak

Born in Brookline, David Brezniak is a fourth-generation funeral director whose great-grandfather Jacob H. Levine founded Levine Funeral Home in 1893 in the North End of Boston. David received his funeral director’s license in 1967 and served as Vice-President of Levine Chapel until 1989. He co-founded Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors with his late partner, George Rodman, in 1992. David has served in the Romney, Patrick, and Baker administrations as Chairman of the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, the first person of the Jewish faith to serve on that board. In 2018 he was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the State Board of The Medical Examiners Office as well. In 2019 Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors became Brezniak Funeral Directors.


  • Member of The National Board of Funeral Service Examiners
  • 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
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Marcy Hirschen

Marcy Hirschen is the Director of Operations at Brezniak Funeral Directors. She is passionate about helping people and the community and believes she can do both by providing outstanding funeral services. Marcy is currently attending The American Academy McAllister Institute and expects to receive her funeral director’s license in 2022.

Prior to joining the family business, Marcy spent the last decade raising two daughters and being an active member of her community. She was president of the Mitchell School Parent Teacher Committee, served as a Special Education Parent Committee Liaison for the Needham Public Schools, and was on both the Temple and Sisterhood Boards at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham. Prior to the birth of her daughters, she taught elementary school in California and Massachusetts.

Marcy received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Elizabeth Brasco

Elizabeth Brasco was raised in Vermont and graduated from Hartford High School in 1995. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, where her tours of duty included Naval Air Station TSC Sigonella Sicily, IT, and Naval Air Station Brunswick, ME. After her service, she earned her degree in Bereavement/Aftercare Services and Business Management from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College.

She lives in Natick with her five boys, James, Benjamin, Daniel, Samuel, and Joseph. Elizabeth loves traveling, the outdoors, sports, and spending time with her family.

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James F. O’Connor

Jim has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer serving families in the Boston area for 40 years. A graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Jim received his Associate’s Degree in Applied Arts and Science from New England Institute in Boston and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College in Milton. In conjunction with his funeral service career, Jim served for over 30 years in Law Enforcement, retiring from the Boston Police Department as a Sergeant Detective. Jim and his wife Janice reside in Westwood. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Jessica Lang and Kara Miller, and cherish their time with four grandchildren, Nathan, Brady, Logan, and Hailey.

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Nathan Patrick

Nathan Patrick has served families in their time of need for the past ten years throughout the greater Boston and South Shore areas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Home Management and Grief Counseling from the New England Institute at Mt. Ida College. Nathan has his  MA life producers insurance license and heads our pre-need department.

Born and raised in Sharon, MA, Nathan graduated Sharon High School in 1999. Growing up with two younger brothers, Nathan could often be found working hard at Ward’s Berry Farm on South Main Street. His personal time is now spent with his wife Yesenia Torres, who is a licensed funeral director in MA, and their two sons Samuel and Daniel. Nathan’s other passions include martial arts fitness, reading, and volunteer work with community organizations including the Community Hevra Kadisha.

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Anjulia “AJ” Rider

Anjulia “AJ” Rider graduated summa cum laude from the New England Institute at the former Mount Ida College in Newton, MA with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Science.  AJ was also the recipient of the A.J. Dodge Award in 2016 and was inducted into Pi Sigma Eta, the National Morticians Fraternity.  AJ is a licensed funeral director in Massachusetts and is proud to serve the Jewish community of the greater Boston area for years to come. Her hobbies include drawing, painting, reading, and exploring the outdoors with her husband Jasper.



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